Back Check (Aces Hockey Series)

Back Check (Aces Hockey Series)

by Kelly Jamieson

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The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:

Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Back Check

“With Back Check, Kelly Jamieson has created a wonderful second-chance story. Her hockey series is one of the best out there, and I recommend giving it a try.”—Harlequin Junkie

“As soon as [Back Check] arrived for review, it went straight to the top of my reading pile! [Jamieson’s] characters are believable and the on-ice game action is very realistic.”—AngelNet Reviews

“I have to recommend this series if you’re into hockey romances, because it is a delight. I love the group of friends, their connections, the writing, the romance, the characters . . . everything! Give this a chance.”—My Tiny Obsessions

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101968932
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Series: Aces Hockey Series , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 12,870
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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Chapter 1

Aw, heck no.

Tanner tried to keep the horror from showing on his face. He guzzled some of his beer, then carefully set it down on the table in the Sin Bin, where he was sitting with three of his teammates and buddies. “Say what?”

Marc Dupuis, also known as Super Duper, captain of the Chicago Aces, grinned. “I want you to stand up with me as one of my groomsmen. Army’s my best man,” Duper referred to their teammate Duncan Armstrong, also sitting with them. “And I want you, Rupper, and Hughie to stand up with us.”

Tanner swallowed. “Well. Sure. I’d be honored.”

He’d rather be screwed sideways with a hockey stick, but obviously he couldn’t say that.

He’d been to way too many weddings in his life and not a single one of them had resulted in a lasting marriage. Including his own. Not that he was a superstitious guy—oh hell, who was he kidding, he was mega-superstitious—but it could almost make him think he was a jinx.

“But are you sure?” he asked cautiously. “Just gonna put this out there—any wedding I’ve ever been part of has ended up in divorce. Or . . .” Gah. He stopped short of saying “or death.” Because their teammate Max Hall had lost his young wife to cancer last year. Nobody wanted to be reminded of that, and Tanner sure as hell didn’t want Duper to think that his and Lovey’s marriage would end with Lovey dying of cancer.

Jesus. Morbid much?

Tanner shook off the negative thoughts. This was his friend and it really was an honor to be asked to be in the wedding party.

“What are you saying?” Duper narrowed his eyes and exchanged glances with Army. “You’re a curse?”

Tanner wasn’t the only superstitious one. Hockey players were notoriously superstitious. He forced a laugh. “Ha-ha. Nobody believes that, right? It’s just coincidence.”

A worried crease appeared between Duper’s eyebrows.

“Hey, I’m just kidding around. It’ll be great. And you and Lovey are going to live happily ever after.”

Duper nodded slowly.

“Please tell me I’ll be paired up with a hot bridesmaid.”

One corner of Duper’s mouth lifted. “Amber.”

She was hot, but she was also Army’s girlfriend. “Well, crap.”

Army grinned. “Yeah, she’s hot. But she’s mine. Just remember that.”

Tanner may have a reputation as a player, but he’d never screw around with a buddy’s woman. Ever.

“Lovey was all stressed about whether Amber should be the maid of honor, since Army’s the best man, but she couldn’t do that to her best friend from back home in Wisconsin, so . . .” Duper shrugged. “Whatever. Her friend Jillian is also a bridesmaid and her cousin Kendra.”

“Is her cousin hot?”

“Um, sure. She’s pretty. I only met her once.”

Yeah, he knew what that meant. “Jillian’s pretty.”

“This wedding isn’t being planned to hook you up with chicks,” Duper said, pointing at him.

Tanner laughed. “Yeah, yeah, but wedding hookups are the best part of weddings. Just sayin’.”

“Well, I guess you can hook up with Jillian or Kendra, if you want.” Duper grimaced. “But don’t do it, like, during the ceremony or . . . Actually, it’s probably a bad idea overall. Lovey wants this wedding to be perfect.”

“Of course she does.” Tanner knew only too well how chicks got all invested in the wedding. His ex-wife had probably been the worst. Talk about bridezilla. He still felt his nuts shrivel every time he thought of how much money they’d spent on a goddamn horse-drawn carriage, the Plaza Hotel in New York, and the ten-thousand-dollar dress Presley wore exactly once.

