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Hailey Eriksson had Olympic-sized dreams until an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand halted her ambitions. Her ...
Hailey Eriksson had Olympic-sized dreams until an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand halted her ambitions. Her life was shattered when her son died. Nothing will keep her from fulfilling her promise to him to make the Olympic team, especially not the charming Ben Kelly. Unfortunately, he's out of sweep her off her feet this time, and she finds him harder and harder to resist with each passionate kiss. But when he learns about the child he never knew, will their rekindled romance be on thin ice?
Posted December 30, 2013
Nine years ago, Ben Kelly left a Vancouver Whaler's hockey game with the striking blue haired girl who'd sat beside him. Not usually his style but after a night of mind blowing sex, his only regret is he didn't get her number.
Now 28, Ben is recuperating from a serious knee injury. He was the Whaler's top goalie but wonders if he'll ever lace up again. He retreats to his cabin in Cascade to escape the spotlight & figure out his future. It's been 3 months, time to step on the ice & decide if that future includes retirement.
Hailey Erikson already lost one shot at the Olympics. When she was 18, she had a crazy one night stand with some guy she met at a hockey game. After being invited to training camp for the women's hockey team, she discovered she was pregnant & reality took the place of a dream.
Back in Cascade & working at he father's bar, she recognized Ben while watching a game on TV. She wrote countless letters trying to contact him but was rebuffed. Fine. She proceeded to raise Zachary on her own, forgetting the jerk who obviously didn't remember her.
Now 27, she's still reeling from losing Zach to a brain tumour. But she intends to take one last shot at the Olympics & divides her time between the bar & the rink. She's skating with the high school team one day when her past catches up with her.
Ben walks into the local rink, unable to resist the lure of the ice & watches the two teams in action. One player in particular catches his eye. They're smaller, faster, better...and a woman. When Hailey takes off her helmet, she looks familiar. Blond, pretty & staring daggers at him. Concussions have left his memory a bit spotty & he has to wonder if they've met & what he did to piss her off.
And so begins the story of two people trying to pick up the pieces after losing their dreams. Hailey doesn't need the distraction of seeing Ben, especially since he ignored her letters. Ben wants to figure out their connection but she won't give him the time of day. But neither can deny the strong & familiar attraction.
This is an easy read set in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business. Hailey & Ben are obviously meant for each other but there are some big hurdles in the way: her Olympic dream, his fear of being hurt again, a protective father & the son he never knew. The physical side of their relationship is as steamy as ever but past misunderstandings & secrets still have to be resolved.
It's better than your average romantic novella & the main reason is the characters. They are both mature people who have known happiness & disappointment & I didn't miss the intense angst and drama that usually comes with younger characters. They feel real, with good points & flaws like the rest of us & you can't help rooting for them as they struggle to deal with serious issues. It's a well paced story that never feels rushed despite its' short length & provides the reader with a little romantic (and hot!) interlude at the end of a long day in reality.
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Posted July 4, 2014
Just when you think your career might be in ruins in the hockey circuit you realize your recovery is about to take a turn with a blast from you past. Is this a memory worth checking out or should you cut bait and run. Every girl enjoys reading a love story and this story will melt your heart. Once again Crista McHugh has kept those Kelly brothers worming their way into our hearts forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2014
Really enjoyed this this one . Have really like all the Kelly Bros. I have read so far. Ben and Hailey are a great team . Loved them both.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2014
Ben Kelly has never forgotten the woman he spent one night with before he was famous. Sure, her blue hair was pretty unforgettable, but so was everything else about her. Unfortunately, he can’t go back in time and ask for her phone number before falling asleep, before waking up and finding her gone. But when he spots her playing hockey in Cascade, he’s hell bent on getting a second chance. If only she didn’t hate him on sight.
Hailey Eriksson hasn’t forgotten about Ben, either, but not just because the had one amazing night together. Despite using protection, she had returned home pregnant, and though she’d tried to reach out to him over the years, her letters had gotten her nowhere. Not even when she wrote to tell him their son was dying. And now he’s here, a year too late to meet the boy who changed her life but just in time to turn everything upside down.
There were a few places in the story where things wrapped up just a little too easily. I mean, I’m glad there wasn’t prolonged angst — it wouldn’t have fit with the overall mood. But even though I know it’s fiction, I expected the conflict to be more… well, more of a conflict than an almost instant resolution.
