Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel

Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel

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by Kelly Jamieson
     
 
In the first Chicago Aces romance from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.

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

Overview

In the first Chicago Aces romance from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.

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 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 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 he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.

Praise for Kelly Jamieson and Major Misconduct

“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport

“Steamy, sweet, and a whole lot of fun! I loved Major Misconduct!”USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell

“Fun and sexy . . . I look forward to reading the next book in the Aces Hockey series.”—Smut Book Junkie

Major Misconduct is very well written with many characters that I really enjoyed.”—Romancing the Readers

Major Misconduct is hot and sexy mixed with a little sweetness.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

Major Misconduct is the first book I’ve read by Kelly Jamieson but I daresay it won’t be my last.”FicCentral

“I loved the Aces! I cannot wait for the next book in the series (and the book after that, etc)! The dynamics of the series are just so right.”—The Book Cellar

“This is my first Kelly Jamieson book and I’m happy to report that I am now looking forward to more in this series.”—In Stefter’s Humble Opinion

“Filled with cute, sexy moments laced with the excitement of hockey.”—TJ Loves to Read

“Funny, sweet, hot and raunchy, with lots of laughs and sighs.”—It’s About the Book

“I loved everything about this book . . . the characters, the story, the banter within it. For me it was a perfect mesh of everything that makes a good romance.”—Wild Heart Reviews

“A fun, lighthearted, low-angst read and definitely one that I would recommend. I can’t wait for Duncan’s book!”—Life with Two Boys

“Jamieson did a commendable job writing Major Misconduct. I enjoyed the plot. The characters are well developed. The ending was skillfully resolved. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.”—Diane’s Book Blog

“I loved this book and I’m looking forward to the other players getting their own books.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/24/2015
Any romance reader who can enjoy repeated utterances of “Sweet cheese-its” and “Oh, for the love of cheese” is going to love Jamieson’s first Aces Hockey contemporary and its Wisconsin Cheesehead heroine. When Lovey Armstrong moves to Chicago and rooms with Duncan, her hockey-star big brother, it soon becomes clear that he still sees her as a kid in need of his protection. Dunc threatens severe bodily harm to any of his Chicago Aces teammates who so much as dance with Lovey. That includes his other roommate, Marc Dupuis. As formula requires, Marc and Lovey predictably hit it off, Duncan disapproves, and foul-mouthed hockey players are jarringly juxtaposed with the euphemism-wielding Lovey. This hockey romance doesn’t quite deserve the penalty box, but the clichéd plot and the cast of one-note characters may only be palatable to diehard genre fans. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101887219
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/13/2015
Series:
Aces Hockey Series , #1
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Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
961
File size:
1 MB

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Major Misconduct

An Aces Hockey Novel


By Kelly Jamieson

Random House

Copyright © 2015 Kelly Jamieson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-101-88721-9


CHAPTER 1

"Oh my god. What have you done now?"

Lovey frowned, her cell phone held to her ear. "What kind of greeting is that?"

Her brother Duncan sighed.

Lovey beamed at the taxi driver as he hauled her last suitcase into the condominium lobby on East Monroe Street in Chicago's Loop. She shifted the phone away from her mouth to hand him some folded bills. "Thank you so much."

He smiled back at her. "Sure you don't want me to help get them up to your condo?"

"No, that's fine. My brother and his roommate are big strong guys. They'll help me with things." She heard a faint snort on the phone. "Thank you again for your help."

He nodded and chilly air rushed into the lobby as he opened the door and walked out.

"Where are you, Lovey?" Duncan asked.

"I'm standing in your lobby!" She turned a circle in the elegant lobby, taking in the arrangement of modern furniture and huge potted plants, winter sunshine flooding through tall windows. "I'm here to stay with you."

"Uh ... why?"

She briefly bit her bottom lip. "Just felt like coming to see my big brother in the big city."

Silence. "Lovey ..."

"Can you come down and help me with my luggage?"

Another audible exhalation. "I'll be right down."

Lovey smiled. "Thanks, Dunc." She ended the call and dropped her phone back into her purse. She grabbed her suitcases, but with her purse over her shoulder, her carry-on balanced precariously on top of one case and both of the pieces of luggage huge and heavy, she struggled across the pale stone-tiled floor toward the elevators in her high-heeled boots. Then the carry-on slipped, pulling her off balance, tipping the suitcase. She released the other one and fought for control of the weighty beast, purse falling off her shoulder, throwing her even more off balance. "Oh, for the love of cheese."

Her hair fell across her face and she began to sweat. The sweater and wool pants were appropriate for Chicago in October, but inside the warm lobby, fighting with uncooperative luggage, she was getting hot. Also high-heeled boots were stylish but not exactly helpful when wrestling suitcases.