Six months later they were divorced.

Ah, that was history. He never wanted to think about Presley again.

“Fine,” he said. “No wedding hookups for me. I’ll just be grateful it’s you and not me getting tied down. I plan to keep my options open and my freedom intact. Forever.”

Army lifted an eyebrow. “Sounds kinda lonely.”

Tanner laughed. “I’m not lonely. I have plenty of female company.”

Duper and Army exchanged a sad look, as if they were sorry for him. He scowled. “What?”

Duper shrugged. “Hookups are one thing. Life without love is kind of empty.”

Tanner stared at his teammates incredulously. “Seriously? You’re getting all sappy and philosophical? That’s what love does to you?”

Duper grinned. “One day it’ll happen. You’ll find someone and, bam, that’ll be it.”

“Not gonna happen.” He knew from experience what a bad idea it was to get emotionally attached to someone.
“Sure. Whatever.” Duper and Army exchanged another glance, then Duper left to hit the men’s room.

Army leaned over. “Heck,” he said. “I have no idea what I’m supposed to do as best man.”

Tanner shrugged. “Yeah, there’s a bunch of shit you’ll need to take care of.”

“Like what? Christ. The only time I was in a wedding party was Hallsy’s wedding in Barbados. That was just a weeklong party on the beach. This is my best buddy and my sister getting married.” He scrubbed a hand over his face. “Still hard to believe.”

“It’ll be fine. Lovey’ll make sure you know what needs to be done.”

“She’s hired some hotshot wedding planner to organize things. She’ll probably be following us around with a whip and a bunch of lists. She’s going to make me feel like an idiot.”

Tanner grinned. Army wasn’t the most sophisticated guy in the world, despite living in Chicago for . . . a bunch of years. But he was a true, loyal friend and teammate.

“Hey, I’ve been to a few weddings. I got your back, man. Don’t worry.” He clapped a hand on Army’s shoulder.
“Like how many weddings?”

“Well, I wasn’t there the first time my parents got married—” He paused as Army barked out a laugh. “But they each got married three more times after they divorced each other.”


“I know, right? My dad made me best man every time. Then I was best man at Rich Koslowsky’s wedding.” One of his New York teammates. “And stood up with Hallsy. And then there was my own.” He rolled his eyes.

“That was before I knew you.”

“Yeah, I was still in New York then.”

Duper slid back onto a stool. “Still in New York when?”

“When I got married. Let’s not talk about that. You’re the happy groom-to-be now.”

Duper grinned. “Whatever. It’s still months away. Man, you have to plan these things far ahead.”

“The wedding is happening here, isn’t it? Not in Quebec?”

“Nah, it’s here. Although my mom would love to have the wedding at Église du Très-Saint-Sacrement.”


Duper grinned. “Our church.” He lifted a chin at Army. “Your mom wanted it to be back in Wisconsin. So the compromise is, we have it here. It’s not that far for your family. And I’ll fly my family in.”

“My little sister’s getting married.” Army shook his head. “I hope you know what you’re in for.”

Duper rolled his eyes. “I think I do, yeah.”

