Professional hockey player Zac Elliott is in top form. He's having the best season of his career, the local fans can't get enough of him, and he's in the middle of the most successful contract negotiations of his career. When the sexy little spark between Zac and the team owner's daughter blazes to life, no matter how forbidden, he can't resist.
Philanthropist Heather Ryan can't keep her hands off of Zac. If her father finds out, it could end Zac's career and ruin her reputation. What they share is deeply passionate and intensely private...until the press exposes their illicit relationship.
Now the fans have viciously turned against Heather, Zac's game is faltering, and even his team has deserted him. The only way out of the penalty box is for Zac to play hockey like life—and love—depends on it...
About the Author
Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.
She's lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Kiss of Death, RWA's chapter for romantic suspense and mystery, the RWA Contemporary Romance Chapter, the Valley Forge Romance Writers, the Washington Romance Writers, and the International Thriller Writers.
Susan Scott Shelley
Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and is active in several RWA chapters. For as long as she can remember, she has been in love with Love and all the sweeping grand gestures, heart-sighing moments, and quiet comforts it entails.
In addition to writing romances, she is also professional voiceover artist and enjoys lending her voice to a wide range of projects.
Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies. An unapologetic optimist, she believes life should be lived with laughter and a sense of wonder. She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is.
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Flirting on Ice
An Atlantic City Hustlers Story
By Veronica Forand, Susan Scott Shelley, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley
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The soothing ocean and the bustle of the seaside businesses on the boardwalk contrasted perfectly with each other. The setting calmed Zac. He strolled along and watched families and tourists enjoying the cool fall weather. A little boy in an Atlantic City Hustlers hockey sweatshirt ran by him with an ice cream, never noticing the team captain only a few feet away. Zac preferred the anonymity. He needed this day to relax and clear his mind. He hopped off the boardwalk, his movements hindered by the large slice of pizza in his hand, and continued his walk on the beach.
A woman wearing jeans, an oversize Princeton sweatshirt, and a baseball hat that covered her hair and shadowed her face caught his attention. She was yanking a leash attached to a very large golden retriever.
The dog sat with its paws wedged into the sand, refusing to move no matter how hard the woman pulled. It leaned away from her, adding to the tension in the leash.
"Brindy, let's go. We can't stay here all day." She tugged the leash again, and the dog reacted by lying down. She threw up her hands and sat next to the animal.
Zac strolled over. He'd never owned a dog, although they always seemed to like him. Perhaps he wouldn't be much help, other than to carry it up to the woman's car.
"Is your dog okay?"
"Besides being lazy and stubborn, she's fine." Laughter tinged her words, and she remained in the sand, arms draped over her knees. Her long fingers rubbed the dog's head, where the fur faded from golden blond to snow white around its eyes and nose.
Fantastic, another hockey fan. Being one of the top scorers for the Hustlers, he was used to the attention, but today, he wanted to blend in and be just another guy out for a walk on the beach. The animal glanced up from her position on the sand to look at Zac, but didn't budge. The woman also turned her face toward him. Her sculpted eyebrows lifted as though surprised by his presence.
He almost did a double take. The incredible woman he'd been thinking about for months was sitting in front of him like a dream. "Heather."
Her face ignited into a smile, the same smile she wore when she skated around the arena helping out with the youth hockey program. Week after week, she spent time helping the kids learn to skate and cheered them on as they began to appreciate the game of hockey. Although her family foundation funded the program, she had no obligation to be there, but damn he was glad she always showed up. He'd managed to become closer to her during their time together, but wanted to know her on a more personal level.
"It's strange seeing you here on sand instead of on the ice." Her voice sounded amused and confident and comfortable.
"I agree." Typically, she wore a Hustlers jacket and tight jeans that formed her figure perfectly. He'd also never seen her long dark hair tucked into a baseball hat before.
She stood up. The dog didn't. Heather held her hand out to him. He went to shake it, but she dropped the leash in his hand instead.
"Brindy doesn't want to listen to me. Maybe you can convince her to move."
Brindy remained on her side in the sand, her near-death act given away by the occasional thumping of her tail when Zac scratched her neck. "I've never owned a dog, but I bet I can entice her to move. Can she eat pizza?"
"At this point, you can offer her a beer and a night out on the town, and I'd be okay with it."