She was just getting the suitcase righted when the elevator doors slid open. Then her other suitcase topped over with a bang. Duncan strolled out, taking in her flustered state with a long-suffering big brother look.

Lovey pushed her hair back and straightened, bestowing one of her highest-wattage smiles on her brother. She threw out her arms and rushed at him for a hug. "Hey! So good to see you!"

He hugged her back, then with a shake of his head and a reluctant smile he set her away from him. "Good to see you too, Lovey. Still not sure what the hell you're doing here ..." He surveyed her luggage. "With apparently your entire wardrobe." He lifted an eyebrow. "But come on up."

He grabbed her suitcases, including the carry-on, and headed back to the waiting elevator. Lovey slung her purse over her shoulder and tapped along behind him. Easy for him. Big bro was an NHL hockey player — six foot two, two hundred pounds, big muscles everywhere. One corner of her mouth kicked up. There were advantages to having a brother who was big. Really big. And strong.

The doors slid closed and Duncan punched the button for the fourteenth floor.

"Thank you," she said gratefully. "Those suitcases weigh a ton."

"How the hell did you get on the plane with them? And from the airport to here."

She shrugged. "There were always people around offering to help."

"Guys."

She blinked. "Well. Yeah."

He shook his head, lips twitching.

"What's with the beard?" She touched her own chin with thumb and forefinger. "You look like a mountain man. I thought you only grew a beard during playoffs."

He shrugged. "I got tired of shaving."

"Duncan! Eew. No woman is going to find that attractive."

"Whatever."

"And it's freezing here! Why is it so cold here?"

"It's forty degrees," Duncan said dryly. "And probably not much colder than Madison."

"But it's windy. It is the Windy City."

"Chicago is no windier than any other city."

She frowned. "But it's called the Windy City."

"That apparently has to do with the long-windedness of Chicago politicians."

"Huh." She tipped her head. "Really? But it is windy today. I'm sure hundred mile an hour winds."

He grinned. "Yeah, Lovey, it's windy."

The doors opened and he let her exit first, but she paused unsure which way to go. This was the first time she'd visited him since he'd bought this super lux condo that had to have cost a gazillion dollars. Nice to have that kind of money.

She'd felt a few twinges of guilt about arriving unannounced to stay with him, but she kept reminding herself his condo was huge. He did have a roommate, but still, there were three bedrooms, so she wouldn't be putting anyone out. She'd be sure to stay out of their way. Not interfere with their game-day routines. She'd clean up after herself.

He led them into his condo and she swept her gaze around, taking it all in.

"This is gorgeous! Holy cheese-its, Dunc!"

He grinned. "Yeah, it's pretty cool."

Wide plank hardwood floors stained a dark chocolate color stretched all through the unit. Big windows let in bright golden sunshine. She lifted an eyebrow at the exercise equipment in the dining room instead of a table and chairs. Two big brown leather couches and a couple of over-sized chairs were centered on a patterned rug in the living room, a big square table in the middle.

She walked through and turned to the kitchen. Creamy cupboards and granite counter formed a U-shape around a substantial island with a couple of stools at the end of it. She blinked at the empty pizza boxes and beer bottles littering the counter, then turned away with a shrug.

"This is amazing." She shook her head. "How much did you pay for this place? I'm guessing five million."

He laughed. "Not even close."

"How much?"

"Not telling you."

She frowned. "Why not?"

"None of your business, li'l sis." He leaned against the island and crossed his arms. "Now tell me what you're doing here."

She swallowed her sigh. "I'm moving to Chicago."

He choked. "What?"

She lifted one shoulder. "I decided there's not enough for me in Madison. I'm moving here. I want to live in a big city. There are more career opportunities."

"Did you get fired again?"

"No!" She frowned. "No, I did not."

He waited.

She pursed her lips. "I quit."

He shook his head. "Why, Lovey? I thought it was a great job."

"It was okay."

"Then why did you quit?"

She avoided his eyes and wandered back into the living room. "It wasn't my dream job."

He snorted and followed her. "Dream job?"

She whirled around. "You have your dream job! Why shouldn't I?"

She knew he wouldn't understand. Growing up, everyone had known he was going to make it big. His hockey talent had been evident from an early age, and their parents had dedicated their lives to helping him achieve his dreams.

Lovey, on the other hand, hadn't even had a dream.

She'd never begrudged Duncan his success. She was proud of her brother. He'd worked hard his whole life to achieve what he had and he totally deserved it. But there had been times she'd wished she had some kind of super talent that would make everyone proud of her.

"You're giving me the gears before I'm barely in the door. Not cool, Dunc."

His lips quirked as if he was repressing another smile. He gestured to one of the brown leather couches. "Sit down."

