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Michael Reiner has the new start he’s been craving, where no one knows about his past and he can finally figure out what he wants out of life. Because one thing’s for certain—he can’t play hockey anymore, and life without hockey seems daunting. But when he gets the chance to intern under the Central State Hockey coach, he couldn’t be happier. Until he finds out the mysteri Michael Reiner has the new start he’s been craving, where no one knows about his past and he can finally figure out what he wants out of life. Because one thing’s for certain—he can’t play hockey anymore, and life without hockey seems daunting. But when he gets the chance to intern under the Central State Hockey coach, he couldn’t be happier. Until he finds out the mysterious hottie he met at the bar is the Coach’s daughter. Naomi Fletcher-Simpson has always been the weird twin. She prefers spreadsheets and trivia nights while her popular sister is everyone’s favorite. Things have been tense in her family, so when she gets a chance to pair up with the hockey team for a huge stats project, she takes it. She can repair her relationship with her dad and hopefully score her dream internship in the process. Neither Michael nor Naomi expected to like each other. Complete opposites in every way, they slowly form a deep friendship that makes their chemistry sizzle, and friends with benefits is the only option to deal with their growing attraction. Michael can’t afford to lose the internship, and Naomi can’t afford to lose her heart to a hockey guy. For the guy who’s suffered enough loss, and the girl who’s always left behind, they can’t risk falling in love—not when they both know all things come to an end, right?


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Michael Reiner has the new start he’s been craving, where no one knows about his past and he can finally figure out what he wants out of life. Because one thing’s for certain—he can’t play hockey anymore, and life without hockey seems daunting. But when he gets the chance to intern under the Central State Hockey coach, he couldn’t be happier. Until he finds out the mysteri Michael Reiner has the new start he’s been craving, where no one knows about his past and he can finally figure out what he wants out of life. Because one thing’s for certain—he can’t play hockey anymore, and life without hockey seems daunting. But when he gets the chance to intern under the Central State Hockey coach, he couldn’t be happier. Until he finds out the mysterious hottie he met at the bar is the Coach’s daughter. Naomi Fletcher-Simpson has always been the weird twin. She prefers spreadsheets and trivia nights while her popular sister is everyone’s favorite. Things have been tense in her family, so when she gets a chance to pair up with the hockey team for a huge stats project, she takes it. She can repair her relationship with her dad and hopefully score her dream internship in the process. Neither Michael nor Naomi expected to like each other. Complete opposites in every way, they slowly form a deep friendship that makes their chemistry sizzle, and friends with benefits is the only option to deal with their growing attraction. Michael can’t afford to lose the internship, and Naomi can’t afford to lose her heart to a hockey guy. For the guy who’s suffered enough loss, and the girl who’s always left behind, they can’t risk falling in love—not when they both know all things come to an end, right?

30 review for The Puck Drop

  1. 4 out of 5

    Halle Reads

    4 Stars 🌟 The Puck Drop is a fun, flirty, emotion packed new adult sports romance. It can be read as a complete standalone though we first meet the main male character Michael in the author's book The Holdout which is part of the Moo U series and I highly recommend that book as it's what got me interested in this author's books to begin with. This was Michael & Naomi's story. It had a slight forbidden element as it was a romance between the Coach's daughter and an ex college hockey player try 4 Stars 🌟 The Puck Drop is a fun, flirty, emotion packed new adult sports romance. It can be read as a complete standalone though we first meet the main male character Michael in the author's book The Holdout which is part of the Moo U series and I highly recommend that book as it's what got me interested in this author's books to begin with. This was Michael & Naomi's story. It had a slight forbidden element as it was a romance between the Coach's daughter and an ex college hockey player trying to figure out his next step. This was such a fun dynamic to explore as it didn't feel like the typical story that might follow this trope. I love how this was done as it gave us more of an insight on what goes on behind the sport rather than just the game play. The story had a few heart tugging moments but equally had a light, airy and easy to read feel to it. I adores Michael which I have since he was first introduced in The Holdout and was so incredibly excited that he got his own story. He is strong, kind, level headed, charismatic and very swoon worthy. Naomi did take me a little longer to warm up to. She was a great character with a lot of heart but I just wanted her to stand up for herself a little more and speak her mind/tackle issue head in instead of internalizing them. I understood her and appreciated her character growth but just wanted a little more from her. Overall I did really enjoy this story and the couple's chemistry and connection and would reccomend the book to any and all lovers of new adult sport romances. 《book aesthetic made by me. I do not own the pictures, all found via pinterest》

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elisa ❀

    why would you want 'coach's daughter trope when you can have 'boss' daughter'? Michael got a job as the hockey coach intern and he has to work closely with the coach's daughter Naomi. they start as friends but slowly they start to fall in love. i love friends to love trope is just so sweet to see how the friendship progress and also love the angst of 'but i don't want to ruin or friendship'. why would you want 'coach's daughter trope when you can have 'boss' daughter'? Michael got a job as the hockey coach intern and he has to work closely with the coach's daughter Naomi. they start as friends but slowly they start to fall in love. i love friends to love trope is just so sweet to see how the friendship progress and also love the angst of 'but i don't want to ruin or friendship'.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    I just finished this book a couple of days ago and I am already looking forward to more! This author is pretty new to me, but I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read thus far. She has excellent writing skills and doesn’t make me twitchy LOL Ya’ll know how it is with an author you don’t know know and are still kinda dipping your toes instead of full on swimming when it comes to their work; a lot of twitching can happen! Okay, that’s probably more just a me thing but I digress. I enjoyed the build-up I just finished this book a couple of days ago and I am already looking forward to more! This author is pretty new to me, but I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read thus far. She has excellent writing skills and doesn’t make me twitchy LOL Ya’ll know how it is with an author you don’t know know and are still kinda dipping your toes instead of full on swimming when it comes to their work; a lot of twitching can happen! Okay, that’s probably more just a me thing but I digress. I enjoyed the build-up of the relationship and appreciated that even tho this is kind of a shortish book, the author did an excellent job of fleshing out their connection to make me believe these two had a solid friendship that led to a HEA. Not sure if that makes complete sense but a lot of times, with books that are only a couple hundred pages +/- long, I find that not enough time is spent building the foundation between the leads that will secure a real HEA. You have to make me believe it in order for me to enjoy your story and she made me believe it! Props for that. Also, I especially appreciated that the author did not take the lead’s circumstances / baggage and turn the story down a deep gutting angsty read. Instead, she wove it into their budding friendship organically and realistically. I honestly found no fault with this story. DO with that what you will :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    lowkeyreader

