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Unravel Me by Becka Mack: FAQs + Books Like It

When you're a fan of a book series, one where every book is five out of five stars to you, how do you react when you get the latest addition in your hands? Do you clear your schedule and dive right in? Do you pace yourself in order to savor it?

Becka Mack's Playing for Keeps hockey romance series has been one of my favorites since I discovered it, so when she started posting teasers for the long-awaited third book, Unravel Me, I completely cleared my reading schedule, expecting to read it in one sitting on release night. (Kindle | Paperback).

To my surprise, that's not what happened. Not only did it take me a few days to crack it open, but reading it also took me a few days longer than normal. Don't worry, it's not because it was bad. I think I took my time with it because it was that good. I didn't want it to end.

Now that it has ended though, I have a job to do and that's to answer the questions I expected other readers will have about the book, as well as offer you a list of five books like Unravel Me. If that's what you're looking for, then keep scrolling! (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Unravel Me by Becka Mack

What Is Unravel Me About?

Unravel Me by Becka Mack is about NHL Vancouver Viper's star goalie, Adam Lockwood, and how he falls in love with a single mom named Rosie Wells. Here is the official description:

"Golden boy. Notorious serial dater. The NHL’s most eligible bachelor. That’s what the headlines say about me, at least. I wish I could say they’re not accurate, but truthfully? I don’t even know who I am anymore. Between a soul-crushing ex-girlfriend and a never-ending queue of dates gone wrong, one thing has become glaringly I don’t want to be Adam Lockwood.

So when my dog decides to play matchmaker, taking down a sweet little thing with rose gold waves, brilliant green eyes, and a smile for days, I can’t believe my luck that she doesn’t have a clue who I am. I know I should tell her, but for once in my life someone sees the man behind the goalie mask. Rosie gives me all of her–her heartache, her laughter, and her son. But me? I’m holding on a little too tightly to the pieces I’m scared to give up, the pieces she might not like. One small lie becomes a secret hanging above my head, but what if there’s another one hiding right around the corner? Suddenly, my deepest desire becomes my biggest fear. I’m terrified she’s going to unravel me."

How Long Does It Take to Read Unravel Me?

According to my Kindle and in my experience, it should take approximately 7 hours to read Unravel Me.

What Are the Spicy Chapters in Unravel Me?

Like all the other books in Becka Mack's Playing for Keeps series, Unravel Me is delectably spicy. For those looking for the spicy chapters, skip to chapters 14, 16, 20, 21, 33, 36, and 39.

Can Unravel Me Be Read as a Standalone?

Yes - Unravel Me by Becka Mack can be read as a standalone, however, it is technically the third book in the Playing for Keeps series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, if you choose, because they each focus on a different couple's love story. I'd argue reading the in order makes it a bit more fun and enjoyable though because you get to "check in" on the previous couples as you go through the series. If that's what you want to do, here is the official order of the Playing for Keeps series to follow:

  1. Consider Me - Carter and Olivia

  2. Play With Me - Garrett and Jennie

  3. Unravel Me - Adam and Rosie

How Old Are Adam and Rosie? What Is the Age Gap?

In Unravel Me, Adam Lockwood is 26 years old and Rosie Wells is 24 years old. This means there is a two-year age gap between them.

Does Unravel Me Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Unravel Me has a happy ending! After Adam's ex-girlfriend shows up at his charity event and announces to the world that she's pregnant with his baby, a media shitstorm ensues. Rosie vehemently believes Adam when he says the baby is not his and the two work with Adam's teammates to prove it. In the end, Adam and Rosie serve Courtney with papers stating that they are suing her for two-and-a-half million dollars. She can either pay up or prove the child is not Adam's by taking a paternity test. This forces her to withdraw her claim and leave Vancouver. Rosie and Adam then move in together and decide to become Lily's foster parents. Months later, we find out they officially adopted Lilly, Piglet, and a cat named Dinosaur, are engaged, and are also expecting their first baby together.