She sank into the couch and crossed her legs.

Duncan sat across from her. "You don't quit a perfectly good job just because it's not your dream job, Lovey. If you don't like it, you look around for something else and then you quit."

"Not if you're moving to Chicago. I had to quit so I could move here. I'll find something here, I'm sure."

Duncan thought she was a flighty, impetuous screw up who'd quit a good job and moved to another state on a whim. And she wasn't about to set him straight on that, because ... it was true.

Well, to a certain extent it was true. But she didn't want to tell him about her goals and dreams because ... because she wasn't entirely sure she could do this ... and she didn't want him saying "I told you so" if she failed.

She pushed down her misgivings and smiled at him. "I just need a place to stay for a while."

"You can't stay here."

Her mouth dropped open. "What? Why not? You've got tons of room! Look at this place." She sat up straight and swept an arm out. "Fifty billion square feet, probably ten bathrooms ..."

"Three," he corrected. "Three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms. And it's only two thousand square feet. Not fifty billion," he added in a muttered tone.

"Only two thousand. As if one guy needs that much space."

"I have a roommate," he reminded her. "Two of the three bedrooms are occupied and the third has no furniture."

She frowned and sank back into the couch. "Oh. Well. That doesn't matter. I'll just sleep on the floor until we can get me a bed."

"We're not getting you a bed."

"Hey, Army, what time are we heading out?" A deep male voice interrupted them. "Oh. Hey."

Lovey's head snapped around at the unfamiliar voice and then her eyes went wide and her jaw dropped.

The guy standing across the room wore a pair of boxer shorts and nothing else. Sweet cheese-its, he was hot. Even more muscular than Duncan, he was about the same height, maybe over six feet tall. Short, light brown hair stood in messy spikes on top, and the same golden-brown stubble lay over his chiseled jaw and upper lip. His lips were thinnish but nicely shaped, his eyes a beautiful sky blue color she could see from here, framed with thick eyelashes.

Her gaze tracked over bulky shoulders and arms, a chest that was slabs of muscle and smooth golden skin, a freakin' eight pack of abs that literally made her want to drool, then down over the blue boxer shorts sitting low on lean hips to his bare legs. She blinked at the size of his thighs and the delineation of the massive muscles bulging above his knees. Calves were also strong, covered with more dark gold hair. His long, sinewy bare feet stood on the bare wood floor.

She lifted her gaze back up to his face and smiled. "Hi."

He blinked, his expression not changing. "Uh. Hi." He glanced at Duncan. "Sorry man, didn't know you had someone here." He took a step back.

"Dude, go put some clothes on. This is my little sister."

The guy's eyes flickered. "Oh. Shit. Be right back."

"Wait!" Lovey rose and legged it across the carpet in her heels, hand outstretched. "I'm Lovey. It's nice to meet you, you must be Duncan's roommate. Marc, right?"

He took another step back but she kept going. He shoved a hand out, maybe to stop her. She grabbed it to shake it. "Yeah. Marc." The faint inflection in the way he said it that was ... sexy.

"You're French." Her smiled broadened.

"Yeah." He gave her a quick handshake, then released her hand and took two more steps away. "Marc Dupuis. I'll, uh, be back."

He disappeared down the hall and she admired the back view. Whoa. Wide at the shoulders, muscled back, deep grooves down the middle that disappeared into the low waistband of the boxers, which did not hide a very firm ass. She gave a sigh of pleasure.

"Lovey."

She blinked and turned to look at her brother.

"That's why you can't stay here. This is a bachelor home. You can't live here with two guys."

She frowned. "Why not?"

His eyebrows flew up. "We walk around half-dressed sometimes. We don't want to have to be worried about covering up all the time."

She grinned. "Don't worry on my account. You ... phht." She waved a hand and rolled her eyes. "He can walk around naked any time he wants."

"Jesus fuckin' Christ." Duncan rubbed his face. "We drink beer. We make a mess. Well, I do," he amended. "We party. Lotta the other guys hang out here too."

She shrugged. "It's not as if I'm not used to your friends hanging out." He'd played hockey all through high school — well, all his life, basically — and there'd always been a bunch of guys crowding up their Columbia County dairy farm house.

"We have girls over." He gave her a meaningful look.

She laughed, flopping down on the couch again. "I should hope so."

"You're not going to be comfortable here."

She looked around. "I think I could be very comfortable here." She gave a nod. "This is a gorgeous place to live. Nice view too." In the distance Lake Michigan was a haze of blue.

"Fuck," Duncan muttered again.

Marc reappeared, now fully dressed, sadly. Although he still looked amazeballs hot with clothes on. "Sorry about that. Didn't know you were here, uh, Lovey."

