Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Icing by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Icing
Author: Kelly Jamieson
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Aces Hockey #2
Main Characters: Duncan and Amber
Release Date: April 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I always forget how much I enjoy a Kelly Jamieson book until I dig into one. This was such a good book. Duncan is a pro hockey player who's been burned by dating models. He's not going to fall for that again. Amber has been burned by a relationship with a pro athlete, so she wants nothing to do with another one. But they both feel the unmistakable pull to one another. They plan to ignore that, but since Amber works as a waitress in the bar where the Aces hang out (one of their fellow players owns it), it's hard for them to stay away from one another. 

The build up of their relationship and chemistry is so perfectly executed. I really just flat out liked reading the story about how Duncan and Amber fell in love. The entire story worked for me. It made me happy to have read it. They both have their reasons for staying apart, but when it's meant to be, you can't fight fate. I loved them together.

Then there's the whole hockey happening in the background providing perfect support to the story line. The Aces aren't having their best year and the reasons for that sends shockwaves through the team. I love sports stories because of the friendships among the athletes of the team. This one in particular showed the great bromances among the guys. They all know what Duncan went through with his last girlfriend, but they also know Amber from the bar. I loved the moments between the guys on the team when they are offering him support.

It's a great story and I highly recommend it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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