Take the moment Ben found out about his late son, or rather what prevented him from ever knowing about Zach. Surely anger would have been an appropriate reaction. Instead, there was just a strange resignation. He was more upset when he realized the truth about Zach than when he faced the true reason he’d been left in the dark for so long. And at the end, when everything was finally worked out… Is a heartfelt apology really all it takes to resolve emotions to the point that happily ever after is just guaranteed? I’m not so sure.
Obviously this book is quite different than its predecessor, and the early-on revelation that Ben had a son he’d never get to know added a heavy layer to things, but where this sort of thing would normally have made me hesitant to finish the book, instead I found myself trying to read the whole damned thing before going to bed — waaaaaay past when I should have called it a night.
Hailey’s situation is heartbreaking, but she’s still a strong, likeable character. She could have gone off the depression deep end, or she could have become cold and withdrawn. Instead, even though she’s obviously still grieving, her life doesn’t revolve around mourning. It’s more about living, about pursuing her dreams, just like she promised her son she would do. It was this characterization that really made the book.
Likewise, Ben is easy to love. He’s confident and determined when it comes to Hailey, and even though there were plenty of opportunities for him to react with frustration or anger well before the truth about his son was revealed, he proved himself to be a decent, stand-up guy that I couldn’t help but immediately love.
Breakaway Hearts is a surprisingly sweet romance in the aftermath of terrible luck and tragedy, and yet it’s a quick, fairly light read. Even more impressive is that every book so far in this series is completely different from the next, with fresh characters, new conflicts, and no sign of recycled plot twists. Good thing there are so many Kelly brothers, since it means there will be lots more wonderful romance to come!
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Posted February 25, 2014
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Rating: 4.5 Stars
It started hot, and the level of heat had carried on throughout the book.
The first time Ben and Hailey met – there was already a powerful connection and attraction. They didn’t waste each other’s time – they instantly hit it off, doing things none of them would imagine they’d be doing in a normal day. Ben wasn’t and never has been a player, and Hailey is not the type to give in on the first date. But meeting, looking into each other’s eyes, and tasting each other’s kiss was enough for them to set aside their personal norms.
That was nine years ago –
Now, hockey superstar Ben Kelly is recovering from a serious, almost career-ending knee injury and is questioning his future with the NHL. What he didn’t expect during his hiatus is to come across a very familiar face from his past. The woman who left him a note he kept with him all these years – the one who got away.
Despite all these years, you can still feel the connection.
I always wanted to remember you and that night, but I also wanted a reminder to act when I felt the urge and not let something special slip through my grasp again.
Hailey had dreamed of becoming one of the members of the Hockey Olympic team until an accidental pregnancy had halted it. Furthermore, her life was broken when her son died and the father, whom she thought was a good man, didn’t really care about any of them. Now, motivated by a promise to her dead son of making it into the Olympic team, she will do anything for that dream. Until Ben Kelly strutted into their town, and asking her for another chance. When the love returns, and the secrets are uncovered, will their love be enough to keep their relationship afloat?
He’d been given a second chance with the one woman he could never forget. Maybe if he was persistent, he’d get lucky in more than one way.
I enjoyed reading this, not just because it contains my favorite plot, but because it has interesting characters, most especially Hailey who’s love and passion for hockey rivals Ben. She’s an amazing mom to her kid, and I just fell heartbroken for her when she lost the kid – but she tries to live for him by fulfilling her promise. As to Ben, he might not have known the kid, but in his own, small way, he had made it up to Hailey. Which had probably made all the difference after the stunt he put. The ending was pretty great, and not to mention timely. I couldn’t think of a better ending for this book. Certainly I’m sure I’ll be reading another work from this author.
For readers who would love to read something short, and sweet, with a little spice about love and second chances – here’s a wonderful book for you all.
¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
Posted February 19, 2014
With the Olympics currently underway Breakaway Hearts ends up being a very timely read, though not ground breaking, about one woman's promise to her dying son to be on the woman's Olympic hockey team and the one-night stand from her past who's begging for just one more chance. With so many lies through omission in the way will they ever make their way to a HEA and the dreams that have sustained Hailey the last few years?
This was a heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking, romance that featured a wonderfully romantic and charming hero and a misunderstood, rough-around-the-edges heroine whose one-night stand years ago has had a lasting impact on them both in very different ways. Hailey used to be the wild child who grasped what she wanted wholeheartedly and who found a deep connection and life-altering sexual encounter with the charming hockey rookie Ben. She ran away from the promise of that night as she was focused on her hockey goals but in the intervening years, when she needed him most, he wasn't there which has hardened her heart and made her leery of embracing love now. She's a strong-willed woman who can go toe to toe with any man and who's been hiding from relationships that might keep her from the promise she once made. With her unerringly focused goal of making the women's Olympic hockey team she'll accept any help, including from the unnervingly charming injured hockey player who never forgot her and wants her again.