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Back Check (Aces Hockey Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
One of my favourite genres is second chance love stories, throw in a seriously hot hockey player and I am there; that is what Back Check is all about. This is book 4 in the Aces hockey series and can be read as a standalone. Over the last few years I have been reading more and more stories about hockey and thoroughly enjoy them. Kelly Jamieson has done a great job with this series. When his fellow team mate asks him to be a groomsman in his wedding Tanner Bennet has no idea that the wedding planner will be Katelyn Medford, the woman who dumped him 8 years ago. Katelyn has always regretted how she broke up with Tanner, could this be the opportunity both need to seek closure? Either Tanner or Katelyn have found happiness in their subsequent relationships and although tensions are high could this be the start of a second chance at love for these two? Knowing that they have no choice but to work together to make the wedding a success, will Tanner and Katelyn be able to move on from the past? Can they be friends? The banter between them, once they got over the shock of seeing each other again, was at times laugh at loud funny. Not to mention there were certainly some hot scenes as it was obvious that what Tanner and Katelyn had felt in the past is still present; their attraction to each other sizzling. I look forward to reading more in this series.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Book 4 in the Aces Hockey Books and I have to say this is one of my favourite series after all what's not to love, hot hockey players and loveable heroines. Tanner plays for the Aces and when he is told "like it or not you will be part of my wedding party" for teammate Marc Dupuis, the last person he expected to bump into was his college sweetheart Katelyn. Katelyn is now a wedding planner in Chicago and Tanner can't believe they have ended up in the same city let alone being at the same wedding ,after all she broke his heart when she dumped him and let him walk away when he we offered a hockey contract years ago. What he doesn't know is why she dumped him and how she broke her own heart in the process. Neither Tanner or Katelyn have found their soulmates and both are sworn off relationships but that was before they were thrown together at Marc and Lovely's wedding. Can they be just friends or will their feelings take over and let them start where they left off eight years ago ...... The chemistry is sizzling and the banter is funny and there were some real laugh out loud snorting moments in this book. I do believe each of these books can be read as standalones because each one is about a different player. Kelly Jamieson has once again given us a perfect read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book that was supplied by NetGalley
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Back Check is the latest hockey romance by Kelly Jamieson and as always, she’s spot on in describing hockey and the politics of team management in a thoughtful and entertaining way, while providing a sexy romance too. Tanner and his college sweetheart Katelyn split when their futures were obviously heading in different directions – he had a brand new NHL contract, and she was unable to leave for reasons she didn’t share but resulted in hurt on both sides with no one to blame. When her job as a wedding planner brings Katelyn back into Tanner’s circle 8 years later, the first step to fixing what’s broken between them is opening up the lines of communication. I love a good second chance romance, especially when the circumstances surrounding the couple’s breakup are not due to a silly misunderstanding. There’s no doubt that they are still attracted to each other and they share some steamy love scenes as they reconnect. The stress of Tanner’s impending contract renewal (or not) is part and parcel of the decisions they make and the happy ending they get this time around is worth the effort. Lots of scenes with Tanner’s teammates and their partners add that spirit of camaraderie that make Ms. Jamieson’s books so enjoyable. Accurate on ice scenes, locker room talk, contract negotiations and a sexy romance – best of all worlds. Definitely worth the read.
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JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
I’m a sucker for second chance romances and BACK CHECK did not disappoint. Tanner agrees to be a groomsman at his teammate Dupper’s upcoming wedding, despite the fact he thinks he’s a wedding jinx. Tanner comes face to face with the one that got away- Kaitlyn, the wedding planner. Kaitlyn and Tanner dated in college but broke up when he was drafted, and she couldn’t go with him. Both were broken hearted and lost, looking for something they couldn’t find while apart, though they tried. Now forced together they confront their past while trying to make a future together. That future is threatened when they find themselves in the same position they were eight years ago because of the chance that Tanner will be traded from the Ace’s. I loved Tanner and Kaitlyn together. I liked that they were both successful in their careers and acted like true adults. They were able to go about their business without being clingy and really valued the time they got to spend together. In addition to loving second chance romances I love a good epilogue and BACK CHECK delivered on both. Now I am excited to be able to read Max’s story in SLAP SHOT. I’ve been both dreading and looking forward to his story and hope that it’ll live up to the hype in my own mind.
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