    This was a pretty fast read for me or I was just reading it really fast. But I loved it. It was emotional, sweet, and heartwarming. Michael and Naomi, unknown to them, found comfort in each other. They form a friendship that seemed unreal. I loved that they can just talk about anything and everything with each other. But that wasn't enough because their chemistry was oozing and undeniable. I really enjoyed their story and how their relationship develops. And of course, I liked the familial aspec This was a pretty fast read for me or I was just reading it really fast. But I loved it. It was emotional, sweet, and heartwarming. Michael and Naomi, unknown to them, found comfort in each other. They form a friendship that seemed unreal. I loved that they can just talk about anything and everything with each other. But that wasn't enough because their chemistry was oozing and undeniable. I really enjoyed their story and how their relationship develops. And of course, I liked the familial aspect of this book. I liked how Naomi and her twin sister work things out. And even more with how she repairs her relationship with her dad.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Jacqueline Snowe pens wonderful sports romances as she delves into the dynamics of the game with her conflicted and endearing characters.  Michael Reiner loves hockey and his internship with Coach Simpson is a dream come true. His days of playing hockey are done which makes it hard to sit on the sidelines, but his fellow intern and data analyst, Naomi Fletcher-Simpson makes for great company. The problem is she is Coach Simpson's daughter so they need to stay just friends. Tell that to the hot ch Jacqueline Snowe pens wonderful sports romances as she delves into the dynamics of the game with her conflicted and endearing characters.  Michael Reiner loves hockey and his internship with Coach Simpson is a dream come true. His days of playing hockey are done which makes it hard to sit on the sidelines, but his fellow intern and data analyst, Naomi Fletcher-Simpson makes for great company. The problem is she is Coach Simpson's daughter so they need to stay just friends. Tell that to the hot chemistry between them. Naomi chose to do her data internship with her estranged father in order to get to know him, but he's just as removed from her life as always. Hockey tore their family apart and her mother has a new family, her twin sister is off serial dating and ignoring her, and she's left alone dealing with her own life once again. However, Michael is a great friend and confidant who listens without judging and gives her great advice. Too bad he wants to be a hockey coach like her dad. She doesn't want to be the second choice to hockey anymore. I love Naomi and Michael as a couple.  They are very comfortable with each other cracking jokes and confiding their innermost thoughts and feelings. Their attraction is strong right from the beginning and no doubt they will become more than friends, but their issues with abandonment and heartache are hard to forget. Neither of them want to love someone and lose them again. Michael lost his parents in a car accident four years ago and Naomi was left alone after her parent's divorce. With Michael's undying support, it was good to see Naomi finally step up and confront her sister and her father. I also loved Michael's mature and kind approach to coaching as he bonds with one of the troubled players and helps him out of his slump. There is no doubt Michael will be an excellent coach and he is such a good guy. One of my favorite characters actually.  Naomi is a sweet and kind person in her own right. Having to be called the less pretty twin could really do a number on someone. Don't worry. There is a HEA ending that had this reader tearing up. Naomi's sister, Cami, definitely has some serious issues going on with her wild serial dating and bad choices. I think Naomi is who grounds her and they are finding their way back to each other. I can definitely relate to Naomi's dad because my own father was a lot like him. His guilt made him afraid of saying something wrong that might push Naomi even further away, but to Naomi, it looked like he didn't love her. Her confrontation with him was a tear-jerker. I highly recommend this beautiful and funny sports romance filled with charming and strong characters and forbidden love. Read my review of Ms. Snowe's Best Player for more great sports romance. Thank you to Ms. Snowe for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Vixen

    ᴀʀᴄ ᴩʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴇxᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀɴ ʜᴏɴᴇꜱᴛ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ This book was so swoony. There were so many things that I liked about this book. Michael was perfect, he went into a field which he knew he would like and was made for. The way he thinks about the team before himself is the best part of this him. He was adorable. His love for his sister was so cute. His relationship with Cal was the best, the way it transformed and the way he helped that kid. Ugh!!! Perfect. Naomi was the best. Her love for data and th ᴀʀᴄ ᴩʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴇxᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀɴ ʜᴏɴᴇꜱᴛ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ This book was so swoony. There were so many things that I liked about this book. Michael was perfect, he went into a field which he knew he would like and was made for. The way he thinks about the team before himself is the best part of this him. He was adorable. His love for his sister was so cute. His relationship with Cal was the best, the way it transformed and the way he helped that kid. Ugh!!! Perfect. Naomi was the best. Her love for data and the reason for joining the internship with her dad 😭 let me just cry. They had a stained relationship and also with her own twin, Cami. I hated Cami, I still kinda do but both of them kinda grew on me. Naomi is clumsy af which reminds me of my friend 😂 but she was a bad bish at the end and loved that part and made me weep a little. Naomi and Michael's relationship was a friends to FWB to lovers and it was absolutely adorable. Loved how each other opened up about their feelings and also helped each other work over it. Michael understood Naomi's insecurities and so did Naomi when Cami pointed one thing out. I would love to see more about Clark Kent and Mona if they have any book. But overall an amazing story. Would highly recommend to sports romance lovers and romance readers in general.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Love Books Addict

