#BookReview- Parental Guidance by @AveryFlynn #SportsRomance

“A fantastically fun, HOT love story.” – Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author
It wasn’t me.

It was my team.

But as almost co-captain I raised my hand to fix it.

Never imagined they’d arrange a PR stunt to make me look like Mr. Right to someone my mom picks out on some new dating app.

Then my salvation walks into the restaurant.

Zara Ambrose.

The five-foot-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches that I convinced to go on five dates with me for all the world to see.

She’s got her own reasons for our set up–and her own rules.

But somewhere between the couples’ obstacle course, wrestling matches with her Great Dane, and fights over mashed potatoes, Zara went from means-to-an-end to something so much more.

What happens when you start to fall for the one girl you can’t have…on live TV?


Avery Flynn is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Find out more about Avery on her website (averyflynn.com), follow her on Twitter (@AveryFlynn) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/AveryFlynnBooks), and like her on her Facebook page (facebook.com/AveryFlynnAuthor).

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My Review

Get a group of alpha males together and the trash talk is bound to flow. Such is the basis for this fun, yet insightful story about NHL player Caleb Stuckey and Zara Ambrose.

A recorded cab trip with some of the rookie’s on his team goes viral overnight after the guys brag about their luck on and off the ice. Caleb’s mother comes up with the idea of showing her son’s remorse by having him date a woman she picks out via a new app called Bramble. Caleb just wants to get back to playing hockey.

Zara is a miniatures artist and a self-professed workaholic. She has zero interest in dating men (bad experience with a flighty father), but gives in to her friend’s pressure after a few too many drinks and adds a racy bio to the Bramble website, never expecting a call to come through. When it does, her father begs her to try it as a way for him to get his SAG card through the TV segments.

Caleb and Zara’s first meeting is awkward. Neither one wants to be there, but are determined to make the best of a bad situation. They decide on the required five dates, and done.

Too bad their attraction is off-the-charts!

Favorite Lines

What was wrong with her? He hated mashed potatoes. Only sociopaths hated mashed potatoes. It was a sign on top of all the other ways they were total and complete opposites

Parental Guidance- Avery Flynn

“Life is like hockey—you put in the preparation, you put in the work, and you pray like hell that the calls will go your way.”

Parental Guidance- Avery Flynn

This is a fun read! I give Parental Guidance 4 lovely kisses.

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  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    OMG Jacquie your hockey self is amazing LOL. This seems a perfect light romance!

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    1. Have you read any of her books, Sophie? She’s great!


  2. Mae Clair says:

    Sounds cute, Jacquie. I love the line about mashed potatoes.
    And you look good as a hockey player 🙂

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    1. If I’m on the ice, everyone better run, lol.

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  3. Staci Troilo says:

    Sounds like a fast and fun read. I can’t imagine the dating woes caused by a meddling mother!

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    1. Lol, she actually picked him a good match 🙂

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  4. What a clever premise. That reluctance seems so normal with lots of online dating folks I know. Great story I bet!

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    1. It was a fun read 🙂


  5. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great review and I chuckled about the mashed potatoes. Hockey gear suits you!

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    1. My hubby is like that with mashed potatoes, but if they’re made he takes a double helping! lol

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  6. Sounds like a fun read, Jacquie. And the cover is very cute. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your review and recommendation. 🙂

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    1. I like humor mixed into stories. It’s nice to escape reality.

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  7. carhicks says:

    I love your avatar Jacquie. I am a huge hockey fan and romance as well. This sounds like it is right up my alley.

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    1. I don’t think I’d look quite as cute in hockey gear, lol

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  8. A real test of the human spirit to be entertained! An actioned-filled story.! Awesome Jacquie!

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    1. It’s a fun read 😊

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      1. And a fun journey…

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