She beamed at him. "No problem. Duncan was more freaked out than I was."

Duncan rolled his eyes.

Lovey studied Marc in his clothes — low-rise faded jeans that had to be specially made to fit loosely over those massive thighs, and a long-sleeve black T-shirt. She let out another brief sigh.

He moved to perch on one of the stools at the big island, then stopped as he took in the mess in the kitchen. With a head shake, he began to clean up, tossing cold pizza into the trash, loading empty beer bottles into cartons. "This place is a barn."

Duncan shrugged and leaned back. "You knew that when you moved in. Don't get all pissy. You don't have to clean up."

"I know, I know." Marc stacked empty pizza boxes into a blue recycling box. "Just can't stand the fucking mess."

Duncan grinned. "That's your problem."

Lovey looked back and forth between them. Duncan was a slob, no doubt about it. Mom had pulled her hair out trying to teach him to clean up after himself. Apparently none of it had sunk in. Marc, on the other hand ... had apparently learned well. Or maybe he was just a neat freak.

Nothing wrong with that. Not at all.

Especially when he looked that good doing it.

"Okay, back to the topic at hand," Duncan said. "You can't stay here."

Still watching Marc, Lovey saw his head snap up.

"I have to stay here, Dunc. Where else am I going to go?" He cursed under his breath. "But I told you, there's nowhere for you to sleep."

"Uh ... she can have my bed," Marc offered.

Lovey beamed at him. "That's so sweet of you."

"She can't have your fucking bed," Duncan snapped. "Where the hell are you going to sleep?"

Marc shrugged. "Couch?"

"I'll sleep on the couch." Duncan gave a gusty sigh. "One night. One night only. You have to stay in a hotel or something, Lovey."

"I can't afford a hotel!" She gaped at him. "D'you think my last job paid me multi-millions of dollars like yours does?"

"Quit throwing my money in my face." He slumped into the couch with a scowl.

"I'm not throwing it in your face." She blinked. "I'm just pointing out what should be obvious ... my marketing job for Kleinheinz Cheese did not pay me enough for me to be able to afford to stay in a pricy Chicago hotel indefinitely."

"You have enough to rent an apartment, don't you?" He narrowed his eyes at her.

"Um ... I have a little money. I sold my car."

"Lovey ..."

"Duncan."

They glared at each other in one of their famous sibling standoffs. She lifted her chin.

As usual she won.

"Fine," he muttered. "Stay here until you get on your feet. But it better not be long. And you better not be in our way."

"Thanks, Dunc." She smiled. "I promise I won't be. You won't even know I'm here."

"Why do I doubt that?" Duncan shook his head.

She looked over at Marc and saw he was grinning at the counter he was wiping.

Cheese whiz, he was gorgeous! Even more so when he smiled. Earlier he'd been so straight-faced and serious. A little curl of lust warmed her inside.

"We need to get going." Marc looked at her brother, the grin now absent.

"Gotta get to the dealership."

"Yeah. Okay." Duncan gave her a narrow-eyed look as he rose from the couch. "I'm buying a new vehicle. Gotta go sign the papers and pick it up."

"Oooh. What kind?"

"Land Rover."

"Duncan! You can't drive a truck in Chicago!"

"It's not a truck, for fuck's sake."

She made a face. "If you say so. I'll unpack and get settled in. Hey, could you pick me up a bed on your way home?" He bugged his eyes out at her and she laughed. "Kidding! We can do that tomorrow."

"What about the stuff from your apartment in Madison? Where's that?"

