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DINAH When my husband died, I never thought I would find love again.  I definitely didn’t think I would find it in the arms of my younger best friend. Why would the hunky hockey player want anything to do with me? I’m a stressed out writer with a lot of baggage. Any other man would say, “HARD PASS!” But Noah was the best man I’ve ever known, and if it wasn’t for him, I DINAH When my husband died, I never thought I would find love again.  I definitely didn’t think I would find it in the arms of my younger best friend. Why would the hunky hockey player want anything to do with me? I’m a stressed out writer with a lot of baggage. Any other man would say, “HARD PASS!” But Noah was the best man I’ve ever known, and if it wasn’t for him, I might not be alive. But am I ready to put my heart on the line again? NOAH I’ve pined for my best friend for so long, that my teammates issued an ultimatum.  “Make your move now or one of us will ask her out.” They are just trying to push me, besides none of those jerks would ever be good enough for her. Makes me wonder if I even stand a chance. Besides, what would a smart woman like her want with a dumb jock like me? Get ready to meet the Philadelphia Bulldogs hockey team, in this all new-standalone novel. If you love sexy sports romances and friends-to-lovers with a HEA, this book is for you! Content Warning: This book deals with miscarriage & infertility. 


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DINAH When my husband died, I never thought I would find love again.  I definitely didn’t think I would find it in the arms of my younger best friend. Why would the hunky hockey player want anything to do with me? I’m a stressed out writer with a lot of baggage. Any other man would say, “HARD PASS!” But Noah was the best man I’ve ever known, and if it wasn’t for him, I DINAH When my husband died, I never thought I would find love again.  I definitely didn’t think I would find it in the arms of my younger best friend. Why would the hunky hockey player want anything to do with me? I’m a stressed out writer with a lot of baggage. Any other man would say, “HARD PASS!” But Noah was the best man I’ve ever known, and if it wasn’t for him, I might not be alive. But am I ready to put my heart on the line again? NOAH I’ve pined for my best friend for so long, that my teammates issued an ultimatum.  “Make your move now or one of us will ask her out.” They are just trying to push me, besides none of those jerks would ever be good enough for her. Makes me wonder if I even stand a chance. Besides, what would a smart woman like her want with a dumb jock like me? Get ready to meet the Philadelphia Bulldogs hockey team, in this all new-standalone novel. If you love sexy sports romances and friends-to-lovers with a HEA, this book is for you! Content Warning: This book deals with miscarriage & infertility. 

30 review for Take The Shot

  1. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    Take the shot is the 1st book in the Philadelphia Bulldog series and believe the debut book by this author. It is the story of Dinah and Noah. Dinah at 30 has endured more pain then most people (hopefully) in a lifetime. She lost her husband to a car crash...discovers she is pregnant with his baby, and then that is taken away through a miscarriage that almost claimed her life as well. Noah is a 22-year-old professional hockey player...who (although feels guilty) wants Dinah. Are they finally at Take the shot is the 1st book in the Philadelphia Bulldog series and believe the debut book by this author. It is the story of Dinah and Noah. Dinah at 30 has endured more pain then most people (hopefully) in a lifetime. She lost her husband to a car crash...discovers she is pregnant with his baby, and then that is taken away through a miscarriage that almost claimed her life as well. Noah is a 22-year-old professional hockey player...who (although feels guilty) wants Dinah. Are they finally at a place where they will act on these feelings…? My thoughts: I love hockey ya’ll….like love hockey in a rabid fan kind of way!! I also love romances...so it would make sense that I would love hockey romances...and I do!!! This one however missed the mark. It made me so crazy!! I wanted to like it……. the thought of a new hockey romance series…. Is almost as exciting as watching Ryan O’Reilly win the Conn Smythe trophy!!!! Ok not even close, but I love when a new series starts! Back to it made me so crazy...ugg first I didn’t like Dinas’s back story...DEPRESSING!!...I know these things happen, but they don’t need to in my fantasy world! Second Noah was a wimp!!! I hated his dialog...if I could have thrown this book at him, I would have!! Obviously I believe sex could be consensual…(I hope we all do)….but my god….how much reassurance do you need!?! I would give a more specific example, but there is a chance that my mother/and or grandma might see this...so I won’t. Love you guys! Man up “dude”. That brings me to my next bone diaglog issues….it was like reading a conversation between two junior high kids! I lost count of how many times “dude” was said. *Sigh*...im getting annoyed all over again. I'm hoping some of these issues…. can be chalked up to a debut author, and that her next book will address some of these concerns. I will probably check book 2 out...after all... authors grow with each book(hopefully), and I'm not ready to give up on the idea of another great hockey romance series! For more book fun check out my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Danica Flynn, and the publisher for this opportunity

  2. 4 out of 5

    patrick Lorelli

    Dinah is a thirty-year-old widow who lives next door to two hockey players. They both knew her husband who was killed in a car accident. She deals with the loud music and partying from next door. She does this while working at being a writer. She does have a soft spot for Noah who actually saved her life months after she lost her husband when she had a miscarriage while in the stairwell, Noah found her carried her downstairs and took her to the hospital and stayed with her. She felt for him then Dinah is a thirty-year-old widow who lives next door to two hockey players. They both knew her husband who was killed in a car accident. She deals with the loud music and partying from next door. She does this while working at being a writer. She does have a soft spot for Noah who actually saved her life months after she lost her husband when she had a miscarriage while in the stairwell, Noah found her carried her downstairs and took her to the hospital and stayed with her. She felt for him then and as much as she is trying to deal with her feelings. First, she wants to like Noah but still, she feels that she is too old for him, second, she is still dealing with cheating on her husband. As a reader, I was wanting her to take the time to get with Noah and I was equally confused with Noah. I wanted him to step up and tell her before he did that he wanted to be with her. I got that he was nervous, or even scared because he knew her husband and actually liked him, he thought maybe that his feelings for her would be not helping her. He did fall in love with her though when he was with her in the hospital, seeing how strong she was he found a different person on the inside and his love grew right there in the hospital. When he finally heard from the coach that she had called the team and told them what he had done that had sealed the deal and he finally decided to make his play on the ice and with her. This is when the story becomes different and changes. I had hoped that the last part of the book would have been part of the beginning for it seemed that the author had found her groove and the whole story from the 75% mark just was so much better, even though they were all the same characters. I like hockey and hockey stories so I was looking forward to reading this book, I was just a little disappointed in the beginning and a little passed the middle. Dinah’s character and the struggle with Noah’s character were both good and her part really helped the book move along. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 3 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Whitworth

    ❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 A good read and plot . Some of the characters were wonderful. Dinah I loved , so strong and she had fire and heat, wasn’t afraid to ask for what she wanted. T.J ,I adored him so funny at times , most of the other players too were quirky and amusing they had real life to them. Noah however I was disappointed in. At first he just came across as a gentle giant of a man and that was fine , even being unsure of himself was good , not all men are confident. Noah began to anoy me around chapter 6, ❤️❤️❤️ 💋💋 A good read and plot . Some of the characters were wonderful. Dinah I loved , so strong and she had fire and heat, wasn’t afraid to ask for what she wanted. T.J ,I adored him so funny at times , most of the other players too were quirky and amusing they had real life to them. Noah however I was disappointed in. At first he just came across as a gentle giant of a man and that was fine , even being unsure of himself was good , not all men are confident. Noah began to anoy me around chapter 6, I started to think him weak and I couldn’t get past it . It’s probably a personal thing so don’t let it put you off reading this book , the rest of it was good and enjoyable reading. In all it’s great reading with a vast majority of excellent characters. I received an Arc copy of this book and chose to post this review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    I was first drawn to this book because of its theme of friends to lovers, it being set in the sports world, and involving an older woman/younger man and I started this book with lots of happy anticipation. With each turn of the page I found moments that put a smile on my face but there was lots of frustration too. Dinah's been through the emotional wringer in her past with the death of her husband in a car accident, along with having a miscarriage, and my heart ached for her over her losses and t I was first drawn to this book because of its theme of friends to lovers, it being set in the sports world, and involving an older woman/younger man and I started this book with lots of happy anticipation. With each turn of the page I found moments that put a smile on my face but there was lots of frustration too. Dinah's been through the emotional wringer in her past with the death of her husband in a car accident, along with having a miscarriage, and my heart ached for her over her losses and the fear she's left with in trying to make it on her own. They're losses that she's slowly starting to move on from though. Luckily she has a sweet and dependable neighbor she's always been able to count on and the two of them have been dancing around their feelings for each other over the last two years. On a whole Dinah was a realistic heroine with fears and doubts resulting from her tragedies. I liked her interactions with her neighbor Noah, though sometimes there were moments of awkwardness and times she treated him like a little boy instead of a potential lover. Dinah has major issues with the age difference between her and Noah too and it became a repetitive concern that dimmed the joy of her finding a new love for me. The age difference wasn't even that much...8 years...with both of them over 21. Even though she was older there were times where her dialogue felt like a teenager's words with the constant use of "dude". I don't know if she was trying to be hip, but it became cringeworthy and became less frequent as the story progressed. Noah's a nice guy with a good heart, a sexy hockey player with a bright future. He was drawn to Dinah from the very start but respected the boundaries of her being a widow and his neighbor. He wants her though and is constantly getting a push about it from his teammates, a push he desperately needs as fear and uncertainties will forever hold him back otherwise. It's a slow journey for them to finally becoming more than friends, a repetitive journey of an inner war with himself, and I was rooting for him every step of the way as I enjoyed these two together. They weren't a perfect couple in their presentation, but I feel that they will grow beautifully together. This is Ms. Flynn's debut novel...and it shows with a story that's a bit rough around the edges. Noah's a sweet and sexy hero but talks like a teenager at times. When it came to intimacy with Dinah he was over the top in getting consent from her which pulled me out of the moment and made him seem as if he didn't know what he was doing. Dinah's dialogue was also rough and seemed to come from someone much younger and belied the strong businesswoman she was supposed to be. The hockey world presented here was realistically depicted with serious issues (like concussions) on display along with seeing the team not always win. I also enjoyed the glimpses of the other Philadelphia Bulldogs and their appearances give me great hope for the next installment in this series as Ms. Flynn's career evolves. 3.25 STARS!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo / Google Play Being widowed at a young age has left Dinah never expecting to find love again. That she finds it with her best friend, younger, hockey player, is even more unexpected. Can they make a relationship work with all her still grieving heart? Hmmmm...unfortunately, I don't have a lot of positive things to say about this story. It's a debut and it shows, but it also could be worse, so there's that. I guess the main problems I had with it are that Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo / Google Play Being widowed at a young age has left Dinah never expecting to find love again. That she finds it with her best friend, younger, hockey player, is even more unexpected. Can they make a relationship work with all her still grieving heart? Hmmmm...unfortunately, I don't have a lot of positive things to say about this story. It's a debut and it shows, but it also could be worse, so there's that. I guess the main problems I had with it are that it's rather undeveloped, and Dinah is constantly harping about Noah being younger than she is. OK, we get it, your best friend is 8 years younger. So what? It's not like he's a teenager and you're in your 60s or something. Sheesh. Dinah also spoke quite a bit younger than her actual age, so it made it hard to pin her real character down. Was she in her 30s or a barely out of her teens? The brights spots of this story are that Noah is a sweetheart, and the hockey content is really interesting and entertaining. I love hockey romances, well, sports romances of all kinds really, and sometimes the hockey content in them can be nil. Here, though, there's enough to keep the sports lover in me very satisfied. ARC via Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review. Review & Book Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Marvin

    Take the Shot is the debut book of author Danica Flynn. I like romance based around sports as I like sports myself. While hockey usually isn’t my sport of choice, I have been to a few games and have noticed how large and hunky the players seem to be so I was super excited to read this novel. This book is a bit tedious at times and I had to take a couple of breaks. I feel like the character, Dinah, had some serious issues getting over the whole age difference. It is reiterated throughout the book Take the Shot is the debut book of author Danica Flynn. I like romance based around sports as I like sports myself. While hockey usually isn’t my sport of choice, I have been to a few games and have noticed how large and hunky the players seem to be so I was super excited to read this novel. This book is a bit tedious at times and I had to take a couple of breaks. I feel like the character, Dinah, had some serious issues getting over the whole age difference. It is reiterated throughout the book several times and becomes annoying. We get it, she is a little older than Noah but it seems to over take the story and I don’t think that is what the author had intended. The thing about Noah that I found annoying was everyone he talked to would say to him “you love her/you’ve loved her since Jason died”. Ok... again, he has had feeling for her for a while, we get it, let’s not have ten different characters say it to him several different times throughout the book. There were a few things that felt juvenile in the book, for example calling each other boyfriend/girlfriend then immediately blushing, there has to be a smoother, adult way of establishing their commitment to each other. I think the author has the right idea for this story, I really do. I’d love to see another story with Benny and Rox but developed deeper. I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in return for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Marvin

    Take the Shot is the debut book of author Danica Flynn. I like romance based around sports as I like sports myself. While hockey usually isn’t my sport of choice, I have been to a few games and have noticed how large and hunky the players seem to be so I was super excited to read this novel. This book is a bit tedious at times and I had to take a couple of breaks. I feel like the character, Dinah, had some serious issues getting over the whole age difference. It is reiterated throughout the book Take the Shot is the debut book of author Danica Flynn. I like romance based around sports as I like sports myself. While hockey usually isn’t my sport of choice, I have been to a few games and have noticed how large and hunky the players seem to be so I was super excited to read this novel. This book is a bit tedious at times and I had to take a couple of breaks. I feel like the character, Dinah, had some serious issues getting over the whole age difference. It is reiterated throughout the book several times and becomes annoying. We get it, she is a little older than Noah but it seems to over take the story and I don’t think that is what the author had intended. The thing about Noah that I found annoying was everyone he talked to would say to him “you love her/you’ve loved her since Jason died”. Ok... again, he has had feeling for her for a while, we get it, let’s not have ten different characters say it to him several different times throughout the book. There were a few things that felt juvenile in the book, for example calling each other boyfriend/girlfriend then immediately blushing, there has to be a smoother, adult way of establishing their commitment to each other. I think the author has the right idea for this story, I really do. I’d love to see another story with Benny and Rox but developed deeper. I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in return for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JudyAnnLovesBooks

    Two and a Half Stars ⭐️ Take The Shot is Danica Flynn’s debut novel and it covers some of my very favorite things. It’s a Hockey Romance / Reverse Age Gap / Friends to Lovers read and for all intense and purposes should have checked all my boxes. I found the premise of the story to be a good one but had a hard time with the immaturity of the main characters especially Dinah. As the supposedly older woman you would expect her to behave as such and instead she appeared more immature then Noah, her Two and a Half Stars ⭐️ Take The Shot is Danica Flynn’s debut novel and it covers some of my very favorite things. It’s a Hockey Romance / Reverse Age Gap / Friends to Lovers read and for all intense and purposes should have checked all my boxes. I found the premise of the story to be a good one but had a hard time with the immaturity of the main characters especially Dinah. As the supposedly older woman you would expect her to behave as such and instead she appeared more immature then Noah, her younger counterpart. Noah for his part, lacked the confidence that most professional athletes have (I’m talking confidence not cockiness) and it started to wear thin as the book went on. As I said, I think this book has potential but unfortunately did not play out the way I expected. I hope that her next book, improves upon this one and that I can rate it higher. (As an aside, as a Canadian I really got tired of all the references to Noah’s Canadianisms).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane Lynch

    3.5 of 5 stars Take The Shot (Philadelphia Bulldogs #1) is the debut novel by Danica Flynn. In this story, widow Dinah Lace and NHL player Noah Kennedy are best friends who begin to act on their feeling for one another. There are several issues that the couple face in the story, including an eight-year age gap and guilt for moving on. A couple of times I felt the story dragged repeating the same stuff. For example, concussions seemed to be mentioned a lot with no real relevance. It felt like it w 3.5 of 5 stars Take The Shot (Philadelphia Bulldogs #1) is the debut novel by Danica Flynn. In this story, widow Dinah Lace and NHL player Noah Kennedy are best friends who begin to act on their feeling for one another. There are several issues that the couple face in the story, including an eight-year age gap and guilt for moving on. A couple of times I felt the story dragged repeating the same stuff. For example, concussions seemed to be mentioned a lot with no real relevance. It felt like it was thrown in to make the book longer. There were only two scenes that it seemed applicable. It bothered me that Dinah often treated Noah like he was younger than her (which he was), but it felt wrong. They were best friends for two years, so I feel like she should be treating him like an adult and not a kid. That did let up toward the end of the book. Noah is a sweet guy and a good friend. The plot had merit. There were well done scenes. I think the author, and series have a lot of potential. I would like to hear the story of the other characters in this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jas

    I love hockey romances and am always looking for a new author to feed my addiction. This one sounded like promising but unfortunately ended up being a chore to get through. It is the author’s debut and I can see where she had some good ideas but the clunky dialogue that seemed like things high schoolers would say and not adults and the lack of a real plot made me start skimming part way through. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan McClintock