He lifted a slice of pepperoni from his pizza and offered it to the dog. Brindy made a miraculous recovery. She bounded onto four paws and latched onto the pepperoni, barely missing his fingers. The dog shook herself, and sand flew in all directions. Zac shut his eyes, but neglected to protect his lunch. A faint dusting of sand now coated the cheese and sauce on his pizza. He handed it over to Brindy. She wagged her tail and swallowed in two happy gulps. So much for lunch.
Heather stood back a few steps, laughing. "I'm so sorry. Let me buy you another piece. Do you have time?"
He was meeting the team for dinner at McNally's Pub in a few hours, but the chance to have private time with Heather away from everyone's scrutiny made him want to cancel. Team captains, however, didn't miss team dinners to spend time with team owners' daughters. Then again, dinner was hours away. "Sure. I have time."
They strolled across the beach, Brindy lumbering along next to them, perfectly healthy and with a full stomach to boot.
* * *
Heather climbed the steps to the nearly empty boardwalk. The lazy Saturday she'd planned had taken an interesting turn. Zac Elliot, one of the most sought-after bachelors in Atlantic City, walked beside her, as gorgeous up close as he appeared in press photos and on TV screens. His looks only enhanced the good person underneath. In the four years he'd been a part of the Hustlers, they'd worked together often at her family foundation's various children's programs. Zac's involvement with the kids went beyond the typical player's role. His actions showed he cared as much as she did. Although they were together with the kids once a week, she'd never had the opportunity to spend any quality one-on-one time with him. More than anything, she wanted to get to know him better.
Brindy trotted by Zac's side, fully recovered from her feigned exhaustion. He reached down and rubbed her hair. "Great dog."
"She's been a part of my family for ten years, but she's actually my parents' dog. I'm watching her this weekend."
They entered a pizza shop heavily decked out in Thanksgiving decorations. Tangy tomato sauce, spices, and freshly baked dough permeated the small space.
Smiling at the man behind the counter, she scanned the menu then settled on her favorite. "A slice of Hawaiian pizza."
"I'll have the same." Zac's eyebrows lifted. "No one I know likes that topping but me."
"I can never order those toppings on a whole pie, because I'm the only one who would eat it."
"I'd share it with you." Zac pulled out his wallet.
"No, my treat, remember?" Heather waved him away and handed over a few bills.
The shop's owner walked out from behind the counter and greeted Brindy. He stared at Zac. "Hey, can I get your autograph for my kids?" At Zac's nod, he handed him a menu pad and a pen. "I played some hockey in my day. Here's how you can beat that hot-shot goalie when you play New York next week ..."
Heather stood back and observed last season's MVP in action. She smiled when Mr. Pizza switched topics, and Zac followed right along. Her previous opinion of him solidified. He really was a nice guy off the ice. Cute and kind, an irresistible combination. The stirring of attraction deepened. He seemed to care, about the fans, about her dog. The desire to get to know him heightened.
They agreed to sit on an outside bench overlooking the water while they ate. The sky, a brilliant, cloudless blue, kissed the dark waters of the Atlantic. Heather lifted her face to the sun and smiled. The sand, surf, and the salt air never failed to lift her spirits, but her elevated mood was due to Zac's presence.
Brindy settled at Zac's feet. Heather let her gaze wander over his well-worn sneakers, muscular calves, black mesh shorts, and gray sweatshirt pushed up to his elbows. The tattoo of a fighter plane covering his left forearm flexed when Zac folded his pizza in half and lifted the slice to his lips. The sun glinted off his dark blond hair and golden skin. She forced her focus away from his sculpted features and concentrated on the dog. "She's definitely made a new friend today."
Zac's blue eyes crinkled at the corners with his smile. "Dogs can tell when people like them. My high school hockey coach had a black Lab, Kane. I spent a lot of time with his family, and bonded with Kane. I always wanted a dog of my own."
His voice carried a wistfulness she wanted to soothe. "Why don't you get one now?"
"I'm not home enough. What's the point of having a pet if I have to hire a nanny to go with it? I'll get one someday, either after I've retired from hockey or when I have a family who can take care of him when I'm on the road."
"A black Lab?"
He nodded. "Just like Kane."