"Storage. I'll get it shipped here when I find my own place."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Major Misconduct by Kelly Jamieson. Copyright © 2015 Kelly Jamieson. Excerpted by permission of Random House.
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Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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Major Misconduct: An Aces Hockey Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to read about hockey in a romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read...love hockey romances!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I'm definitely getting the next one in the series!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I don't know what it is about romances involving hockey players, but they just draw me in and get me every time. I mean, I don't even watch hockey, nor am I a hockey fan, unless they are a fictional team in one of my books, of course. They've just got that special something something going on that makes a girl swoon and smile, and well.....you know what I mean. In Major Misconduct, Lovey Armstrong surprises her brother Duncan, who is a hockey player for the Chicago Aces, by showing up on his doorstep, suitcases in hand, stating that she is moving to Chicago and wants to stay with him until she can get settled and get her own place. To say her brother is less than enthused is an understatement. Enter the picture at this moment one hot roommate in nothing but his boxers, Marc Dupuis, and things just went up about `100 degrees from the sudden chemistry that instantly sparks between Marc and Lovey, who is bold, beautiful, and has a personality that draws him in. After a bit of an argument and with a little help from Marc, Duncan submits and agrees to let Lovey move in (like he really would have said no). Lovey hangs out with Duncan and his teammates, as well as Marc, and they all love her, maybe a little too much for Duncan's liking. Thus he reminds them of "the rule." Teammates are never allowed to date other teammates sisters, ever. Not wanting to jeopardize their friendship, Marc tries his best to abide by this rule, but with sexy little Lovey, it proves to be more than any man can handle. Needless to say, this makes for a really interesting story. Nevertheless, when the proverbial **** hits the fan.............well lets just say that things are really intense from that point until the end, which will leave you smiling. Major Misconduct is a great beginning to what looks to be a fun, entertaining, and sexy series involving hot hockey players, fun sexy romance, and overall great stories.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Lovey Armstrong is looking to change her life up and the first stop on this adventure is crashing at her big brother's Chicago pad. Marc Dupuis is blown out of the water by the hot little vixen that has moved into the apartment he shares with his team mate, Duncan. Rule number one, don't ever date your buddy's sister. That and a lot more rules are about to get blown out of the water. Lovey has never really been taken seriously, but she definitely has a plan for her life. Duncan and Marc repeatably question Lovey's motives and choices, causing some friction in the household. Which is only topped by the sexual tension that pours out of this plot as Marc and Lovey work out their situation and emotional issues. I found the story highly entertaining. I am a big fan of other sports romances and I just added Jamieson to that list. I received this ARC copy of Major Misconduct from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
Lovey is young (20’s) and is struggling to find herself. What does she want to do in life? She can be a little impulsive at times. She suddenly quits her job, breaks up with her boyfriend, and moves to Chicago. Of course, it doesn’t matter she has no plans as to what she is going to do when she gets there. The only thing she expects is to stay with her brother. Of course, she forgets to let her brother in on her plan. She just shows up on his doorstep. Needless to say, he is not thrilled. What she doesn’t expect is her brother’s hot, sexy roommate. When Marc, Captain of the Chicago Aces professional hockey team, finds out Lovey is his roommate’s sister, he realizes she is off limits. But that doesn’t stop Lovey. Because as the story goes, what Lovey wants, Lovey gets and she wants Marc. But Marc fights his attraction to her. He doesn’t want to betray his roommate’s trust by sleeping with Lovey. Marc is a wonderful character. He is likeable, tender, loyal and an overall good guy. The kind you want to settle down with. While Lovey could be a little annoying and childish at times, she was able to bring out Marc’s fun side. Overall this was a good story. The characters don’t fall into bed at the first meeting or profess their love for each other after couple days. It will keep you involved. I look forward to reading about the other characters of the Chicago Aces team.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Live, love, laugh! That is tattoo Lovey has on her, and her goal in life. She is a fun loving girl who aims to live every moment fully, with no brakes, and smile on her face. I admit, I had a little trouble with this story, and Lovey, in the first quarter of the book. I nearly gave up on the story, she was that annoying. She was acting very immature, flighty, and rather selfishly, like moving into her older brother's apartment in Chicago, without a warning first, not even a phone call that she was coming into town. Yes, just showed up. Marc is on the serious side, dedicated to his career, to the charity work he does, and leading the team as well as he can. Admirable, respectable, and appropriate for any grown up person. They have hot chemistry between them, surprisingly, many common interest, they enjoy talking to each other, talking about the hard things, the things they normally don't talk about. They form a friendship, and jump each other whenever Lovey's brother is not around. This is a lighthearted, fun sports novel, I liked the author's voice, the story flows well, and is enjoyable to read. There's a perfect split between hockey and romance in the story, and the hockey part is energetic and interesting. Lovey has a lot of growing up to do, and she doesn't quite reach that goal fully, even towards the end. But, I am glad I didn't give up on her at the beginning of the story, because she did deserve a second chance, and her character does develop, get some insight as the story unfolds. ~ Three Spoons
