Should've Known Better (Storm Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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***Now includes short story, Moving Day, Storm Series 1.5***

Sarah Jenkins, a math geek and hockey fanatic, is thrilled when the NHL hires her as an advisor for the Buffalo Storm. She gets to marry her two loves in this perfect job.

Sebastian St. Amant is a young hockey player looking to make the jump from the minors to the big leagues. His lifelong dream is within reach, but he needs to convince the Storm's management and coaches he's ready.

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Overview

***Now includes short story, Moving Day, Storm Series 1.5***

Sarah Jenkins, a math geek and hockey fanatic, is thrilled when the NHL hires her as an advisor for the Buffalo Storm. She gets to marry her two loves in this perfect job.

Sebastian St. Amant is a young hockey player looking to make the jump from the minors to the big leagues. His lifelong dream is within reach, but he needs to convince the Storm's management and coaches he's ready.

When Sarah and Sebastian meet, sparks immediately fly. Both want to succeed, but neither can ignore the growing attraction and a relationship is out of the question—Sarah’s an influential staff member and Sebastian’s a player, not to mention over ten years her junior.

But the impossible becomes the necessary when they can no longer fight their attraction. As everything crashes around them, the strength of their relationship is tested. Will it weather the storm, or should they have known better?

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It was hard to miss the long, thorough once-over he was giving her, leaving her hot and feverish—a reaction she couldn’t attribute purely to the blazing heat or her frazzled nerves. Their gazes collided and he stared at her with a glimmer of male interest.

She wasn’t sure why he’d be interested in her. He was gorgeous, and she was, well, a nerd, for want of a better word.

Her attention was drawn to full lips that would’ve looked feminine on other men, but there was nothing feminine or soft about this man. Hard, sinewy muscles stretched over his arms, legs, and torso, but despite his size, he was leanly muscled rather than bulky. He reminded her of a panther readying to strike, and her breathing kicked up another notch.

Sarah shook her head to clear it. She had a new job to focus on right now and that was the only thing that was important. It had to be. She couldn’t afford to screw this chance up.

“After you.” He stepped back and motioned for her to pass.

His voice had a hint of an accent. French-Canadian, perhaps? It rolled over her like a gentle breeze. What woman could resist an accent like that?

“Thank you. And I’m sorry about running into you.”

“I’m not.” He gave a one-sided, incredibly hot smile.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044421196
  • Publisher: Twenty Or Less Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 55,277
  • File size: 287 KB

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    I loved this book. Not because of the Hockey & the romance,

    I loved this book. Not because of the Hockey & the romance, but because of the characters that Cassandra Carr developed. I was actually mumbling, grumbling and swearing at the book. Who wouldn't root for the Buffalo Storm.. I read all three books in this series non-stop over a weekend. They were just that darn awesome. A must read for lovers of Sports Romances and a must read for those who love books that draw you in and leave you breathless.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    The author gave me a copy of this book for an honest review.  Sa

    The author gave me a copy of this book for an honest review. 
    Sarah has been hired as a competitive analysis consultant. At first none of the coaches took her seriously. She really had to prove herself. She had to prove that she was an asset to the team. She feels she is at a disadvantage because she is a woman. Some of the managers just aren't buying it. After several hours working with Doug, going over previous video footage, they figure out how to line up the team. Once her work starts to pay off, the managers start to have more confidence in her. Her confidence grew and she really felt like she was contributing to the team and showing her worth. 
    Sebastian is a 24 y/o rookie just starting out his career. Once Sarah is hired, he immediately notices her. Once they are introduced they both feel that spark. After several attempts to ask her out, she continues to tell him it's inappropriate because they work together. Sebastian does not give up.
    Are they able to keep their attraction for each other at bay? Can they both keep things professional? 
    The thing I love most about this book is it has two components that I love.. One, Romance and two Hockey. Living in Chicago and watching the Blackhawks go through what they went through to win the Stanley Cup, gave me a new appreciation for the game. Not only did this book have romance, but forbidden romance, which is the best kind, in my opinion. Throw in some great looking hockey players and, "whew, wheres my fan". Seriously, I actually sat in front of the fan reading this book. It was very well written. The story flowed smoothly. Every time I put the book down, I always wanted to go back to it, because the author keeps you wanting more.This book seems to be the first of a series coming. I can't wait for the second book to come out. I look forward to reading more work from this author. 

