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.

Cross Check (Kelly Jamieson)

A party girl and a clean-cut college hockey player discover that they’re not so different in this sexy, soulful Bayard Hockey novel from the bestselling author of Shut Out and the Heller Brothers series.

Ella Verran has three goals this semester: get off academic probation, repair her relationship with her friend Skylar, and take some responsibility for her life. All of which are hard enough without hot, snobby hockey player Ben Buckingham around to distract her. Ella can’t stand Ben, and she knows the feeling is mutual. But he’s best friends with Skylar’s boyfriend, so he’s always around — taunting and tempting Ella in ways she never thought possible.

As the star forward of the Bayard College hockey team, Ben has goals too, like playing well enough to land a spot on an NHL roster. Ben is perfectly poised on the ice, so why can’t he keep his cool around Ella? Her wild behavior rubs him in all the wrong ways — and a few of the right ones. But as they skate around each other, Ben learns that there’s more to Ella than her bad reputation. And when the line between love and hate starts to blur, he can’t resist crossing over and sweeping her off her feet.


Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next couple of days to read her review.

I’ve read so many books by Kelly Jamieson in the last year or so, that I’ve lost count, eheh, but I have to be honest, I usually love books told on the first person, but incredible, I like her books told on the third person slightly better?! Something felt off with the writing at times, and I don’t know if the first person was just not working that well for me, or if I found the book overly descriptive, or a combination of both, but I definitly thought that it could have been shortened in some portions, especially in the first 40% or so.

I really liked the two main characters. Ben and Ella are both complex characters, with much more to them than meets the eye. I liked their layers and how they affected them, how they acted towards other people and their fears. I also really enjoyed the romance, because hate to love rules, and their chemistry was all kinds of hot.

This book is full of personal growth, and facing several issues. I liked how it dealt with mental illness, the stigma that still surrounds it, it also kept the theme of sexual assault and consent coming from book one, as well as the difference in attitudes when regarding a man and a woman’s sexuality. These are super important and relevant themes, and I’m so glad this series keeps hitting them.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, especially the second part of the book, when the characters stopped fighting their feelings, eheh.

Hot Shot (Kelly Jamieson)

A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut — a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck — but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to here to check out her review of this book.

I‘ve now read several books by Kelly Jamieson, and she hasn’t disappointed me yet 🙂 . This book is told in dual POV, third person, and while third person is not my favorite thing in romance books, Kelly Jamieson does a great work with it, and she manages to give unique voices to her characters.

I really liked Carrie and Marco, and I loved how they were so similar in some ways. They valued the same things, they both wanted to be valued by the people they loved the most, and they wanted to feel like they belonged. I really liked that they started out as sort of enemies, but they dropped that pretense pretty easily and admit their attraction.

The romance evolves pretty slowly, even with the strong attraction between them. But they take their time to know each other better, and they spend a lot of time with each other, talking, having fun, being with family. I really liked how ingrained they were in each other’s lives. I also really liked the character development in this book. Both character grow a lot, and they make each other better.

Cátia mentioned this, and I agree 100%, that I love how involved and important friends and family are in this book.

Either way, this ended up being a super great read and it made me want to pick up the first book in the series ASAP.

Have you guys read this one? Thoughts?

Dancing in the Rain (Kelly Jamieson)

A retired athlete meets the daughter he never knew — along with the woman who reignites his passions — in this powerful standalone romance from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly. 

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked — and there’s no going back.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go check out her blog in the next few days to read her review of this book 🙂 .

When I started this book, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting. I’ve read a few books by Kelly Jamieson, but this one felt different somehow, right from the get go. On one hand it seemed sort of more mature, the pace was slower, the time frame larger. Everything happened at a slow pace, and while it made it also a slower read for me, it also made the most sense for the story and the characters, and it also made the plot more impactful.

Dancing in the Rain is told in dual POV in the third person, and I have to say that this bothered me a bit, because sometimes I didn’t know whose POV I was reading. I also didn’t quite get if that was intentional or not, but it wasn’t the best 3rd person POV I’ve read from Kelly (Back Check takes the cake for that!).

But the characters… I loved the characters! Drew was such a great guy, and I loved to see him going from unsure and uncertain about himself and his future, to a confidence person about his abilities, as well as his role as a dad. I loved loved loved his relationship with Chloe, it felt just right, and he was such a great and positive influence on her. And Payton was awesome too, she was just so strong, and even going through so much, she was still fun and loving.

Chloe was just an awesome 11/12 yo girl. I loved the hell out of her.

The plot was well constructed and it was carried on so well. The romance was slow burn with a hint of forbidden, and I loved it. And the best thing for me? Even when the adults were at odds with each other, they didn’t take it out on their relationship with Chloe. They were mean or vindictive. They knew the other one loved the girl just as much, and they wanted the best for each other.

This is definitely a stand-alone romance worth reading, about finding your purpose when you lose your whole identity, priorities changes and dealing with the most unbearable pain. Read it!

April TBR

Hello people! I think I did super well on last month’s TBR, I ended up reading 20 books last month, and most of them were on my TBR 🙂 . But this month I’m anticipating I’ll have a little less time for reading, so I’m keeping my March TBR small.

  1. Could You Love An Apple? (Love Stories #2) by Becky Jerams – I actually just finished this one, but it took me such a long time…
  2. Twist by Kylie Scott
  3. Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3) by Rebekah L. Purdy
  4. Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson
  5. The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
  6. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Mixed Up by Emma Hart
  8. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman
  9. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
  10. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
  11. Making Faces by Amy Harmon – I hope we can get to this one this month

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