    2.5 stars I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This is the debut novel for this author, so hopefully her style will improve with practice. The basic plot is that Dinah is a thirty year old widow who has a day job as a marketer and is a writer in her nights. She lives next door to 22 year old Noah an TJ, two Canadian pro hockey players. Noah fell in love at first sight when he met married Dinah. Her husband died , and Noah was there as a friend. Two years have passed 2.5 stars I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This is the debut novel for this author, so hopefully her style will improve with practice. The basic plot is that Dinah is a thirty year old widow who has a day job as a marketer and is a writer in her nights. She lives next door to 22 year old Noah an TJ, two Canadian pro hockey players. Noah fell in love at first sight when he met married Dinah. Her husband died , and Noah was there as a friend. Two years have passed and now they start to explore whether they can be more than friends. I like the overall plot, older woman with the hot hockey player, but there were so many thing that drove me nuts. POTENTIAL SPOILERS 1. The backstory of Dinah’s husband’s death and her miscarriage really should have been a prologue. It was awkward that two years have passed and no one knew the details about this and it had to be explained multiple times. 2. The dialogue seemed stilted, like what an older person thinks how a younger person would speak. 3. Too much use of the word dude and the f-word. I have no problems with swearing, but the author seems to be having Dinah use it to be “cool”. 4. Noah is depicted as a super polite Canadian. Which the author interprets as having the personality of a twelve year old girl. At one point, I expected him to give a note to Dinah “Do you like me? Yes__ No__” Bottom line, this series has some potential, but this book doesn’t quite do it for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Illustrious Illusions

    It's not a bad debut story. A friends to overs with a little bit of an age difference...a little sports, a little heartache...it has all the right things but 'Dude" stop with the use of the word Dude and bro - especially during the intimate scenes when she is always using dude. it really took away from the overall story and made me feel like I was reading about a couple of teenagers instead of a woman in her 30's.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    3.25 Stars Take the Shot begins with Dinah in her apartment on a Friday night attempting to finish a draft of her second romance novel. From the sounds next door, her best friends, Noah and T.J., are having another party, which is confirmed when Noah texts her and invites her over. Knowing she’s at a dead end for the night with her writing, she agrees and heads to the party. Once Dinah walks next door, she finds the party in full swing. She knows most in attendance as they have become her circle o 3.25 Stars Take the Shot begins with Dinah in her apartment on a Friday night attempting to finish a draft of her second romance novel. From the sounds next door, her best friends, Noah and T.J., are having another party, which is confirmed when Noah texts her and invites her over. Knowing she’s at a dead end for the night with her writing, she agrees and heads to the party. Once Dinah walks next door, she finds the party in full swing. She knows most in attendance as they have become her circle of friends too. Noah and T.J. are hockey players and a lot of their fellow teammates are there as well. Dinah considers herself lucky to have these people as her friends, especially Noah. She lost her husband a couple of years before to a terrible car accident. Immediately after, she discovered she was pregnant, only to have a miscarriage that almost killed her. Had Noah not found her passed out in the stairwell of their building, she would not have survived. He took her to the E.R. and stayed with her the whole time. Neither had ever breathed a word to anyone else about what had happened. Dinah had never even told her family. Noah was always glad to see Dinah. Unknown to anyone else, or, so he thought, he had been in love with Dinah for a long time but has always done it from afar. Things were changing though……his friends knew he was in love with her and they told him to make his move, or get out of their way. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well. As Noah starts to make his move, Dinah finds herself surprised. After all, why would a younger man want to be with her? The two of them begin to navigate a relationship once he convinces her that he is serious. However, through a series of events, Dinah finds herself scared and does the only thing she can think of to protect herself….run. Both are miserable without the other and have to decide if, indeed, they will take the shot. Take the Shot is a nicely written story by Flynn. Both of the main characters were pretty well written. Dinah is strong, smart and independent. Noah is an old soul, a gentleman and very protective. The chemistry between the two of them, however, was almost tentative. I liked them together, but something was just a little disjointed for me. The secondary characters leave you wanting more of their story, which is always a plus. All, in all, this was a good start for the Philadelphia Bulldogs series and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. Well done, Danica Flynn!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Sometimes, you just need a book that you just fall into, losing all around you, and reading about 2 people falling in love. And this is such a book. Dinah lost her husband 2 years ago. Moving on seemed like a good idea, and a bad one, all at the same time. Her neighbour provides some eye candy, but he is so much younger than she is and she doesn't think he would want anything other than friendship. Noah lives in the next Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Sometimes, you just need a book that you just fall into, losing all around you, and reading about 2 people falling in love. And this is such a book. Dinah lost her husband 2 years ago. Moving on seemed like a good idea, and a bad one, all at the same time. Her neighbour provides some eye candy, but he is so much younger than she is and she doesn't think he would want anything other than friendship. Noah lives in the next door apartment. Noah has lusted over Dinah for ages, but she was married, then widowed. He wasn't gonna make a move til she was ready. If she never did, he would be heartbroken, but he would rather have Dinah as a friend, than not at all. This is a delightful read! I'm not the greatest fan of first person books, I make no secret of that, but I really rather loved this one! Noah, bless him, 22 years old, lusts after Dinah, has done since he met her. But he kept it to himself, she was married. And after he died, he found himself helping her in more ways than he ever expected. But he waited, he WAS waiting for Dinah. Waiting for her to let him know she was ready to move on. He would wait, however long it took. Til his housemates gave him an ultimatum: Ask her out, or one of them would. They could see what Noah could not, that Dinah was lusting after Noah as much as Noah lusted after her. They just had to act on it. And it is wonderful when they do! Yes, the attraction is powerful and hot, but there is much emotion here, not just steamy sex. There is much between these two, BEFORE they get to the bedroom, which would be spoilers to explain. And I really found those bits far better than the sexy bits, but thats not to say the sexy bits aren't good :-p There is a supporting cast who have their own problems, and I hope they all get their story in this series. The hockey bits, I will admit, I tended to flip over, but then something happened in one and I had to go back, so, yeah, I actually read the hockey bits after that! There are a couple of lines that are repeated, more times than was really necessary. BUT! I've seen that this is the author's first book, so I'm not really complaining, I'm just saying! A thoroughly enjoyable read, so for a first time author? Well done, Ms Flynn, very well done. 4 good solid stars **same worded revivew will appear elsewhere**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a great premise, but lacked a little in the execution. Both Dinah and Noah were fairly strong characters, pretty well-rounded and believable. The peripheral characters were all quite entertaining, although many were rather one-dimentional. As this is apparently the first in a series, I'm sure that several of them might be fleshed out more in future books. TJ was definitely my favorite of the lot! I adored Noah in this book! He was so sweet, caring, and understanding of Dinah and everythi This was a great premise, but lacked a little in the execution. Both Dinah and Noah were fairly strong characters, pretty well-rounded and believable. The peripheral characters were all quite entertaining, although many were rather one-dimentional. As this is apparently the first in a series, I'm sure that several of them might be fleshed out more in future books. TJ was definitely my favorite of the lot! I adored Noah in this book! He was so sweet, caring, and understanding of Dinah and everything she had been through. When he finally got up the nerve to make a move on her, he was very nice and respectful. Consent was a real big thing with his character, and I always appreciate that in a story. He also did not have a problem letting Dinah take charge in the bedroom quite a bit, which seemed to work well for her. He held his own with her big, loud family. And he was very supportive of her second job of writing. Like she frequently said, he was so perfect it was almost like she built him in a factory. I was not as enamored of Dinah, especially at the near end when she freaked out and did something very rash. Not that I didn't understand her reasoning (stilted as it was), but even at that I thought she owed Noah more of an explanation. I was glad that there was not any extreme angst because I tend to be quite sensitive. But at the same time I found it a little hard to believe whenever one of them was hurting because I just didn't feel it from their characters. I hardest thing for me to wade through in reading this book was the number of times that each of them ruminated to themselves that they weren't good enough for the other. It was nearly constant, even when things were going well between them. Seriously, it occured several times per chapter, and probably 60 million times throughout the book — or at least it felt like it! Other than that, however, and a few other minor style issues, I found it to be a fairly enjoyable book, definitely good for a light, quick read with ultimately a happy ending. I received a free eBook copy of this title from Xpresso Book Tours, and have willingly provided an honest review. This review originally appeared on the So Few Books blog at: https://sofewbooks.blogspot.com/2020/...!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky Burrier

