Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review - BACK CHECK by Kelly Jamieson


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.


4 of 5 Stars

I have enjoyed the Aces Hockey Series thus far and Kelly brings us another wonderful couple to the family. I love how the characters in this series are more like a family than fellow players. I think that might be what draws me to a series like this. Sure it is based around hockey but it is more about relationships and handling the stresses of the professional hockey life.

Tanner has had more people come and go in his lifetime. Divorced parents who have remarried several times. It isn't a wonder that he has decided relationships aren't for him and to say he hates weddings would be an understatement. However, there is no way that he would not stand up for his friend and captain Marc. So he will put on a happy face and deal with it all. At least the best he can with the looming trade deadlines fast approaching.

Katelyn is so excited for this newest client, we that is until she realizes that Marc Dupuis is the groom. She has stayed away from anything hockey in the past 8 years. It would have been too hard. Having to choose between family and the man you love will do that to a girl. She is moving forward with style and grace. Hoping for some great exposure for her business she decided to plan the best wedding she can. But to her surprise she finds Tanner in the wedding party. How will she survive this?

Experiencing the reunite of this couple who lost it all so many years ago was difficult. As truths come to light the emotions are very high. Is there room in their hearts to try again? Are they willing to take the risk? What will the trade deadlines mean for them if they do? Will he leave without her this time?

Looking forward to more Aces hockey.

*** Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review. ***

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