Ben is an immensely appealing hero who's extremely romantic and willing to do whatever it takes to win Hailey over. He never knew what happened to Hailey after she left him in the middle of the night all those years ago but he never forgot her. He senses her fears and hesitation in starting a relationship now though and is willing to go slowly. Throughout their burgeoning relationship he makes many subtle gestures to win her over that made him very endearing. Once past truths come to life he's understandably hurt but ultimately is the one to make a grand romantic gesture to create a HEA that left a warm and fuzzy feeling inside me. Long after the final page was turned I'm still dreaming of his charming and sexy nature.
This story moved at a steady and immensely fulfilling pace. The reignited romance between Ben and Hailey was believable if a bit predictable in the roadblocks that arose between them. They're both strong-willed which made watching their verbal battle of the sexes immensely entertaining and their sexual interludes super steamy. I enjoyed the sense of family surrounding both characters that made for heartwarmingly supportive scenes when each character needed help most. Though this is the second book in the Kelly Brothers series I had no trouble reading it on its own and look forward to the next installment as I'm tempted by the brief glimpse of Ben's brothers and their stories yet to tell.
Posted February 13, 2014
Ben Kelley has went to his cabin to get over an injury. He is trying to decide if he wants to keep playing for the NHL or retire. He sure doesn't expect to find the one woman that got away from him 9 years ago. They only had one night together but he never forgot her. Hailey has had her own heart ache. She got pregnant years ago from a one night stand and she never got to finish her dreams of the Olympics. Now nothing will stop her from finishing her dream and promise she made to her dying son. When she meets Ben she knows she has to tell him the truth but it is afraid that she will lose him for good. They rekindle their romance but have to hope their past won't come between them.
I really enjoyed this story as it touched my heart so much. I felt sorry for the both Ben and Hailey. They both are facing many things but they still stay strong. Ben is a good guy he just is in the dark about many things and has his own fears he needs to face. Hailey has to be one strong woman. With the help of her family and town she has dealt with many things. She is a wonderful hockey player and was a great mom. They clearly belong together they both just have top see it. They have plenty of sizzle and have many things in common. It was a joy to read about them opening up to each other and helping each other. If you like a great story, remarkable characters and a great love be sure to read this book.
Posted February 9, 2014
I think this is the first book I've read where the main character is a hockey player, and I've got to say it was a lot of fun. Growing up in a hockey town myself, I fell in love with the game at a young age. While there was not much actual game time or technicality in this book, the love was there and that's what matters.
In the second book of the Kelly Brothers series, Ben Kelly is recovering after being injured during a game. While taking it easy and recuperating so he can get back to his life, he runs into an old flame. Hailey has dreams of her own. She could never, ever forget the first time she and Ben met, but she is determined not to be charmed by him this time around.
The thing I like most about these books is the characters. They are down to earth and have real lives, real problems. I think the author does a great job creating them and pairing them with a partner who complements their individuality. If the Love and Games series by Rachel Harris was my favorite Contemporary Romance series of 2013, the Kelly Brothers series by Crista McHugh is easily my favorite of 2014. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a light, fun, and sexy story.
Posted February 7, 2014
Ben Kelley meets his dream girl for an incredible one night stand but never forgets her. Hailey Erikson will never forget Ben Kelley because he gave her an incredible gift~their son Zach. Nine years later both Ben and Hailey are suffering in pain for very different reasons. Ben's injury and Hailey grieving over Zach. Ben goes into hiding after he's injured because he can't face being on the ice again so soon. In Cascade, Ben finds peace and quiet yet knows something is missing. Hailey is stunned to see Ben again after all this time but will let no one stop her from achieving her dream thus breaking her promise to Zach of getting on The Olympic Hockey Team. Ben wants to get to know Hailey and maybe create a future with her. Hailey is hiding the truth from Ben and is afraid to tell him the truth. Will Ben learn about Zach? Will Hailey tell the truth? Will Hailey achieve her dream? Will Ben get his dream girl after all? Your answers await you in Breakaway Hearts.
I love Breakaway Hearts! The continuing story of the Kelley Brothers is intriguing and fascinating on many levels. Characters have flaws and every day problems which make them incredibly relatable. I applaud Ms. McHugh for such a wonderful characters and stories that are rich and full of life. I will gladly put Ms. McHugh on my must read/buy list in the future.