    Take the Shot is the debut book of author Danica Flynn. I really enjoy romances written about sports. I am not really a sports person IRL. I used to attend hockey games in college but as an adult not really my thing. But there is something special about this Hockey romance genre. And Take the Shot totally works as a hockey romance. Hockey Player Noah has fallen for his widowed next-door neighbor Dinah. Noah is young and living his best life. He and Dinah have become best friends. Dinah, not sure Take the Shot is the debut book of author Danica Flynn. I really enjoy romances written about sports. I am not really a sports person IRL. I used to attend hockey games in college but as an adult not really my thing. But there is something special about this Hockey romance genre. And Take the Shot totally works as a hockey romance. Hockey Player Noah has fallen for his widowed next-door neighbor Dinah. Noah is young and living his best life. He and Dinah have become best friends. Dinah, not sure they can be more than friends due to their age difference and life experiences. It makes for an interesting story. Watching their ups and downs and doubts. I feel like the character, Dinah, had some serious issues getting over the whole age difference. Her sole focus on their age difference does cause some likability issues for me. Her problems with the age differences is brought up throughout the book and at times feel tedious. Because of her obsession with it does cause some story line flow issues for me. Noah did come off as a little immature. I do think a lot his conversation felt like they were beating a dead horse. He has loved her for a long time. They are close because he was there for her through all her turmoil, and she considers him one of her best friends. Sometimes friends to lover romances can come off as the easy thing to do and not have the passion that aa read needs. But this did and was very well done. I felt their attraction even though sometimes it felt youthful. I get it and everyone knows it, but it just feels overstated a lot. Overall, this was a solid 3.5/5 star read for me. For a debut offering it good. I think some of the chunkiness of the writing should works itself out as Flynn matures as a writer. This is definitely an enjoyable story and worth giving it a read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Dinah is a 30-year-old widow who is lusting after her hot 22-year-old hockey player neighbor, Noah.  He's her best friend and was there for her during devastating moments in her life when she needed a friend most. He has his pick of beautiful young women and she is an older woman...a widow...someone he'll tire of. But apparently, all their friends know something they don't, that they care about each other and are scared to show it. Noah has been in love with his next-door neighbor for a few years Dinah is a 30-year-old widow who is lusting after her hot 22-year-old hockey player neighbor, Noah.  He's her best friend and was there for her during devastating moments in her life when she needed a friend most. He has his pick of beautiful young women and she is an older woman...a widow...someone he'll tire of. But apparently, all their friends know something they don't, that they care about each other and are scared to show it. Noah has been in love with his next-door neighbor for a few years, but he's afraid to tell her how he feels. There's no way she would want to be with a dumb jock like him. But if he finally opens up to her, will she break his heart? This book is full of interesting characters. Noah is a kind and considerate young man who is truly in love with Dinah, but how can they both not know of their attraction toward each other?  I mean everyone knew. Everyone, but them. Dinah is working at a boring marketing job to make money to support her preferred second job of young adult writer. I appreciate Noah giving Dinah the space and support for her writing passion along with leaving all the decisions in her court, but what does Dinah bring to the table for Noah? I just feel like she strings him along for an unnecessary length of time and I find her to be a bit selfish at times. In addition, I felt the story could have been less repetitive, and shortened. As for the other characters, I did like TJ, Benny, Riley, Fi, and Roxy and expect they will be appearing later in the series. Overall, this is a good debut contemporary hockey romance that touches on important topics.  There is much potential in this series and I'm interested in the stories of the supporting characters. Thank you to Ms. Flynn for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Skye Yanovsky