"I took the girls in my family foundation's empowerment program on a visit to an animal shelter last week. We helped with their adopt-a-thon. I keep saying I'm going to get a dog. Having someone to greet me when I get home would be nice."
"I wouldn't think you'd have to rely on a dog for that." Interest darkened his gaze, and he twisted his body to face her. He slid his arm to rest across the back of the bench, his fingertips almost close enough to touch her shoulder. The warmth from his thigh seeped through her jeans, and she had to stifle the urge to shift even closer to his inviting heat.
She smiled. Sitting so close to him, she could see the thin scar that ran along his jawline, from his cheek to his chin. A cold breeze buffeted the coast. She shivered and wrapped her arms around her torso.
His hand brushed her shoulder and sent a fresh wave of goose bumps rising. "You're freezing. We should move away from the water."
"I should probably get home. My mom is supposed to call soon, and she'll want to video chat so she can see Brindy."
"Where do you live? I'll walk you, in case Brindy goes down again." He grinned, and a dimple appeared on his cheek.
She laughed, and pointed in the direction of her beachfront apartment building. The walk home took twice as long as usual, with Brindy sniffing everything she encountered and Heather and Zac strolling side by side, close enough for their arms to brush with every step.
Too soon, they arrived at her building and rode the elevator to her penthouse. When they reached her front door, Heather turned. "Thanks for coming to Brindy's aid."
"Anytime." His lips quirked into a sexy smile that could charm anyone. He'd definitely charmed her.
Heather raised her gaze to meet his. "I'm glad I had the chance to get to know you better."
"Me, too." His eyes sparked with an intensity she'd seen on his face during a game. Concentration, pure and simple, and fully focused on her.
She looped the handle of the leash around her wrist. "Would you like to come in?"
"I have to go. I'm meeting the team for dinner soon." He shifted closer until only a few inches separated them.
"We just had pizza."
Strong fingers brushed the back of her hand. She nearly lost her grip on the leash, but then his hand closed over hers and his thumb continued the teasing caress on her skin. "I have to stop by a rookie's house first. Sweeney's not playing with his head on his shoulders, and I need to figure out why. Believe me, if the dinner wasn't a team thing, I'd blow it off to spend more time with you."
Her chin lifted, anticipation sweetening the moment. His head tilted toward her, his eyes darkening. Drawn like a magnet, she rested her hand on his chest, feeling the hard muscles bunch at her touch. Her fingers itched to crawl under the soft material of his sweatshirt and explore the hidden ridges.
He trailed a finger over her cheek, leaving her skin tingling. Tipping the brim of her baseball cap up, he licked his lips.
Her stomach clenched, and she thought her heart would pound right out of her chest. Zac's hand cupped her shoulder. Her lips parted, and the tug of attraction she'd experienced shifted into a tether tightening with every passing second.
His lips descended. And detoured to brush against her cheek. The heat of his touch sizzled her skin, but left her lips untouched, unquenched, and unsatisfied.
She blinked and met his stare, disappointed.
He again traced his fingertip down her cheek in a slow, straight line. "I'll see you later."
The quiet determination in his voice sent tingles dancing through her lower abdomen. She nodded and gripped the leather strap, fought the urge to tug his shirt and bring his mouth down to hers.
He crouched and ruffled Brindy's fur. Then he stood and paused. Smiling at Heather, he took a step closer to her. She matched his step and moved closer to him, but Brindy barked and nudged their legs, breaking the spell.
Within seconds, Zac was gone. She leaned against the door and looked down at the dog. "Let's just keep what happened here between us, okay?"
* * *
Late the next morning, after returning Brindy to her parents, Heather entered her apartment building's quiet lobby. She hadn't slept much the night before. Thoughts of Zac kept her awake. But rather than feeling exhausted, energy poured through her system. An afternoon and evening free of responsibilities stretched before her. Maybe he'd call. Maybe they'd meet up. Maybe they'd sink into the kiss she should have planted on him before he'd left.
The elevator pinged, and then footsteps clicked over the polished floor.
"Good morning, Heather." The team's general counsel, and her new neighbor, waved and headed in her direction. No matter what time she came into the lobby, he always seemed to be there, waiting to talk to her.
She continued toward the row of mailboxes on the far wall. "Hi, Ben."
He rested his hand on the wall directly above her head. "How are you enjoying your weekend?"
