As head coach for Baltimore's hockey team, The Banners, Sonny LeBlanc has seen it all. Guts and glory. Hard-hitting and hard-headed players. A rise to fame and a plummet to failure. Scarred, determined, and tough-as-nails, he's never met a challenge he couldn't conquer—until he meets Monica Jennings.
A single mother who's survived an abusive marriage, Monica Jennings is finally learning to live—little by little. That doesn't mean she's learned to trust and it certainly doesn't mean she's willing to open her heart to anyone but her daughter and her sister. And then she meets Sonny LeBlanc, the scarred coach of The Baltimore Banners. There's something about him that makes her want to take a chance—or run in the other direction and hide.
Can Sonny teach the cautious woman how to embrace love and life, or will he lose it all by calling the riskiest play of his career?
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About the Author
Lisa grew up with an overactive imagination, strong encouragement from her parents, and an insatiable infatuation with the Peanuts gang. That infatuation—along with an impatience she has yet to outgrow—jump-started her love of writing. After all, why should she be forced to wait a whole week to read the stories of her favorite characters when she could create stories for them whenever she wanted?
That love of writing continued to grow, along with all those voices in her head, even during her assorted careers: first as a firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department, then a very brief (and not very successful) stint at bartending in east Baltimore, and finally as the Director of Retail Operations for a busy Civil War non-profit.
Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons, one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count.
You may find Lisa on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LisaBKamps or reach her via email at LisaBKamps@gmail.com She's also on Twitter @LBKamps, but admits she's still trying to figure that one out!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lisa B. Kamps is once again victorious with COACH'S CHALLENGE, book 8.5 in the Baltimore Banners series. Banner's hockey team head coach, Sonny LeBlanc, is put to the test when he becomes interested in single mom, Monica Jennings. Due to an abusive marriage, she has trust issues but Sonny wants to help heal her. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adults. COACH'S CHALLENGE is a touching novel. I enjoyed Sonny’s and Monica’s story. We met Monica in book 5, BREAK AWAY. She is the older sister of Emily Poole, girlfriend of Banner’s JP Larocque. I appreciated how Emily always subtly tried to put Monica and Sonny in situations together. Okay, maybe it wasn’t subtle. I love Monica’s daughter, Taylor. She was instrumental in getting the couple together. I found it amusing that Sonny bribes her to help him. Monica has had a difficult time recovering from her abusive marriage. Understandably, she has a hard time moving on. I like Coach LeBlanc. He is a bit rough around the edges. I smiled every time he grunted. I could totally picture him. He is also, divorced and has been out of the dating scene for a while. He is sweet, patient, and perceptive. This story spans over quite a bit of time. The two are both awkward on their dates. They haven’t gone out with anyone in such a long time; they’re not sure how to act. It is very sweet. They are perfect for one another. Coach's Challenge is well-written and believable. The name of the book is cleaver. The characters are realistic and likeable. I enjoyed the epilogue. It made the story feel complete. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
CHALLENGES ON AND OFF THE ICE. Coach's Challenge is part of the Baltimore Banners series. As with the author's other books, the action is hot and steamy, so definitely 18+. As a novella, this is a quick diversion for a little while. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. If you have read previous Baltimore Banners books, you will see some of your favorite players in this story. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. The author did a good job of giving depth, thoughts, and emotions to these characters. You could really feel the struggle and turmoil that both Sonny and Monica were going through. As a hockey fan, I always like the hockey action, but like how this book also highlighted the youth events the players and coach get involved in. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a copy of this novella and have voluntarily chosen to leave a review for other readers. But I would have bought it if I hadn't as I love this series.