Family Ties – Hearts Bind
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)
Book Length (Est.): 158 Pages
Perfect for fans of Sawyer Bennett and Toni Aleo, Kelly Jamieson’s charming holiday novella kicks off a brand-new series featuring the hunky hockey stars of the Chicago Aces.
The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.
Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win.
*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*
Andrew and Jenna have one hell of an awkward relationship. Jenna’s parents basically adopted Andrew when he was sixteen, after he lost his family. They’d known him, he was their eldest son’s best friend, which made the decision to bring him into their home an easy one. Problem with that was Andrew and Jenna didn’t want a brother/sister relationship. They wanted much more.
Andrew promised to never touch Jenna and to always respect her parents. It was the least he could do after they brought him into their home. Even after a night in college, when his resolve finally cracked, he realized he just couldn’t risk losing her family since they were all he had and so their relationship stopped before it even had a chance to really begin.
Jenna thought she’d moved on, she’d even brought her boyfriend home for Christmas, but one look at Andrew and she realized nothing could ever get her over him. She’d loved him since forever and nothing, no matter how hard she tried, would ever get her over him. She was left with a decision to make, one that would open her up for the ultimate rejection and one that would lay her heart on the line.
I wasn’t sure how the whole brother/sister vibe would be, but I really enjoyed this book. Off Limits is heartwarming and sweet. I loved how their love for each other was so strong that it was almost tangible and even though they kept denying it everyone else could see it.
On a side note and in case anyone wants to know, this is a Christmas novella and since the hockey team is on break there really isn’t much that has to do with the Aces.
My Favorite Moment: Her mother’s reaction when she finds out about them. Overwhelmingly sweet.
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