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
5 star The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak. This is Lovey and Marc’s story. Lovey just quit her job and dumped her boyfriend. She is going to stay with her brother. What he didn’t count on was that his roommate Marc who is smoking hot. Marc is drawn to Lovey right from the start but his friend, her brother warns him off. So Marc is going to stay away. The longer Lovey stays with her brother and Marc the closer she wants to be to Marc. Once they come together they know it has to be a secret or Duncan will kill Marc. Marc and Lovey try to stay away from each other but the chemistry is just too much. When there secret comes out will Duncan be okay with them being in a secret relationship or will it all be over? What if they only wanted a secret relationship and in the light of day they just don’t want more? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Loved everything about this story! Loved the main characters as well as the secondary characters. The way in which Lovey meets Marc is adorable it was witty, created wonderful banter to the start of the relationship as well as showed an instant attraction by both. I liked the push and pull they had on each other, and all of this made for off the chart chemistry. I thought their story was well rounded, developed nicely and I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I pretty much grinned from ear to ear while reading this. This was entertaining and oh so hot! Lovey Armstrong has come to Chicago to crash with her rich brother Duncan, who is a professional Ice Hockey player for the Chicago Aces. After being in her brother's shadow all of her life she wants to prove to everyone that she can also succeed and do something well. She has just broken up with her boyfriend that wanted to get married and have babies. Lovey lives by her Motto "Live, Love, Laugh", she is fearless, smart and lovable. Full of life and the kind of girl you would want to be friends with. Marc Dupuis is Captain of the Chicago Aces, and is a roommate and best friends with Duncan, Lovey's brother. He is all about his responsibilities that being a Captain entails, but he is also intelligent, serious, but with a self- deprecating humor. Wide shoulders, chiseled eight pack Abs, lean muscular thighs with a adorable French Canadian accent, he is HOT! And who wouldn't want some of that? When she interrupts his morning coffee wearing only a skimpy Cami and matching panties, and he is wearing only boxer briefs, they both are instantly attracted to each other, but when he finds out she is Duncan's little sister she is strictly off limits. But what Lovey wants, and she wants Marc, Lovey gets! But as Marc gives her the cold shoulder, every other single guy on the team is lusting after Lovey, taken in by her cute luminous smile and rockin body. But jealousy raises its head and Marc just can't keep his thoughts off Lovey. Will Lovey be able to get what she wants? Or will Marc not break the "Bro-code". You will have to read to find out. Highly Recommended! Received a ARC through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Lovey Armstrong cones to Chicago to live with her brother. He is an NHL star for the Chicago Aces, and his roommate is the team captain, Marc Dupuis. The sparks fly between Lovey and Marc from the second they meet! Lovey wants Marc. Anywhere and anyway she can have him. And Lovey, always gets what she wants. Only problem? Her brother has warned everyone off that she is off limits. As her brother's best friend, Marc is sure to stay away, right? Marc knows if he does not stay far away from Lovey, he will give in to the want that rips through him every time he is in her presence. He thinks about her all the time. He has never felt this way about any woman. Lovey and Marc end up sneaking around behind her brothers back. What he does not know won't hurt him, right? After all, he thinks she has never grown up. Maybe it is time to come clean with a few truths? This book is seriously HOT! A great start to the Aces Hockey series! I loved the hockey fun, the hotties that were on just about every page, the banter, the character development, and more. I was pleased to see such an amazing book and cannot wait to see the next one! ***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher for an honest review.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic novel . I feel right into it . I can totally relate . Marc (the captain of the Chicago Acers and Duncan get a shock when Duncas sister Lovly , just shoes up in Chicago and no kidding to their condo without a warning . She quite her job and dumped her boyfriend . Duncan doesn't like it but he lets her stay ... They do have an extra bedroom . Marc's body starts to react to her and he doesn't know how to handle it . He gets all hot and bothered but the team has a rule . And Marc is the captain ... And they also say , everyone who knows him , that he's serious about like . Duncan warns his to stay away . Marc and Lovly share a kiss . But Marc feels terrible . Can't tell you more Grab it and see does Marc give in to the urges he gets . Does Duncan ease up ... Does Lovly get her own place does she start work. Does she convince Marc to take a chance . Does she stay in Chicago
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
I loved this one! The sexual tension was intense but it was also really great to see them work through their feelings at the end. I am really excited that this is a series. I can't wait to read the next one! I loved all of the characters that were introduced. I loved Marc's character. He was the perfect balance of tough and sweet. The brother and sister relationship was really sweet too.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Lovey has always been the free spirited type to jumping into something without thinking of the consequences. She had a good job, but after her relationship ended with a coworker, she decides to quit and move to Chicago. She crashes with her brother Duncan and his roommate Marc. Duncan and Marc are both pro hockey players that live the bachelor lifestyle and they aren't thrilled when they get a new roommate. Lacey is instant drawn to Marc, but he resists her flirtation because he doesn't want to violate the bro code. Eventually Lacey is able to wear down Marc's resistance and a secret relationship/ hook up begins. Will their feelings survive if Duncan finds out? Will Lacey find her true calling in Chicago? You'll have to read this book to find out! I liked this book because it featured a fun heroine and a hot, hockey player that was a genuine nice guy. I liked the stereotype reversal that happened at the end of the book and look forward to reading the next in the series. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
