By Kelly Jamieson
It’s possible Kelly Jamieson loves hockey as much as I do, which is saying a lot. Her Aces Hockey series, beginning with Major Misconduct, has been delightful to read and the latest addition to the series, Icing hits the mark. Jamieson blends her love and knowledge of hockey perfectly with sweet, sexy romance which makes Icing a great lazy day read.
We met Duncan Armstrong in Major Misconduct and it was hard not to fall in love with the ball cap wearing, Duck Dynasty loving right-winger. In Icing he’s sworn off women after his girlfriend makes it clear that his money and status as a professional athlete are more important than the man himself. Vows are tough to keep, especially when Duncan meets Amber Johnson the same night he breaks up with his gold-digging girlfriend. Amber, despite working in a bar owned by a professional athlete, Duncan’s teammate Jared Rupp, has taken a vow herself: stay as far away from athletes as possible. She keeps her private life a closed book. This leaves Duncan wondering why she “likes him even though she doesn’t want to” as their relationship takes off despite hesitancy on both parts.
What I love about Jamieson’s books is the slow and steady build of romance between her characters. The reader is aware of the characters insecurities and hang ups, which provides enough conflict to keep one interested while rooting for the couple to overcome them. Duncan and Amber fall in love despite their uncertainties and it’s endearing to watch. Amber is determined to be independent because of childhood issues, while Duncan is at his best when helping those he cares about. As these two work to meet in the middle we’re treated to their witty banter, touching conversations, and explosive intimacy.
Plus, there’s the hockey. I’ve read a few hockey romances recently and Jamieson’s are definitely the best. She clearly knows the game and quietly instructs the novice reader while giving the more seasoned fan some realistic moments on and off the ice. Duncan’s relationship and interaction with his teammates is equal parts entertaining and thoughtful as they make their way through the regular season towards the Stanley Cup playoffs.
3.5 Stars for Icing, which releases today. Heat Level: 4.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
Icing was published by LoveSwept.