Slap Shot (Kelly Jamieson)

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.


I’ve read a few books of this series so far, but this one was my favorite so far, for sure. It’s so so good! This series is overall fantastic.

Slap Shot is unique compared to the other books in this series, given that unlike the other ones, this is told on the first person. I’m a huge fan of first person romance books, so YAY. Also, to add to the amazing and different things, this book is also told in single POV, through the man’s point of view! Which is another thing I LOVE in romances. First person, male only POV… YES! And to top it all off, the writing is amazing, and funny, and deep, and I was a fan from the first page.

The characters are also fantastic. We had already seen Hallsy in the other books, and I’m so happy he got his own story because he deserved it. He’s such a strong guy, and even though he’s a bit clueless at times, he’s still an amazing and loving person. Kendra is just the sweetest and fierce.

I absolutely loved the plot. This type of romance is not easy, because the author needs to find a perfect balance between showing how right the new romance is, without making the past relationship any less, and I think Kelly did an amazing job here. The connection between Kendra and Max is palpable, but I really liked how it developed slowly, from a physical thing to a lot lot more. And the chemistry?! Explosive!!!

Also, I loved the cameos from another of Jamieson’s series, eheh. So good.

I loved this book, and now I can’t wait to see what else Kelly Jamieson brings us. So far, I’ve loved all her books, but this one was off the charts. So yeah, if you haven’t started this series yet, get on it.

Back Check (Kelly Jamieson)

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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.


Once again, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

After reading Top Shelf a while back, I didn’t hesitate when I saw this one on Netgalley, because I really liked it, and I wanted more of that world. I’m so glad I did, because this book was awesome, I really like this Hockey world that Jamieson created with this series, and I can’t wait to read the other 2 books that I haven’t read yet.

I loved the writing on this one, the book is told in dual POV, third person, but it’s that sort of third person POV that has a unique voice, you know? It was just fast and fun to read, even in its emotional moments.

I’m a sucker for second chance romances, I just love the idea of them, so when I realized that this was one, I was ecstatic. I loved Tanner and Katelyn, they were both well rounded characters, who had clearly grown up a lot since they were last together, and they both also grow considerably during the duration of this book. Both of them are pretty scared to get hurt and hurting the other one again, but their chemistry is amazing, and they are just so darn cute when they finally get together :D.

I loved the inclusion of their friends and Tanner’s team during the whole plot of the book. This is a major thing, because it goes to Tanner’s fears and his strengths and my heart was just so happy with all those amazing friendships.

I really liked the plot, and how for most of the things, Tanner and Katelyn actually talked about their issues. They both make somewhat dumb choices at one point or another, because they were scared (mostly), but I was happy that those dumb moments didn’t overextend, and I was very very happy with the resolution.

I have to recommend this series if you’re into hockey romances, because it is a delight. I love the group of friends, their connections, the writing, the romance, the characters… everything! Give this a chance.

January TBR

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Welcome to my first TBR of 2017 :). I have to say that I’m kind of in love with my new color scheme… Back to the matter at hands… I read 25 books last month, and that was a lot, though I know that I won’t be able to have a repeat performance. For this reason, I’m aiming for 14 reads, and hoping that I can surpass it.

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  1. Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee
  2. Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson
  3. Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein
  4. Worth the Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) by A.J. Pine
  5. Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston
  6. The Rule Maker (The Rule Breakers #2) by Jennifer Blackwood
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
  9. The Room Mate (Room Mate #1) by Kendall Ryan
  10. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
  11. Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  12. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  13. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
  14. To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage

Top Shelf (Kelly Jamieson)

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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.


Guys! This book was so good!! I can’t even… I certainly wasn’t expecting this to be as awesome as it was. I definitly love hockey books, they’re just so yummy.

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed the writing on this one more than I did on Shut Out, even with it being in the third person – and you guys know how I like my romances in the first person, right? Still, I thought it fit with the book, and contrary to some 3rd person’s books, the style didn’t take away from the experience of the characters, do you get what I mean?! The thoughts, feelings and experiences were all awesomely portrayed. I really liked it.

Then I loved loved loved the characters. Sidney and Jared made sense, they were so imperfect perfect people. Sidney was so strong and determined, having gone through through what she did was terrible, but she came out ok(ish), and it took guts to keep going after everything. I’m a person that never really gave much thoughts about having kids, but still, finding out that you can’t has to be devastating, and it has to be a blow to a woman’s self worth. I thought Jamieson was able to convey this explendendly. Well done.

Jared was amazing, I loved him. He was a guy that fought for what he wanted, and didn’t take things for granted. Also, he didn’t run away from his problems. I thought he was so level headed, while being so fierce at the same time. And oh so HOT. Also, it’s so hot when a guy is the one who wants the relationship parts, right?

I absolutely loved the romance. It does start with insta lust, but the build up is slow, and we get how they fall in love. They become part of each other’s lives, they talk, and lean on each other, and they have amazing chemistry. The whole relationship was so well done.

The plot was a bit predictable from a certain point on, even though I didn’t see a couple of things coming. I did see a major one though, and while I liked the result, I kind of wish it hadn’t happen?! (hit me in the comments if you want to know why I say this).

All and all, I really loved this one. It’s an amazing romance, with great characters, a great message and a HOT, STEAMING and beautiful romance. Read it!

October TBR

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These last months haven’t been the best for reading, but I’m finally home, which means I have some more time to do my reading, so I’m going to point for 15 books this month, mostly ARCs, because I need to get to them soon – and I mean SOON!

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  1. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
  2. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
  3. Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
  4. Watch me Rise by Tara R.
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard
  9. Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
  10. Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
  11. Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson
  12. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  13. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  14. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
  15. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras