Now, you can have the books that introduced Victor Kalinski to the world in one reasonably priced boxed set! With over 350 Goodreads reviews and ratings combined, the romance of Vic Kalinski and Dan Arou is one that once read, will never be forgotten. In this three-book set, you’ll get to experience all the passion, sarcasm, hockey action, and romance that reviewers have called “Beautifully Written”, “Surprisingly Heartfelt”, and “Hot! Hot! Hot!”
I started out thinking I was going to hate these books, because at the very beginning we get several sort of offensive stereotypes thrown at us. The way Vic disparages the reporters in the locker room, vulgarly insults his teammates, and then gets himself into a violent altercation was a huge turnoff. As a hockey fan I was especially dissatisfied; I follow a lot of beat writers and most of them are well-educated, lovely people who want to do a good job and cover their sport. Locker room dissent isn’t unheard of, but if NHL teammates are brawling with each other on the reg, everyone is covering it up pretty well.
As you get further into the story you realize it’s just Vic. He’s got no brain-to-mouth filter, he’s a prick (but sort of self aware) and pretty unapologetic about it, and his temper flares up super quickly. He’s got a damn 747 cargo hold’s worth of childhood baggage. It would be easy to hate him but somehow I couldn’t. Sure, he aggravated the living crap out of me at times, but it got easier to see why he was messed up and how his attitude was a coping mechanism of sorts. It helps that he softens up (slightly) the more time he spends with Dan Arou.
Lovely, sweet, feisty Dan. What a good. He sees through Vic’s BS faster than I did. The way he can handle the “venomous Pole” (a nickname Vic earns because of his Polish ancestry and vitriol, not for any x-rated reasons) is masterful. He’s not the only one – by the end of the trilogy there are several people who have got Vic’s number – but he’s the first that really sticks.
These books are written in Vic’s voice, and he has a filthy mouth. Almost everything is raunchy. That is sometimes a detriment, but in certain situations it’s pretty hot. I like when he’s playful – the running theme of referring to Dan as a hobbit is pretty darling – but the creativity of his potty mouth is at times amusing.
There really is something here for everyone. Sports, a little violence, a lot of sex, some angst, some domesticity. You name it, Point Shot has got you covered. And if you too want to put the first book down while reading chapter one, don’t. You’ll be glad you kept reading.
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