Review of Big Stick (Aces Hockey #7) by Kelly Jamieson

“The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Length: 264 Pages

POV: Third Person


A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment – take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem – because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him – around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.*

Nick likes his solitude. Nothing gives him more happiness than being home with his peace and quiet. However, everything changes when his life gets shook up a little.

Jodie wants to make life wonderful for her daughter, but getting settled after the big move hasn’t been all that fun. She’s staying with her best friend and feels like she’s imposing on her and her boyfriend so house hunting she goes, only to end up discouraged at the prospects within her price range.

Nick has an empty guest house. Jodie needs a place to stay. They’re both put in a spot where neither can say no.

It doesn’t take long for kid hating Nick to fall in love with two-year-old, Zyana, and Jodie shortly after. However, the ghosts of his past keep him from making any commitments. He doesn’t want anyone to depend on him and risk letting them down again.

Big Stick is an adorable and steamy romance. What starts out as just a little adult fun quickly entangles their hearts. And the ending…oh so sweet! I love the Aces Hockey series! Each book pulls you in and the characters completely captivate you.

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Slap Shot (Aces Hockey #5) by Kelly Jamieson

“This, though…this could be addictive.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 259 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

My name’s Max Hall, and I need to f***. As a pro hockey player who’s been away from the game for over a year, my libido has picked one hell of an an inconvenient time to come roaring back to life. 

After my wife died from a rare form of cancer, sex was the last thing on my mind. Same with hockey, the other love of my life. Now, after fifteen months of eating too much, drinking too much, and generally just feeling sorry for myself, I’m facing a steep uphill battle to get my ass in shape and play my way back onto the Chicago Aces. 

So I’m not looking for a relationship. Just sex. Yeah, I know how that makes me sound. But the truth is, I’ll never love another woman the way I loved my wife. When I meet a sexy bridesmaid at my teammate’s wedding, I decide to scratch that itch. A fling with Kendra Armstrong in her posh hotel room could be just what the trainer ordered. 

Not only is Kendra smokin’ hot, she’s dynamite in bed—one of the perks of being a sex toy designer. Since she lives in New York anyway, we agree to keep things casual, no strings attached. The arrangement is perfect . . . until one of us falls in love. And it’s not me.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

If you’ve followed the Aces Hockey series then you’re familiar with Max Hall. He’s been in the hearts of most of the players. He took some time off of playing for the Aces when his wife was diagnosed with cancer and after she passed he just couldn’t get out of his own head long enough to focus on anything. But now he’s ready to get back on the team, he’s working hard and following his strict fitness regimen. He may even be ready to get back in the saddle and enjoy a little womanly contact, but only the non-committal kind.

Kendra was only in town for a wedding and Max caught her eye. Why not have a little no strings fun? She had every intention of never seeing him again, but when he makes that difficult then how can he blame her for reading into things more than she should. You don’t take a one-night stand out on a date or hang out with them.

Max unknowingly cracks the door, Kendra falls through it, and Max slams it and runs away. Yep, that about sums it up when it comes to the hearts of these two characters. Of course when you have someone fantastic in your life like Kendra it won’t take long for Max to realize that he lost something he needs to get back.

Slap Shot is a sweet romance wrapped around very naughty intentions. It’ll make you laugh, possibly cry, all while winning your heart.

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Review of Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson


“Maybe what we’re doing is…trying again.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 232 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

 The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Tanner left his one true love when he got drafted into the NHL. He’d asked her to go with him, but she didn’t, and he’d spent the following many years trying to fill in that hole in his heart.

Katelyn wanted to leave with Tanner, but she had a secret that had kept her from doing so. Now her life is different though, she doesn’t have those same obligations anymore, and she’s even created her own event planning business. Which is how she runs back into Tanner. She’s planning one of his teammates weddings, one that he’s in. So much for keeping the past in the past.

Two hurt hearts collide again in an undeniable desire for each other.

Tanner and Katelyn both tried moving on, but once you’ve found the love of your life it’s a little difficult to replace them. A fact they both realize with the more time they spend together.