    4 Stars! POV: Dual (1st Person) Tropes: Coach's daughter, Sports romance, Friends-to-lovers Triggers: Bereavement Likes: Michael was such a sweetie, even with how much he was dealing with internally. It was great to read their journey from friends, to lovers, to finally get their happily ever after. Dislikes: It was a bit too slow burn for me. It kind of felt like the majority of the book was regarding the issues around her relationship with her dad. And also how she was repeatedly referred to as th 4 Stars! POV: Dual (1st Person) Tropes: Coach's daughter, Sports romance, Friends-to-lovers Triggers: Bereavement Likes: Michael was such a sweetie, even with how much he was dealing with internally. It was great to read their journey from friends, to lovers, to finally get their happily ever after. Dislikes: It was a bit too slow burn for me. It kind of felt like the majority of the book was regarding the issues around her relationship with her dad. And also how she was repeatedly referred to as the 'ugly sister'. Synopsis: The Puck Drop follows Naomi, who's always hidden in the shadow of her glamorous social butterfly twin sister. Not only with her peers, but also her father. So when she spots the chance to work for him, it gives her the perfect opportunity to put her statistical brain in gear, whilst also spending time with him. Sounds perfect right? What she didn't plan on was a huge distraction in the form of new intern coach Michael. However he also needs to keep his head on straight, after losing his parents and chance to play professionally, this coaching internship is his last chance to be near the sport he loves. Will these two risk it all to be more than friends? Or will their own internal struggles tear them apart? A great read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Becky Claxon

    This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Snowe and I enjoyed her writing. I actually had tears in my eyes while I was reading in a particular spot. I can’t imagine what Michael went through when he lost both his parents in a car wreck. I was so glad he still had his sister that he was close to. Actually he had his love of hockey and his sister which kept him going. He felt lucky to get an internship with the hockey coach at the college he was getting his master’s degree. I had a hard time This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Snowe and I enjoyed her writing. I actually had tears in my eyes while I was reading in a particular spot. I can’t imagine what Michael went through when he lost both his parents in a car wreck. I was so glad he still had his sister that he was close to. Actually he had his love of hockey and his sister which kept him going. He felt lucky to get an internship with the hockey coach at the college he was getting his master’s degree. I had a hard time deciding if I liked the coach or not. His twin girls, Cami and Naomi, were different as night and day. I couldn’t believe how different he treated them. Unfortunately this had a negative affect on Naomi and how she always felt left out of everything except her best friends. I loved how Michael and Naomi became friends. Michael was so good at trying to protect Naomi and give her good advice. They both had some big obstacles to overcome. I encourage you to read the book. I was given the book by Grey’s Promotions and voluntarily wrote a review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah~ Book Obsession Confessions

    4.25 STARS Michael’s hockey playing days are over, he’s moved to another state and is getting his advanced degree and interning for the college’s hockey coach. He’s a bit of a loner now, tries to keep to himself. Naomi is a self proclaimed nerd, data and trivia are her passion’s, she’s also interning for the coach.. who is her father. Michael and Naomi have really fun banter, they click in that special way. I loved their jokes, conversations and the tension of their attraction is definitely hot! The 4.25 STARS Michael’s hockey playing days are over, he’s moved to another state and is getting his advanced degree and interning for the college’s hockey coach. He’s a bit of a loner now, tries to keep to himself. Naomi is a self proclaimed nerd, data and trivia are her passion’s, she’s also interning for the coach.. who is her father. Michael and Naomi have really fun banter, they click in that special way. I loved their jokes, conversations and the tension of their attraction is definitely hot! They are friends who flirt and then friends with benefits. Both are convinced anything more would be bad because Naomi’s dad could get upset and ruin both their academic/work opportunities. The secondary characters are fun, Naomi has a great girl squad. Lots of laughs with them. She also has a twin (the “pretty” twin who is popular and has things in common with Dad) that she’s got some hurt feelings about. Michael left his University after a tragedy, he’s still adjusting to life after loss. They both have some emotional things holding them back and they are hurting. They really bring out the best in each other and seem to have a connection, they understand each other. I think they are a really fun pair, I enjoyed their story so much! They have real feelings for each other and they have playful and fiery chemistry. Obviously lines get blurred and things have to change. I loved them and their story. Such an enjoyable, lower angst romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    This was a good book. I really loved Michael. I'm not sure how I felt about Naomi. Most of the time I liked her, but she had a lot of insecurities that lasted most of the book. Michael and Naomi had really good chemistry. Michael helped Naomi step out of her comfort zone a lot when she was dealing with her sister and dad. The banter between these two was great. This is a friends-to-lovers but also definitely a slow burn. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review vo This was a good book. I really loved Michael. I'm not sure how I felt about Naomi. Most of the time I liked her, but she had a lot of insecurities that lasted most of the book. Michael and Naomi had really good chemistry. Michael helped Naomi step out of her comfort zone a lot when she was dealing with her sister and dad. The banter between these two was great. This is a friends-to-lovers but also definitely a slow burn. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel R

