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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

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“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 Breaking the Ice (Ice Breaker Series #1) by Summer Bryant

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“Talk to me.”

 

Genre: Sports Romance

Book Length (Est.): 134 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Hannah built her career on the tenets of hard work and avoiding any relationship with the sports superstars she meets on the job. But, for the successful sports reporter some things are easier said than done, especially where sinfully handsome Jake Wilson is concerned.

Jake has two loves in life – his young son and his career. Serious relationships will only complicate his life, and he’s not willing to make that sacrifice. Hannah, though, is proving to be hard to resist.

As their mutual attraction grows and a friendship forms between Hannah and Jake’s young son, will temptation get the better of them? Are either of these hardworking career-driven individuals ready for a chance at true love?

**Breaking the Ice is a standalone sports romance novel with a bit of steam, a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.**

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Hannah wants to be the top sports reporter and she’s given up a social life in order to achieve her dreams, but there’s one person who wants her to let him in. But risking everything she’s done doesn’t come easy to her.

Jake has the reputation of the standard hockey star ho, but he wants more with Hannah, too bad he doesn’t know how to make her see past his reputation. He’ll invite her into his and his son’s lives without even a second thought, but when it comes to convincing her that she belongs there he’ll be up against some major road blocks.

I wanted to love this, but with only the occasional glimpse of character depth and the fast pasted storyline it felt incomplete. And the way it ended…ugh! But the storyline is good. If you want a quickie romance read then this is for you, but if you want to be pulled into the story then I’d pass.

Jenn 3 Heart

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Review of Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry

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Paradise Just Got A Little Better

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 248 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.”
 
Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.

Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate,  fueled by something much deeper than lust.

Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Kristen never wanted to be on a boat in the middle of the ocean, but her parents sent her on a post-graduation Greek singles cruise, so with her two friends she planned to make the best of it. That is until she sees the man who she’s known since childhood, the man her parents want her to marry, the man she has absolutely no interest in, running straight toward her and in her attempt to escape runs straight into Pavel. With his unsolicited help her dodging attempts will become easier and her vacation will be much for fun than she ever expected.

Pavel realized who Kristen was shortly after meeting her, but he was enjoying her company too much to admit his true identity for she’d hate him instantly. Instead he planned on enjoying her every single day of the cruise. A win-win; she’d escape the stalker guy following her around and he’d get to enjoy the woman who enchanted him. She made him laugh, made him happy, even if he knew it would all end when the ship returned to port.

Their relationship is mentally intense. They each trust each other and share parts of their pasts and issues that presently face them. They bond over illnesses and life stories. And once they cross the line making their temporary relationship physical it only gets more passionate and harder to end. Of course when the truth comes out in one of the most humiliating ways possible Pavel will have a lot to atone for.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct isn’t my favorite in the Pilots Hockey series, but after hating Pavel in Delayed Penalty (book #1) this one made him a little more likeable….sometimes.

My Favorite Moment is what happens to the messages in a bottle. Score one for Pavel!

Jenn 4 Heart

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

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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

Icing

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 Power Play (Pilots Hockey #2) by Sophia Henry

Power Play

Utter Sweetness

 

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)

Book Length (Est.): 234 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In Sophia Henry’s blistering follow-up to Delayed Penalty, hailed as “sexy, fun, and full of angst” by L. P. Dover, a good girl and a hockey hunk face off against expectations—and this match is guaranteed to see plenty of action.

Beneath her innocent facade, Gabriella Bertucci has her reasons to be standoffish with guys. Especially guys like Landon Taylor, a star defenseman on the minor-league Detroit Pilots and the object of a serious crush since he first walked into her family’s market. But when Landon comes through for her in a moment of crisis, Gaby starts to wonder if there might be more to Landon than hard muscles and fast skates.

Landon isn’t afraid of telling Gaby that he’s got it for her bad. The problem is, she seems unwilling to believe it. And though Landon enjoys his reputation as a cool-headed athlete, he hates losing—both on the rink and off. It’s his competitiveness that makes him so damn good at what he does . . . but it also makes him just a little bit complicated.

One minute Gaby’s tempted to give in; the next, she’s getting cold feet. How can she trust a guy who’s destined for bigger and better things to stick around? Then again, when Landon pulls her close with those powerful arms, the only thing that matters is right now.

 

YAY – DOUBLE REVIEW!

 

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*

Gaby has had a thing for Landon since forever, but she’s never told him. Hell, she’s never really even spoken to him outside of work. She’s the quiet and reserved type who works in her family’s store. The kind who will admire from afar, or at least withing stuffed animal throwing range.

Landon is a hockey player and has had a thing for Gaby too, but it isn’t until an opportunity to be there for her does he begin to show her just how much he likes her. Now all he has to do is convince her he’s always had feelings for her, which is easier said than done.

Power Play is sweet. There’s no other word I can use to describe it. It’s two kids who have had crushes on each other all their lives who finally begin to realize if they do something about it that they could be more. It’s about being able to be yourself and share your secrets with the person who holds your heart. In every sense it’s completely NA sweetness.

My Favorite Moment: I like how Gaby’s family might seem a little much to her at times, but they always have her back. Especially her brother who does not want her dating a hockey player.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

 

Mindy’s Review: 

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

Gabriella Bertucci has had a secret crush on Landon pretty much her entire life. After her run in with another hockey player not so long ago she has sworn off men like that. Her brother makes sure of that as well. Gaby helps her dad run a family business but feels as if she is at the bottom of the family inheritance of the business. The only thing to look forward to is Landon walking in.

Landon Taylor is a defenseman for the Detroit Pilots. He has been coming by Gaby’s family store for years just to see and talk to her. When a moment of need arises he is there for her and anything that she needs.

This was a sweet story about two lifelong crushes finally accepting that they like each other. Landon will do anything to make sure that Gaby is happy even if that means interfering with the family business. I found this to be a light read that is sweet and two loves coming together.

My Favorite Moment: I really liked when Gabby found Landon on the family farm and talked to her best friend about it. He only wanted to feed the kids.

Mindy 3.5 Star

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