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(The Scoring Series #5)

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She's every man's girl next door. I'm the playboy your mother warns you about.

I'm the party-boy extraordinaire and perpetual playboy of the Seattle Sockeyes. I thought this was the dream life, but after multiple poor choices, it's all gone too far and I'm about to lose everything. My reputation has been shot to hell, I'm on thin ice with the team, and I'm financially broke
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published May 27th 2021
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May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Faceoff was an amazing read, the writing flowed well, the storyline was intriguing and enjoyable and the characters were nice and sweet.

Darcy Engstrom was a foster home kid who got her heart broken on a dating show, twice, becoming american sweetheart. She got so popular she got her own reality show but now she needs a miracle to save it. Enter here Gage "Ziggy" Ziegler, hockey player, party goers, deep in debt who accepts to be Darcy's fake boyfriend to stay in the spotlight and pay his debts.

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Faceoff was the fifth book in the Scoring series by Jami Davenport. The series was a spin off from her Seattle Sockeyes series.

Gage “Ziggy” Ziegler was a forward on the NHL team the Seattle Sockeyes. He was in his third year in the league and needed to clean up his image or be traded. He also had some major personal baggage that he was trying to keep private.

Darcy Engstrom was the darling of reality television. She was featured on two bachelor shows Looking for Love and was the bridesmaid twice
Erin Lewis
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star Review Faceoff (Scoring #5) by Jami Davenport

Another good addition to the Scoring series. This time it is Gage Ziegler and Darcy Engstron ’s story and I was hooked in the story that Jami Davenport wove from the first chapter.

Both Gage and Darcy are at a cross road in their lives. Darcy’s home improvement show is in danger of being axed and everything is falling apart for Gage, the perpetual playboy of the Seattle Sockeyes. In a bid to save both their careers, they are teamed up in a “fa
Sofia Lazaridou
Jun 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Faceoff is the book that made me realise that Jami Davenport's writing style is not for me anymore. Has she written a "hero" who is not a man-whore lately? Because all the male main characters seem to be constantly sleeping around. I haven't felt as disgusted as I did when reading Gage's point of view in a very long time. Darcy is just a doormat. This seems to be the norm lately.

What truly sealed the deal though was one of Gage's teammates who slept with Darcy's friend. At some point at the end
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reluctant TV Star meets Sexy Attention Seeker!!

I absolutely LOVED Ziggy and Darcy’s book and it’s probably my favourite to date! Readers got to know him in Steele Bailey and Hyacinth’s book - Icing, Scoring Series #4, and I was already all kinds of invested in his Puck Brothers / The Scoring Series book because he was quite a major secondary character. Darcy was his perfect foil and to my surprise, his guilty secret which cracked me up, and the crackling chemistry between them ensured I absolute
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Jami Davenport and all of her Seattle Sockeyes books, but I wasn’t looking forward to Ziggy’s book based on what I knew of his character as seen in the previous books. Boy was I wrong to doubt because Jami wrote a story of two immensely relatable characters.

Gage/Ziggy is a NHL star who is the quintessential bad boy - all he cares about is hockey, sex and partying every night. He also craves fame and attention like a drug addict. Despite making millions a year he is financially
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Faceoff is the fifth book in the Scoring series and you can read this one as a complete standalone.

Darcy has become the darling of reality television, but after rising to popularity quickly, her show is on the verge of being cancelled. In order to save it, the producer ends up concocting a plan to try to help the ratings. That means creating more drama in the form of a fake boyfriend who will turn into a fake fiancé.

Gage plays for the Seattle Sockeyes and he hasn't had the best time lately afte
Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading
Gage “Ziggy” Ziegler is known as one of the bad boys on the Sockeyes team. His finances and reputation are a dumpster fire. When he is propositioned to be on a reality show, he can't say no because it feeds his ego and need for attention as well as his bank account.