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    This book is about a math geek who loves hockey and lands the dr

    This book is about a math geek who loves hockey and lands the dream job working for the NHL, Sarah Jenkins, and a fun loving easy going hockey player for the Buffalo Storm, Sebastian St. Amant. Sebastian falls instantly for Sarah but she is unable to trust men because of what happened to her in her past. I had a love/hate relationship with Sarah on one hand she is super sweet and amazingly tough but on the other hand it drove me nuts how much she was denying her feelings for Sebastian, because I madly fell in love with Sebastian he's young, handsome, speaks French and plays hockey what more could you ask for. I found myself getting frustrated with Sarah when he did and wanting so badly for things to work out for them. Then when Sebastian goes through that whole ordeal and ended up changing and not for the better I was so sad I wanted to just give him the biggest hug and help him through it, but in the end Sarah came back strong and was able to rectify a wrong and save a wonderful thing between them that had me squealing with joy. I loved this book and can't wait to read more from this team, like maybe reading about Rob or Ricky and seeing if they get the happy endings they deserve. This will most definitely not be the last thing I read by Cassandra Carr she is an amazing author with amazing stories to tell and I'm eager to hear more. A definite must read!

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    A contemporary romance centered around an NHL hockey team?  I co

    A contemporary romance centered around an NHL hockey team?  I couldn’t wait to read it and I was not disappointed.   This story pulled me in from the beginning and kept me turning the pages.  While Sara and Sebastian immediately feel the chemistry, the romance takes time and this makes the story more realistic.  The author throws in some twists and turns which make the story that much more captivating.   

    This is the first book I have read by this author but not my last!

    I received a free copy of this title for an honest review.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Loved it! Loved the fact that this wasn't you're cookie cutter H

    Loved it! Loved the fact that this wasn't you're cookie cutter HEA (happily ever after) romance where it's all sugar coated. This one's not. You've got real world situations that some star athletes unfortunately have to go through and Should've Known Better also shows how the people involved in such situations deal with it. There is also romance and steamy sex scenes!!! Read it! I recommend it!

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  • Posted July 30, 2013

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    Author Cassandra Carr has truly written an emotional gripping st

    Author Cassandra Carr has truly written an emotional gripping story that captured my attention right from the beginning. I loved that the story centered around hockey players and the NHL which has become one of my favorite themes thanks to her. However, this time the story doesn't just contain sexy hockey players, it also deals with a serious subject matter that happens to both the hero and heroine at some point in their lives and how they deal with it. I adored Sebastian right from the get-go when Grace bumped into him at the Buffalo Storm office and he went after what he wanted wholeheartedly, which was Grace. He never wavered in his determination and pursuit to make her his. My heart fluttered and melted whenever Sebastian spoke in French. What woman could resist a young, sexy hockey player who whispered French sweet nothings in her ear? I sure couldn't! LOL :) Well, Grace sure gave it her best shot including dating another man. I'll admit I was a bit disappointed that she started another relationship and it was just because I wanted Grace and Sebastian to be together. I understood her reasons for doing it but the heart can only resist for so long and I cheered when she finally came to her senses. Sebastian treated Grace with such tenderness given her past traumatic experience and their sex scenes were sexy and loving. Things did not run smoothly for this couple and the angst surrounding them just got worse and worse. I could not stop reading the book at this point because I was so engrossed in the storytelling and I so desperately wanted to see what would happen next. I really enjoyed Sebastian's friendship with Rob who supported him throughout this story and was a true friend to him when he really needed it. Rob always provided much needed fun and laughter and I hope he will get his own story and woman soon. Staying up late to finish reading this book was so worth it. Thanks for another great story and hopefully, this will become a series too.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Hockey season over (yay, Blackhawks) I settled in to extended it

    Hockey season over (yay, Blackhawks) I settled in to extended it just a little longer with a good hockey read. Carr’s book fit the bill nicely. She writes well and moves the story along at a good pace. The story itself takes place over almost an entire hockey season so there is no rushing into anything. The characters and story are allowed to build over time. I got to relive an entire hockey season from the comfort of my living room. Oh wait, that’s how I enjoy most of hockey season.

