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The Puck Drop

(Central State #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Michael Reiner has the new start he’s been craving, where no one knows about his past and he can finally figure out what he wants out of life. Because one thing’s for certain—he can’t play hockey anymore, and life without hockey seems daunting. But when he gets the chance to intern under the Central State Hockey coach, he couldn’t be happier. Until he finds out the mysteri ...more
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Published September 14th 2021

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Halle Reads
Sep 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2021
4 Stars 🌟


The Puck Drop is a fun, flirty, emotion packed new adult sports romance. It can be read as a complete standalone though we first meet the main male character Michael in the author's book The Holdout which is part of the Moo U series and I highly recommend that book as it's what got me interested in this author's books to begin with.

This was Michael & Naomi's story. It had a slight forbidden element as it was a romance between the Coach's daughter and an ex college hockey player try
Elisa ❀
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
why would you want 'coach's daughter trope when you can have 'boss' daughter'?

Michael got a job as the hockey coach intern and he has to work closely with the coach's daughter Naomi.
they start as friends but slowly they start to fall in love.

i love friends to love trope is just so sweet to see how the friendship progress and also love the angst of 'but i don't want to ruin or friendship'.

Jessica Alcazar
I just finished this book a couple of days ago and I am already looking forward to more! This author is pretty new to me, but I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read thus far. She has excellent writing skills and doesn’t make me twitchy LOL Ya’ll know how it is with an author you don’t know know and are still kinda dipping your toes instead of full on swimming when it comes to their work; a lot of twitching can happen! Okay, that’s probably more just a me thing but I digress.

I enjoyed the build-up
Sep 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty fast read for me or I was just reading it really fast. But I loved it. It was emotional, sweet, and heartwarming. Michael and Naomi, unknown to them, found comfort in each other. They form a friendship that seemed unreal. I loved that they can just talk about anything and everything with each other. But that wasn't enough because their chemistry was oozing and undeniable.

I really enjoyed their story and how their relationship develops. And of course, I liked the familial aspec
Sep 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jacqueline Snowe pens wonderful sports romances as she delves into the dynamics of the game with her conflicted and endearing characters. 

Michael Reiner loves hockey and his internship with Coach Simpson is a dream come true. His days of playing hockey are done which makes it hard to sit on the sidelines, but his fellow intern and data analyst, Naomi Fletcher-Simpson makes for great company. The problem is she is Coach Simpson's daughter so they need to stay just friends. Tell that to the hot ch
Rachel R
Sep 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review: 4/5 ⭐️
Steam: 3.75/5🔥

#thepuckdrop is the first book in the new series by @jaquelinesnowe.

Michael is strong, confident, personable and a little broken. He carries around a lot of grief and sadness that he hides behind his strong exterior. Not wanting to let anyone get close to you can become a very lonely island. But given this opportunity to intern under a prestigious hockey coach, it’s his time to show how his love and passion for the game is still thriving even though he’s
Fiction Vixen
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This book was so swoony. There were so many things that I liked about this book.
Michael was perfect, he went into a field which he knew he would like and was made for. The way he thinks about the team before himself is the best part of this him. He was adorable. His love for his sister was so cute. His relationship with Cal was the best, the way it transformed and the way he helped that kid. Ugh!!! Perfect.
Naomi was the best. Her love for data and th
Love Books Addict
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

POV: Dual (1st Person)
Tropes: Coach's daughter, Sports romance, Friends-to-lovers
Triggers: Bereavement

Likes: Michael was such a sweetie, even with how much he was dealing with internally. It was great to read their journey from friends, to lovers, to finally get their happily ever after.

Dislikes: It was a bit too slow burn for me. It kind of felt like the majority of the book was regarding the issues around her relationship with her dad. And also how she was repeatedly referred to as th
Becky Claxon
Aug 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Snowe and I enjoyed her writing. I actually had tears in my eyes while I was reading in a particular spot. I can’t imagine what Michael went through when he lost both his parents in a car wreck. I was so glad he still had his sister that he was close to. Actually he had his love of hockey and his sister which kept him going. He felt lucky to get an internship with the hockey coach at the college he was getting his master’s degree. I had a hard time ...more
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Michael’s hockey playing days are over, he’s moved to another state and is getting his advanced degree and interning for the college’s hockey coach. He’s a bit of a loner now, tries to keep to himself.
Naomi is a self proclaimed nerd, data and trivia are her passion’s, she’s also interning for the coach.. who is her father.
Michael and Naomi have really fun banter, they click in that special way. I loved their jokes, conversations and the tension of their attraction is definitely hot!
Sep 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. I really loved Michael. I'm not sure how I felt about Naomi. Most of the time I liked her, but she had a lot of insecurities that lasted most of the book.

