Mile High | By Liz Tomforde
Book Review | Contemporary Romance
Chicago hockey isn’t complete without me – everyone’s favourite player to hate. I know my role, and I play it well. In fact, I thoroughly enjoy spending the majority of my game time in the penalty box before leaving the arena with a new girl on my arm each night.
What I don’t like is the new flight attendant on our team’s private plane. She works for me, not the other way around. But I’ll be sure to remind her of that, and I can guarantee, by the end of the season, she’ll be begging to quit her job.
But every road trip blurs the lines, and I can’t quite figure out if I keep pushing that flight attendant call button in order to push her buttons, or if it’s more than that.
I’ve been a flight attendant for years. I thought I’d seen it all, but when my new job lands me onboard working for the most egotistical and self-righteous diva in the NHL, I start to second guess everything. Including the promise I made to myself of never hooking up with an athlete again . . . no matter how annoyingly tempting he may be.
Evan Zanders is unfiltered, unapologetic, and too attractive for his own good. He loves his image, but I hate everything about it.
Everything but him.
Narrative and Plot
When I picked up Mile High, I was looking for a fun romantic comedy to escape. It provided me with a wholesome story that is quite enjoyable. The chemistry between the two leads was off the charts. The steam is high up there too.
The pacing was good for the most part. However, towards the end, it felt a bit lengthy. I was ready for the third act to wrap up but it just kept going on.
Also, about the sports aspect, I am not familiar with ice hockey. Where I come from, “hockey” means field hockey. I have a cursory understanding of field hockey, thanks to the SRK movie Chak De India. But I shamelessly admit that I follow the IPL ( the cricket league game in India). So, I get the emotions behind a city winning after so many years and players worrying about the playoffs or the franchises they are working with. I enjoyed that aspect of the story too. All this to say that there is plenty for non-sport lovers too.
Characters and Conflicts
A flight attendant dating a bad boy sportsman is a fantasy. However, the character arc for both Stevie and Zanders kept them grounded and relatable. While maintaining all the fun aspects, the story touches on topics like mental health and body positivity. I love it when romance books find that balance. The chemistry between Stevie and Zander is a major hook for the story and it is very well utilized. The ensemble cast was fun to read. I found out there is a whole other series about Madison and Logan, who are the other couple in the book and I am tempted to check that as well.
The third act was a bit more lengthy. Not that the story lagged or anything, but it could have been shorter. It delivers in the end and you get your HEA.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Mile High. It was a romantic read, filled with banter, glamour and self-growth. If that sounds like a fun time, give this one a try.