Miscommunication puts a damper on this otherwise sweet and sexy sports romance. I’ve never been a fan of issues that could’ve been resolved – years ago – with a simple conversation. This couple’s history is messier than anticipated, and it felt like they wasted a lot of years for no reason. Second chance fans might find that the storyline works better for them, but there were definitely things that bugged me. That being said, this is another solid hockey romance for this series. I always look forward to this author’s light, steamy, and sporty love stories, and this has many of the elements that I love about her work. Hunter and Kate were great together, and it was easy to see their connection. This will read well as a standalone, with only a few references to the previous books in the series.
The story follows Hunter and Kate, two former friends. They went to college together and spent four years in the same circle of friends, crushing on each other without crossing any lines. It wasn’t until their senior year that Hunter and Kate were both single at the same time, and that’s when their relationship moved forward – if only for one night. Four years later, Hunter is now a hockey player in need of an agent, and Kate is the best option. She knows his history, knows he suffers from PTSD, and their friendship should make everything easier. But that one steamy night is like a giant elephant in the room, and neither one has forgotten what it felt like to be more than friends.
The blurb had me thinking that this was more of a “one night stand comes back into your life” kind of romance, not a friends to lovers romance. Technically speaking, both are true, but there’s a whole lot of history between them. The first part of the book is spent rushing through Kate and Hunter’s relationship during their four years of college, and the many missed opportunities during that time. There was a lot to cover in a short amount of time, and that’s what left me feeling a little disconnected from this one. It all felt surface level. I liked their interactions in present day, and I liked that they had such an obvious connection, I just think that the mess of the past was set aside too easily. That surface level history was also used as the foundation for their present day relationship – we never really find out what they were up to in their time apart. So, while there were a lot of things that I liked about this, I couldn’t get into it the way I would’ve liked. This one sits somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me; it’s still a pretty good book, just not as enjoyable as others I’ve read by this author. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sports romance.
They can resist their attraction… until their hearts rocket them across the blue line.
Timing. Hockey careers are made or broken on it, and mine has taken exceptionally broken road. I’m not a star. I’m a grinder, I work hard, and I’m finally at the point I can put the past behind me and get the fat, long-term contract I deserve.
But my agent–the man who stuck by me through every crash and burn–has had a heart attack. I need another agent now, or my one chance for the good money will slip through my fingers. Kate’s a rookie, but she loves the game like I do, so I pick up the phone. And I wonder if she remembers that one night in Cancun as vividly as I do.
Hockey. All my life I’ve lived it, breathed it, played it. Now it’s my business. As an agent, I’m tied to my phone at all hours, but nothing prepared me to hear Hunter’s voice. The last time I saw him–three years ago–there was a lot of bare skin and horny hormones involved.
I’ve handled it all in my short career–sexism, harassment, being broke, being laughed at. Resisting the attraction between us should be easy. Until it isn’t. And Hunter’s past shakes his confidence hard enough that he could make the worst decision at the worst possible time…
About the Author:
Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over fifty romance novels and novellas. She writes the kind of books she loves to read–sexy romance with heat, humor and emotion. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white) and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey. She is the author of the popular Heller Brothers Hockey series, Aces Hockey series, and the Rule of Three trilogy. Visit her website at www.kellyjamieson.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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