    ARC REVIEW: Review: 4/5 ⭐️ Steam: 3.75/5🔥 #thepuckdrop is the first book in the new series by @jaquelinesnowe. Michael is strong, confident, personable and a little broken. He carries around a lot of grief and sadness that he hides behind his strong exterior. Not wanting to let anyone get close to you can become a very lonely island. But given this opportunity to intern under a prestigious hockey coach, it’s his time to show how his love and passion for the game is still thriving even though he’s ARC REVIEW: Review: 4/5 ⭐️ Steam: 3.75/5🔥 #thepuckdrop is the first book in the new series by @jaquelinesnowe. Michael is strong, confident, personable and a little broken. He carries around a lot of grief and sadness that he hides behind his strong exterior. Not wanting to let anyone get close to you can become a very lonely island. But given this opportunity to intern under a prestigious hockey coach, it’s his time to show how his love and passion for the game is still thriving even though he’s not playing anymore. But the last thing he expected was a data nerd to calculate her way into breaking down those walls. Naomi is smart, shy, charismatic but a total nerd. She thrives on data and mathematics. It’s what speaks to her. So interning with her hockey coach dad to fix a broken relationship shouldn’t be that hard right? But working next to this intern coach was a surprise. Even though she had been closed off to hockey, she didn’t take into any account of what the stats are for falling for the guy who goes again everything you tell yourself you don’t like. I enjoyed this book. I always love a good hockey book. Especially one that has team dynamics that can get a little messy. Within the first chapter, I knew I met Michael before. He was introduced in the #moouseries in #theholdout where it was his sister Ryann’s story. So knowing his background prior definitely gave me a different perspective on him. Anyone looking for a good hockey book, come check it out

  12. 5 out of 5

    •Cici• Theory of A Dreamer Book Blog♥

    Being new to Ms.Snowe's work I couldn't wait to get into one of her books! As soon as I found out about this one i knew it had to be the first one i read and i added it to my TBR List right away. I really enjoyed this story! Right from their memorable first meeting, Naomi and Michael's journey grabbed my attention! I really liked their friendship and the chemistry between them! I wasn't sure how things were going to play out for them which i enjoyed. I felt so much throughout! With The Puck Drop, Being new to Ms.Snowe's work I couldn't wait to get into one of her books! As soon as I found out about this one i knew it had to be the first one i read and i added it to my TBR List right away. I really enjoyed this story! Right from their memorable first meeting, Naomi and Michael's journey grabbed my attention! I really liked their friendship and the chemistry between them! I wasn't sure how things were going to play out for them which i enjoyed. I felt so much throughout! With The Puck Drop, Ms.Snowe has created such a good read! I can't wait for more of the Central State world! *I volunteered to read and review a copy of this book from Grey's Promotions / the author*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenn M.

    The Puck Drop is the first book in Jaqueline Snowe's Central State series which is a little spin off from her Moo U series. You in no way need to have read the books in the Moo U series to read this book as it is a complete stand alone. Michael Reiner needed a fresh start- so he moved from the his home on the east coast to attend grad school at Central State. Here he could start over, finding how to still have hockey in his life with no one knowing his tragic past or looking at him with sympathy The Puck Drop is the first book in Jaqueline Snowe's Central State series which is a little spin off from her Moo U series. You in no way need to have read the books in the Moo U series to read this book as it is a complete stand alone. Michael Reiner needed a fresh start- so he moved from the his home on the east coast to attend grad school at Central State. Here he could start over, finding how to still have hockey in his life with no one knowing his tragic past or looking at him with sympathy. Naomi Fletcher just wanted to be seen and feel wanted. Trying to force a connection with her father, the hockey head coach, she took an internship with him to collect data- only instead of working with her dad he mostly had her working with his other intern, Michael. They forged a friendship that went deeper than either of them expected and despite all signs pointing to heartbreak they also found that they couldn't deny their attraction to each other. Was Michael setting himself up for more loss or was Naomi foolishly following in her mother's footsteps of always coming second to hockey. HOLY SLOW BURN! This book will keep you on your toes- waiting and waiting for the moment things change but the wait is so good. The writing is so engaging and kept me glued to the book all day. Michael and Naomi found each other at the perfect time in their lives when they each needed someone who had the same sadness on their heart. Despite each of them having tall walls to keep others away- they snuck past every defense and it was like the baggage they both carried was what allowed for them to create a really deep and trusting friendship. Michael is really all sorts of swoon worthy material too- he is kind, honest, protective, and isn't hard on the eyes. And once they FINALLY broke the seal on their friendship only relationship- everything between them was hot and intense. All the doubts and baggage didn't go away but man I wish I had a Michael that would be so upfront and honest in wanting to talk and make the difficult things work and less painful. Naomi was a wonderful character too- she kind of liked to be unseen like she wasn't worthy of attention- so having her gain confidence and come out of her shell made me so happy. This was my first Jaqueline Snow book- and it for sure will not be my last. I will be going back to read some of the Moo U series- I really want to at least get into Michael's sister Ryann and her boyfriend Jonah's backstory as they are a big part of Michael's story. But I'm also excited to see what else will come about in the Central State series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    Title: The Puck Drop Author: Jaqueline Snowe Hero/Heroine: Michael & Naomi Trope: Friends to Lovers/Sports Romance THE GOOD 😁 Who doesn’t love a damn good hockey romance? This is my first book by Jaqueline Snowe and to be honest I’d quite like to give myself a good kicking right now, as I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up one of her books. Likeable characters who actually communicate with each other are exactly the hero and heroine she created in Michael and Naomi. I adored the banter bet Title: The Puck Drop Author: Jaqueline Snowe Hero/Heroine: Michael & Naomi Trope: Friends to Lovers/Sports Romance THE GOOD 😁 Who doesn’t love a damn good hockey romance? This is my first book by Jaqueline Snowe and to be honest I’d quite like to give myself a good kicking right now, as I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up one of her books. Likeable characters who actually communicate with each other are exactly the hero and heroine she created in Michael and Naomi. I adored the banter between them, they were so comfortable with each other and it showed throughout their interactions. Though the main focus throughout the book was on the budding relationship between Michael and Naomi, I loved how the author also focussed on the relationship Naomi had with her father and sister. There were so many times throughout the story where my heart just broke for Naomi: wanting to receive any sort of acknowledgement from her father, her university’s hockey coach, she was constantly cast aside for his job. Resenting ice hockey for the fact that it took up so much of her fathers time, Naomi fought against her growing feelings for the gorgeous Michael, worried that history would repeat itself. Michael has got to be up there as one of my favourite heroes; so caring, open and honest, he never failed to call Naomi out on her shit. I loved the fact that he didn’t allow her to hide behind her issues and gave her the confidence to confront the situation with her family head on. The Puck Drop was a funny, sweet and steamy read that had me hooked up until the very last page. THE BAD ☹️ Naomi’s Dad infuriated me for most of this book, there were so many times I wanted to hoof my kindle out of the window in anger. Thank you to the author and @greyspromo for providing me with a copy of this book. This is my honest review. OVERALL THOUGHTS: Sweet and steamy friends to lovers hockey romance that gave me serious heart eye emojis. STEAM LEVEL: 🔥🔥🔥 STAR RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Knox