    Take the Shot is the debut book by Danica Flynn. I am a huge sports romance fan and hockey is my favorite to read. I was obsessed with the premise of this book…a reverse age gap with a widow and her best friend who is a hot hockey player who has been secretly pining for her for a long time. I generally enjoyed this book despite a few things that drove me a bit crazy (i.e. Dinah obsessed with the age difference, the depiction that all Canadians are so nice that they have no backbone whatsoever an Take the Shot is the debut book by Danica Flynn. I am a huge sports romance fan and hockey is my favorite to read. I was obsessed with the premise of this book…a reverse age gap with a widow and her best friend who is a hot hockey player who has been secretly pining for her for a long time. I generally enjoyed this book despite a few things that drove me a bit crazy (i.e. Dinah obsessed with the age difference, the depiction that all Canadians are so nice that they have no backbone whatsoever and the characters were all a bit too immature at times for being professional hockey players). The dialogue was a bit immature at times (a lot of “dude” and “f-bombs”…not that I mind a well-timed “f-bomb” but this was a little overboard). I feel like if Noah had been a college hockey player and not a professional then his immaturity/innocence may have fit a bit better. Noah was super sweet, maybe a bit too sweet, but I generally liked his character. I liked Dinah…she seemed realistic to me and I empathized with her pain. However, I wanted to scream at her to get over the age gap. It really wasn’t a huge deal and I felt like she made it too much of an obstacle and just wouldn’t stop thinking or talking about it. This took up way too much of the book in my opinion. So, yes there were a few issues that I encountered. Yet, for a debut novel, I was still pleasantly surprised & enjoyed this book. It was still sweet, funny and steamy so it met all the marks there…it just had a bit of a lack in execution. I hope that this series will only get better with each book. I would still definitely be willing to reach the next books in this series. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    3/5 stars I received a copy of Take the Shot through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Take the Shot is the first book in the new Philadelphia Bulldogs series. Dinah is a widow living across the hall from her best friend and younger hockey player, Noah. Noah has been in love with Dinah for a long time and was there as she grieved the loss of her husband two years ago. Take the Shot takes the reader on the journey of Dinah and Noah finally starting their relationship together. I have read 3/5 stars I received a copy of Take the Shot through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Take the Shot is the first book in the new Philadelphia Bulldogs series. Dinah is a widow living across the hall from her best friend and younger hockey player, Noah. Noah has been in love with Dinah for a long time and was there as she grieved the loss of her husband two years ago. Take the Shot takes the reader on the journey of Dinah and Noah finally starting their relationship together. I have read many hockey romances and I have to say that Take the Shot fell in the middle of all that I’ve read. It was neither the best hockey romance I’ve read or the worst. My main problem was that I couldn’t get interested in the characters. Dinah drove me crazy at times, especially with her obsession with being older than Noah. She is only 30, but the way she talks about their age gap you would think she was closer to 50. She was a little too overbearing and in your face for me. Noah on the other hand was too idealistic, he came across as innocent and naive, not how I’d think of an professional hockey player. The book was well written and the detailing and notes of hockey were good, but I couldn’t get into the characters. The first few chapters had me wondering if I would be able to finish the book, but I was glad to see that the story did pick up and pull me in more as the book progressed. Take the Shot is a good hockey read, not great but not terrible either. I would be willing to give the next book in the series a shot even though I couldn’t get into this one. It was well written, but didn’t pull me in like some other hockey romances out there.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    3/5 stars I received a copy of Take the Shot through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Take the Shot is the first book in the new Philadelphia Bulldogs series. Dinah is a widow living across the hall from her best friend and younger hockey player, Noah. Noah has been in love with Dinah for a long time and was there as she grieved the loss of her husband two years ago. Take the Shot takes the reader on the journey of Dinah and Noah finally starting their relationship together. I have read 3/5 stars I received a copy of Take the Shot through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Take the Shot is the first book in the new Philadelphia Bulldogs series. Dinah is a widow living across the hall from her best friend and younger hockey player, Noah. Noah has been in love with Dinah for a long time and was there as she grieved the loss of her husband two years ago. Take the Shot takes the reader on the journey of Dinah and Noah finally starting their relationship together. I have read many hockey romances and I have to say that Take the Shot fell in the middle of all that I’ve read. It was neither the best hockey romance I’ve read or the worst. My main problem was that I couldn’t get interested in the characters. Dinah drove me crazy at times, especially with her obsession with being older than Noah. She is only 30, but the way she talks about their age gap you would think she was closer to 50. She was a little too overbearing and in your face for me. Noah on the other hand was too idealistic, he came across as innocent and naive, not how I’d think of an professional hockey player. The book was well written and the detailing and notes of hockey were good, but I couldn’t get into the characters. The first few chapters had me wondering if I would be able to finish the book, but I was glad to see that the story did pick up and pull me in more as the book progressed. Take the Shot is a good hockey read, not great but not terrible either. I would be willing to give the next book in the series a shot even though I couldn’t get into this one. It was well written, but didn’t pull me in like some other hockey romances out there.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth (That Bookish Brunette)

    3.5/5 This was a very good debut novel; a funny, heartfelt, and romantic story. Noah was sexy and sweet, totally swoon worthy. Dinah was strong and smart, and I loved that she was a writer. Dinah is a widow, having lost her husband in an accident and I felt that this added emotional depth to the story because Dinah struggles with fear and whether she can handle another relationship. Noah was so patient and understanding; he wanted a serious relationship with Dinah and was willing to wait for her 3.5/5 This was a very good debut novel; a funny, heartfelt, and romantic story. Noah was sexy and sweet, totally swoon worthy. Dinah was strong and smart, and I loved that she was a writer. Dinah is a widow, having lost her husband in an accident and I felt that this added emotional depth to the story because Dinah struggles with fear and whether she can handle another relationship. Noah was so patient and understanding; he wanted a serious relationship with Dinah and was willing to wait for her to be truly ready. I enjoyed the overall plot and the interactions between Noah and Dinah. I did think there were a couple things that would have helped the book overall: - A prologue: The book starts off with Dinah and Noah having been neighbors for a few years and Dinah already having been widowed for two years. In those years there is some back story that I think would have worked as a prologue and given the reader a better understanding of the relationship that already existed between Dinah and Noah as friends and the impact of this history on their present. - I felt like Dinah called Noah dude too often and it just seemed so buddy buddy and not something a woman interested in a man romantically would call him. As a whole, I enjoyed this hockey romance and watching Dinah and Noah go from friends to lovers. It was a fun and easy read. I liked the author’s writing style and will definitely be looking for more from this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth (That Bookish Brunette)