SIZZLING CHEMISTRY!!! This is the fourth book in the Aces Hockey series and is a second chance at love. I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series and each book is a standalone, although all the characters are interconnected. Katelyn and Tanner dated in college but broke up when Tanner quit college to become a professional hockey player. They meet again, ten years later, when Katelyn takes a job to help Lovey plan her wedding (Mark and Lovey’s story was the first book in this series). Katelyn is an event planner and she is excited to get a high profile job that will open many doors for her, until she discovers she will be spending time with Tanner. There is still a lot of sizzling chemistry flowing between Katelyn and Tanner. Katelyn tries to keep her distance from Tanner because she doesn't want to be hurt again. Tanner comes from a dysfunctional family and isn't sure he believes in love or long lasting relationships, but he can't deny his strong feelings for Katelyn. They always have fun together and are compatible. They have both matured and changed over the years they have been apart. Hopefully, this time they can make things work. I enjoyed all the colorful characters in this book including the players on the Aces team and their wives and girlfriends. They are an entertaining group, they have fun together and add another dimension to the story. It was fun catching up with all the characters from the other books in this series. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Back Check is the fourth book in the Aces series featuring hot hockey players and the women that capture their heart. This latest addition is a second chance romance between Tanner Bennett and his college sweetheart Katelyn Medford. They broke up because Tanner was drafted by his first team and Katelyn was unable to follow. Life went on after a few years both end up in Chicago. They are reunited when Katelyn steps into plan Lovey Armstrong plan her wedding. Their chemistry is off the charts soon Katelyn renews their friendship. Tanner realizes that his feeling for Katelyn are more complicated and far from over. He decides to pursue a relationship and an awesome romance results. Both main characters are well written and realistic. I enjoy the update from the previous novels and highly recommend reading them before this book. If you love sexy hockey players and sassy women this book is for you! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Kelly Jamieson. Back Check is the 5th & final book in An Aces Hockey series but can be read as stand alone. Tanner is a hockey player not sure of his future & not a fan of weddings, Katelyn is the wedding planner hired & the girl that got away. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. The only complaint I had about Back Check is that its the last in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley. Tanner is scared of relationships because all the time he starts to care about somebody that person leaves him behind. However, he is a caring man. Katelyn is an event planner who has been hired by Lovey and Marc to plan their wedding. She had been away from hockey for a long time and she wants to stay like that but she really needs this contract. I liked the book. Quick to read, funny and enjoyable. I liked the characters and the relationship of the members of the team. They are funny and close, they behave like a family where everybody stands up for everybody.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Ok first I must say this. The cover for this book is smoking hot. This guy is just beautiful and a very good inspiration for Tanner. Delicious! Now, onto the story. I loved this one. And the-one-who-got-away theme is one I absolutely love. Katelyn and Tanner's relationship was so realistic and plausible. Their connection intimate despite their years apart. She desperately wanted to fight it, but their core connection was too strong. I enjoyed the new friendships that were made along with all the sarcastic and good natured ribbing going on throughout the story. This one had me laughing in quite a few scenes, wanting to smack a certain character at times, and cry tears of happiness at one particularly sweet moment. I love all the characters in this series. Despite having loads of money, they are down to earth and people you could be friends with in real life. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
I found Back Check to be the best book so far in this series. I liked Tanner and Katelyn and wanted them to be together; Jamieson did a good job showing the reader what drove the couple apart years ago, and why they would want to try to connect again now. Tanner lacked maturity and emotional depth in the begining but it soon became apparent that he didn't lack the skill to have a mature relationship, he just lacked the desire to allow anyone the power to hurt him again. I liked Katelyn immediately. (Even though I'm seriously tired of books about event planners, not sure why this has become such a hugely popular job in the last few years in HEAs.) Katelyn was independent and confident and quite honestly didn't need Tanner to save her or prop her up in life. She would have been fine without him. However, she never would have had as happy a life as she did with him in her life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written romance. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nameher More than 1 year ago
I feel as though I should be punished for not knowing this author and I’m thankful that is no longer the case. Hockey? Check. Funny AF? Check. Sexy? Check. Romantic? Check. Tension? Check. Lovable characters? Check. If there was anything missing I sure didn’t miss it. Oh my word…if you don’t know what “cheap hotel pants” are …. You should read this book. If you are looking for a romantic sports story that is true to the sport yet super sexy…. You should read this book. If you know or want to hear about a Gordie Howe hat trick…. You should read this book. If you are a sucker for second chance love stories ….. You should read this book. If you are interested to know a shorter way to say “for an occasion”….. You should read this book. If you trust my judgment, and you should, You should read this book. Thank you Loveswept via Netgalley for the advance copy of this funny, sexy, emotional story about love in the NHL!