    All reviews posted at Tales of Love, Life, and Murder I liked Michael and Naomi immediately and loved their story. They’re both vulnerable because of their family histories and their lives have lots of complications but they’re perfect together from the moment they meet. Michael can’t hide his attraction even though he knows it’s a bad idea to date the boss’ daughter. The feeling is mutual but Naomi doesn’t date hockey players because she blames the sport for destroying her family and taking her All reviews posted at Tales of Love, Life, and Murder I liked Michael and Naomi immediately and loved their story. They’re both vulnerable because of their family histories and their lives have lots of complications but they’re perfect together from the moment they meet. Michael can’t hide his attraction even though he knows it’s a bad idea to date the boss’ daughter. The feeling is mutual but Naomi doesn’t date hockey players because she blames the sport for destroying her family and taking her father away, so she fights it. They form a bond right away and it grows each time they interact, which scares them both but they can’t deny their feelings forever. They’re both dealing with weighty issues in their lives but when they’re together, they can both relax and be real. Michael inspires her to repair her relationship with the twin sister she’s at odds with, so he’s changing her life for the better. She’s someone he wants to be with at all times because he’s been lonely in the Midwest, so far from the family, friends and life he had on the east coast. The chemistry between them is insane but this is a slow burn, so the tension is high when it finally happens. Michael is sweet, funny and he loves to take care of her which is especially important because her family seems to have abandoned her. Naomi is whip smart, clumsy and adorable. She’s a bit shy with him at first so I liked seeing her get more comfortable and really opening up to him. I couldn’t get enough Naomi and Michael. I really enjoyed their story and will probably read it again sometime.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tannie

    This is the type of book that makes me cry about being single! Like I was bawling, and crying about a couple of sentences that honestly make me swoon! Michael and Fletcher were honestly perfect, they were best friends before anything else and they pushed each other for the best every single day of their lives and wanted only the best for each other. Michael Reiner is a 24yo who was going with his grad degree after not making it into the NHL, he was bummed as he worked hard but he missed playing This is the type of book that makes me cry about being single! Like I was bawling, and crying about a couple of sentences that honestly make me swoon! Michael and Fletcher were honestly perfect, they were best friends before anything else and they pushed each other for the best every single day of their lives and wanted only the best for each other. Michael Reiner is a 24yo who was going with his grad degree after not making it into the NHL, he was bummed as he worked hard but he missed playing that anything else. He earned an internship as a assistant for the coach of his college and he wasn’t too fond about it, but his only choice now that he didn’t have hockey was to ace that job. Naomi Fletcher is a young woman working on her degree related to data and got an internship for her dad, which in her head is to get close to her dad and build a better relationship. Her mind works in numbers and she overthinks everything, specially her relationship with her family as she wasn’t close to her twin sister nor her mom. They found that the coach was Naomi’s dad and their relationship was doomed since the beginning but they became best friends. AND THANK GOD FOR MICHAEL AND STUBBORNNESS! He worked her hard as she was a bit on the fence in been so close to a hockey player as she was burned before. Their relationship was wholesome, their chemistry off the chart and their honesty refreshing. The whole book was refreshing, swoon-worthy and beautifully written. CANT say shit about it, and I NEED MY MICHAEL! Tropes: Sports romance, boss’s daughter, opposites attract. Romance: ♥️♥️♥️♥️ Spicy: 🌶🌶 (it was cute and classy, definitely not smut)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The Puck Drop had me tearing up a few times. Seeing Michael still processing the grief that he is dealing with just pulled at my heartstrings. But then seeing the other side of him, the person who tries to see the good in every moment, that made me fall for him. He just seems like an amazing character. Not only is he hard working, but he tries to be friends with everyone while occasionally issuing some tough love. You can also feel his passion for the game, and how it is hurting him to not be ou The Puck Drop had me tearing up a few times. Seeing Michael still processing the grief that he is dealing with just pulled at my heartstrings. But then seeing the other side of him, the person who tries to see the good in every moment, that made me fall for him. He just seems like an amazing character. Not only is he hard working, but he tries to be friends with everyone while occasionally issuing some tough love. You can also feel his passion for the game, and how it is hurting him to not be out on the ice with the rest of the team. Then there is Naomi, and ugh, her story. I teared up when she was explaining her past as well. Plus there's the drama with her dad, and her twin sister, it's just a lot. All of the things that Naomi is dealing with though eventually get brought up, and the air is cleared. Until that point though there is so much tension. Naomi and Michael being together just works. You can feel their closeness. You can see the base of friendship that they've built, and how they are relying on each other through various tasks. Yes it would be nice if their relationship could be public, but since she is Coach's daughter, AND they are both interning for the team, it really is best that it stays quiet. For now. I truly enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the storyline. It all just felt right. The book was a quick and easy read, and I devoured it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sophie (slovenianbookworm)