Posted February 5, 2014
I'll be the first to admit that straight up contemporary romance is not generally in my wheelhouse, but
being a fan of Rachel Gibson's hockey books, I thought I'd give this one a try. Yaaaay, for the little book
imp that sits on my shoulder and yells "Read it, read it!". I really loved the premise that even though
Ben had carried a torch for Hailey for ages, he didn't recognize her. Head trauma, no blue hair, years
gone by, I think that is completely feasible. He subconsciously knows he has a connection to Hailey,
but he doesn't realize where her anger is coming from. The fact that she didn't clock Ben as soon as
he showed up surprised me, but her emotions are locked away except for her initial flare up.
I wanted to stay mad at Ben, but without giving away the farm, all I can say is that he is a really good
guy. Fate just conspired against these two in a most heartbreaking way. Actually Hailey is the one who
has suffered the most and yet remained a decent person. Most women would have had Ben on Maury
Povich screaming about her "baby daddy". Mixed in with some truly emotional moments, there is also
a sweetness about this book. It has a definite "Awwwwww" factor. By sweet, I mean emotionally, heat
wise it was on the toasty side. They both play hockey, so you know they don't shy away from the
physical. On top of the traumatic history these two share, there is also the fact that Hailey is set on
trying to fulfill an Olympic dream and a promise to her son. Ben is trying to overcome his fear of playing
hockey again, it seems these two just can't catch a break.
Maybe that was what Crista was trying to achieve. All these obstacles must either make them stronger
as a couple or show them they were a mistake to begin with. This was a great vacation from the dark
and angsty stuff I am usually knee deep in and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book
and I'm happy to admit that I'll be snatching up Caleb's book as soon as I can.I recommend this series
Posted February 5, 2014
Breakaway Hearts is McHugh's second book in the Kelly Brother's series. In this story we move on to Ben, the hockey player. He had a hot night of passion and an unexpected connection to a blue haired beauty when he was only 19, but she got away before he could ever get her last name let alone her number. Now 9 years has gone by and so much has changed. Ben, even though recovering from a recent knee injury, is still considered one of the best goalies in the NHL. Imagine his surprise when he comes across the girl he never forgot.
Hailey works for her father in his bar while really working on her ultimate goal--making the Canadian Women's Hockey team. She has to do it, not only for herself but also because of her promise to Zach, her little boy who died the year before. Her plans almost get derailed by the one guy who changed her life so many years before. She despises him because she feels he denied her and because he never acknowledged their son.
As we learn from the story things are not always what they seem and because of that Hailey and Ben get a second shot. We quickly move through their story and it is great how much they inspire each other to move on with their goals. Things are great, but so much has never been said and when Ben feels betrayed by Hailey never telling him about his son, it all begins to unravel.
I really enjoy this series by McHugh. The books make for a quick read, definitely have some heat between the characters, and overall leave you happy at the end. As the story partially revolves around the loss of a child, this one definitely brings out the tears. Adam and Lia from the first story are briefly mentioned in this book, but it definitely can be read as a stand alone. As they are a total of six brothers, I am anticipating at least another four sweet and spicy stories to come.
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Posted February 3, 2014
Breakaway Hearts (The Kelly Brothers #2) by Crista McHugh
Nine years ago at age nineteen, Ben Kelly, had a one-night stand with the woman of his dreams. Ever since he regretted not getting her phone number and last name. Now an NHL Goalie, he goes to the ski town of Cascade, BC, to recuperate from a potential career ending knee injury. While there he is reunited with the woman, he let get away.
Hailey Eriksson was left pregnant after a one-night stand. After her son, Zack became terminally ill, she needed to put off her dream at a chance to make the Canadian Women’s Olympian Hockey Team. Before his death, Hailey promised Zack she would make the 2014 Olympic Team in Sochi.
Breakaway Hearts is a fantastic story. It is extremely realistic and well developed. Crista McHugh did a fabulous job making you understand what Hailey and Ben were feeling. There are so many things that happen in the story that the characters face.
I love that fate gave Hailey and Ben a second chance after a number of obstacles and miscommunications got in the way. The characters are both lovable, and you want to see things work out for them.
Around the end of the novel, the discussion about Zack brought tears to my eyes. Being a parent, I cannot imagine the pain from a loss of a child. You sympathize with Hailey for having to endure the loss without Ben. My heart went out to poor Ben to discover he had a child he was never able to meet.
McHugh also does a great job describing the hockey scenes; Hailey helping Ben recoup and Ben helping Hailey make the team.