    Despite a great premise and good writing, I found the heroine to be immature throughout the first half of the book. I got weary of the conflict of work being the sole reason for keeping them apart.

    The second half of the book introduces a real conflict and that’s when it gets really good. We watch as Sarah and Sebastian both mature and work through their issues to become a true partnership. Despite the initial shortcomings, I found myself rooting for both Sebastian and Sarah to grow into each other and become the characters I believed they could be.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

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    Great Sporty Romance hould¿ve Known Better was pretty different

    Great Sporty Romance

    hould’ve Known Better was pretty different from the other books I’ve read from Cassandra Carr. A lot of her books have this high heat level that will leave you panting like a dog in heat. Should’ve Known Better did not have that heat level. It was entirely a horse of a different color, and I really enjoyed reading this other side to Cassandra’s writing. Don't get me wrong, there was some heat - and some sensuality, but it wasn't the focus as much in this story as in others.

    Here is the story of Sarah, who has just accepted a position with the Storm in the NHL. She is now a “Competitive Analysis Consultant”. Huh? Yeah, I didn’t know what it was at first either, but as the story went on, and I learned more about her new job, the more I became interested in not only her, and her love life, but her actual job. That is kind of a first for me. So what Sarah does is she uses math to analyze and improve her players games. Anything from their stance, to their stick, to … who knows what? The sky is the limit. Not being a sporty person, I have no idea if this is something that is real – but it most certainly should be! 

    Right away Sarah bumps into Sebastian, literally. Like there is spillage on the floor. Multiple times. And yes, I chuckled every time. Sebastian turns out to be a very atypical man in his early twenties – especially for a guy who is getting a shot playing in the NHL. He is sensitive and sweet, a bit nervous, and caring. The overall package on him is quite endearing, and I found it easy to care for this character. 

    There is obvious sexual tension and major attraction between Sarah and Sebastian. The problem lies in the fact that Sarah is worried about losing this totally terrific job she just landed. And that is probably also aided by something from her past that she is trying to move past, but is learning it isn’t always so easy to overcome painful things. The two of them share quite a few secretive kisses. I really liked that they didn’t just fall into bed together, hot and heavy. It was a build up. There were nerves and anxiety, and the stolen kisses, furtive glances. There was an element of it that was teasing to the reader just as much the characters, and I found it to be a nice change of pace. 

    And while both Sebastian and Sarah were very interesting, there were other characters in this story too! *Gasp!* Right? LOL. Mainly, I mean Sebastian’s roommate, Rob. Rob is also on the team, and he is like a protective German Shepherd when it comes to his friend. But Rob also has this other side that is completely sarcastic and funny, and you just know he would be a blast to hang around. I really loved any time he had a scene. I would definitely say he is a character I want to see more of in the future. 

    There is a lot that happens in this book, it’s really quite the story. You really get a chance to get to know these two, and why they are acting the way they are. And when things begin to heat up – in both positive and negative ways for them – it really is quite a page turner. Cassandra's writing is fabulous, and it grabs you write away to take you for a ride. I think that if you are into contemporary sports romance, that this book should definitely be on your TBR!

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

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    An Absorbing Contemporary Romance!

    Cassandra Carr scores again in Should’ve Known Better! Carr writes an absorbing contemporary romance that grips you from the beginning and does not let you go.

    Sarah Jenkins, a mathematics geek, just landed her dream job as a competitive analysis consultant for the Storm, a NHL hockey team. Through the use of realistic workplace situations, Carr successfully portrays how hard Sarah works in order to prove her mathematical analysis can make a difference to the team. I couldn’t help but be drawn to Sarah’s character since I studied economics and math myself. The variable that is messing up her equation is her feeling for rookie Sebastian St. Amant. Sebastian, a charmer with a French-Canadian accent, is clueless to his effect on the ladies, which just makes him downright attractive. Carr beautifully and seamlessly blends French and English into his conversational style, adding depth to his character. The romantic tension between Sarah and Sebastian is electrifying. Sarah has two fears that hold her back from committing to her relationship with Sebastian: 1) being fired from her job and 2) being ten years older than he is. But, when these two finally succumb to their feelings for each other, their bedroom play is smoking hot and accentuates the love between them.