Michael and Naomi had really good chemistry. Michael helped Naomi step out of her comfort zone a lot when she was dealing with her sister and dad. The banter between these two was great.

This is a friends-to-lovers but also definitely a slow burn.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review vo
Jenn M.
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Puck Drop is the first book in Jaqueline Snowe's Central State series which is a little spin off from her Moo U series. You in no way need to have read the books in the Moo U series to read this book as it is a complete stand alone.

Michael Reiner needed a fresh start- so he moved from the his home on the east coast to attend grad school at Central State. Here he could start over, finding how to still have hockey in his life with no one knowing his tragic past or looking at him with sympathy
Sep 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Puck Drop
Author: Jaqueline Snowe
Hero/Heroine: Michael & Naomi
Trope: Friends to Lovers/Sports Romance


Who doesn’t love a damn good hockey romance? This is my first book by Jaqueline Snowe and to be honest I’d quite like to give myself a good kicking right now, as I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up one of her books. Likeable characters who actually communicate with each other are exactly the hero and heroine she created in Michael and Naomi. I adored the banter bet
Daisy Knox

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I liked Michael and Naomi immediately and loved their story. They’re both vulnerable because of their family histories and their lives have lots of complications but they’re perfect together from the moment they meet. Michael can’t hide his attraction even though he knows it’s a bad idea to date the boss’ daughter. The feeling is mutual but Naomi doesn’t date hockey players because she blames the sport for destroying her family and taking her
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book that makes me cry about being single!
Like I was bawling, and crying about a couple of sentences that honestly make me swoon!

Michael and Fletcher were honestly perfect, they were best friends before anything else and they pushed each other for the best every single day of their lives and wanted only the best for each other.

Michael Reiner is a 24yo who was going with his grad degree after not making it into the NHL, he was bummed as he worked hard but he missed playing
Sep 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, hockey-romance
The Puck Drop had me tearing up a few times.

Seeing Michael still processing the grief that he is dealing with just pulled at my heartstrings. But then seeing the other side of him, the person who tries to see the good in every moment, that made me fall for him. He just seems like an amazing character. Not only is he hard working, but he tries to be friends with everyone while occasionally issuing some tough love. You can also feel his passion for the game, and how it is hurting him to not be ou
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sports-romance
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review by Grey's promotion

This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Snowe and I enjoyed her writing. I really enjoyed reading it. I went through so many emotions reading it. Naomi's character is strong even though she is vulnerable inside. Her father is emotionally unavailable due to hockey and she feels nothing is more important to him than the sport. she thinks she is alone other than for her best friends.She joins her father as an attempt to
Sep 17, 2021 rated it liked it
The puck drop is a story about love, understanding and hockey.
Michael wants a fresh start away from his past. Being away from the sport he loves is hard but that doesn't stop him from working with the college team.
Naomi feels like the weird twin, the nerdy girl interested in data sheets. Her future internship depends on the work she will put to in her project at the hockey team. The same team her dad is coach at, the dad who seems to never spend time with her.
This is not the sports romance I am
Kelly DeMarco
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful young adult journey
The Puck Drop (Central State Book 1) by Jacqueline Snowe is a sweet read with wonderful new adult characters. Michael is the kind of young man most would want. He is kind, considerate, sweet, sexy, charming, refreshingly honest, a little broken and communicates. Naomi is also kind, considerate, sweet, the good girl, funny, adorably nerdy, a little broken herself, and scared of being left behind.
The plot reveals that Michael and Naomi have more in common than they
Diane Lynch
Sep 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, hockey-romance
Jaqueline Snowe scores with THE PUCK DROP (Central State #1). Michael Reiner moves to the Midwest to obtain his master’s degree in sports management. He is offered his dream internship under the Central State Hockey coach. Top that off, he gets to work with the cute girl he just met, Naomi Fletcher-Simpson. The only problem is, she’d the coach’s daughter, and she doesn’t like hockey players.

