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(Face-Off Series #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  66 reviews
He needs more than a killer glove save to defend his heart...

No one knows the real Carter Donovan. They only see the goalie with a chiseled body and the fake smiles I reserve for the camera. I hide behind my past and bury my story in the ink on my skin. But my secrets are causing my game to fall apart.

Not until I meet a famous romance author who likes to play games of her
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published May 24th 2017 by Penn Publishing
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May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carter Donovan is the starting goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. He is a tough player who had been one of the best in the game but for the last season he has struggle with his focus. Carter is use to getting his way with the woman usually choosing to use them one night at a time being a rough lover. Sydney Carroway is a famous erotic author who was raised with a silver spoon in her mouth. She is smart, head-strong & loves control in all aspects of her life. When Carter & ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the humor along with the heat that Jillian brings to her writing. And I always love her heroes and Carters my favorite!! I love a dirty talking sweetheart and he was just that! Sydney was a tough nut to crack but, Carter was nothing if not determined.

Sydney has mastered the art of playing games cause she refuses to get hurt again and enjoys putting men through the ringer but, when her and Carter meet she knows she's met her match.

Carter is instantly taken with Sydney, she's nothing like t
Misty's Book Space
** Thank you so much to the author Jillian Quinn for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. **

This is book three in the Face-Off Series but it can be read as a standalone, however, I would recommend you read them in order so you don’t get spoiled for the previous books.

When we first met Sydney Carroway and Carter Donovan in Kane I was so excited to read their story but unfortunately it fell flat for me. I was expecting so much from it that in the end I was left
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-romance
Jillian Quinn created two characters that will forever be my favorite. Carter and Sydney will have you laughing, crying and blushing through every chapter. I love them :).

Carter Donovan is the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s taking not making the play-off’s personally and just can’t seem to get out of a funk lately. That is until Sydney Carroway, a romance author of all things smut comes barreling into his life. Sydney loves playing games with her men, how else does she get ins
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Gosh!!!

Carter Donovan is a hot bearded smooth talking goalie and one hell of a mouth full... In more ways than one lol. Enter Sydney, writer blogger extraordinare with a feisty attitude and tons of games up her sleeves.

With both having pasts and issues they hide, can they open up to one another in time to save themselves, or has Sydney played her last game? Can Carter allow himself to let down his guard off the ice?

This is full of hot steamy love and and an amazing story line. Once aga
Veronica LaRoche
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carter Donovan is a sexy bearded, dirty talking hockey player and might have finally meet his match with Sydney. Sydney & Carter I couldn't wait to read ever since Kane and their story was perfect. They are so perfect for each other and of course their sex is scorching hot. This series just gets better and better and can't wait to read Jameson story next

I voluntarily reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy of this book
Ida Jolley
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic read by Ms. Quinn in her sports series about hockey players. I totally loved this book because it was extremely funny and sexy, leaving you dying to turn the next page to see what was going to happen. Donovan and Sydney really needed to get it together because the pages were burning up my iPad. If you love a good, funny,sexy love story this is a must read. I received an Arc for my review. Hysterical 🤣🤣
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carter donvan will leave you breathless and needing a change of panties. He is hot a puck as the ladies would say. I enjoyed Syndey's character, but she is not the princess that she has to made herself out to be. Deep down both Carter and Sydney have issues that the must deal with in order to be together.I really like Syndey's no nonsense attitude as well as Carter's softer side. I can't wait to catch up with everyone in the next book.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Flat, No Tension, and Walking on Eggshells

I read this book through Kindle Unlimited.

