Review: Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer (2021)

Out on the Ice, Book #2

Heat Factor: At the point I stopped reading, Maisey was thinking a lot about how women have sex, but my understanding is that it’s a slow burn (so I’m guessing at least one scene toward the end)

Character Chemistry: There were plenty of cute moments

Plot: I think this is what people are referring to when they say they want “no plot just vibes”

Overall: Once they stopped being enemies at the 25% mark, all tension driving me to read was lost, so this one’s a DNF

So I’m feeling like if the primary conflict is an enemies to lovers trope and the enemies component is resolved by 25% … there’s not a lot to drive me to figure out what happens next. Like, snuggling on the couch is great and all, but why should I care what’s going to happen next if everything is just… Fine? I wouldn’t even call this a character-driven romance, although I suppose technically it is, because the characters aren’t particularly driven by anything. 

Bottom line, I had no idea what the problem was. Why couldn’t they be together? At first they hated each other’s guts, so okay, that works. Then, on Maisey’s side, she’s never been attracted to a woman before, so she’s running a little hot and cold as she wants to spend time with Jen but doesn’t know what it means. On Jen’s side, there’s no problem except that she doesn’t want to keep being an experiment for straight women who peace out after they have their fun. They’re not working against a team no-dating policy. They’re not being held apart by external pressures. They’re just sitting on the couch, watching nature shows, talking a lot about food. But as each of these perfectly sweet but tension-free scenes piled on, one after the next, I was just…at a loss as to what each scene was supposed to be doing to drive the narrative forward. There are only so many scenes in a row where Maisey can be having confusing feels and Jen can be trying to read Maisey or deciding if she needs to move on before the story is stagnating and repetitive. 

I really wanted this book to be a fun new fave. I have been reading so many fun sports romances lately, and I thought an enemies-to-lovers hockey romance featuring a f/f relationship would be so awesome! But I guess at the end of the day I am not a “no plot, just vibes” reader. I need some kind of tension driving the story, or it’s simply two perfectly nice people doing perfectly nice things as they figure out their perfectly nice relationship. Which is perfectly nice…but not at all interesting. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We disclose this in accordance with 16 CFR §255.

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