Monday, January 29, 2024

Cross Check Crush by Dulcie Dameron: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

This is one crush she’s willing to bet on…

Reality star sweetheart, Freya Danielson, is no stranger to living under a microscope. But not even her fans know about her secret crush on hockey’s hottest bad boy, Bridger Baros.

Bridger’s grumpy persona might be off-putting to some, but Freya sees past the bluster to who he is underneath. Sweet, shy, considerate…

And woefully oblivious to how deep Freya’s feelings run.

Bridger can’t catch a break. If it’s not his brother’s constant passive-aggressive comparison bringing on a headache, it’s his teammates ragging about his aversion to dating. But when everything comes to a head after a frustrating phone call, Bridger finds himself in need help.

He needs a fiancée. Fast.

When Bridger finds out the owner of his social media fan page is none other than the country’s most beloved “good girl,” he proposes they strike a deal: If she’ll pretend to be his fiancée at his family’s Thanksgiving get together, he’ll help her monetize her fan page by giving her an insider’s scoop into what it's like to be a Dragon.

There’s just one catch—for Freya, nothing with Bridger is pretend. And she’s secretly hoping that by the time their holiday weekend away is over, Bridger has caught feelings for her too.

Putting it all on the line for a self-proclaimed bachelor is scary, but Freya’s determined to win Bridger’s heart—or get crushed trying.

**Cross-Check Crush is a sweet hockey romance full of flirty messages, fake dating, and fuzzy, warm feelings that are most certainly NOT fake.**

Dulcie is a wife and mama fulfilling her calling in the most picturesque small town anyone's ever seen. She writes stories that are full of charm and grace, sprinkling a little romance into the world around her. You can find her online at or on Instagram as @dulciedameron

Cross Check Crush is the second book in the Dating a Denver Dragon series. This is a multi-author series centered around the Denver Dragons hockey team and can definitely be enjoyed as standalones as well. 

Honestly, just give me ALL the closed-door hockey romance... I am absolutely HERE for it! Seriously, I am obsessed, and I have to say I am absolutely loving this series so far! Grumpy MMC always seem to win me over, so naturally I adored Bridger right from the start for that reason alone... but as someone who also deals with severe social anxiety, I definitely connected with and appreciated his character very much! Bridger and Freya's story was super sweet with all the humor and swoon that I adore in a romcom, but it also had so much depth to it as well. I feel like we all have insecurities we struggle with and as such can relate to these characters on some level--- making them all that much easier to fall in love with and root for. 

Dulcie Dameron has very quickly become a must-read author for me, and this one definitely solidifies that for me... it's so perfectly swoon worthy and I enjoyed every single second. I absolutely cannot wait to read more from this series. 

Cross Check Crush is a closed-door romance with kisses only and no language. 

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