Flat pacing, no real highs or lows - just things happen, and if something seems like it’s going to be a Big Deal, it’s not, like the heroine mistaking the hero’s sister for his wife/girlfriend, and afterward she has a huge a crying jag over it. But Nothing comes of it. There’s little to no tension, and there’s no subtext. Everything is spelled out. The hero’s mystery is explained in his head while he’s *talking t
This one just didn't do it for me. I rated the first in the series a 4, the second a 3, and this one might be a 2.5 max for me. There were just a lot of things that hit me wrong. Some of the dialogue was too on the nose; some of it was over the top smutty but in an obvious way, not a sly fun way -- you better REALLY love the word 'pussy' and the hero always talking about 'claiming' said pussy; and the story here ... wasn't for me. Also, for a professional athlete to say his goal is JUST to make ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m sure I said this about Parker and Kane too, but this one might be tough to beat. Carter Donovan is my new book boyfriend. I love him so much. He’s a big, beautiful, cuddly teddy bear with a huge heart and filthy mouth.

Carter and Sydney are set up by their best friends Tyler and Kennedy after expressing interest in each other after their first meeting. They hit it off better than anyone expected them to, but where Carter wears his emotions and his intentions on his sleeve, Sydney is much hard
Teresa Lara
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Loved Carter and Sydneys story it totally rocked I couldn't put it down.Their love story is unique.I highly recommend this series:)Also anything Jillian writes is excellent.Cannot wait for her nest book.
Emma Roberts
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Another fabulous book in the series! Great to read Sidney and ‘Big guy’ story :-)
Can’t wait to get started on the next instalment
Stacy Barr-sooter
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The story lost stars when I had to subscribe to the author in order to get the epilogue to the epilogue. It's a hassle to log into another sight to finish the book when you have the book already. Typically if I like a book on KU ( kindle unlimited ) I will buy the book. I loved this book but will not purchase it for this reason. It's not complete without login to the authors page.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated it! The heroine was horrible! Carter Donovan deserved SO much better than a mean spirited, shallow, cruel, entitled, slutty woman. He would have been MUCH better off with the 'puck bunnies' that the series shames on every other page. If you want to read about a woman who says cock and pussy in literally every sentence or who says to the hero two minutes after meeting him (again, literally two minutes), "Do you want to shove your big, fat cock in me?", and THEN expects to be respected by hi ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
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We are back again with the 3rd hot as puck character in the Face-Off series! Carter Donovan was at the center of this book with his princess of a love interest Sydney. I was so excited to learn more about these two character as they developed their relationship with each other.

I absolutely love (as I’m pretty sure I have stated in a previous review) the overlap that takes place in the beginning of this novel! The beginning of Don
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sydney Carroway is a master at playing games, and while most of the time games are fun, this time she has bitten off a little more than she can chew, and the game is getting serious. In the past she was burnt, so she decided from then on that she would be doing the walking away when the relationship started to go south, and decided to make men work for her affections, rather than giving them away so freely. She figures if they are willing to put in the work then they just might be worth keeping ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better. I loved Kane, but I dare say this is better. Carter Donovan just so lovable. He puts up with Sydney’s games when he could easily find a puck bunny to entertain him, but they have a connection that neither one is ready to admit is real.

Her theory is making a guy work for it will make it so much better, but she is pushing him way past his comfort zone and eventually he gives up on her.

Can Sydney redeem herself in time to capture Donovan’s heart?

Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a little put off by this third installment in the series. I didn't like Sydney as a heroine. She was a little too uppity and I didn't even like the way she treated Kennedy, her supposed best friend. She was whiny and manipulative towards her. In "Kane", she was a much more supportive friend.

The games she started with Carter were fun in the beginning, but got old quickly. I didn't appreciate the fact that she pushed him to give her so much of himself and she didn't seem to let him in. We ac
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the Face-Off series, but this one might just top them all! Carter and Sydney are set up by their friends Tyler and Kennedy, and Sydney is nothing like Carter expected. A romance writer, Sydney hides behind her clever use of words to guard her heart. She plays games as a way to keep the upper hand. But Carter is utterly confused by the mixed signals he's getting. Sydney's plan finally forces Carter to take a step back, leaving her confused as well. Can they reveal their real selves and com ...more
Kari Hansen
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carter and Sydney are best friends with Tyler and Kennedy and they are very attracted to each other. Sydney has decided to test Carter by leading him on and getting him hot and bothered while withholding sex as she worries that once he has her he will be gone.

Carter is initially drawn in but after a while has had enough of the hot/cold attitude and doesn’t answer her texts or messages and Sydney begins to realize how much she misses him. Once she realizes the error of her ways will she be able
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love love love Donovan! What a fun character-sexy and fun with a little weird and a touch of darkness. I enjoyed the story the only draw back was Sydney, I didn't care for her attitude in the first part of the book and I found I wanted her games to be over, Donovan deserved to break her walls quicker, he's beyond panty melting. I did find I wanted them both to open up a little quicker, get the flow going a faster just because I wanted to set past the teasing stage a little faster, but that's m ...more
Hanna's Book Obsession
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh were to begin. This is my Favorite Jillian Quinn book to date. I Love Sydney and Carter so much!! Like all of Jillian’s characters Sydney and Carter each have a past that stays with them. To be together they have to overcome the walls they each built up.

Carter and Sydney are a lot alike. They are both the best at their profession. Were Carter is a goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers. Sydney is a Best selling Romance Novelist. They are both Strong and independent. They both have walls up so tha
Heather Miller
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I did receive a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In this book we have Carter Donovan, one of the hockey players. He's on the team with . Carter has problems trusting people. He's used to having sex with a girl then leaving them. Something is different with Sydney he knows it.

We also have Sydney who is a romance author and blogger. She is best friends with Kennedy, who is also dating Tyler. Carter and Tyler are best friends. So they had a set up with the Carter and Syd
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 5-star-read, arc
Donovan is the third book in the Face-Off Series and dare I say the books just get better and better. That is crazy to say because the first two books Parker and Kane were great too! I must admit I've actually never watched Hockey before but I am definitely a puck-bunny! Carter Donovan and Sydney's story is fun and humorous but also emotional and painful. Sydney's games were hard to get at first but in the end she won me over. Donovan, well lets just say he had me from the start. They are perfec ...more
Stacey Adam
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love all of Jillians books and this did not disappoint!
This book is fun, quirky, hot and sexy all rolled into one!
Donovan is is such a big, strong character but also like a little cuddly bear you just wanna squeeze and I completely fell in love with him. I loved his whole background and how it made him who he is today.
It took me a few chapters to like Sydney but I finally fell in love with her too. She made me lol a lot and I loved hearing about all her ideas.
These two characters were perf
Sharon Jones
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was eagerly awaiting Carter & Sydney's story & Jillian didn't disappoint.
I didn't particularly like Sydney to begin with in this book, but due to her own actions, she had a come to Jesus moment and she then realised she needed to change her ways if she wanted a relationship with Carter.
Carter as the hero in the book, ticks all the boxes for me. A man mountain with a generous heart to those that deserve it and a monster .... !!
Yet another great book by Jillian and am looking forward to
Marie Mckenney
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love these two characters

Another awesome book by Jillian. Love Donovan's story. Sydney and Carter's relationship starts off with games. Poor Donovan. He finds Sydney who is totally opposite from his usual girls. Love their games that she does but he has been hurt in the past so it is hard for him to let his emotions come out. They compliment each other. Love all the other characters on the team. This is a fun but highly emotional book. Love the additional part to their story also.
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Jillian Quinn is the international bestselling author of over fifteen romance novels, most notably known for the Face-Off series. She’s from Philly, a city girl to the core, now living in Southwest Florida, where she still hasn’t adjusted, though she’s not opposed to the warm weather or lazy days by the pool.

Jillian sets all of her books in her hometown, dreams of getting her hands on a real chees

Other books in the series

Face-Off Series (4 books)
  • Parker (Face-Off #1)
  • Kane (Face-Off Series, #2)
  • Jameson (Face-Off Series, #4)