Back Check is a loving and fiery story about reunited love. It has the humor associated with all the Aces Hockey novels, because let’s face it those players can be downright hilarious, and the intense heat I’m beginning to associate with Kelly Jamieson. There is a tender moment or two that may require a tissue, but over all it’s a fun and entertaining read.

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson


Mixology at its Finest


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 267 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.
Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Sidney had her heart broken in the cruelest of ways by her ex-husband and it more than left its mark on her. It’s the reason she isn’t interested in relationships. Flings – sure. Relationships where your heart can be broken – absolutely not. But you can’t always control your heart and when Jared pushes his way in she’ll have no choice, but face the music.

Jared is a ladies man and it’s apparent by the basic stalker girl who keeps showing up wanting more. Sidney intrigues him and he can’t seem to keep his distance. He knows her rules, even accepted them, but that won’t keep him from trying to break them.

He wants more. She wants more, but is too afraid to admit it. But none of that will matter when Sidney is forced to relive what she thought had been her cruelest heartbreak only to realize this one is much worse. Only Jared will know how to make things right.

Mixology is a special skill and Top Shelf  is the only way to go. With a little sadness, a lot of heat, and a crazy chemistry this book was difficult to put down. I’ve enjoyed Jared and his bar in previous books, I loved him in this!

My Favorite Part is the bet. WOW did that backfire or what?!?!

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Icing (Aces Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson


Sexy and Funny 


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 281 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion. 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Duncan may live in the city now, but he’s a farm boy through and through, right down to the cow’s milk. He’s sweet, caring, and likes to take care of others, which is how he keeps ending up with women who only want to use him for his money. It’ll harden a heart that’s for sure.

Amber is only focused on finishing school and earning enough money to stay afloat and help her mom out. She doesn’t need anyone to help and surely doesn’t want it. She learned the hard way that men, professional athletes more specifically, couldn’t be trusted and working in a bar owned by a hockey player was probably a bad idea, but it was good money. She never expected to like one of the regulars, even if he was a hockey player.

Two people with trust issues who can’t stay away from each other no matter how much they know they should.

Icing is funny and entertaining. Some of the crazy things that come out of Duncan’s mouth reminded me so much of his sister, Lovey, from book one, Major Misconduct. The attraction between Duncan and Amber is electrifying and they have no problem in the creating sparks department.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Duncan and Amber are discussing foot massages and somehow he managed to sneak in grandkids. They are funny together. And their chemistry is undeniable.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Off Limits (Aces Hockey #1.5) by Kelly Jamieson

Off Limits

Family Ties – Hearts Bind


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 158 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

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. 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*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.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Blog Tour: Review of Major Misconduct (Aces Hockey #1) by Kelly Jamieson

Major Misconduct

Fun vs. Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 278 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:   

In Kelly Jamieson’s seductive new Chicago Aces romance—perfect for readers of Sawyer Bennett and Toni Aleo—a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.

As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.

Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Lovey is a loveable and fun free-spirited kind of girl, which to some translates as flakey. She breaks up with a man who wants commitment and babies, quits her job because he also worked there and jumps on a plane with all of her clothes to surprise her brother by wanting to stay with him. Luckily her brother cannot say no to her no matter how hard he tries. However, the reason he keeps trying to say no walks in wearing nothing but boxer shorts and WOW she’s drawn to his roommate like a magnet.

Marc is no stranger to control and restraint and he knows the rules…sister’s are off limits…but then why can’t he stay away from her no matter how hard he tries. Her body, her sense of humor, her desire to succeed, and her always offers to assist with anything they need is a combo that becomes quite irresistible to him. He wants her as badly as she wants him and that just leads to a whole bunch of bad decisions. Ones that eventually get them caught.

Lovey wanted fun. She’d already ran from one man who wanted commitment.

Marc wanted Lovey. Commitment and all.

Major Misconduct is hot and sexy mixed with a little sweetness. The only thing I did not like is that once they hooked up things seemed to kind of go downhill in the interesting department. It wasn’t until the end, the display of love, that I got interested in the story again.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Lovey’s brother liked the idea of her and her best friend, he assumed it would lessen his worry about his fellow teammates, but then Marc had to go and shatter that illusion. Perfect brother reaction!