    With its lively storytelling and loveable characters, Should’ve Known Better is an entertaining story that readers will be glad they picked up.

    I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Heartwrenching Romance in the World of Hockey

    As a fan of sports-themed books I'm happy to see another author creating a series featuring some sexy athletes. Should've Known Better has a lot going on amongst the pages, both physical and emotional, and becomes a journey full of highs and lows by the time we reach the end. The romance doesn't fit the usual mold as the h/h don't get together until the latter half of the story. Before that is a long drawn-out sexually tension filled debate of should they or shouldn't they. It ultimately takes a tragic event to bring them completely together.

    Sara's afraid to open her heart again after being hurt by someone she considered a friend. She now devotes herself to her job completely and doesn't want to do anything to jeopardize her position with the Storm hockey team. It's hard to keep to herself though with the sexy and charming rookie Sebastian constantly trying to win her over. There were times I didn't like her very much as she treated Seb as her dirty little secret. This was after stringing him along through over half the book, going so far as to date another in an attempt to wipe him from her mind. I liked that she was a smart woman navigating a predominantly male field, but when it came to emotions she was a coward.

    Sebastian was absolutely delightful with his boyish and charming nature. Speaking in a sexy mix of French and English made him even more drool-worthy. He's younger than Sara by ten years but seemed the more mature of the two when it came to their relationship. Whereas she constantly came up with reasons they shouldn't be together, he had many more reasons why they should. An over-the-top incident that befalls him late in the story throws him for a loop but finally forces Sara to admit her true feelings and ultimately leads them to a HEA.

    Ms. Carr puts her main couple through the wringer. From Sara having to deal with sexual harassment to Seb being harmed on a date for charity, these two undergo a tumultuous journey to their HEA which ultimately brings them closer together but is hard to read at times. Thankfully, there's a wonderfully supportive cast of secondary characters, particularly Seb's best friend Rob who brings some much needed comic relief to a story that at times almost goes too far into the deep end. Along with entertaining characters, a realistic feel for and interpretation of the game of hockey, and an emotionally draining relationship between the h/h all combine to form a memorable story that is easy to immerse yourself in. With brief but tantalizing glimpses of other hockey players I'm left with bated breath for their stories to be told.

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    I am a huge fan of Cassandra Carr and she warmed my heart with S

    I am a huge fan of Cassandra Carr and she warmed my heart with Sara and Sebastian's story. I haven't read a lot of "sports-themed" romances, but it's becoming one of my favorite genres. Gorgeous hockey player falls in love with geeky math nerd....sure that happens a lot, right? Well, us NERDS can dream!


    Sara is living the dream! She just landed the perfect job doing what she is damn good at, and it's with the NHL's Buffalo Storm! She has always been a hockey fan and she is thrilled about this oppurtunity. Now Sara Jenkins is a math geek and she owns it, she doesn't pretend to be someone she isn't. When she is thrust in to this "male dominated' arena, of course she is critisized for what kind of skill she brings to the table and the fact that she is a woman, doesn't help her, but she still doesn't back down and run away. Sebastian St. Amant (god, even his name is sexy) is trying to move on up in the world. He has been playing hockey in the minors and now has the chance to show management and the coaching staff of the Buffalo Storm what he can do. From the moment these two meet, there is an immediate connection. They have a hard time staying away from eachother, but for the sake of their jobs, its what needs to be done.


    I loved, loved, LOVED these two characters together. They had such amazing chemistry from the very beginning. As a certified "NERD" myself, I could relate to Sara in a lot of ways, I just wish I could get a super hot, french speaking hockey player to give me the time of day. Damn, I am in the WRONG profession. I feel like in this story, that we really got to know these two, from their past and their fears, to their hopes and dreams. When Sara was struggling with her new job and discovering what kind of feelings she has for Sebastian, you could feel what she was going through. When Sebastian was in a room with Sara and he had a hell of a time keeping his hands off her, you could feel that anticipation...will he just grab her and kiss her or will he force himself to walk away?