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and sexy second chance romance, I loved it! I have enjoyed this series, but this is my favorite so far. The backstory of Tanner and Katelyn is heartbreaking. They were so in love in college, but life brought changes that couldn’t be altered. They both had commitments and there were misunderstandings that led to their heartbreak. Tanner and Katelyn have amazing chemistry and the pace of their love story is believable. There is a lot going on in their lives professionally and personally that is simmering in the background, but their feelings for each other can’t be denied. My heart broke for them when they finally talked about their breakup and the misunderstandings on both sides. I am not going to give any more about the story, as I want you to enjoy this sweet and spicy second chance sports romance.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson is on a winning streak with BACK CHECK, the fourth book in the Aces Hockey series. Tanner Bennet feels like he is cursed when it comes to wedding. When his team captain asks him to stand up in his wedding, he could hardly say no. He never expected to be reunited with the woman who broke his heart, the wedding planner, Katelyn Medford. This contemporary sports romance takes place in Chicago. I loved this story. First of all, I appreciated that it took place during Marc Dupuis’ and Lovey Armstrong‘s (from book one, MAJOR MISCONDUCT) wedding planning. I love the previous characters in the series, and that was a great way to include them into the story. It was also, a clever way for Tanner and Katelyn to be reunited. I enjoyed Tanner’s character. Being the child of parents who have gone through several divorces he understandably never felt like he had a normal family. His childhood leaves him with some security issues. He doesn’t really feel wanted. Katelyn is the only person he ever confided in. While all of this is going on, Tanner has the added stress of contract negotiations and trade rumors. I love that he is a big brother and how he interacts with Jovon. I love the video he makes for Katelyn, especially since he did it in front of his teammates. Katelyn is a likeable character. She has lived in Chicago the past few years and recently started her own event planning business. Being professional is very important to her. I like that she hits it off so well with Lovey and Amber. She fits in great with their friends. She is a noble person with good values. Tanner and Katelyn dated while in college at Michigan State; Katelyn broke Tanner’s heart when she didn’t follow him when he played with the New York Islanders. We discover her very good reason for sacrificing their relationship. I love that these two got a second chance. They are an astounding couple with fantastic chemistry. Once again, Kelly Jamieson created an amazing story that was heartfelt and realistic. The characters had obstacles to overcome and issues to face. Being a Chicagoan, I love that it takes place here. Kelly Jamieson does a great job depicting the city. I love this series and highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good sports romance. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
MJBrown67 More than 1 year ago
The next installment in the Aces Series by Kelly Jamieson did not disappoint! Katelyn and Tanner had awesome chemistry and I loved their story. Katelyn and Tanner have a history, college sweethearts that haven’t seen each other in the 10 years since their relationship ended, badly. Tanner, a pro hockey player who HATES weddings and Kaitlyn is wedding planner who avoids all things hockey. So of course, Katelyn is planning one of Tanner’s best friend’s wedding. Tanner and Kaitlyn’s chemistry is obvious from the start, they both try so hard not want each other. Wedding festivities force them together and old feelings come to the surface making staying apart even harder. I loved this second chance novel (one of my favorite story lines). The characters were great and appearance from the rest of the team and their partners was awesome. This is a must read in the Aces Series. *I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Wow. This cover is phenomenal. Kudos to the photog and the model. Is it hot in here?
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three stars. Great cover - wow! This was OK, a pleasant read but it didn't grip me. Although, full-disclosure, I have no idea whatsoever about ice hockey. Tanner Bennet comes from a well-to-do but broken family. Both of his parents have married and divorced multiple times. All his friends' marriages have ended in divorce and his marriage to a model lasted less than six months. So when his team-mate and captain Marc Dupuis announces that he is getting married Tanner is less than thrilled. Being an ice-hockey player he is terribly superstitious and worries that he might be some kind of wedding jinx. After their original wedding planner disappears Marc and his fiance Lovey hire Katelyn Medford as their new planner. Little do they know that Tanner and Katelyn were high-school sweethearts until Tanner got called to the NHL and Katelyn wouldn't/ couldn't leave her home town. Cue the awks! I liked the story of this novel but in all honesty I felt it got lost in the rather lacklustre sex scenes (I am over "folds" people, find another word) which seemed to substitute for character or plot development. Also, I felt that (at least in the middle of the novel) the writing became very staccato with short sentences and an over-reliance on descriptions on exactly what Tanner ate for dinner and the colour and style of every set of lingerie that Katelyn wore - I just didn't care if she was wearing an orchid purple demi-cup with v-front thong matching set. Recommended for readers who like light frothy second-chance romances with a heavy dose of smexy. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