 Major Misconduct, An Aces Hockey Novel,  Kelly Jamieson Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, I’ve enjoyed some of Kelly’s other novels so looked forward to this one. As I’ve found before though – just because you like some of an authors work doesn’t mean you’ll love all of them, and for me this was an OK read but nothing special. I found Lovey hard to like in some ways. Yes she’s bright and cheerful, and clearly hard working even though she seems to be regarded as a flake, but she complains they always treat her as “Lovey gets whatever she wants.”  She resents that, but to be honest from what we read of her its true. She does get what she wants, the family do give way to her, and the current drama is a case in point. She’s given up her job, she has solid reasons although the family don’t know that, but she’s decided to move to Chicago, and that she’ll live with her brother til she finds her own place. She doesn’t tell him, just turns up on his doorstep expecting him to give in, and after a little passive argument he does give way. The What Lovey Wants has struck again. I didn’t really understand why she was keeping the whole job search/own business thing a secret unless it was just that in the past she has been a flake, and fears they’ll be negative? Her brother is great, and the hands off my sister is something most brothers would do. His flatmate Marc, the hottie Lovey lusts for is gorgeous, and very tempted by her but respects his mate’s wishes...for a while... til Lovey persuades him otherwise. More of the Lovey wants stuff. She just seemed to think that as she was attracted and so was he, it was fine to go ahead despite her brothers feelings and Marc’s reservations, never thinking of the effect on her brother and Marc’s friendship, plus of course the team rapport if she and Marc end up in an acrimonious split. That kind of irritated me. Another thing that annoyed was the constant Cheese references. I get there’s a link to her past job and current business, but the constant Cheese Whiz, for Cheese Sake, and Cheese-It’s got really aggravating and made her sound about 10 instead of 24. On the upside the sex scenes were hot, seriously erotic and I did feel a real connection between them both. Overall though the book lacked drama and interest for me, and I found myself skipping parts looking for something to actually happen....it just didn’t pull me in enough to overcome the bits that irritated me.   Stars: Two and a half. Sadly there were too many annoyances for me, and the story lacked interest. I’m sure others will love it, as always this is just my view. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers 
KerZar19 More than 1 year ago
Kelly’s newest series is HOTT HOTT HOTT !! And throw in some hockey with the Chicago Aces, I fell in swoon worthy love. Marc is dependable, do the right thing kind of guy but NO Women for him!!!! Well until he meets Lovey. She is looking to change things up. And boy do they both see a change. Can’t for book 2!! Must Read!!
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story!! It was so hard to put down. Lovey is flighty trying to prove that she can be a grown up. Marc is a hot hockey player who is known to be 'boring'. The two just explode together. Each brings something to the relationship and compliment the other. I felt their emotions as the story unfolded. Kelly creates characters to root for. I look forward to more in this series. I had a chance to read this for free in exchange for an honest review.
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
I was gifted an ARC of this book by the author for an honest review. I really liked this book. While Lovey was a bit quirky and flakey at times, she has a great attitude and lives life to the fullest. And Marc may be a bit of a stuffed shirt and quite serious, he has a heart of gold and shares it freely. These characters may be polar opposites, but they compliment each other well. Marc grounds her, and Lovey gives him wings to fly. I think Kelly did an awesome job combining a sweet love story with sizzling chemistry. Live, Laugh, Love!!
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* Marc Dupuis is the captain of the Aces hockey team and Lovey Armstrong is the sister of fellow hockey player, Duncan Armstrong, his roommate and best friend. When Lovey moves into their condo for an extended stay, Duncan makes it perfectly clear his sister is off limits. Marc does his best to stay away but her charm and vivacity, not to mention her obvious interest in Marc are too much to resist. Is this just chemistry or something more? I loved everything about this funny sexy romance, especially the interactions between Lovey and Marc. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I quite enjoyed this story! For sports fans, the game of hockey is definitely well represented, with Marc as the serious, committed captain of the Chicago Aces hockey team. He worries not just about the game that they play, but also about the individual players themselves, making him true captain material. There is a good mix of hockey scenes in the story to satisfy the sports lover, without overwhelming someone unfamiliar with how the game is played. Even when the team is mixing it up with the locals at the bars they frequent or when joking around at apartment parties with him and Duncan, Marc still comes across as the one in charge, making sure the guys are okay, don't drink too much, and will give their best efforts in practices and games. So of course into Marc's calm and perhaps slightly boring existence flies Lovey, his roommate's sister. Lovey is everything Marc isn't - impulsive, sometimes naive, a little bit spoiled (and used to getting her own way), flirty and friendly. (Which isn't to say that Marc isn't friendly, he's just more reserved). As his roommate's sister she's hands off. But Lovey makes it clear that while she's living