Taking a step away from his invading presence, she shrugged. The near- kiss with Zac replayed in her mind. No way would she share that kind of information. "I took care of my parents' dog. You?"
"I was out late last night with the team. Those guys are animals. You should have seen the bleached blonde cocktail waitress climbing all over Zac at dinner. He loved the attention. I overheard something about her going home with him."
The illusion that their chemistry had meant anything to Zac shattered. How had she misjudged him so completely? With Ben watching her, she couldn't react. Heather forced her cheeks to lift into a smile. "Well, good for him."
Ben shifted closer. His cologne overwhelmed her. "If you're free, would you like to go to brunch with me? Or coffee?"
"I'm sorry. I have something to do." She turned away from Ben. Instead of heading for her apartment, she turned toward the doors leading to the garage. A drive always cleared her mind. Hopefully, it would clear the sagging-sails, sucker-punch-to-the-gut feeling, too.CHAPTER 2
A fundraiser at his boss's house would be difficult enough during contract negotiations, but adding the presence of the boss's daughter would make this night a nuclear disaster. He hadn't spoken to Heather since their time strolling the boardwalk together a few weeks ago. A time he remembered as being one kiss away from perfection. Apparently, she hadn't felt the same way. Why would she tell a member of the front office, especially Ben, that he was an arrogant jock? That the slimy worm of an attorney relayed the information had been beyond excruciating. He'd always prided himself on understanding women, but he'd sure misinterpreted her interest in him. Screw it. He'd show up for the charity. Shake some hands. Leave.
A peal of laughter snapped his attention back to the road in front of him. He glanced at Keira, his blind date for the evening. He'd agreed to take her out as a favor to a teammate, who was most likely dating this woman's friend. Lately, however, women with a drop dead gorgeous shell surrounding nothing of substance didn't appeal to him. The casually dressed Heather on the beach seemed so much more inviting than Keira, who sported a dress so short she couldn't be wearing anything underneath.
Everything about Heather was authentic, welcoming, and comfortable. And, truth be told, sensual and alluring. Damn it to hell, the woman had burrowed into his psyche. He was twenty-eight years old, and he'd never met anyone like her. Women like Keira could never compete. One quick circuit of the room and then he'd drop off Keira and head home.
They arrived at his boss's house, and he parked close enough to allow himself a quick get away without involving the valet service. He escorted Keira into the house. Someone had done an amazing job of decorating the Ryan family's main hall with thousands of white lights, and dozens of red and white roses wrapped with red, white, and black ribbons for the Hustlers team colors.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A short novella with a huge story. Zac and Heather are made for each other, except she's the team owner's daughter and he's the captain of the team. They can't keep their hands off each other and find themselves further and further at odds of her father, the team, the press, and the fans who are convinced that Heather is the cause of Zac's downward spiral on the ice. When everything is falling apart, they're each willing to give up everything for love. Will they get their HEA?
Tandem authoring of books is a relatively new trend in literature today. As a writer, I have difficulty imagining sharing my story with a partner since I’ve always held the idea that a story is personal. Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley are breaking down those long held ideas with their first joint novella, FLIRTING ON ICE. The story stars Zac, a hockey star, and Heather, the owner’s daughter. It follows the “love at last” formula that is one of my favorites having lived such a romance myself. There are great secondary characters that lend just the right amount of support while not taking over the story completely. A few, like Zac’s friend Sequoia, are worthy of their own novellas. It’s a great behind the scenes look at professional hockey from the personal lives of the players and owners. The public life is a very difficult one when you are sports star and Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley paint it well. If you want a fun read to remind you that love does conquer all, FLIRTING ON ICE is a great choice!
I loved this book. Sweet and charming from the beginning, I loved that though Zac was team captain and all alpha male, he didn't need to be an ass or tortured to prove it. He cared about her, genuinely cared for Heather from the first second, and did everything in his power to juggle what he NEEDED for himself with what was best for his team. This was my first book by both these authors, and I have to say, I was charmed and blown away by it. I absolutely loved every second of this story.