bookreader1TP More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Ms. Jamieson that I have read and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the book. Tanner is a hockey player who doesn't believe in love. Not because he doesn't want it in his life, but because he has seen his parents divorce multiple times throughout his life and because the one he did love in college- well, he let her walk away- and he was married once and it failed. He doesn't want to go through that again. But, when he sees Katie again, after a decade, he is befuddled. He is still attracted to her, but resents the fact that she didn't choose him. He feels like she didn't really love him and he is guarded when it comes to her. He tries to be stand-offish, but friendly because she is planning his friend/teammates wedding and he is in the wedding, but every time he is around her he has a hard time focusing on anything but her. Katie also feels like he gave up on them, so she tries to be civil when she sees him for the first time. She tells him that she just wants to be friends and doesn't understand why he treats her the way he does. She accuses him of hating her. He tells her that that is the furthest thing from how he feels- and he kisses her. This leads to them trying to work things out and get back what they once had. Even though, he might be leaving Chicago if he gets traded. They decide to work that out if the time comes. Can they be happy together? Will his job tear them apart again? Will secrets from the past interfere? Pick up this great book and find out. I was given a free ARC, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for honest review with netgalley. It was cook, great romance about second chances. I was glad to see Tanner regretted his actions, about losing Katelyn again, and immediately remedied it. It was funny with the guys all there cheering him on, joking, adding there own commentaries while making video. Was happy for Katelyn, she deserved it. Great HEA, loved wedding scene.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This is a fun, hot, second chance at love hockey story. Katelyn and Tanner loved each other in college. A shot at his dream and her duty to family separate these two. Their lives collide once again, and the heat is still there. I enjoyed the banter between Katelyn and Tanner, making me smile. As they stumbled along, I held my breath, hoping they would see what was in front of them. I have come to care for all the men on the Chicago Aces and cannot wait for the next one. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
RosieP7116 More than 1 year ago
Another Win by Kelly Jamieson!! Tanner is a guy who thinks luck just isn't on his side. He can't keep a relationship going so he just doesn't try. Katelyn is the small town girl who got away. Can these two make a go of it the second time around? Or will history just repeat itself? I love a good romance book. Not necessarily a smutty book (though those can be a fun read sometimes); but a good ROMANCE book. And Kelly Jamieson has delivered that once again! I love her characters. Tanner isn't just a shmoozy hockey goon. Katelyn isn't just a hick girl trying to make it in the big city. They are real people who screw up. They make mistakes. But in the end, the characters develop themselves and grow. You get to see them have those "light bulb moments" that most romance stories gloss over--over never even have. Kelly doesn't do that and I love her for it! A big critique of most romance stories is they are redundant or glossy or more "no way in heck" as opposed to fanciful. Kelly offers none of those things. I've read authors in the past that constantly refer back to their other books and/or other chapters in the same book. You feel like they were trying to meet a word count. But in Back Check (and every other Kelly Jamieson book I've read), you don't have that. She weaves a story as it might actually happen. Sure there are memories and some back story-- a story about a couple with an intertwined past would HAVE to have some back story obviously. The difference is that you aren't dulled by the history; you aren't choking down the same information constantly. Instead you are sucked into a world of HOT hockey players and their lively and lovely girlfriends/fiances/etc. There's heat for sure. Tanner and Katelyn definitely have passion for days. But the passion isn't the make believe kind. It's realistic, in a "I pray to GOD I get to have that kind of sweaty night at least once" and you totally could! This is part of the Aces Hockey series but can easily be read as a stand alone story.
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
