Icing (Aces Hockey Series)

Icing (Aces Hockey Series)

by Kelly Jamieson

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Overview

USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber Johnson is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.

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

MAJOR MISCONDUCT
OFF LIMITS
ICING
TOP SHELF
BACK CHECK
SLAP SHOT
PLAYING HURT
BIG STICK

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 Icing

“With chemistry that melts the ice, this novel had me rushing into the zone to finish before the whistle blew. I really enjoyed it!”—Toni Aleo, New York Times bestselling author of the Assassins series

“You’d better wear gloves when you read this book, because the heat will burn your fingers. The chemistry between Amber and Duncan is off the charts!”—Christi Barth, author of Risking It All

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101887202
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Aces Hockey Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 24,646
File size: 1 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

“Oh look—Tiffany!”
Duncan let out a sigh, trudging along behind Melissa as her high heels tapped on the sidewalk flanking Michigan Avenue. He was already carrying glossy shopping bags from Chanel and Louis Vuitton. This was not his idea of fun on a Friday afternoon. He’d rather be . . . well, he’d rather be doing anything else. The glass columns of the skyscrapers around him made him feel claustrophobic and all the people and traffic set him on edge. After living in Chicago for the last seven years, he was a lot more comfortable than he’d first been, but even so this was not his happy place.

Luckily he was a big guy and people moved out of his way on the crowded sidewalk. He followed Melissa into Tiffany, past the large dude in a black suit standing at the door. They exchanged chin lifts.

He immediately felt out of place. In his faded blue jeans, worn cowboy boots, and Chicago Aces ball cap, not to mention being six foot two and two hundred ten pounds, he was like an elephant in a china shop. He ignored the glances that came his way, not sure if they were because people recognized him or because they wondered if he should have been allowed into such an exclusive store. Probably looking at his attire and rolling their eyes, thinking he and Melissa were “just looking.”

The Chanel and Louis Vuitton shopping bags should give them a clue. Melissa was a pro shopper and was never “just looking.” His credit card was whimpering in his wallet in proof of it at that very moment.

Melissa fit right in here, in her lambskin jacket and designer jeans tucked into high-heeled Jimmy Choo boots. Her long blond hair hung in a smooth curtain down her back, topped by a cute little fedora. Perfect makeup emphasized her high cheekbones, full lips, and big eyes. She was all class and glamour, which totally made sense since she earned her living as a model.

She wasn’t a top model, but she was becoming well known and had dreams of fashion magazine shoots in New York, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit shoots in the Bahamas, or what the heck ever.

She bent over a display case, making an almost orgasmic sound. Huh. That was more orgasmic than he’d ever heard her in bed. She was gorgeous and her naked body made him hard as a goalpost, but she always seemed to want it over with as fast as possible. Which probably meant he sucked in bed.

“Look, Dunc! Isn’t that necklace gorgeous?”

He peered into the case.

A salesperson appeared. “Would you like to try it on?”

“Please.” Melissa nodded regally.

F***, the thing was all diamonds, glittering in the lights that were no doubt specially designed to make things sparkly and irresistible. Was she going to want this too? He was starting to feel like he was whipped. Maybe it was time to put his foot down. Nicely.

“Isn’t it fabulous?” Melissa looked into a mirror and touched the diamonds and gold.

“Nice.”

She turned big eyes on him. “Can I have it?”

Jesus, she’d dropped hints in Chanel, stronger ones in Louis Vuitton, now she was outright asking. His insides twisted and little warning bells rang in the back of his mind. “Think we spent enough today, Mel,” he said quietly.

She blinked, then pouted. “But I really like it.” She moved closer to him and set a hand on his chest.

“Not saying you can’t buy it yourself. If you want it that much.”

She bit her lip, then turned to the saleswoman. “How much is it?”

“Twenty-two fifty.”

Yeah, he knew she didn’t mean twenty-two dollars and fifty cents.

Melissa’s lips tightened and she turned back to Duncan and whispered, “I can’t afford that.”