    I like a sports romance that focuses on sports but this one was a little short on that end. Michael is an ex hockey player, he is an intern for the Coach but doesn’t really have any action in the rink or even with coaching. He is just there, observing and talks what he would do twith certain players but he does not have any power to actually coach. Otherwise, this book was good. It’s kind of forbidden because Michael’s boss – team’s Coach – is Naomi’s father. The father that she doesn’t really hav I like a sports romance that focuses on sports but this one was a little short on that end. Michael is an ex hockey player, he is an intern for the Coach but doesn’t really have any action in the rink or even with coaching. He is just there, observing and talks what he would do twith certain players but he does not have any power to actually coach. Otherwise, this book was good. It’s kind of forbidden because Michael’s boss – team’s Coach – is Naomi’s father. The father that she doesn’t really have a relationship with but works for him anyway hoping this will change. I liked Michael’s and Naomi’s relationship develop, the steamy scenes were really hot. However, I wish she would talk to her sister sooner and confront her father too. His excuse why he turned every dinner and other appointment down was really lame and I would love to see their relationship grow because this all happened at the very end of the book. So in epologue we’re just told what was happening between father and daughter but it was really missing in the story, to be honest. All in all, 3.5 to 4 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 3.5 out of 5. ARC was provided via Grey’s Promotions in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. P.s.: Apologies to the author and tour hosts for leaving a review so late. I really thought I could do it sooner but September wasn’t really good, readingwise. Full post: https://slovenianbookworm.wordpress.c...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lishani

    I received this book as an ARC for an honest review by Grey's promotion This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Snowe and I enjoyed her writing. I really enjoyed reading it. I went through so many emotions reading it. Naomi's character is strong even though she is vulnerable inside. Her father is emotionally unavailable due to hockey and she feels nothing is more important to him than the sport. she thinks she is alone other than for her best friends.She joins her father as an attempt to I received this book as an ARC for an honest review by Grey's promotion This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Snowe and I enjoyed her writing. I really enjoyed reading it. I went through so many emotions reading it. Naomi's character is strong even though she is vulnerable inside. Her father is emotionally unavailable due to hockey and she feels nothing is more important to him than the sport. she thinks she is alone other than for her best friends.She joins her father as an attempt to get close to him and meets the new intern Michael. Michael got a job as the hockey coach intern and he has to work closely with Naomi. He lost his parents in a car wreck and he had only a sister whom he is very close to. He loves hockey felt lucky to get an internship with the hockey coach at the college he was getting his master’s degree. Michael is leader, which is recognized by the coach and recommend him for an Assistant coach position.Michael and Naomi has an instant connection and they slowly start as friends and fall in love. Michael was so good at trying to protect Naomi and gave her good advice. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who loves a good sports romance.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Oana

    The puck drop is a story about love, understanding and hockey. Michael wants a fresh start away from his past. Being away from the sport he loves is hard but that doesn't stop him from working with the college team. Naomi feels like the weird twin, the nerdy girl interested in data sheets. Her future internship depends on the work she will put to in her project at the hockey team. The same team her dad is coach at, the dad who seems to never spend time with her. This is not the sports romance I am The puck drop is a story about love, understanding and hockey. Michael wants a fresh start away from his past. Being away from the sport he loves is hard but that doesn't stop him from working with the college team. Naomi feels like the weird twin, the nerdy girl interested in data sheets. Her future internship depends on the work she will put to in her project at the hockey team. The same team her dad is coach at, the dad who seems to never spend time with her. This is not the sports romance I am used to, bacause Michael is an ec-player and he doesn't get any action in. But it was a cute romance story, like a friends to romance type. I loved the nickname Michael gave Naomi when they first met and his attitude poited that this guy was both a charmer and a keeper. The story has a nice feel to it with lots of funny and steamy scenes ( like every other romance). The parts I loved where the normal couple stuff both Naomi and Michael did like teasing at normal dates. I would have loved to see a bit more character development in Naomi, to see her confront her sisters and father earlier on. At the end this was a nice and uplifting read. Thank you Jaqueline Snowe and Greys promo for my review copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly DeMarco

    A wonderful young adult journey The Puck Drop (Central State Book 1) by Jacqueline Snowe is a sweet read with wonderful new adult characters. Michael is the kind of young man most would want. He is kind, considerate, sweet, sexy, charming, refreshingly honest, a little broken and communicates. Naomi is also kind, considerate, sweet, the good girl, funny, adorably nerdy, a little broken herself, and scared of being left behind. The plot reveals that Michael and Naomi have more in common than they A wonderful young adult journey The Puck Drop (Central State Book 1) by Jacqueline Snowe is a sweet read with wonderful new adult characters. Michael is the kind of young man most would want. He is kind, considerate, sweet, sexy, charming, refreshingly honest, a little broken and communicates. Naomi is also kind, considerate, sweet, the good girl, funny, adorably nerdy, a little broken herself, and scared of being left behind. The plot reveals that Michael and Naomi have more in common than they could have ever imagined. Their budding friendship becomes everything, second only to their attraction. I really enjoyed this new to me author as she developed these characters, took them through their paces while building tensions; emotional, familial and physical for example. Overall, if you are a fan of young adult, new adult romances, this is one you will not want to miss. The characters felt real, facing real emotional issues on many fronts and finding ways to overcome and prevail together for a very promising future HEA. I read an ARC of this book via Grey’s Promotions and voluntarily share my review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane Lynch

