Book 1 in the Aces Hockey series
Author Kelly Jamieson
Audiobook Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Feb 16, 2016
Narrated by Kasha Kensington
Running time 10 hrs
E-Book Publication 2015 from Penguin Random House (268 Pages)
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say that he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister, and she’s moving in.
Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows that the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem, especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides that he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey. https://tantor.com/major-misconduct-elly-jamieson.html
A lot of sports romance novels feel like genre fiction flotsam but not MAJOR MISCONDUCT. This book caught my attention and held on to it from start to finish.
The main characters are well-developed, interesting, and behave mostly logically and proportionally. Kelly gives the overused “Best Friend’s Sister” trope a twist so instead of a yawn it produced a “yeah, okay.” She takes the position that it is a club/team rule, possibly even a societal norm, agreed to and obeyed by all men, everywhere.
What I really liked though were the two love interests in this one; so much that I actually remember their names a week after I finished the book (a big deal for me).
Marc is hot: sexy, thoughtful, responsible, and a gentleman. He is French-Canadian and bi-lingual. But, in matters of love he breaks into that ever so sexy French. It turns Lovey on, even when he says something unsexy.
Lovey is what I would like to to have been at her age: smart, risk-taking, with a clear idea of what she wants and how to get there. She is also one of those effortlessly persuasive people. That can either make someone an ass, if they are mendacious or, cute, if you are like lovey and truly sweet.
Her brother is a bit of a cave man; maybe he has taken a few too many pucks in the head without a helmet. But, mostly, in the way of big brothers he loves, and wants to protect, his baby sister. But Lovey isn’t a baby any more.
The narration is well-done with Kasha doing a good job with the male voices and the slight alteration needed for Marc’s French Canadian accent.
I thouroughly enjoyed this story and hope to see more Marc and Lovey in future books in the series!