A quick, fun, fast-paced novella with endearing characters. I loved the hockey theme. I just wish there had been more secret encounters before they were caught, but it does still work. Great chemistry. I would love to see these authors collaborate on a full length novel. ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
“...as long as he was captain and as long as she was the owner’s daughter, the media would never leave them alone...” Flirting on Ice is a super short read and if drama, sport and romance is what you're after then this hits the spot. For a novella, it packs a punch. When pro hockey player Zac Elliott and his boss' daughter Heather realise their feelings for one another, they couldn't anticipate the reaction of the public, media his teammates or her father. To say it's less that supportive would be being generous. “We'll wait until the off-season if we have to. I’ve watched and wanted you for the last four years.” I loved it; Zac and Heather had a lovely chemistry, their journey held action, flirt and emotion and the secondary characters added valuable content. Although I could've happily read a full length novel, it didn't need to be any longer and Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley have kicked off the Atlantic City Hustlers series with a bang. Looking forward to more. “Nothing would affect my game, except losing you.” 4.5 stars Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Fresh, enjoyable, and sexy is what you'll get from Ms. Forand and Ms. Shelley in their debut Lovestruck title. With a swoon-worthy, hockey player hero and a sweet, endearing heroine that wrangles his heart from the first meet-cute... you'll be hard pressed to put this novella down. If you are looking for a fun, flirty holiday read be sure to pick up a copy of Flirting on Ice.
A sure way to throw your hockey career off the rails is to fall for the owners daughter! That's exactly what happens to Zac Elliott when he falls hard and fast for Heather Ryan. He knows messing with her is strictly forbidden but his heart never got the memo. This was a fun, quick read that was a perfect combination of angst and romance. Definitely one I would recommend.
Kiss ur hand three times post this on three other books and look under your pillow
Sweet Romantic Novella! This was a sweet book; it is a novella so I was happy to read this in one sitting because I did not want to put it down. Zac is a professional hockey player and Heather is the team owner’s daughter. They share a deep passion for each other, but they try to keep it a secret that is until they are caught. Can their relationship make it with all of the outside forces that are against them. This book will have you laughing one minute and sniffling the next. I am looking forward to the next book by these authors. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Zac and Heather meet up accidentally on the beach and the need to get to know each other becomes prominent in both of their minds. Heather's father owns the hockey team that Zac plays for and is the captain of. To say that their relationship causes some problems is an understatement. An outside force tries to rip them apart several times and crazy fans blame Heather for the horrible play of the team and Zac. It all comes to a boiling point and Zac steps up and puts everything on the line for Heather. It was a short, sweet read and was pretty well done. There were a few points that came a little too quickly for me to believe, but overall the book was good.
This is a good short book for a cold winter day. Great for an escape from all the stress of your day.
WAGs (i.e., Wives And Girlfriends) always get a raw deal. As a big sports fan myself, I know that fans can be pretty brutal on a professional athlete and anyone in the athlete’s life who could be perceived as a hinderance to team’s performance. That’s why I loved this story from the beginning — it rang true. I’m always in awe of authors of novellas because readers expect an engaging story with fully developed characters in a very few number of pages. I’m doubly impressed here because this story was written by two authors working in tandem and they delivered a believable story with lovable characters. The main characters here were not one-dimensional. Heather could have simply been the owner’s daughter and Zac could have been seen as just a hot-shot sports star. But they were more than that. They were not defined by obvious parts of their lives and what they did away from the public spotlight made me feel more engaged with them. For me, oddly, this book was a little reminder that sports fans don’t really “know” professional athletes and that as invincible as athletes appear, they feel hurt and sadness just like the rest of us mortals. Overall, this was a fun, sweet, quick read. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the authors have planned for sports-loving contemporary romance readers in the future. Reviewer’s Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors and omissions are my own.
This book has to be one of the sweetest books I have read in a very long time. I simply loved the connection between Heather and Zac as well as their characters. From start to finish I enjoyed their characters more and more. Zac just moved me. His actions and words were heartwarming. He and Heather have to be the most selfless and genuine people. I cannot say enough to how heartful this story made me feel. I only wish it did not end. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
3.5 stars Flirting on Ice was a sweet and romantic read. I enjoyed both Zac and Heather, they had such a strong connection and their chemistry was hot! Flirting on Ice was a quick and enjoyable read, which I highly recommend. Looking forward to reading more from these talented authors.
