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Peek Inside Once Upon a Power Play

Sidelined by an injury, hockey player Ryan Douglas is supposed to be focusing on recovery. But after a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is getting her five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm back in his bed. But Chloe Jacobs wants nothing to do with a pushy, arrogant hockey player who thinks date-by-blackmail is an acceptable social convention. Ryan wants to play games? Fine, but this is one faceoff he’s going to lose.

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Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is his recovery. But after sharing a near death experience with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed—even if it means playing dirty.

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She’s kissed her share of frogs and what’s it gotten her? Dumped by text—again. The last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who’s sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.

Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he’s going to lose.

Each book in the Risky Business series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 Once Upon a Dare
Book #2 Once Upon a Power Play
Book #3 Seducing the Fireman


"I adored and loved Once Upon a Power Play by Jennifer Bonds. Being a Brazen book addict, this book had every element that I craved, wanted, needed and looked for. It had heat, romance, banter, playfulness, and of course lots and lots of steam." --Four Chicks Flipping Pages

"If you are looking for a few hours of fun, like your heroines fierce and with spunk, if you're craving steamy hot scenes and playful bantering session and are not against gorgeous hockey players, then you know what to do! Pick this one already!" --Alleskelle Blogs

"Once Upon a Power Play starts out funny, gets really sexy, and stays laugh-out-loud hysterical until the end. It's a sweet, sexy, funny read that is perfect for a pick-me-up and it's definitely put Jennifer Bonds on my radar and I can't wait to see more from this author." --Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

"Once Upon a Power Play hit all my buttons and then some. Jennifer Bonds has a winner of a book here." --Fresh Fiction

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754645
Series: Risky Business, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 16, 2015
Page Count: 230
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: blackmail, one night stand, unrequited love

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ November 20, 2015

3.75 Stars

I'll keep this short and sweet. I really enjoyed Once Upon a Powerplay. I liked it even better than the first book in the series. In true Jennifer Bonds fashion, it was uber sexy while still having a fantastic story. However, I'm simply at a point where I'm just burned out on category roma ...more

By Claire November 19, 2015

4 - "I'll bring the shoes, you bring the condom." Stars!

Jennifer Bonds really stepped up to the hockey net with Once Upon a Power Play. I really enjoyed the push and pull between Ryan and Chloe, and their sexy-times were extremely diverse and plentiful.

"Dead men don't need limes."

This is probably th ...more

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

First time reading a book by this author and I’m entirely pleased with Once Upon A Power Play by Jennifer Bonds!
As always when I pick a Brazen title, I expect to read a light, fun and sexy romance story and this title completely filled the bill and then some. Predictable? Ye ...more

By Michelle November 16, 2015

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

"In all her life she'd never experienced anything like it. Was it possible love had actually found her when she'd finally stopped looking?"

I adored and loved Once Upon A Power Play by Jennifer Bonds. Being a Brazen book addict, this book had ...more

By Alyssa November 13, 2015

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Once Upon a Power Play by Jennifer Bonds
Book Two of the Risky Business series
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (f ...more

By Ivy May 11, 2016

-easy read and easy on the wallet (freebie).
-Hockey romance with Ryan and Chloe meeting during a holdup, then hook up. Not your typical romantic setup,but it worked.
-Never read anything by Ms. Bonds before, but I enjoyed the mix of humor, hockey and romance.
-Ryan and Chloe’s professional lives inter ...more

By Janey November 17, 2015

4 hot as puck stars

Chloe Jacobs finds herself on the receiving end of a Dear Chloe text, which only a charge of margaritas will help to soothe. Diverting to the local store in the hideous weather, she aims for the limes only to be beaten to the last one by a smooth talking, lumberjack look-a-like.


By Nicola November 16, 2015

Once Upon a Power Play is a great addition to Jennifer Bonds’ Risky Business series. Character-driven, the story very much focusses on Chloe and Ryan and considering I haven’t been overly impressed with many of the Brazen titles of late, this was a welcome discovery. And whilst the storyline was fai ...more

By ♥ WishfulMiss ♥ May 03, 2016

This one won't be a long review. Just loved this one! I normally don't rate novellas a 5 ⭐️ rate but the characters were witty, charming, sensual and they were fantastic together.

