Title: Something So Unscripted
Author: Natasha Madison
Genre: Sports Romance
Release: April 2, 2018
Finding my teammate in bed with my wife made the decision I had been fighting with for years easier.
It’s time to move on.
A fresh start and a new NHL team in a big city. Most importantly, it’s my son Jack’s best shot.
It would be both of our best shots.
After a bad childhood, I made sure I would succeed, so I lived for my job.
The problem is I die a little with each patient I lose. It’s part of my career at Hudson Children’s Oncology Hospital, but it doesn’t make the sting of loss any easier.
Seeking anything other than a life saved isn’t on my agenda until a NHL player walks into my hospital with his son.
We’re officially off script the moment we meet.
If this love is anything, it’s unscripted.
I stumbled upon the Something So series late last year, pretty much by accident and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Each book is a standalone, but there are so many interconnected characters I recommend starting from the very beginning to get the most out of the whole series! I promise that you won’t be disappointed. It’s the perfect mix of hockey, love, and the importance of family. I’m really hoping there’s a few more books in this one because I just adore all of these characters!
Something So Unscripted is the sort of Zack and Denise. After walking in on his wife in bed with his best friend and teammate, Zack leaves behind everything but his son Jack, and moves to New York to play for the Stingers. Plus New York is the home to one of the best pediatric oncologists in the United States, Denise Horton. Zack desperately wants her to take on his son, Jack’s case. Jack is suffering from a severe form of leukemia and Denise is his last hope.
Upon meeting Jack, Denise feels an instant connection and agrees to take on his case. We were first introduced to Denise in Something So Irresistible and I feel in love with her kind, caring, and selfless manner then. Seeing her with Jack only magnified those traits, and made for one of my new favorite characters in romantic fiction. I loved seeing her relationship with Zack grow, and I loved that she was able to finally get the happiness she so deserved. And, her motherly instincts with Jack were heartbreakingly sweet, and I loved the interactions between these two!
The plot for Something So Unscripted had a perfect mix of drama, romance, and tenderness. I found myself smiling, laughing, scowling, and finally crying as I read through the pages of this one. Natasha Madison has a way of making me feel everything, and I can’t wait to see what other treasures she has in store for me!
Emily is the one who got me so freaking hooked on this series! I love how interconnected these books are, and that we get to see previous characters throughout each of the books! I love a single dad, hockey player so I knew I was going to really like this one!
We met Denise in Something So Irresistible and I absolutely adored her in it and I could not wait for her story. This was a pretty dramatic and emotional story for all parties. There is cancer, a bitch of an ex, forbidden romance, and lots and lots of steam. I was rooting for Zack, Denise, and Jack to get there HEA from day one. There journey was beautiful to watch and the ending made everything worth it!
I went through the range of emotions in this book. I think my favorite bond was the bond that formed between Denise and Jack because it was so perfect and I just can’t stand it. Denise might have been the shining character for me in this one with her sweet, huge heart and her willingness to fight for her happiness.
I recommend this series to those who love: interconnected romance, hockey players, steam, and tons of laughter.
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars!
What Others Are Saying
One of the most EMOTIONAL romances I’ve read this year! Natasha Madison continues to AMAZE ME with every new release! – Shayna Renee
Something so Unscripted is so much more than a love story, it is an all-encompassing, engrossing and engaging novel about, love, life and all the moments that make life special. – Denise Shh Mom’s Reading
Something So Unscripted is positively the most amazing book I’ve read.
It gives the most heart wrenching story that will leave breathless. – Book Haven Book Blog
“Zack.” I hear her voice and just look at my wife. The woman who said she would love me in good times and in bad yet is currently holding a sheet to cover her naked body. The four-carat engagement with matching eternity wedding ring glistens in the light. “It’s just …” she starts to say, and I look over at the man in bed next to her. In our bed.
“It’s over.” I say the two words I swore I wouldn’t say no matter how hard it got. No matter how much I saw her push me away, no matter that I always suspected she was cheating on me. Then I look over at the man who I called a brother, the man who stood by my side on and off the ice. “You’re scum.”
“It just happened,” Colton says, getting out of the bed. At least he’s wearing boxers. His knee is still wrapped from the operation he had last month, which is why he wasn’t on the road with us, which is how I surprised them.
We were on the road for the whole week and due back tomorrow, but I hightailed it out of there to get home to my family and my son. “It just so happened you walked into my house and slept with my wife?” I ask him, and I have to wonder why I’m not more pissed, why I’m not more angry with them. “You come here and sleep with my wife with my son under the same roof.”
“Zack,” my wife says, and I look over at her again. Tears are rolling down her cheeks, her perfectly made up face now streaked with the black mascara she always wears. “Please let’s …”
I shake my head, putting my hands in my pockets. “Let’s what? Let’s talk about this?” I throw my head back and laugh. “Let’s talk about the fact that our son is in his room dying. Let’s talk about the fact that instead of helping him, you’re just helping yourself. Let’s talk about the fucking fact that instead of being there by his side with me, you chose to escape the fucking reality that our son won’t make it to six years old.”
“No.” She shakes her head, and I know that I’ve about had it.
“I’ll give you an hour,” I tell them both. “One hour and I want you packed and at the door when I come back.”
“But—” she says.
“But nothing, Chantal. You did what you had to do for you, and now I’m doing what I need to do for our son.”
I turn and walk out of our bedroom, then down the winding staircase that leads to the big brass front doors. Once outside in the warm Arizona air, I take my phone out of my pocket and call the only person I know who has my back no matter what. My agent and best friend, Jamie.
He answers after one ring, and it doesn’t surprise me he sleeps with his phone in his hand. “What’s up?” he says, his voice sleepy since it’s four a.m. in New York.
“I want out of Arizona, make the trade. Call the powers that be; I want out,” I tell him, getting into my Range Rover.
“You can’t just demand that,” he says, and I hear sheets rustle.
“Just walked in on Colton fucking my wife, so you can bet your ass I can. Make it happen. Call New York because it’s the only place I’ll go. I don’t care if I take a pay cut.”
“That fucking scumbag,” he says. “I’ll call them now.”
“Jamie, there is a top-notch doctor who specializes in cancer in New York. Max Horton’s sister,” I tell him quietly and slowly drive out of my gate.
“I’ll make it happen,” he says softly. “I’ll let you know what they say.”
“Jamie, I’m leaving here in a week regardless of what they say,” I tell him and disconnect the call.
“One week,” I say to myself. “One fucking week.”
When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…