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by Elise Faber

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Mike Stewart is a bad boy.

Sleeping around. Boozing. Fighting with teammates.

Name a bad behavior and he’s done it—done it so well, in fact, that he almost tanked his career as a starting defensemen for the NHL’s San Francisco Gold.

But Mike is done with all that. He’s starting with a fresh foot forward and putting his past


Mike Stewart is a bad boy.

Sleeping around. Boozing. Fighting with teammates.

Name a bad behavior and he’s done it—done it so well, in fact, that he almost tanked his career as a starting defensemen for the NHL’s San Francisco Gold.

But Mike is done with all that. He’s starting with a fresh foot forward and putting his past behind him.

That is, until his past quite literally reappears before his eyes.

Sara Jetty is just as beautiful as she was a decade before, but Mike hasn’t seen her since she left for her first Olympics and scored a gold medal in women’s figure skating. Now something has put shadows in her eyes, a familiar type of hurt he is all too well versed in.

This Sara wants nothing to do with him. Their easy friendship is gone and in its place is a hardened woman who’s nothing like the girl from his past.

Still, Mike hasn’t become a top defensemen in the NHL by being afraid of hard work, and he isn’t about to let Sara push him away. Come hell or high water, he’s going to crack her tough outer shell and find the sweet, innocent woman he’s lusted after and loved, in equal measure, for more than ten years.