    "My heart, Sarah, my heart hearts. This is supposed to be the best time of my life, living my dre, and it doesn't mean anything because I don't have you."


    Should've Known Better was packed with so much sexual tension that it had my heart pounding. I finished this book in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen with these two. I saw some potential for this to turn into a series. I hope it does because there were some characters that I wouldn't mind reading more about!

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    What a read! Should've Known Better by Cassandra Carr was my sec

    What a read! Should've Known Better by Cassandra Carr was my second sports romance that I read last week that really surprised me with how much I ended up enjoying it.

    Should've Known Better is the story of Sara and Sebastian's unlikely love story. I thought the romance between the two characters was fantastic. The book was full of sexual tension and the chemistry between the two characters was piping hot.

    At first I wasn't sure what to think of the main characters independently but I ended up really liking Sebastian despite some character flaws that he had to work on but the same could be said for Sara. For me though Sara was the star of the book for me. I liked her a lot by the time the book finished and thought she was a strong woman plus I admired her for going after such a young guy! More power to her I say.

    While the two of them obviously have a strong connection there are forces at bay that neither one can really control and it they have to be careful because both of their jobs are on the line but I liked the whole cat and mouse game that the author had the characters play though half the time I wanted to shove them together and yell "GET IT OVER WITH ALREADY!" because I wanted them to be together so bad.

    Overall, Should've Known Better was a really good contemporary romance novel and I loved how the author was able to weave the sports theme into the story so well. Like I said I really liked the characters and thought they both brought a lot to the table and the romance between them was as pretty darn close to perfect as you can get. This was my first time reading a book by Cassandra Carr and it won't be my last by any means and I hope that she continues writing more books with this same theme because I would buy them all.

    I would highly recommend Should've Known Better to any and all fans of the contemporary romance genre especially if you like the sports theme like I'm starting to really enjoy. The writing is great, very well paced and has really likable characters with a love story you can sink into.

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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    Posted April 29, 2013

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    Goos book but ending was a bit odd.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    I was excited to read this book not only because I love sports r

    I was excited to read this book not only because I love sports romances, but also because the title was very catchy. If you enjoy hockey, statistical analysis of sports, and a nice dose of romance, you’re going to enjoy Should’ve Known Better. Mrs. Carr’s writing style is clear, concise and the story is cute.
    Prior to reading this story, I didn’t know much about hockey, but I feel the author did a nice job of weaving the sports theme into the overall story. Actually, it was a huge part of the story. I found the statistical part of Sarah’s (main character) job with the Buffalo Storm’s hockey team fascinating.
    As for the two main characters – they were seriously attracted to each other at first sight and I was really pulling for them throughout the story. Due to Sarah’s new role as an analysis consultant for NHL’s Buffalo Storm (she was one of the bosses), and because Sebastian (main character) was one of the hockey players, Sarah wasn’t willing to risk her job to be with him, despite their mutual attraction for each other.


    The story kept my attention in the beginning. However, I was a little disappointed with the ongoing cat and mouse game between Sarah and Sebastian. He wanted to be with her, she wanted to be with him, but she kept putting on the brakes (for much of the story). With that said though, a little more than three-quarters into the book, the story picked up with a GREAT plot twist. I won’t spoil it by telling you, but it spurred me to read on – to the point of not being able to put the book down! But then, I got to the epilogue and the story came to a screeching halt. For a moment, I thought I had missed something and actually went back a few pages to reread.

    Despite those couple of items, the story was a good read and had good supporting characters – especially Rob. I REALLY liked him. He added a nice dynamic to the story as a whole.

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I would definitely consider reading more of her work.


    Overall Rating = 4 Stars

    Book Cover = 4 Stars
    Book Blurb = 4 Stars
    Writer’s Voice /Style = 5 Stars
    Character Development = 4 Stars
    Story Appreciation = 3 Stars

    Recommendable = 4 Stars

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