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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I devoured this entire series and was delighted when I realized I had an ARC of the next book. I’ve been on a major hockey romance kick. This was a reunion story between Tanner and Katelyn. They dated in college but broke up because of his future in hockey and her father’s sickness. The attraction between them was steamy once they meet again. However, they had to learn to trust each other again and overcome the capricious reality of a professional sport career.
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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