Loved this hero! This was actually pretty sweet and adorable, with a completely different kind of love story than I’m used to. This married couple already loves each other, and it’s that deep love that only comes from years upon years together. Our hero has taken his relationship for granted, and it’s only once he’s lost the most important person in his life that he realizes what he let get away. It’s emotional but not heavy, instead focusing on rebuilding this couple’s marriage and moving forward with a relationship that’s stronger than ever.
The story follows Jim, a pro hockey player whose wife left him about 5 months ago. They’re high school sweethearts who have been together for over a decade, and neither one ever thought there’d be a time when they were apart. There’s still plenty of love between them, but Jim let other things take priority over his marriage, taking his wife and daughter for granted. Tired of being an afterthought, Ella finally asked Jim to move out. The finality of the move didn’t really strike Jim… until he saw his wife out on a date with another man. Spurred into action, Jim is determined to put his family back together before it’s too late.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, and I was pleasantly surprised. In Kane’s book, we saw Ella out with another guy and I was definitely worried about how that drama would all play out. I shouldn’t have worried. Yes, she is dating another man, but let’s just say that nothing irreparable happens. I didn’t necessarily love the situation, but it’s also essential to the story. There’s no major drama; the book is easy and light with touches of emotion throughout. I loved Jim’s determination and loyalty, his unwavering support of his wife and the sweetness of the tone. It’s a quick, easy story that flies by. There were definitely a couple of elements that I would’ve tweaked, but nothing holding me back from enjoying the story. I’m looking forward to more love stories from this group of characters. I received an early copy via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this marriage in trouble romance.
A second chance may be just what James Steele needs…
I might be one of the older players on the Arizona Vengeance, but I like to think that also makes me one of the wisest. Or at least I used to.
Turns out, I’ve been a bit selfish. I’ve been married to hockey and my team for years, which hasn’t left much time for my actual wife, Ella. Now I’m juggling a separation I never wanted, the pressure of being a single dad to our teenage daughter, and the career I sacrificed it all for.
While my game on the ice might be on fire, the game in my personal life is clearly lacking, as evidenced by the fact I just saw my wife on a date with another man. If I have any hope of saving the family I love, I need to re-prioritize, and fast. So it’s time for me to get back to fundamentals, just like I did when I learned how to play hockey. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and romancing my wife is a challenge I am very much looking forward to.
Time to put on my game face, because I’m in it to win it.
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