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Backhand 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Mollien 5 months ago
This is the second book in the series, Gold Hockey by Elise Faber. This series is about different members of a fictional hockey franchise based in San Francisco. This second book is a second chance romance where the two main characters reconnect after being separated during their teenage years. Now they are all grown up and both have parts of their past that make getting back together a challenge. The plot of this story is about Mike and Sara. Growing up they both had similar dreams. Mike’s was to play professional hockey. Sara’s was Olympic gold in figure skating. Some things were never meant to be. Mike did become a top NHL player, Sara, however, had her dreams go up in smoke and her gold medal taken away in a public scandal. Years later they reconnect and the teenage crushes that they shared can not be dismissed. Both Mike and Sara have some serious baggage that they must overcome before they can achieve their happy ever after. The chemistry between Mike and Sara is sweet and romantic. I loved how Mike found different ways to woo his girl, taking advice from his fellow players. This story is pretty fast paced involving broken dreams, heartache, and some drama. What an unexpected ending. That is all I am going to say on that matter. The author does an excellent job letting us get to know the characters in this story. I was a little concerned not having read the first book of the series, but I don’t think that it made the story any less enjoyable. I do want to read the first book of the series where one of the main characters is a female NHL goalie. PLOT: 5 Stars CHEMISTRY: 5 Stars PACING: 5 Stars ENDING: 4 Stars CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 Stars Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
Pixel3131 6 months ago
The second book in the Gold Hockey series, Backhand delivers with a combination of tough, sassy characters, playful (and occasionally steamy) moments, and the ultimate fight for love. While it didn't immediately suck me in (in comparison to other books by Faber), the twists and suspense of the second half were engrossing and kept me engaged and wanting more. This is an enjoyable read and could easily be read as a standalone.
Masbjs 6 months ago
Who would have thought bad boy Mike could turn his life around?? Backhand is the second installment of the Finding Gold series and I was impressed. I found myself drawn to Sara and her traumatic fall from grace and became a one person cheer squad for her to turn her life around. The Cutting Edge was one of my favourite movies growing up and I found myself snickering to all the references to it. When the "toepick" joke came up, I had the biggest smile on my face and for some reason I felt like watching that movie again! These are the elements for me that single out books despite genre, character backstories that pull at my heart strings, nostalgic references that have me fully engaged in the story and of course a couple of curve balls thrown in that I'm not expecting. Also, I loved the happy/sad ending, no spoilers, so grab a copy to find out more about it! I received this as an ARC which I voluntarily read in exchange for an honest review.
Gabrielsmom1005 7 months ago
Absolutely loved this story! This includes characters from Blocked but this is not something you have to have read Blocked in order to follow along. This follows Mikes story which includes a love from his past. There is some struggles along the way but they are worth getting through! Go read it!
Nicolerko 7 months ago
I love a good second chance romance and this one didn't disappoint. Mike has finally got his life on the right track so maybe karma is rewarding him when Sara re-enters his life. Sara wants to start over, but will her past let her? She wants to rekindle with Mike, but she's wary. They have a ton of chemistry and the connection you can feel between the two is what makes this book work. They have their hurdles to jump if they want to make a go, but they have to decide if their relationship is worth it. The curve ball this book dealt I truly didn't see coming, but made so much sense. I loved little Mira. She added some humor in her scenes. I actually enjoyed all of Mike team mates and their significant others. You have a good book when the secondary characters are as great as the main ones. Looking forward to more from the Gold Hockey series.
april03 7 months ago
Hockey Gold Elise can punch you in your gut with the feels. This story is no different. Your emotions are across the board. My heart was broken for both Mike and Sara. All the nicknames that Mike had for Sara were so sweet and endearing. Sara can get stuck in her head at times. The pair are so continued with each other.
dsubsits 7 months ago
Elise Faber scores with BACKHAND, the second book in the Gold Hockey series. NHL defenseman Mike Stewart is reunited with his childhood friend, disgraced Olympic figure skater, Sara Jetty. She tries to push him away, but he is persistent is perusing a relationship with her. This contemporary sports romance takes place in San Francisco. It is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. Sara is an interesting heroine. She is a former Olympic gold figure skating medalist. Her reputation is tarnished. She can no longer participate in figure skating. Luckily, she also has a passion for art and can pursue a career in that direction. Unfortunately, her confidence has been shattered. She undergoes a great deal. I’m glad she had Mitch as a boss. He’s good for her. Mike is a good guy. After gaining a bad-boy reputation, he decides to straighten out. He is noble, persistent, protective, and a good friend to Sara. I appreciate that he remembered so much about Sara and did thoughtful things for her. I love that Mike and Sara grew up together in Minnesota. I like their nick names for each other. My heart broke that they both had disappointing families. Elise Faber does a great job with the plot. I like how Mike and Sara run into each other at the beginning of the story. There are a lot of interesting things that happen that kept me engaged. There are a lot of mystery and twists. BACKHAND was skillfully written and entertaining. The ending was thrilling, and the epilogue made the story feel complete. I’m looking forward to the next story in the Gold Hockey series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
little_red03 7 months ago
I absolutely loved this book! Mike is the bad boy hockey player and Sara is trying to hide from her painful past. When they bump into each other one night Mike tries to reconnect while Sara tries to run away. This is a great story of how a chance encounter can bring two people back together. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one.
sweetpotato101 7 months ago
Backhand is the second book in Elise Faber’s Gold Hockey series. It was a delightful book! Sara Jetty doesn’t expect to run into her old friend and previous crush, Mike Stewart. He’s a big league NHL hockey player, while she’s a disgraced figure skater. When they drifted apart, they both went on with their lives. Their reunion, however, reignites old feelings, and both have to confront their past. Is there hope for a future? I didn’t know what to expect with this one, and I adored the mix that I got. Both MCs are athletes, and I think it gave this hockey romance something extra. Sara is also an artist, and it's how she's reconnected with Mike. Art got Sara through a scandal and her fall-out from the athletic world. I liked this aspect of her character. From the very beginning, there are so many questions that need to be solved. How they both came to be in San Francisco. How Sara and Mike knew each other previously. The lengths Sara had to go to in the aftermath, and Mike’s own trials. It makes Backhand a fast and suspenseful read. Mike was the perfect alpha—strong and sweet, determined and patient. He matches Sara so well, and Sara has no problem giving as good as she gets. The second half of this book everything pulls together, and man, what a buildup we have going on. I will say, however, that some parts felt too rushed, especially at the beginning. There were so many questions left unanswered regarding Mike and Sara’s past relationship that the connection developed a bit too quickly. I felt I missed out on part of their story, and I think a prologue would have helped that. This is the first book I’ve read from this author, and I’m eager to read the first in the Gold Hockey series. Backhand is a second-chance romance with a friends-to-lovers plot, and it’s filled with heartbreak and pain but also laughter and some cute, cute moments! A hockey romance to savor, for sure.