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Zac Elliott is the team captain of the Atlantic City Hustlers and is one of the most eligible bachelors in the city. Heather Ryan is the daughter of the team owner. There’s an unwritten rule that players don’t date Heather. After ignoring their feelings for a long time, the two start a secret relationship which turns out to be more than they bargained for when the media finds out. Too bad the heart knows what the heart wants, whether the mind agrees or not. Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley have teamed up to bring readers an enjoyable forbidden love story in Flirting on Ice. I was hooked from the beginning of the story. I became frustrated when other people had to put their two cents in. And I was shocked by the actions of others. While the story was good, I just would have liked it to be a little longer. For me, that’s a good sign. It means that I couldn’t get enough of Zac, Heather, and their love story. Flirting on Ice is the first book in a new series from Veronica and Susan and I can’t wait for the next book. Hopefully, Alec will be the next player to find love. Source: Publisher
The author had a story line she could have developed. The book is 86 pages long? I only paid 99 cents but would have gladly paid more for a longer story. I am sick of being ripped off.
Hockey Hero + Pretty philanthropist = Happy ending Zac Elliot is a star. He is the captain of the Atlantic City Hustlers, has a legion of loyal fans, and is about to sign a renewal contract for the next few years. He volunteers his time with the team, by helping Heather, the owner's daughter with her girls hockey league. They like and respect each other, but each ignores the attraction to each other. When a chance meeting leads to a date, a beautiful relationship is born. This was an enjoyable novella that was sweet, well paced and fun. I would recommend this to fans of sports romances like Jaci Burton's Play by Play novels. I was given an arc copy for an honest review.
Hockey player Zac Elliott is a truly nice guy. He is attracted to Heather Ryan and she feels the same. They are perfect for each other. There is just one problem, her father own the hockey team and Zac is their star player. The uproar is dangerous and destructive to their romance. Can love triumph? Zac is such a charming and compassionate hero. He's a wonderful lover and a true gentleman. Heather is a beautiful woman with a caring heart. She wants to help others succeed. Their romance tugged at my heart. I hated they way people reacted to their dating. The Atlantic City Hustlers provided a great backdrop. The team had some interesting characters that I would love to know more about. The action on the ice and the snappy dialogue captured my interest. I rejoiced when the person responsible for leaking the information was found and got his comeuppance. Flirting on Ice had it all. There was a great romance, true love and plenty of action. Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley did a wonderful job. I loved this well-written drama. It kept me entertained and left me wanting more.
**Smut Book Junkie Reviews*Looking for a new Hockey romance series? Flirting On Ice by Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley is the first book in the Atlantic City Hustlers. This novella gave the readers an introduction to some of the team players and the dynamics of the Atlantic City Hustlers. Heather Ryan is the princess of the Atlantic City Hustlers. Her father is the team owner. She is expected to be supportive of the team in all aspects. She is also expected to be involved in the team charities, youth programs, and community services. She embraces these expectations with great pride. There is one expectation that she can no longer live up to. Her father has forbidden her to date any of the players of the team. For four years she has secretly longed to get to know the team captain Zac Elliot better. He is a good man and takes a great deal of pride in all of the Atlantic City Hustlers activities on and off the ice. He is known as a bit of a player but when he is around Heather he seems very sincere. Zac Elliot is attracted to Heather Ryan. She is the one woman who is off limits. His contract is up for renewal with the Atlantic City Hustlers. Now is not the time to be pursuing the owner’s daughter. A chance meeting changes everything. Now he wants Heather more than he wants his contract renewed. The two will engage in a secret relationship that will get blown out of proportion when the press gets wind of their relationship. It will put Zac’s career on the line. It will put Heather’s pristine reputation in the gutter. Can their relationship survive? I would of liked to seen more of Zac and Heather’s one on one moments. A large portion of the book focused on the trials and tribulations that were causing conflict in their relationship. The scenes that focused only on Zac and Heather were steamy hot, romantic, and well written. Flirting On Ice was entertaining. It was a great start in a sports romance series. I am looking forward to the next book in Atlantic City Hustler series.
ARC kindly received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.. 3.5 Lucky Number Seven stars Zac Elliott is at the top of his pro hockey game, has the supporters eating out of his hand, and is heading into tough negotiations regarding his continuing contract. Ultimately, his moves dictate the supporters moods. Heather Ryan has been admiring Zac from afar, but she knows he's out of her reach, given she is the daughter of the teams owner. A relationship between these two would conjure up major negativity and bad press for the team, and certainly put a spanner in the works for his continuing success this season. As expected, these two dance around each other, trying to keep a lid on their dalliance and emotions, but there are outside influences keen to expose them and cause major trouble. I enjoyed this short, but succinct story. It packed a lot of drama, romance and steam into its limited pages. A great start to this series.