Kelly does it again! This is the fourth book in her Aces Hockey series. And just like the others, I loved Tanner and Katelyn! A great hockey story, a great second chance love story and it was hot, hot, hot!! "Teenage romances never lasted. Everyone knew that. You didn’t marry the first guy you fell in love with. Even if you did dream about that when you were together. No. Young love was . . . young. Immature. You couldn’t love someone forever when you both still had growing up to do. When you both would change. When your lives took you in different directions." Tanner's past has him convinced love doesn't exist. A revolving door of step-families, a gold digging ex-wife and losing the girl he thought was the love of his life at a young age. He's happy to just play hockey and the field. In spite of her past, Katelyn believes true love is out there, and she's determined to find it - again. She thought she found it in college, but she was forced to give him up. After 3 failed engagements, Katelyn's focus has turned from love to building her new business. When fate puts these two in each other's paths once again, it's obvious the sparks still fly between them. But they've burned each other in the past, and neither wants to feel that pain again. "He sure as hell wasn’t looking for love or marriage or long-term. He knew better than anyone that happily ever after didn’t exist. So it was better that they weren’t friends. It was better that they weren’t anything." "Tanner was a piece of her past. He was here in the present but that was okay. She could handle this. She’d be professional and polite." Their connection is strong, and a second chance is exactly what they both want, until history seems to be repeating itself. Katelyn needs to find the strength she didn't have before and convince Tanner that she's in it for forever... "But whatever happened, wherever they ended up, they’d be together, there for each other, for better or for worse, through stupidity and pride, injury or illness, joy and laughter . . . to love and to cherish . . . always." ARC provided by the author for an honest review.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Tanner and Katelyn dated in college and broke up when he was drafted by the NY Islanders. Katelyn stayed behind to take care of her dad. Tanner didn't know her dad was ill and thought that she chose her dad over him. Tanner is jaded on relationships and marriage. His parents have had a revolving door with ex-spouses and every time Tanner would get close to his step-siblings they would be gone from his life. Katelyn has moved to Chicago and opened her own party planning business which is how she and Tanner meet again. Katelyn gets hired by Lovey and Marc to plan their wedding. Tanner is stunned to see Katelyn, as she is him. Both have tried to find love in the 8 years they were apart, but it never worked. Sparks fly again and both of them try not to get burned. Tanner did have trust issues and Katelyn did have to show him she was not going to leave him this time. Tanner did finally understand that he had to embrace love and not run from it. He owned his part in their first breakup and it left both of them willing to try again. Tanner's contract negotiations and potential trade left him reeling on a personal level and didn't help his mindset about starting a relationship. Things were not smooth, but they did manage to find a way to figure things out. I did like the ending and enjoyed this ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
Ms Jamieson states is her short author bio at the end of the book that she likes to write the types of stories she loves to read...that have "romance with heat, humor and emotion." That is exactly what this story had throughout, in spades! There are quite a few sports centric stories out at any given time, and depending on the season, Hockey is huge. But this story sets itself apart, not only by the terrific writing, and characters with wonderful personalities...but it has "Heart", big time. I can't remember reading any story were the characters truly supported and complimented each other in the way these did. Of course there was hilarity and humor abound...they're professional hockey players after all...known for their pranks, yet the dialog was also smart, crisp and with meaning. No wasted words, no page fillers, just pure entertainment. And definitely the romance had heat...the pages lit up each time Tanner and Kate were together. There was so much emotion swirling between these two that it was quite difficult to not become invested in their HEA. Even though this is the fifth book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone, there is enough backstory provided to fill any gaps and keep the story moving along smoothly. I will be adding this author to my favorites list and am looking forward to reading more of her books. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley, I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Another great Sport Romance! Can’t seem to get enough of this type of romance lately. This story was filled with heat, humor and emotion and I couldn’t get enough. I truly felt the connection these two shared. I was rooting for them from the first glance when they see each other again after eight long years apart. Kelly Jamieson sure knows how to bring it. Seeing Katelyn again made him remember how he had loved her with his whole heart back in college and then having her decide not to come with him when he was drafted. Tanner had turned into the playboy with the devil may care attitude. He didn’t believe in love anymore, with his first wedding ending in divorce as well as having parents who constantly divorced and every wedding he had been in ending the same way. It was better to leave love in the past. “Life without love is kind of empty?” Katelynn Medford had started her own event planning business a year ago in Chicago. When she had been contacted by her newest client Lovey Armstrong she never expected to see her first love standing in her clients’ living room. But she needed this job. And as they are thrown together again and again will they find love again? I enjoyed Tanner and Katelyn’s growing connection and chemistry. I loved learning their history and watching them come together. But as rumor of a trade surfaces, will he leave her again with nothing but heartache? You will have to read to find out! I voluntarily agreed to read an ARC and post a honest review through NetGalley.