    Jaqueline Snowe scores with THE PUCK DROP (Central State #1). Michael Reiner moves to the Midwest to obtain his master’s degree in sports management. He is offered his dream internship under the Central State Hockey coach. Top that off, he gets to work with the cute girl he just met, Naomi Fletcher-Simpson. The only problem is, she’d the coach’s daughter, and she doesn’t like hockey players. Michael was introduced in HOLDOUT (Moo U #3). He was the brother of Ryann and teammate of Jonah Daniels. I Jaqueline Snowe scores with THE PUCK DROP (Central State #1). Michael Reiner moves to the Midwest to obtain his master’s degree in sports management. He is offered his dream internship under the Central State Hockey coach. Top that off, he gets to work with the cute girl he just met, Naomi Fletcher-Simpson. The only problem is, she’d the coach’s daughter, and she doesn’t like hockey players. Michael was introduced in HOLDOUT (Moo U #3). He was the brother of Ryann and teammate of Jonah Daniels. I love that Jaqueline Snowe spun this series off that story. Michael has suffered a lot of heart aches. His parents both died, and he is no longer playing hockey. I appreciate how he interacts with the hockey team, especially Cal Holt. I like Naomi. She is doing a stat project for the Wolves hockey team for her junior data analysis. Her ulterior motive was to spend more time with her dad, who she has issues with. She feels left out of her family. She has matters to resolve with her twin sister and father. I enjoyed the friendship that Michael and Naomi built. They both have relevant problems to resolve and grow throughout the story. THE PUCK DROP is an excellent foundation for the Central State series. I look forward to the next book in the series. I recommend this story to people who enjoy sports romances. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    4.5 Stars for The Puck Drop ( Central State #1) What a great start to the new Central State Series and if Michael and Naomi’s friends to lovers journey is anything to go by Jacqueline Snowe will certainly have a hit series on her hands. Michael Reiner is looking for a new start and that has taken him to the east coast to attend grad school at Central State. His tragic past has taken him to a new school but he still needs hockey in his life, so he becomes an intern for the hockey team. Naomi Fletch 4.5 Stars for The Puck Drop ( Central State #1) What a great start to the new Central State Series and if Michael and Naomi’s friends to lovers journey is anything to go by Jacqueline Snowe will certainly have a hit series on her hands. Michael Reiner is looking for a new start and that has taken him to the east coast to attend grad school at Central State. His tragic past has taken him to a new school but he still needs hockey in his life, so he becomes an intern for the hockey team. Naomi Fletcher is trying her best to build a relationship and bond with her father, the hockey coach so she also becomes an intern but she finds herself bonding with Michael rather than her father. As a deep friendship is formed, feelings come into to play as this couple find strength with each other. This book touched me on so many levels, I cried, I smiled and at times my heart broke, the chemistry is sizzling and the banter is witty but it was watching this deep friendship form that took this friends to lovers, slow burn to another level. Looking forward to more from Central State.

  24. 4 out of 5

    My Secret Book Spot

    Oh my goodness, this was my first Snowe novel and I'm hooked! Not only does Snowe give you a well-developed world, but she also has great characters, a wonderful plot pace, and my fav part is the wisdom and thoughtfulness she puts into her characters' dialogue. Michael Reiner is my favorite character by far, and I honestly wish I could bundle him up and hug him! I'm a 40 something Mom so his loss, and maturity from that experience, are just so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Whi Oh my goodness, this was my first Snowe novel and I'm hooked! Not only does Snowe give you a well-developed world, but she also has great characters, a wonderful plot pace, and my fav part is the wisdom and thoughtfulness she puts into her characters' dialogue. Michael Reiner is my favorite character by far, and I honestly wish I could bundle him up and hug him! I'm a 40 something Mom so his loss, and maturity from that experience, are just so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. While I liked Naomi Fletcher, she waffled back and forth between a whiny young person and a young adult trying to push through the struggle of her parents just being other people with flaws who you can choose to have in your life, rather than pedestal models who should never make a mistake. I know the struggle is real and didn't ding her for that, but the whiny self-centeredness did get old around the halfway mark. But even with that, this is a great read and truly has me looking up Snowe so I can get more of her heart and passion!! Highly recommend this one!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rina's Reads

