Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review - ICING by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Icing
Series: Aces Hockey #3
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2016 

Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.

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.

4 of 5 Stars

I liked Duncan from the very beginning of the series. I love that even though he is a successful NHL player he has managed to hand on to his "farm boy' tendencies. We got to see a little bit of his caring side with Lovey when she arrived looking for a new start. Duncan has had some pretty poor choices in women so far to date but I think the last one might take the cake. So, I can understand his need to swear off women for a little.

When Amber first starts at the Sin Bin, she is excited for the change to make her life a little bit easier. This is a good bar and she is hopeful to get some good tips to help with her money issues. Working two jobs while finishing college can be a bit of a challenge though. There is not much room for anything else. Least of all men.

When Duncan pulls up a seat at the bar Amber can tell pretty easy that he is in need of a friend. She pushed him a little until he starts to open up to her. The more she talks with him the more she likes this simple farm boy, but when she discovers that he is a pro athlete, she has some pretty big internal struggles. All the while her mind is telling her to run as fast as she can, her heart might be having completely different thoughts.

Will the heart be able to win over the mind or will the mind make a complete mess of things? Will the past dictate the future?

I love that this series is fun and easy to read but there is a little bit of hidden message brought out in the characters. I can't wait for Jared's story.

Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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