Jenn 4 Heart

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“Okay, back to the topic at hand,” Duncan said. “You can’t stay here.”

Still watching Marc, Lovey saw his head snap up.

“I have to stay here, Dunc. Where else am I going to go?”

He cursed under his breath. “But I told you, there’s nowhere for you to sleep.”

“Uh . . . she can have my bed,” Marc offered.

Lovey beamed at him. “That’s so sweet of you.”

“She can’t have your fucking bed,” Duncan snapped. “Where the hell are you going to sleep?”

Marc shrugged. “Couch?”

I’ll sleep on the couch.” Duncan gave a gusty sigh. “One night. One night only. After that, you have to stay in a hotel or something, Lovey.”

“I can’t afford a hotel!” She gaped at him. “D’you think my last job paid me multi-millions of dollars like yours does?”

“Quit throwing my money in my face.” He slumped into the couch with a scowl.

“I’m not throwing it in your face.” She blinked. “I’m just pointing out what should be obvious . . . my marketing job for Kleinheinz Cheese did not pay enough for me to be able to afford to stay in a pricey Chicago hotel indefinitely.”

“You have enough to rent an apartment, don’t you?” He narrowed his eyes at her.

“Um . . . I have a little money. I sold my car.”

“Lovey . . .”


They glared at each other in one of their famous sibling standoffs. She lifted her chin.

As usual, she won.

“Fine,” he muttered. “Stay here until you get on your feet. But it better not be long. And you better not be in our way.”

“Thanks, Dunc.” She smiled. “I promise I won’t be. You won’t even know I’m here.”

“Why do I doubt that?” Duncan shook his head.

She looked over at Marc and saw he was grinning at the counter he was wiping.

Cheese whiz, he was gorgeous! Even more so when he smiled. Earlier he’d been so straight-faced and serious. A little curl of lust warmed her inside.

“We need to get going.” Marc looked at her brother, the grin now absent. “Gotta get to the dealership.”

“Yeah. Okay.” Duncan gave her a narrow-eyed look as he rose from the couch. “I’m buying a new vehicle. Gotta go sign the papers and pick it up.”

“Oooh. What kind?”

“Land Rover.”

“Duncan! You can’t drive a truck in Chicago!”

“It’s not a truck, for fuck’s sake.”

She made a face. “If you say so. I’ll unpack and get settled in. Hey, could you pick me up a bed on your way home?” He bugged his eyes out at her and she laughed. “Kidding! We can do that tomorrow.”

“What about the stuff from your apartment in Madison? Where’s that?”

“Storage. I’ll get it shipped here when I find my own place.”

“You mean you actually do intend to find your own place?”

“Uh . . . yeah.” She gave him a “duh” look. “I can’t stay with you forever. Although, I could get some of the stuff shipped here . . . my bedroom set. And . . .” She glanced at his dining room full of weights. “You could use a dining table and chairs.”

“Fuck no. I mean . . . I’ll help you find a nice apartment.”

“Sure. As long as you don’t mind sleeping on the couch until I do.”

He groaned and she heard a laugh from the kitchen. She looked back at Marc and their eyes met. His gleamed with mirth and she felt that little kick of lust again.

He grinned. “Don’t think I’ve ever seen Army taken out so easily. This is hilarious.”

Duncan scowled. “Shut the fuck up, Duper.”

Her eyes met Marc’s and held again and she grinned back at him, trying (but failing) to ignore the flip of lust and attraction low in her belly. He looked at her long enough that she knew he felt it too.

Well, she certainly hadn’t anticipated something like this. She’d come to Chicago to move on with her life. Things with Richard had gotten serious enough that she’d been scared spitless; scared enough to break up with him, quit her job, pack up all her belongings, and run. She had a plan, figured there’d be lots of opportunities in Chicago, and was going to get right on that, first thing Monday morning. She hadn’t planned on living with a hot hockey player with a body that could turn a girl to a puddle of lust . . . but this was going to be fun!

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