Michael was introduced in HOLDOUT (Moo U #3). He was the brother of Ryann and teammate of Jonah Daniels. I
Jackie Wright
Sep 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for The Puck Drop ( Central State #1)
What a great start to the new Central State Series and if Michael and Naomi’s friends to lovers journey is anything to go by Jacqueline Snowe will certainly have a hit series on her hands.
Michael Reiner is looking for a new start and that has taken him to the east coast to attend grad school at Central State. His tragic past has taken him to a new school but he still needs hockey in his life, so he becomes an intern for the hockey team.
Naomi Fletch
My Secret Book Spot
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness, this was my first Snowe novel and I'm hooked! Not only does Snowe give you a well-developed world, but she also has great characters, a wonderful plot pace, and my fav part is the wisdom and thoughtfulness she puts into her characters' dialogue. Michael Reiner is my favorite character by far, and I honestly wish I could bundle him up and hug him! I'm a 40 something Mom so his loss, and maturity from that experience, are just so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Whi ...more
Rina's Reads
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: september-2021
This book took me a while to get into—not that it was slow, I was getting a feel for the author's writing style (new to me author)—but once I did, the hits started coming and I felt like they didn't stop.

This story was full of emotional baggage, aching sorrow, and there were a few laughs thrown in.

The chemistry between Michael and Naomi was almost instant for me, though it took a while for the characters to open themselves up to it. Beware of the SLOW BURN... it was intense.

That moment they FI
Sep 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Central State #1

Michael Reiner was at Moo U and played hockey but now he can't play anymore. He has moved to another state, different college and has taken an internship with the hockey team at Central State College working under the coach and is happy with that decision. He watches the players and actually takes one under his wing.
Naomi Fletcher-Simpson is a twin, the nerdy one who feels like she doesn't quite fit in. She likes her data and spreadsheets and is hoping to fix her relationship wit
Sep 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You might recall Michael from one of the moo u books that centered around his sister but his story is just as compelling! I felt a bit broken reading this as he has to give up one dream only to start another is never easy but I loved Michael as a character throughout this book.

I felt like Michael and Naomi were good together there were parts where I thought her insecurity really got the best of her. I think her insecurities have been impacted by her relationship with her father. Michael was suc
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Michael is intrigued by Naomi the minute they meet. When he finds out that she's the coach's daughter - the coach who has his career in his hands at the moment - he decides that he would avoid her. But as they are forced together at every opportunity, their working relationship translates into a friendship neither is expecting, but are too afraid to lose. And Michael knows a lot about loss.

Naomi is accustomed to being the twin no one remembers or notices, but Michael Reiner sees her. Finding out
World Of Books 65
Sep 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
A really nice start to this brand new series. I loved this new spin on a hockey romance, as this romance is centred around our once junior hockey player, who is now at Central State as an Intern working with one of the top coaches, Michael wasn't expecting to run into the coaches daughter and start to have feelings for her, his life is complex enough and so is Naomi's, who also attends Central State, she has spent years trying to get her dads approval, but always feels a disappointment, she does ...more
Kari Hansen
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not only has Michael endured a devasting loss personally but now the hockey career he always wanted has been derailed as well. When he is offered the chance to learn under a successful coach it seems like the best possible scenario however getting involved with his boss’s daughter is a complication he can’t afford.

Naomi has always felt like she was on the outside looking in when it came to her family. When she has the opportunity to show her father that she has skills that he can use she hopes t
Jennifer Pierson
Sep 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Michael has gone through a brutal tragedy which has him filled with sadness & grief still but he won't let anyone see it. He has to make a new start where no one knows what he's gone through, and maybe just maybe, being an intern under the Central State Hockey team coach will allow him to have the hockey he needs in his life. Naomi feels like she's always invisible especially compared to her outgoing twin sister, and she actually takes a shot at repairing her relationship with her father by taki ...more
Reading  Red Room
Sep 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing start to a new series. I am a big fan of hockey romances and this one definitely did the job! Naomi is a numbers girl and is excited about working on a project for the college hockey team. Naomi’s family is a hot mess and she is dealing with the emotional baggage of their relationships. Did I mention, her dad is the head coach of the hockey team? Michael is a former player who transferred to Central College to intern for the head coach. Michael is trying to figure out where h ...more
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Jaqueline Snowe lives in Arizona where the "dry heat" really isn't that bad. She prefers drinking coffee all hours of the day and snacking on anything that has peanut butter or chocolate. She is the mother to two dogs who don’t realize they aren’t humans and a = mom to the sweetest boy. She is an avid reader and writer of romances and tends to write about athletes. Her husband works for an MLB tea ...more

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