BACK CHECK: Second Chances on the Ice

Back Check

back checkBy Kelly Jamieson
Aces Hockey #5
Category: Contemporary Romance | Women’s Fiction
Penguin Random House/
Format: e-book
| 226 Pages
Jan 10, 2017

I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


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 Take Oblong Shaped

Oh my goodness, this is one of the hottest covers ever! It’s all in those eyes!

Although  hockey is not my favorite sport I enjoy this series: it’s fun, has a really sexy flair and features characters who, even at the top of their celebrity, are unusually vulnerable.  Kelly also writes some seriously hot stuff!

This one features a chance reunion of two people who broke up years before because,  of immaturity and one of my least favorite tropes, poor communication skills.  When the events surrounding this communication snafu were revealed I was disappointed.

So much misery and several years wasted because they couldn’t say what was really happening.  And then, she is pissed off for all the wrong reasons and blames him. If I didn’t see people do stupid stuff all the time this would be incredibly unbelievable,but to cast blame like this in the one area of her life does speak to how much she was hurt by the circumstances that brought about the break up.

How they will get back together is the rest of the book, along with some worries about career issues.  The career issues are convincing, and sort of confusing because they are in the esoteric world and politics of professional sports. 

I enjoyed the book even with the poor communication trope.  It offers a life lesson, and a sports management course, along with its share of sexy fun times. 


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