Loved the snarky humor between Chloe and Ryan and like always, with a good book, I wish it was longer. The epilogue was ...more

By Devika November 12, 2015

ARC gratefully received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review

By Lustful Literature November 16, 2015


I am a huge hockey fan who loves to read so it’s not a surprise that my favorite type of book, hands down, is a hockey romance. There is just something about a great story that includes some great hockey action and a hot Hockey Hunk. That being said, it goes without saying ...more

By Kim October 29, 2015

Sparks, snark, sexual tension and a bit of danger...

Chloe Jacobs and Ryan Douglas were both having a crappy night...then it got worse...much worse...then heated up.

When they meet again, Ryan is met by an angry, feisty Chloe again. And it will take some maneuvering for him to get her to go out with h ...more

By Shayna November 15, 2015

I absolutely LOVE finding new authors! Jennifer Bonds is a new author to me and boy, did she not disappoint in her latest RISKY BUSINESS book, ONCE UPON A POWER PLAY. I went into this super excited because I CRAVE sports romances, especially hockey ones. Bonds gives us a sexy and charming romance be ...more

By CL September 20, 2015

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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Sports romance

Chemistry: Simmering

Review: This book was hawt! I loved the spunk Chloe showed especially at the beginning of the book where she gave as good as she got in the verbal foreplay with Ryan.

I loved the hockey world and can only ...more

By Irene November 17, 2015

4.5 stars

Once Upon a Power Play was such a good read!

This book ticked all the boxes for me I couldn't put it down.
Loved the characters, the storyline was fun, entertaining and very steamy.

Both Ryan and Chloe were such likable and memorable characters, loved their banter and witty exchanges, and the ...more

By Heather May 05, 2016

Ryan has this way of making his requests seem really yummy, and damn it was sexy, “and if you’re a good girl, I’ll take you home and eff you so hard you won’t give two shits about Page Six or those Twitter trolls.” I liked this book, I loved Ryan he was a good guy. ...more

By Catherine (The Sassy Bookster) November 22, 2015

Every book I've read recently seems to be heavy on the emotional drama and baggage and ONCE UPON A POWER PLAY was a very welcome change for me. Just two people enjoying each other while trying to deal with their commitment issues and best of all, no over the top drama.

Chloe Jacobs has given up on me ...more

By April November 15, 2015

Chloe and Ryan met during a robbery in process at a grocery store. They didn’t know each other, but they struck up an unlikely sort of chemistry during this experience, one with sparks and crazy, off with humor and banter. They are two souls who have some baggage that colors their interactions duri ...more

By books are love November 17, 2015

received in exchange for a honest review

Ryan is a sweetheart. He messes up but not intentionally. He is afraid. Afraid due to his horrid ex and what she did. He is an honest hard working guy who loses some confidence when Chloe does a stupid moment and hurts his heart but he doesn’t give up. His bes ...more

By Michelle May 02, 2016

Ok so this is the first book by this author that I have read and I really enjoyed it. The dialoge between Ryan and Chloe was outstanding, I felt all the emotions that the author was trying to convey. They had such great chemistry you culdnt help but fall in lov with them. The secondary characters al ...more

By Danielle June 30, 2016

review to come ...more

By Trinette November 06, 2015

For full review see Three Chicks' page. ...more

By Joan February 04, 2020

Ryan a hockey player meets Chloe during a robbery in a bodega. They have instant attraction
and chemistry together.. The book continues with their story. Both have had bad relationships and
have major trust issues. I like the story line with Ryan falling for Chloe and she being the alpha heroine. A ta ...more

By Barbara "Cookie" April 02, 2020

Once Upon a Power Play ,(Risky Business Book 2)

The love story of Ryan and Chloe. Chloe is woman who has had bad luck when it come to man. Her last boyfriend broke up with her though text. She met Ryan on that might when a man was robbing a bodega. Will she find love or will she keep to be word of gi ...more

By Katie August 21, 2020

I loved this book. It was exactly what I was looking for. Fun escapism. Hockey. A little steamy. Perfect. ...more

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Jennifer Bonds

About the author

Jennifer Bonds

Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy alphas, and a whole lot of mischief. When she's not writing or wrangling toddlers, Jennifer can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and a weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She's lucky enough to live with her very own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

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