    This book took me a while to get into—not that it was slow, I was getting a feel for the author's writing style (new to me author)—but once I did, the hits started coming and I felt like they didn't stop. This story was full of emotional baggage, aching sorrow, and there were a few laughs thrown in. The chemistry between Michael and Naomi was almost instant for me, though it took a while for the characters to open themselves up to it. Beware of the SLOW BURN... it was intense. That moment they FI This book took me a while to get into—not that it was slow, I was getting a feel for the author's writing style (new to me author)—but once I did, the hits started coming and I felt like they didn't stop. This story was full of emotional baggage, aching sorrow, and there were a few laughs thrown in. The chemistry between Michael and Naomi was almost instant for me, though it took a while for the characters to open themselves up to it. Beware of the SLOW BURN... it was intense. That moment they FINALLY crossed the line was insanely satisfying—from a reader's standpoint—and it quickly morphed into more. The tension between different characters added another layer to this already interesting story and I found myself absolutely engrossed. I nearly didn't sleep because I was THAT invested. While I liked the majority of the characters, there were some who didn't hit the mark with me. But, I always believe they can be redeemed, so I won't hold that against them. I'm very much looking forward to reading more from this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Central State #1 Michael Reiner was at Moo U and played hockey but now he can't play anymore. He has moved to another state, different college and has taken an internship with the hockey team at Central State College working under the coach and is happy with that decision. He watches the players and actually takes one under his wing. Naomi Fletcher-Simpson is a twin, the nerdy one who feels like she doesn't quite fit in. She likes her data and spreadsheets and is hoping to fix her relationship wit Central State #1 Michael Reiner was at Moo U and played hockey but now he can't play anymore. He has moved to another state, different college and has taken an internship with the hockey team at Central State College working under the coach and is happy with that decision. He watches the players and actually takes one under his wing. Naomi Fletcher-Simpson is a twin, the nerdy one who feels like she doesn't quite fit in. She likes her data and spreadsheets and is hoping to fix her relationship with her father who happens to be the hockey coach by doing an internship with him on a stats project involving the players. Things don't quite add up the way she wants when her dad has her working with Michael. They are total opposites in every way but form a friendship that leads to attraction. She doesn't date hockey players and he can't afford to lose the internship so now what? I really enjoyed this story. There are laugh out loud parts as well as tears. Both have suffered losses which is so real life. 5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    M K

    You might recall Michael from one of the moo u books that centered around his sister but his story is just as compelling! I felt a bit broken reading this as he has to give up one dream only to start another is never easy but I loved Michael as a character throughout this book. I felt like Michael and Naomi were good together there were parts where I thought her insecurity really got the best of her. I think her insecurities have been impacted by her relationship with her father. Michael was suc You might recall Michael from one of the moo u books that centered around his sister but his story is just as compelling! I felt a bit broken reading this as he has to give up one dream only to start another is never easy but I loved Michael as a character throughout this book. I felt like Michael and Naomi were good together there were parts where I thought her insecurity really got the best of her. I think her insecurities have been impacted by her relationship with her father. Michael was such a gentle and honest guy. I will say I felt like there relationship took a while to develop while when it did it had it’s good and bad moments but be prepared for things to move a bit slower here. I still think overall it really came together and they both really grew into their own and let’s just say the end will not disappoint! I love a good read with a bit of Hockey and Romance! Huge fan of the author, check out her Moo U book with Micheals sister called Holdout!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ree

    Michael is intrigued by Naomi the minute they meet. When he finds out that she's the coach's daughter - the coach who has his career in his hands at the moment - he decides that he would avoid her. But as they are forced together at every opportunity, their working relationship translates into a friendship neither is expecting, but are too afraid to lose. And Michael knows a lot about loss. Naomi is accustomed to being the twin no one remembers or notices, but Michael Reiner sees her. Finding out Michael is intrigued by Naomi the minute they meet. When he finds out that she's the coach's daughter - the coach who has his career in his hands at the moment - he decides that he would avoid her. But as they are forced together at every opportunity, their working relationship translates into a friendship neither is expecting, but are too afraid to lose. And Michael knows a lot about loss. Naomi is accustomed to being the twin no one remembers or notices, but Michael Reiner sees her. Finding out that they are more alike than they originally thought cements their connection, but Naomi's walls are sky high. I liked this book. It was sweet, romantic and overall, a very good read. I liked Naomi's friend group, and their quirks. Michael, underneath his reluctance to commit, was a really good person. He really understood Naomi. The two together helped one another grow. I look forward to more from Jaqueline Snow, and this series. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    World Of Books 65

    A really nice start to this brand new series. I loved this new spin on a hockey romance, as this romance is centred around our once junior hockey player, who is now at Central State as an Intern working with one of the top coaches, Michael wasn't expecting to run into the coaches daughter and start to have feelings for her, his life is complex enough and so is Naomi's, who also attends Central State, she has spent years trying to get her dads approval, but always feels a disappointment, she does A really nice start to this brand new series. I loved this new spin on a hockey romance, as this romance is centred around our once junior hockey player, who is now at Central State as an Intern working with one of the top coaches, Michael wasn't expecting to run into the coaches daughter and start to have feelings for her, his life is complex enough and so is Naomi's, who also attends Central State, she has spent years trying to get her dads approval, but always feels a disappointment, she doesn't need Michael now coming along and taking all her dads time as well. But, she wished her heart didn't beat a little faster when he is near or the more time she spends with him the more she sees the sadness lucking there. Jaqueline Snowe created a great backdrop and the c0nflixs and past these two were going through were so well written that The Puck Drop was an attention grabbing story and one that was as strong at the end as the beginning.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Not only has Michael endured a devasting loss personally but now the hockey career he always wanted has been derailed as well. When he is offered the chance to learn under a successful coach it seems like the best possible scenario however getting involved with his boss’s daughter is a complication he can’t afford. Naomi has always felt like she was on the outside looking in when it came to her family. When she has the opportunity to show her father that she has skills that he can use she hopes t Not only has Michael endured a devasting loss personally but now the hockey career he always wanted has been derailed as well. When he is offered the chance to learn under a successful coach it seems like the best possible scenario however getting involved with his boss’s daughter is a complication he can’t afford. Naomi has always felt like she was on the outside looking in when it came to her family. When she has the opportunity to show her father that she has skills that he can use she hopes that he will finally see the person she is. There is no denying the attraction she has for Michael however will their very different visions of what they want in the future be the one challenge they can’t overcome? I really enjoyed that Michael and Naomi were so supportive of each other and truly got to know each other and the turmoil they have both experienced as it made their relationship so much stronger.

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