Terrific start to the series. I don't usually read a lot of sports themed romances but they are fast becoming a genre that I am looking out for. Flirting on Ice is a short, fast paced novella which kept me entertained and engaged throughout. Zac and Heather had known each other for 4 years, and this novella easily picks up their story just before they declare their attraction to each other. Unfortunately their timing is not the best, but you can't plan love. As the drama unfolds following their romantic relationship becoming public, Zac and Heather have to navigate the sometimes distasteful side of public life. Both feel the pressure of family and team obligations, and the attention from the fans and media seems overwhelming. What I really liked about this story was how the couple navigated the drama maturely. There were no silly immature reactions and this enabled me to have more of a connection to them. Both characters shared a sizzling chemistry, a fun flirtatious romance, and heartfelt emotions. As for the secondary characters, I thought they each had their role to play and all added to the overall story. I could have easily read a full length novel with these characters but, at the same time, I was left satisfied with the length of this novella. A great start to the series
I love a good sports romance, and Flirting on Ice by authors Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley certainly does not disappoint. This nicely paced novella is centered around the sport of ice hockey, replete with unpredictable fans, an MVP, contract negotiations and the team owner's daughter. The story is predicable, however, the couple's nemesis is a snake and I enjoyed the slightly suspenseful journey to his discovery and subsequent downfall. Heather Ryan is a philanthropist and devotes all of her time to helping others in need. She is also the daughter of Patrick Ryan, the owner of the Atlantic City Hustlers, a professional hockey team. For the past few years, she has secretly crushed on the team's captain, Zac Elliot. Most recently, she and Zac have gotten together, which has resulted in a love affair that is strictly off limits. Naturally, the press finds out about their relationship and all hell breaks loose. Luckily, they are able to conquer the obstacles that are preventing them from being together. Another successful romance from Entangled Publishing. I liked this story, however, I wish it was a lot longer and had a little more heat. The main characters are intriguing and likeable. Until the final chapter, which is overwhelmingly joyous, the holiday theme is primarily in the background. Overall, this is an engaging novella and it will keep you entertained from start to finish. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
ARC Courtesy of Entangled Publishing This is a really sweet little novella about Zac and Heather and is perfect for the holiday season. Zac is a pro hockey player who is captain of his team and is in the midst of his best season ever. He is also in the middle of negotiations to renew his contract for the team he loves like his family. Heather is a philanthropist who runs various programmes for the Atlantic City Hustlers Ice Hockey Team. Her dad owns the team and Heather loves her job helping kids. Zac has had a mad crush on Heather for the last 4 years, but had not pursued it due to her being the owners daughter and totally off limits. However fate has other plans for our couple and when they finally do get together the sparks fly for these two. Not everyone is happy they are together and when the media and his team mates find out, they will have to decide whether their attraction to each other is enough to continue their relationship. A really sweet read, which I highly recommend. Not to mention a great start to what I hope is going to be a series!!!
This book is a great read. Heather and Zac story is even with the odds against them, they still find away to make it work.
Flirting On Ice by Veronica Fornand and Susan Scott Shelley is a quick and fun contemporary romance novella that was enjoyable-especially if you enjoy sports romances. An ARC was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Heather Ryan is the daughter of the Hustlers owner. Zac Elliott is playing the best games of his career for the Hustlers. Heather is strong and independent but also a sweeheart who works tirelessly for her family's foundation to help teenagers. Heather and Zac's previous contact has always been work related because Zac works with some of the youth that come to the ice rink. Then one day they meet as just two people out on a Saturday and get to know each other. They find they have a lot more in common and the sparks begin to fly. The story moves quickly and there is so many emotions involved with all of the characters. Heather's parents are secondary characters that are detailed and relatable. The swarmy bad guy was perfectly icky. The hockey team members were little vague to me, so I wasn't clear on why they were so negative. I thought this was a very good debut book by these two authors. I loved how the author's made the HEA work for everyone in the story, and I do mean everybody.