All Darcy wants to do is start her own design firm, but she needs money and security to do that. Her reality show isn't doing well and when she is told they need to add drama in the way of a bad boy fake fiance, her only options are t
Becky Claxon
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Darcy was such a sweetheart and taken advantage of by her employer. All Darcy wanted to do was design and be appreciated for her designs. She had been on a reality dating program, but didn’t get the guy so they had her on the next show. Poor Darcy wore her heart on her sleeve. Now with the reality design show, the ratings are going down and her boss wants to bring a boyfriend in to shake things up. Gage’s manager’s daughter is Darcy’s boss. I liked Gage even though he was a real playboy, but did ...more
Kara Quade
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gage is the party boy and playboy of the Seattle Sockeyes with a reputation that has left him in hot water with the team and financially broke. Desperate times has Gage agreeing to be the pretend boyfriend to the sweetheart of reality television, Darcy. With her luster fading and her show on the chopping block, Darcy agrees to Gage being her pretend boyfriend to increase ratings for her show. Darcy hates reality tv and really wants to open her own design studio but her confidence has taken a hit ...more
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Ziggy’s story and it did not disappoint. I love a reformed bad boy with tattoos and add that he’s a hockey player? Perfect combination.

Ziggy had been feeling the pressure from his family since they had sacrificed so much when he was younger so he could make it in the NHL. To make up for the stress, he would party with alcohol and an endless line of women. Until the day his agent gets him a spot on a reality show to be the boyfriend of the host, Darcy. Darcy’s show was in
Jackie Wright
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Faceoff is book five in the Scoring Series but Darcy Engstron and Gage Ziegler’s story can certainly be read and loved as a stand-alone.
Darcy and Gage are thrown together in a bit to save both their careers, she is a reluctant TV reality star trying to up her ratings and he is the bad boy of hockey needing to improve his reputation. But there is more issues for the bad boy of the Sockeyes then he is letting on because his family are pulling him in all directions including bleeding him dry so a
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Faceoff with this fun read!

Faceoff is book 5 from Jami Davenport’s Seattle Sockeyes Scoring series and it is an absolute fun read - my favourite in the series. In previous books, Gage ‘Ziggy’ Ziegler was a bit of a mystery that led readers to perhaps get a glimpse that not everything was as great as his fun-loving ways may have led people to believe. When reality star Darcy Engstrom, enters the picture things are not what they seem for either of them and they take us along for the ride as they f
Jackie Forquer
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve always called them “lack of reality shows” and I believe Gage and Darcy would completely agree. Darcy is the host of a floundering reality design show and Gage is a pro hockey player with a floundering reputation and possibly career. Can pairing them in a fake relationship cause enough drama with their work, teammates, and family to save them or blow everything up?

Jami’s writing is easy to read and attention getting. I thought
Jackie Ziegler
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I have been waiting for Ziggy's story like so many others. The reformed bad boy? No way, he loves his women, his booze and hockey that is all. No one is going to slow him down. When his agent tells him this bad boy rep needs to change or he could face being not signed he isn't sure what to do. Then he is given a proposal. Go on a reality tv show and pretend to be the boyfriend of one of America's sweethearts.

Darcy, heartbroken on national TV twice. America just wants her to find happin
Sharon Redfern
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Finally, we get Gage’s story! In previous books, there have been hints that all was not well in his life around the issue of money and it’s all in the open in this book. His family has bled him dry and what they didn’t take, he spent. now he has no money and pardon the pun, he’s skating on thin ice with the Sockeyes. Meanwhile, Darcy Engstrom is discovering that there is not a lot of reality in reality TV. After getting the short straw on a Bachelor type show, she got her own design show. But, s ...more
Elizabeth Clinton
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darcy Engstron is a reluctant reality star and Gage Ziegler is a hockey bad boy, both need the other to save the others careers but what they never expected that a fake relationship can turn into a real one.
Darcy has had an hard upbringing and is looking for a life of stability and a lifelong dream of being an home designer. Gage (Ziggy) is the bad boy of the Sockeyes but he also is a pushover when it comes to his family and that leaves him in a bind and the only thing that can help him is a fa
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Darcy has been a reality star until the ratings started dropping and her show is about to be cut. Her producer thinks she should go another way and with her producer's daddy being a sports agent she gets her way.
Meet Gage who's on the Seattle Sockeyes professional hockey team. He's a party boy/playboy who needs to clean up his reputation or he's gonna get kicked off the team. He agrees to go on her show and be her boyfriend and soon to be fake fiance. He loves attention so what could go wrong.
Christine Woinich
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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A very enjoyable read. Two people with lives they want to repair got to help each other. Gage was so gruff on the outside, yet a soft teddy bear on the inside (though he wouldn't admit). He could be protective and gallant, and then act the jerk. The chemistry between Gage and Darcy was instant and strong, but they also built a friendship. Darcy did not stand up for herself in her fear. Gage was able to help bring that forward so that she actually could take control of her own life. This was a go ...more
Claire RC
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this story. Gage and Darcy are thrown together in a reality TV show, it’s an attempt to try and mend Gage’s bad boy rep. Gage has problems that he’s not shared, namely his family who appear to think that he has a bottomless money pit, in reality he’s struggling to keep his head above water. I liked the way that Gage and Darcy’s relationship turned from a false one to one that had meaning, but not before some heartache. I also liked how the story also involved and included his tea ...more
Patti Correa
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well, this series just gets better with each addition. These self-proclaimed bachelors are dropping like flies! When the party boy extraordinaire falls for the girl next door, things change in his life for the better. The money is gone, the loans to the family have stopped and he is just about at rock bottom. When the fake engagement to the girls of his TV dreams happens, his game improves, money gets better, and he falls in love.