    3.5/5 This was a very good debut novel; a funny, heartfelt, and romantic story. Noah was sexy and sweet, totally swoon worthy. Dinah was strong and smart, and I loved that she was a writer. Dinah is a widow, having lost her husband in an accident and I felt that this added emotional depth to the story because Dinah struggles with fear and whether she can handle another relationship. Noah was so patient and understanding; he wanted a serious relationship with Dinah and was willing to wait for her 3.5/5 This was a very good debut novel; a funny, heartfelt, and romantic story. Noah was sexy and sweet, totally swoon worthy. Dinah was strong and smart, and I loved that she was a writer. Dinah is a widow, having lost her husband in an accident and I felt that this added emotional depth to the story because Dinah struggles with fear and whether she can handle another relationship. Noah was so patient and understanding; he wanted a serious relationship with Dinah and was willing to wait for her to be truly ready. I enjoyed the overall plot and the interactions between Noah and Dinah. I did think there were a couple things that would have helped the book overall: - A prologue: The book starts off with Dinah and Noah having been neighbors for a few years and Dinah already having been widowed for two years. In those years there is some back story that I think would have worked as a prologue and given the reader a better understanding of the relationship that already existed between Dinah and Noah as friends and the impact of this history on their present. - I felt like Dinah called Noah dude too often and it just seemed so buddy buddy and not something a woman interested in a man romantically would call him. As a whole, I enjoyed this hockey romance and watching Dinah and Noah go from friends to lovers. It was a fun and easy read. I liked the author’s writing style and will definitely be looking for more from this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    The Lusty Literarians

    Take the Shot covers quite a few romance tropes that you probably know and love: sports, friends-to-lovers, and reverse age gap. I like the overall idea behind the story, Dinah and Noah are neighbors who have grown into best friends over the years. I also. liked that Dinah was the dominant personality in the relationship. Usually it is the guy who takes charge of things, especially in a sports romance. A couple things I didn’t care for... Some of the dialogue didn’t seem to match the characters Take the Shot covers quite a few romance tropes that you probably know and love: sports, friends-to-lovers, and reverse age gap. I like the overall idea behind the story, Dinah and Noah are neighbors who have grown into best friends over the years. I also. liked that Dinah was the dominant personality in the relationship. Usually it is the guy who takes charge of things, especially in a sports romance. A couple things I didn’t care for... Some of the dialogue didn’t seem to match the characters ages. For example, Dinah calls Noah “Dude” a lot, if she was say 24/25 I could have let it pass, however she is a 30 year old business woman and professional writer. Other than little complaints like that I enjoyed the story and I’m excited to see where the author goes from here in the series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    3.5*** I liked the premises of this story - best friends finding love, older woman/younger man. Noah and Dinah were very cute together and had a really great friendship. She had so much loss but he was her shoulder and rock through it all - insert SWOON! He was there for her and she supported him professionally as well, giving tips on his play. He, being the younger man, just wanted to please her. I think he liked her so much that he did not want to do something that would not give her pleasure, 3.5*** I liked the premises of this story - best friends finding love, older woman/younger man. Noah and Dinah were very cute together and had a really great friendship. She had so much loss but he was her shoulder and rock through it all - insert SWOON! He was there for her and she supported him professionally as well, giving tips on his play. He, being the younger man, just wanted to please her. I think he liked her so much that he did not want to do something that would not give her pleasure, which led to a little insecurity on his part. But dang if he wasn't a willing student. He was all in with her. Dinah was a little more hesitant, due to the age difference as well as her life experience, but I think she wanted to be all in. My only issue with the book was repetitive word choice, mainly about his youth, his large body, or her small stature. Now the secondary characters in this story brought the entertainment. His teammates, their girlfriends, and her family members were a hoot. They made me laugh, but also brought the warmth when they were concerned for their friends/family. I hope to see more of these characters and they get their happy endings as well. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.

