- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1575 KB
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Publisher: Loveswept (13 Jun. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01E2H3M9C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kristen Robinson thought she had a good life. After losing her parents when she was in high school, she found a way to to make it to college and finish and is now living her dream with her best friend Cole by her side. But the man she thought was the man of her dreams has turn into a nightmare. Mitchell Blackwell is controlling and doesn’t want anyone around Kristen especially Cole.Because he thinks any man wants to take Kristen away from him and he will do anything to keep what he thinks belongs to him. After a horrible accident, Kristen runs for her life, hoping that Mitchell will finally give up searching for her. After a year she finds herself working in a pub in a hockey town where the local team hangs out and a few of the team members hit on her. But she doesn’t trust any man. She just want to live from day to day and hopes to get her life back soon.
Kellan Carter is THE MAN on the ice and he is the captain of the Carolina Strikers. He doesn’t seems to be a man-whore in the pub but what happens when he leaves. But he is tired of the groupies, only looking to add to their scorecards. He wants a real woman and he sees that in Kristen. So Kristen steers clear of him too. If he can get her to agree to one date, he can show her that he is not like his team mates.
Can Kristen agree to a date with Kellan and end it there? Will Mitchell ever leave her alone so she can be happy? Will she tell Kellan all about her past? Will Kellan stand by her when he learns the truth?
I loved this story, although it was more of a romantic suspense than a sports romance, it was not a problem for me. I love L.P. Dover and her writing style is great. She will draw you in and you can’t put the story down until the end. I can't’ wait for the next book in this series.
**Wicked Reads Review Team**
I would just like to start by saying that one of the things that I loved about this book was catching up with Brooklyn - featured in Camden's Redemption. There is always something rather special about finding old friends in a new series, and she was so perfectly placed too!
This is a fast paced book with a lot of FBI/danger issues which stem from a very bad previous boyfriend choice by the female lead, Kristen. She is now hiding in plain sight and hoping that he will be brought down. So when Kellan starts to express some interest in her, she is naturally wary, and certainly doesn't want the attention that would come with dating a famous hockey player. (Now I have to admit that this element didn't quite gel for me in the book, because she does hang around with the players and family and it seems highly unlikely that she would not be photographed at all - especially given the number of books which make a big thing about just how intrusive the paps can be - but I chose to run with it). He certainly is a good guy, even if she finds it hard to believe.
There are some really lovely moments in this book; some where you would like to remind them to be a little more alert to the risks; and plenty of hot and steamy ones too. I wouldn't say there was all that much hockey, but that there was I enjoyed.
I am keen to see where the series goes next, and would bet that it is much more sports related than maybe this one was. I hope Ms Dover is busy creating it for us to enjoy.
~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
Sadly, despite the title and beautiful cover, there is very little hockey in this book. Instead, I found myself enjoying a tense stalker/organised crime story.
This is actually Kristen’s story more than it is Kellan’s. The story opens with her running from a crazed stalker and a corrupt police department with the help of her FBI friends. A year later, she has returned to her hometown and is working as a bartender.
I found the writing at the start choppy and I struggled with the frantic pacing and OTT melodrama. The writing does settle after the first few scenes but the melodrama continues to the end. There is no realism in this story. I had to stop myself from poking holes in each new and completely unbelievable. This is fiction. Even though it is a crime drama to some extent, it is daytime soap opera style drama that doesn’t lend itself to scrutiny. Readers need to either enjoy the ride or put the book down.
The romance between Kellen and Kristen is the book’s strength. It is a little bit insta love and a little bit fairytale white knight stuff but it is a sweet and sexy connection. The romance tropes are conventional - he’s a handsome, rich NHL star and she’s pretty and scared. The character development doesn’t go much beyond the surface.
So. When I allowed myself to turn of my brain and believe in Kristen and Kellan’s story, I quite enjoyed their sexy adventures.
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Sorry hockey pun LOL!! I have to say I loved this story so much. I was completely intrigued by the suspense and drama that surrounded Kristen and her bad choices...Read more