Such a great story of fighting it and falling anyway. A one sitte
Linda Olinger
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Face off
She’s a reality tv star. Twice a contestant on the “reality” show Looking for Love. First time the runner up while the guy chose the mean girl! Second time she gave her heart to the bachelor and was betrayed again! Now as “America’s sweetheart”, she has her own show Designs on You. But it’s not doing well so Darcy finds herself in a fake relationship with one of hockey’s biggest playboys, Gage Ziegler of the Seattle Sockeyes NHL team.
Gage has his own problems with a family who thinks h
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The storyline was fun and flowed smoothly. I liked Gage and Darcy and I loved that there was so much more to them than just the surface. The chemistry was undeniable and the sparks really flew around these two. I thought there was a poignant sweetness to this book that made it particularly moving I felt it added that something extra to the beauty of this romance. This is my independent, impartial review.
Emily Utsch
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sports romance, fake dating, enemies to lovers with lots of heat! He has to clean up his rep, and she has to save her job. So they make a deal! The perfect amount of sports and spice. Not too much or too little either way!

This is not the first book in the series. But it can be read as a complete stand alone. You will just know more about the other couples, and will have met the main man earlier. However once you do read this book you will want to have read the other books in the series!
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really liked and enjoyed this story of Gage or Ziggy and Darcy. Both characters were going through a hard point in their life and decided to team together and start a fake relationship in hopes of saving both their careers and lives. I liked both these characters and the connection that they had. The story was steamy had a very interesting and intriguing story line that kept me interested and wanting to see what would happen until the very end. This story was the first book by Jami Davenport t ...more
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Closer to a 4. I guess it lacked chemistry between the two main characters. It felt as story was rushed to conclusion without any time spent growing. I don't think much growth in Darcy as she was walked all over by Sondra for most of book. I didn't like that she knew she fell in love with each guy. It made this experience seem like that too.

Still, overall, a cute read.
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 Faceoff Stars🌟

As we know from the previous book of Cin and Steele, Gage is in trouble and as suspected it’s financial. But his Agent has a plan and we finally learn the depths of what’s been happening when his Agent pairs him up with a reality TV star, Darcy - the girl next door🤩

But Darcy and Gage/Ziggy as his teammates know him, don’t account for one thing - falling in love❣️A really good story, which I enjoyed and a few laughs were had concerning “Alfred”😂😂 That said the bomb Cave dropped
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Face off was a quick read for me. It was good story that flowed well. I was excited to read Gage’s story after getting glimpses of him in previous books. Jami Davenport did not disappoint.
The Book Lover
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book from this author! I love fake relationships and it did not disappoint! I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! ...more
Lynn Stifle
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Faceoff is book five in the Scoring Series and Gage and Darcy’s story. Darcy is a star of a reality tv show and with her ratings dropping the show is floundering. Gage is a pro hockey player for the Seattle Sockeyes. He’s a playboy, that needs to clean up his image or his time on the team is over. When Gage and Darcy are thrown together they agree to enter into a fake relationship. What will happen when their fake relationship becomes real? I loved Gage and Darcy together. Such a great read and ...more
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USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary, new adult, and sports romances, including Gone Missing, Seattle Sockeyes, and The Scoring Series.

Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Army Ranger-turned-plumber husband, a Newfo

Other books in the series

The Scoring Series (6 books)
  • Shutout (Scoring #1)
  • Blocked (Scoring #2)
  • Playmaker (Scoring #3)
  • Icing (Scoring #4)
  • Off-Season (Scoring, #6)

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