Virgin Territory Review
Title: Virgin Territory (Hellions Angels, #3)
Author: Lia Riley
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his starting position and the dream he sacrificed everything for, including joining the priesthood.
Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is over men. After yet another toxic relationship, she’s eager to forget love and focus on growing her business. Doing the Hellions head coach a favor by helping out a troubled player can’t hurt, and it might give her career a high-profile boost. But free-spirited Margot is soon charming the pants off Patch. Literally. Her sassy combination of sweet and sexy proves irresistible to the goalie. Before Patch can give into temptation though, he’ll have to confess his biggest secret:
He’s a virgin.
But Patch is hiding more than sexual inexperience, and his dark past soon threatens to destroy his shot at true love.
This was my first book by Riley and I have to say I loved it! It was one of those feel good romances that just makes you happy while reading it. Yes, Patch experienced abuse as a child and Margot was bullied in high school but they overcame that and became these great people. The book moves in quite a quick pace, which makes it seemed a little rushed. I would have enjoyed a little more detail or had some scenes be a little more drawn out but it really doesn’t distract too much from the story.
Margot and Patch’s chemistry was so much fun to read. They instantly had a connection that just sizzled off the pages. I loved their interactions and their banter. I really liked reading how Margot and Patch helped each other grow and be better versions of themselves. And the sex between these two was off the charts steamy!!!
Also, I loved the fact that Patch was a virgin. In romance novels, and in our society, it tends to be the woman who is afraid of interactions or is still a virgin and is ALWAYS just a few years younger than the way more experienced man. However, in this book, Patch is a complete virgin in every way possible, is completely unskilled at being able to talk to women, and is a few years younger than Margot. Although, miraculously, Patch was a genius at every sexual situation even though he had never done anything before. That was a wee bit unbelievable but still fun to read.
There was drama but not over the top drama. It was just enough drama to be believable in real life situations and also keep me interested. The characters in this book were light and fun and lovable. You could not help but love them. The writing was smart, if just a little predictable- but that’s not a criticism. I liked that it was predictable. It made the book feel homey, if that makes sense...?
The great thing about this series is that you don’t have to read the books in order. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series. It was so enjoyable to read this book. I think that Riley is now going to be my go to for light and fun contemporary romance novels. I loved the story and her writing. I highly recommend this book!