  25. 5 out of 5

    AJ Swen

    *this books was given to me in exchange for an honest review * 2.5-3 stars... The first book in the Philadelphia Bulldogs series. The story introduces us to Noah, Dinah, and the rest of the crew that hang out together due to the guys playing hockey together. Noah is from Canada, early 20’s, and in love with his best friend, who also happens to be his widowed older neighbor. Dinah, who lost her husband in a horrible accident, has this awesome hockey stud living next to her, who also happens to be he *this books was given to me in exchange for an honest review * 2.5-3 stars... The first book in the Philadelphia Bulldogs series. The story introduces us to Noah, Dinah, and the rest of the crew that hang out together due to the guys playing hockey together. Noah is from Canada, early 20’s, and in love with his best friend, who also happens to be his widowed older neighbor. Dinah, who lost her husband in a horrible accident, has this awesome hockey stud living next to her, who also happens to be her best friend. The story revolves around Noah confessing his love, and Dinah coming to terms with love after the horrible death of her husband. I didn’t realize this was the first book in the series, as there seems to be a lot of established relationships, which lead to believe there were prior books. I just could not connect at all with any of the characters; there was no real punch to the story. I found myself skimming the vast majority of the book. The one piece I did think worked well, was that I could visualize while I was reading. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but it was just meh. Zero passion, the characters were sort of annoying, and I didn’t grasp onto any of the other characters. Noah plays hockey-Dinah is a writer-they figure out they love each other.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Danica Flynn's Take the Shot, the first installment in the Philadelphia Bulldogs sports romance series, this debut take you on a journey on and off the ice. It started out with Dinah Lace, who works in accounting at day and writes YA books at night. At age 30, she's a young widow who lost her husband in a car crash and later a miscarriage right after it. Her big Italian family is protective of her. But she's been best friends with Noah Kennedy, her twenty-two-year-old Canadian hockey player, In Danica Flynn's Take the Shot, the first installment in the Philadelphia Bulldogs sports romance series, this debut take you on a journey on and off the ice. It started out with Dinah Lace, who works in accounting at day and writes YA books at night. At age 30, she's a young widow who lost her husband in a car crash and later a miscarriage right after it. Her big Italian family is protective of her. But she's been best friends with Noah Kennedy, her twenty-two-year-old Canadian hockey player, and her next door neighbor. Noah is a rising hockey star for the Philly Bulldogs and always had cared for Dinah--he was there when she almost died from her miscarriage. He always had feelings for Dinah and didn't care about the age gap, when he only wants to be there for her. But when they express their feelings for each other, their chemistry sizzles off the rink and heat things up between them. Noah had always loved her, but he didn't know how Dinah felt about him. When she wanted to tell Noah how she felt during a game, he took a nasty hit from a puck that freaked her out, making her worried that she might lose something she lost again. In the end, they both take the shot to follow their hearts and find a happy ending they deserve together.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really tried to like this book but I just couldn't do it. I ended up dnfing it at 37%. My main issue was the characters and their dialog. Dinah has been through quite a bit and I in no way can possibly understand what that is like. But she is a 30-year-old woman who one minute is using phrases like she would "down to clown" with her hot hockey neighbor and then is feeling guilty that she did. The back and forth was giving me whiplash. ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really tried to like this book but I just couldn't do it. I ended up dnfing it at 37%. My main issue was the characters and their dialog. Dinah has been through quite a bit and I in no way can possibly understand what that is like. But she is a 30-year-old woman who one minute is using phrases like she would "down to clown" with her hot hockey neighbor and then is feeling guilty that she did. The back and forth was giving me whiplash. Also, what 30-year-old says things like down to clown? She acted much younger than her age. And then there was Noah. Listen I'm all about consent. 100%. Needs to be consent. But once there is stop asking if it's okay. If this is really what she wants, etc. I swear he asked about 10 times and I just couldn’t handle that. It completely ruins the scene the author is trying to create. Overall, I think it just missed the mark. I know it’s the author’s debut novel so hopefully she can improve upon some these items for future books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    3 Stars for this hockey romance. Dinah was a widow at 28 and 2 years later she’s trying to get her life together. Noah played professional hockey for the Bulldogs and at 22 he only has eyes for his neighbour Dinah. When Noah finally gets the courage to share his feelings with her, he is shocked that she feels the same. The premise of this book is good, it just doesn’t really go anywhere. I just couldn’t get into the characters ... Dinah was too overbearing and Noah was just too good to be true. Wh 3 Stars for this hockey romance. Dinah was a widow at 28 and 2 years later she’s trying to get her life together. Noah played professional hockey for the Bulldogs and at 22 he only has eyes for his neighbour Dinah. When Noah finally gets the courage to share his feelings with her, he is shocked that she feels the same. The premise of this book is good, it just doesn’t really go anywhere. I just couldn’t get into the characters ... Dinah was too overbearing and Noah was just too good to be true. What I did like was that for once the hockey team didn’t win every game ... that part was more realistic. This is a debut novel for this writer and she had lots of characters that I did like in the book ... like TJ, Benny, Rox, and Riley that I know have stories that are waiting to be written. I received an early copy courtesy of the author through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Enjoyable! I am a HUGE hockey fan and love finding new HEA romances featuring hockey players/teams. Danica Flynn's book one from the Philadelphia Bulldogs was an enjoyable read. I absolutely LOVED Noah. He is just the right amount of adorable younger man and tough hockey player to make you swoon! Dinah -- meh, she has her moments. It felt like she was two different women from time to time. One version is a tough, loudmouth who likes hanging with the guys. Another version is mousy and insecure. I Enjoyable! I am a HUGE hockey fan and love finding new HEA romances featuring hockey players/teams. Danica Flynn's book one from the Philadelphia Bulldogs was an enjoyable read. I absolutely LOVED Noah. He is just the right amount of adorable younger man and tough hockey player to make you swoon! Dinah -- meh, she has her moments. It felt like she was two different women from time to time. One version is a tough, loudmouth who likes hanging with the guys. Another version is mousy and insecure. It's not that a character cannot have all of those traits at once, it feels a little disjointed in Dinah's character. Love, love, love the ancillary characters and am looking forward to more of their stories in future books! TJ might be my favorite for the moment! Overall, a fun and easy read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Roma

    Take the Shot is the first book in Danica Flynn’s Philadelphia Bulldogs series and my first read by this author. As a first, it was a decent story with plenty of promise, it did however lack a little in the execution and some flow to the story. I also found the constant references to not being good enough, over-played and over-stated. It was obvious by the number of secondary characters, that they will potentially have primary roles in future books, and I loved Noah. He continually showed a cari Take the Shot is the first book in Danica Flynn’s Philadelphia Bulldogs series and my first read by this author. As a first, it was a decent story with plenty of promise, it did however lack a little in the execution and some flow to the story. I also found the constant references to not being good enough, over-played and over-stated. It was obvious by the number of secondary characters, that they will potentially have primary roles in future books, and I loved Noah. He continually showed a caring, understanding and genuine persona that was endearing in so many ways. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same connection to Dinah, and I also didn’t sense the required chemistry between Dinah and Noah. The author’s style can only develop and certainly shows promise, so I will definitely give the next book a go.

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