This was one of those books for me that you just cannot stop thinking about. Breakaway Hearts is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 20, 2014
Breakaway Hearts by Crista McHugh is the 2nd book in her The Kelley Brothers series. I loved the first book in this series, and after reading this book, there is no way I will not read each book. These stories are scorching hot with a beautiful romance, great couple, fun storyline and just simply awesome.
Breakaway Hearts is not only a romance, but a fun sports theme background, as both of our heroes are hockey players. The story starts 9 years earlier, when Ben our hero is just starting his hockey career at 19 years old. He meets a teen age hockey fan, with blue hair and together they spend a wild night that neither have forgotten years later. When he gets up in the morning, the girl of his dreams is gone, with only a note that she had fun and signed it Hailey.
Picking up in the present, Hailey, our beautiful heroine, is playing hockey with the boys during their practice session. She is as tough as they are, and thinks nothing of getting into a fight, as hockey is known for. Hailey is very good, could probably make the boys team, but her goal is to make the Olympic girls team. She works at her father’s restaurant, and practices during her off hours.
Ben, who is a goalie for the Vancouver team, is on the disabled list with a severe knee injury. He decides to get away from everything, and goes to a small town to rest, alleviate the pressure and avoid thinking about getting back on the ice. Of course, as fate would have it, this is the town Hailey lives in. But when Ben sees this pretty blond girl, he has a sense of déjà vu, but he can’t remember from where. Hailey recognizes him, as Ben is now famous, and she avoids him like the plague.
When Ben goes to the restaurant, he sees Hailey again, and can’t understand why she is so cold and distant with him. But when her name is called out, he recognizes the name and now knows who she is; Ben wants to learn more about Hailey, and why she is giving him the cold shoulder. In time, Hailey does give in to her attraction to Ben, and a beautiful romance builds, but not without some major issues that both have and need to get past.
What Ben doesn’t know, and now Hailey is afraid to tell him, is that she became pregnant 9 years ago. She had a son, Zach, who died a year ago. Hailey is in recovery mode, with the entire town supporting her recovery and her attempt to make the Olympics. Hailey had tried to write Ben and tell him about her son, with many letters, which he never responded; so she assumed that Ben wanted nothing to do with her and ignored her request for help
Ben helps Hailey with her attempt to make the girls team, and she in turn sees that he is avoiding going back on the ice. She senses his fears of getting hurt, and privately uses different ploys to get him on the ice with her. Slowly, Ben gets past his fears with Hailey’s help, and he learns accidentally from someone else about his son.
We fell in love with Ben and Hailey who made such a wonderful couple, and we rooted for Hailey to get a chance to show how good she is to make the girls team. We also grieved when Ben found out about Hailey’s secret, and became angry. Did Ben learn the truth about Hailey’s letters? Will Ben forgive Hailey? Will Hailey make the Olympic team? Will this wonderful couple find a way to be together?
This was another wonderful story by Crista McHugh, in a sizzling hot fabulous series. There were so many wonderful things about this book. I loved the small town atmosphere, where they all looked out for each other. The hockey background was enjoyable and fun. But most of all, Ben and Hailey made a fantastic couple, and I hope in the future Kelley Brothers stories, we get to see more of them. If you are a romance junkie, you need to start this wonderful series by Crista McHugh.
Posted January 10, 2014
**was given a copy of this book by the author for a honest review**
Hockey star Ben Kelly has retreated to his mountain cabin in the ski town of Cascade, BC, to recuperate from a season-ending knee injury and contemplate his future in the NHL. He never expects to run into the one woman who got away. Nine years may have passed, but nothing has dulled the explosive chemistry between them. Now he wants more than just one night.
Hailey Eriksson had Olympic-sized dreams until an accidental pregnancy from a one-night stand halted her ambitions. Her life was shattered when her son died. Nothing will keep her from fulfilling her promise to him to make the Olympic team, especially not the charming Ben Kelly. Unfortunately, he’s out of sweep her off her feet this time, and she finds him harder and harder to resist with each passionate kiss. But when he learns about the child he never knew, will their rekindled romance be on thin ice?
This was a very good story and actually gave it a 3.5, . This story reminds me of the hold harlequin stories with more intense sex scene. I really liked the way the author handle the death of a child with sensitivity, however it still was hard for me to read with 2 small kids of my own. I felt a little too close to the story and it made me want to go hug my kids (and wrap them up in bubble wrap). The characters remind true throughout the story. The ending felt a little abrupt and would have liked more of an epilogue however, this may be address in the upcoming books.
Again, a sweet story that brought tears to my eyes a few times
Posted November 7, 2014
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