Back in Play

Back in Play

by Lynda Aicher

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Overview

In this scorching-hot spin-off of Lynda Aicher's bestselling Wicked Play series, a weeklong fling turns into so much more.

For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he's eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He's worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.

High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she's intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott's house indicate he's struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man's game.

When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.

Book two of Power Play

99,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426899416
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Series: Power Play , #2
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 167,433
File size: 424 KB

About the Author

 

LYNDA AICHER is a USA Today Bestselling Author, an RWA RITA award finalist, RT Reviewers’ Choice winner and two-time Golden Flogger award winner who loves to write emotional romances. She spent years traveling weekly as a consultant implementing software into global companies, now her imagination is her only limitation on where she goes. Writing lets her escape the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator.

 

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Back in Play 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved this book, the characters are realistic and down to earth. I would highly recommend.
Bookeroo More than 1 year ago
Scott plays for the Minnesota Glaciers ice hockey team and is saddled with a bum knee. He keeps taking the painkillers so he can play, but they keep him from having fulfilling sexual relationships. Then he meets Rachel and when they end up in bed, he makes sure he more than satisfies her, even feeling like he may be able to also have a fulfilling experience. In the end he has to fake it. When she accidentally finds a baggie of his pills things start to unravel a bit until she talks him into a private rehab. She can't be with an addict, but she'll certainly be there to help him through it. When he breaks her heart and goes back home, she's determined to get over it. Will Scott be able to break his addiction and prove to Rachel how much he wants her in his life? Will she be able to trust him and take him back? This is my first book in this series, but I certainly want to go back and start with book number one since I enjoyed this one. Scott was a great hero with an imperfection he didn't even realize until he met Rachel. The plot wove the serious into the romantic and Ms. Aicher did an excellent job keeping the story romantic and interesting without being boring. She added just enough background for flavor and just enough romance to keep you captivated. The supporting characters helped thicken the soup of the story and make it complete. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Aicher in the near future! 4 Stars
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Once again I’ve joined a series in the middle – although technically this time I actually joined two series in the middle because there are characters from Aicher’s Power Play series and her Wicked Play series ¿ Not having any familiarity with either series I can’t be sure but I don’t think that it impacted anything at all. There were some references to things that happened with earlier stories but enough details were given that I figured things out (but not too much to bore returning readers). I love an author who understands how to make that work for everyone. You might think that this is just another sports romance but you would be so very wrong. Back in Play is definitely a rollercoaster of emotions. We get the high of that initial attraction and lust, but Scott is hiding some pretty big secrets. My heart aches for everything he’s trying to juggle and keep hidden. It is easy to see how it spiraled so far beyond his control. Aicher details very well the complexity and depth of his addiction, how it has infiltrated so much of his life, the impact it has had on him and how so very close he is to losing it all. Rachel does an amazing job of keeping things together when Scott starts to let it all out. She’s very strong but she does have a few hang-ups of her own that start to impact things. Throw in all of Scott’s and it’s a rough ride to a HEA. But it is a ride that is worth taking. I realized what an amazing author Aicher is by how quickly I flew through the book, understanding where both of the main characters were coming from when things go sideways on them, and having the ending be so very satisfying. If the rest of her books are anything like this, I’m going to have a lot more reading to do soon. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.)
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This emotionally charged romance is the story of Scott and Rachel. Meeting at the wedding of Scott's hockey teammate who happens to be a good friend of Rachel's brother Rock, there is a spark of attraction between them that sets things in motion, even as they both know that Rachel is only in town for a week on holiday and that this can just be a temporary fling. But when Scott takes the brave step of opening up about his drug dependency, Rachel is in a unique position to help him, with hopes that there is the possibility of something more permanent in the works. With so much on the line and Scott's hockey career in jeopardy, will the steps Scott takes bring him and Rachel closer together or ultimately push them apart? In my mind, a successful author needs to be able to really get into the heart and mind of a character and examine everything from their standpoint - how they feel, how they react, what their needs and desires are. This deep point of view isn't easy to achieve and takes skill and practice. Ms. Aicher has accomplished this in spades with this story about Scott and the reality of a hockey player on the edge. He's had a knee injury that is no longer treatable in any manner except drugs, he's at the end of his contract's lifetime, and he's getting old in hockey playing years. Yet, he's not willing to give up his sole reason for being just yet. He's made past decisions, unwise ones, that have started to haunt him. Reality is a slapshot in the face as Scott faces the crossroads of his future. Enter Rachel. A warm, friendly, loving woman who sees the man Scott is (or at least, the parts he wants to share) - funny, caring, strong, dependable. He makes spending time with him fun and sexy and everything she could possibly want in a man. Just being with him stirs her senses. Heat flushed through Rachel, her body a lightning rod of desire. Every touch of Scott's hands or lips ignited another rush of sparks that vibrated over her skin and sunk into her core. She was lost in the sensations and didn't want to be found. Their love scenes are steamy and passionate (but also come with some surprises). As Scott realizes that what he wants with Rachel is more than a week long fling, he must take a hard look at his life and comes to the conclusion that to make things more than temporary, he'll have to come clean - in more ways than one. Trusting her with his secret vice takes more courage than he ever thought he had, especially when it first must come with the realization that he has a problem. I really loved the way Scott's whole being was presented to the reader - his self discovery of his addiction was a huge part of the story and the ups and downs he goes through as a result were equally heartbreaking and eventually hopeful. Though we also get to see things through Rachel's eyes, it is Scott's that really tell the tale. The other interesting thing about this story was that unlike the first in the series, Game Play, which featured a lot of on ice action, this one was about hockey behind the scenes. Agents, coaches, up and coming players, team dynamics, politics, money - the backbone of the sport is laid bare in all its ugly truths. I found this to be quite fascinating, a real behind the scenes look at what goes on in the off season and how the drive to succeed for some players (like Scott) can overshadow the health and welfare of the players. Scott's teammates play an important role in the story as he is reminded that his decisions ultimately affect his friends and family too. This was a sexy, deeply emotional and well told story of a man, his demons, and the woman who is willing to stand by his side. 5 stars.