at their place, she's okay with a little hands on action and the result is a steamy, sexy, secret little love affair. But Lovey has more depth to her than meets the eye at first. She's working hard to start her own business, developing a social media presence for clients looking to branch out, but she knows too, that without some big clients there is no point telling her brother about it as he won't see it as a serious endeavour if she doesn't have the backing to make it profitable. Marc believes her though, and more importantly believes in her and his support of her dream means more to her than she expected. Finally, someone is willing to take her seriously. She knows she has a history of letting things go without giving them the proper time to make them work, a fear of failure driving her (because if she quits while she's ahead, then she can't fail right?). She believes Marc's interest in her is mostly due to their fantastic sex, and the idea that he might be contemplating more of a future gives her cold feet. Soon enough, she has to make a decision on whether she's willing to let Marc go on account of those fears. I liked the two of them together, the opposites attract story firmly in place here. They definitely have good chemistry together and please each other well in the bedroom. Lovey's relationship with her brother is a more typical sibling friendship, particularly since he's the older brother used to taking care of his younger sister (and heaven forbid she be having sex, never mind with one of his friends!). The camaraderie of the hockey team was fun to experience, introducing some of the other players who will have their stories told in the series. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and a good start to this new hockey series. 3.5 stars.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. Marc Dupuis is the captain of the hockey team Chicago Aces. When his roommate and team mates little sister Lovey moves in he can’t deny the attraction. Lovey Armstrong is trying to get her new life together in Chicago. She knows that Marc feels the chemistry between them but he is trying to stay away from her because she is Duncan’s sister, which means she is off limits. If you are looking for a hat romance then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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PennieM More than 1 year ago
Marc Dupuis is the captain of the Chicago Aces and he is known as Captain Codger by his teammates because he is the responsible one. He is roommates with Duncan Armstrong and when his sister unexpectedly moves in chaos comes to his life. Lovey Armstrong has quit her job in Madison and moved to Chicago and moved in with her brother and his roommate until she can get back on her feet. She has a plan but isn't telling anyone about it yet. Duncan has put the word out to keep their hands off his sister. Lovey has other plans though and she cannot keep her hands off Marc and he is not trying too hard to stay away from her. I enjoyed the story a lot and the characters were fantastic. Lovey did get annoying after a while but that was her and at least we had a happy ending. **Received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Lovey is a little flaky, flighty, and beautiful. She shows up at her brothers condo in Chicago announcing she's moving there. She is starting her own business but is keeping it to herself until she gets a couple more clients. Marc is Captain of the Chicago Aces hockey team and her brothers roommate. But he's been warned by Duncan not to touch his sister. But there is too much chemistry between them. So they sneak around. Until he finds out and she over hears Marc say he's serious about her. She totally freaks out and breaks it off with him. But she moves out and realizes she's in love with him but is it too late? Hunky hockey players. A gorgeous woman who lives life to the fullest. And tons of hot hot sex.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Major Misconduct (Aces Hockey #1) by Kelly Jamieson NHL captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is serious about hockey and respecting his friends. When his teammate/roommate Duncan Armstrong’s little sister, Lovey, moves in with them, he knows he has to respect Duncan’s wishes and not touch his sister. Unfortunately, they have an undeniable chemistry, and Lovey always gets what Lovey wants, and she definitely wants Marc. Kelly Jamieson’s Major Misconduct is a heart-throbbing book that was impossible to put down. A fantastic start to the Aces Hockey Series! This book immediately had some things going in its favor for me. First, it is a hockey romance. I love hockey. Next, it is set in Chicago. I was born and raised in Chicago. Now that being said, I can be critical about those subjects and Kelly Jamieson did an excellent job pulling off both topics. She clearly knows her hockey and the City of Chicago. Both are well reflected and believable in the story. I really liked the characters. It seems like any time I read a hockey romance about a Chicago NHL captain, I automatically associate him with Jonathan Toews, so he instantly goes up a notch. I mean what’s there not to like? Then to top it off, his teammates call him Captain Codger (Toews = Captain Serious). Needless to say, I love Marc. He is an excellent leader, a great hockey player, a good friend and teammate. Plus, he is sexy as hell. He is considerate and caring. Ah the list goes on…... Lovey is sweet and magnetic. Everyone loves her. I sympathized for her growing up in her brother’s shadow. Although I think, her parents did try to compensate. I see it all the time. My son is an only child, but he plays travel hockey with kids who have siblings. The siblings are dragged around to the practices and games for their older brother or sister. I think a slogan on a tee shirt I saw sums it up, “I have no life. My brother plays hockey." Yup, that was Lovey. I like that she figures out what she wants in life and pursues it. I also, love her motto (see her tattoo) and humor. She is an extremely likable character. The two are an adorable couple that balances each other. Kelly Jamieson did a commendable job writing Major Misconduct. I enjoyed the plot. The characters are well-developed. The ending was skillfully resolved. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series Off Limits (Aces Hockey #1.5). Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.