5 Books Like Unravel Me by Becka Mack

If you're thinking this book is going to be hard to beat, I'm with you. You don't find books like Unravel Me every day. That doesn't mean we're not going to try though. In fact, here are five similar books to Unravel Me that have either one or both the single parent and hockey romance tropes and seem most worth a read next.

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

1. Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

Given that the book I read before Unravel Me was an emotional K.A. Tucker romance, I feel quite confident recommending you her book, Until It Fades. Not only do I know K.A. Tucker writes romances that are equally deep as Becka Mack's, but this book also has a lot in common with Unravel Me. Just read GoodReads reviewer, Melissa's, description of the book and you'll see what I mean: "Cath is a 24-year-old waitress and single mother to a 5-year-old. She’s been slut-shamed and made the villain by the small town she lives in after the relationship she had with her art teacher in high school was made public knowledge. Getting pregnant a few mere months later, after a one-night stand, didn’t help the situation any either. She prides herself on not asking for monetary help and just wants to fade into the background and raise her daughter... alone. That all changes when she witnesses a horrific car crash, late one night, on a remote road and she manages to pull a man twice her size from a burning vehicle. Turns out, he’s a mega hockey star, headed to the playoffs. Or he was. I’m sure you can guess what happens from here."

Hooked On You by Kate Meader

2. Hooked On You by Kate Meader

"Wanted: Grumpy, bearded Scot, recovering alcoholic hockey player needs a nanny for his two adorable daughters, aka the nearest and dearest people to his heart. Smart mouths and sex sirens need not apply." It was this description of Hooked on You by Kate Meader and the adoring, glowing reviews that solidified its place on this list of books like Unravel Me. What all the reviews told me about it is that it's not just a smutty hockey romance. Which lord knows we all love and need from time to time. But that's not what Unravel Me was. It was emotional and heartwarming. It was about found family and past trauma. In other words, it wasn't surface level. It went deep and if the reviews tell me anything, it's that Hooked on You does too.

Zack by Sawyer Bennett

3. Zack by Sawyer Bennett

With 4.16 stars out of 5 and 16,000 ratings on GoodReads, Zack by Sawyer Bennett is another single-parent, hockey romance like Unravel Me worth checking out next. Here's what it's about: "Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief ever since the car accident that left him a single dad and put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury and still crippled by emotional baggage, he’s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny wins his son’s heart, Zack isn’t sure he’s ready for a woman’s touch—even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she’s hiding. Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athlete’s body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life—and besides, he’s her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationship into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack’s wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight."

This Is Forever by Natasha Madison

4. This Is Forever by Natasha Madison

My final single-parent, hockey romance recommendation that's like Unravel Me is This Is Forever by Natasha Madison. Here's what it's about: Becoming a teen mom at sixteen was not what I expected, but then again, neither was being a single parent. Still, I wouldn’t change my past because that boy is my world. Hockey is the only thing my son seems to care about, so I work two jobs to make sure he can play. I’d do anything to make sure he doesn’t suffer because of the bad decisions his father made. When he won a whole summer of hockey training, I knew in my heart he was going to have an amazing time. What I wasn’t prepared for was meeting his new summer coach. He was magnetic, powerful, and a player - in all forms of the word. If my life had taught me anything up to this point, it was how to avoid making bad decisions, and Justin Stone was the definition of a bad decision. I could never be a woman his family approved of. Even if I wished I could be."

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

5. Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Last but not least, I wanted to recommend a sports romance that wasn't hockey, but that still had the single-parent trope. When I found out Mariana Zapata had a book that fits that bill, it was a no-brainer - it had to be on this list. I'll warn you though, Mariana Zapata's specialty is torturous slow burns. While that's definitely a change of pace from books like Unravel Me, it can also be super satisfying. If you're up for it, check out the description for Wait for It: "If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn't been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn't know what the hell she's doing half the time. How she's made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?"


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