F***. He felt the pressure but shrugged his shoulders. “That’s too bad.”

Anger flashed in her blue eyes. “Seriously? You’re not going to buy this for me?”

He forced a smile. “How about I make a note of that for a birthday present.” Her birthday was months away, but it was a compromise. Right?

Melissa removed the necklace and handed it back to the woman. “I guess not today.”

Her cheeks red, she turned and walked out of the store. Duncan’s own face heated as he met the woman’s eyes. He made a face, like, “Women, what can you do?” and followed Melissa out. On the street, she started walking at a brisk pace.

“Why did you go in there if you weren’t going to buy me anything?” she demanded.

Wait, what? He grabbed hold of her arm. “Hey, hang on a sec.” They came to a halt and she glared at him. She was five-ten and wearing four-inch heels, so they were eye to eye. Hers were frosty. “Are you seriously mad because I wouldn’t buy you a two thousand dollar necklace? After all the money we spent earlier?” He held up the shopping bags.

“I really liked that necklace. I’ve never had anything from Tiffany.”

His eyebrows rose. He studied her. Gorgeous, sexy, hot body. But totally not worth it. He swallowed a sigh. Was he really going to break up with her? In his whole life, the only time he’d ever ended things with a girl was when he’d left Wisconsin to go to the University of Michigan to play college hockey. He wasn’t even sure how to do it. What did he say?

“Um. Look, Melissa. This isn’t working.”

 Her eyes widened. “What isn’t?”

“You and me. I’m sorry.”

Her forehead remained oddly smooth, though her eyebrows twitched, as if she was trying to frown. “What? Are you breaking up with me?”

His gut tightened. But . . . “Yeah. I’m sorry.”

“You’re sorry.”

He wanted to say something lame, like, It’s not you, it’s me, trying to make her feel better. Also, he didn’t have a whole lot of experience with women despite his twenty-seven years, and it was entirely possible he was the one at fault here. As a professional athlete, he had no shortage of dates. Some guys had girls two at a time (if you could believe their locker room tales). After turning pro and moving to Chicago, Duncan had been sucked into all that feminine attention and he’d made up for lost time by screwing around as much as he could. He’d slowed that down lately, feeling like he was ready for something more than just hookups with girls who were interested in him only because he was a hockey player and had some money. But the last few girls he’d been with hadn’t worked out so great, and when a gorgeous model like Melissa had been interested in him, he’d been blinded by her sexy looks and the idea of having a hot babe like her on his arm. His Chicago Aces teammates had been impressed.

So yeah, he’d been with other women, but screwing around wasn’t the same as having a relationship.

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Icing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book in this series!
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Duncan and Amber’s story. I loved how down to earth Duncan was and how independent and hardworking Amber was. I really wasn’t a fan of book one so I am very happy to have enjoyed Off Limits (novella) and Icing as much as I did. I hope that the series continues to improve.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I loved it! The characters are all great, and I love that there is humor throughout the story. I know some readers may be frustrated with Amber's inability to accept help; she's very hung-up on being independent, but I liked most other aspects about her, so that didn't bother me too much. Duncan is adorable and such a sweetheart! I also liked that there are glimpses of the couples from the previous books. Amber is working 2 part-time jobs to pay for school, and to help her mother out, so she doesn't have very much extra cash, and she has had a difficult time with her parents; especially her dad, so she doesn't want to depend on anyone for anything. Since Amber works so much and has school, she feels that she doesn't have enough time to give to a boyfriend, so she has been steering clear of being in a relationship. Duncan is a pro hockey player, who has recently broken up with someone because they were using him for his money, so he is weary of getting into another relationship. Duncan and Amber have an almost instant connection, but they both have their hang-ups about relationships; Amber doesn't have time and doesn't want to date a pro athlete, and Duncan because of the whole being used for money and fame thing. Luckily, they can't really resist each other, and they quickly fall into a relationship, but both are having trouble going all in with each other. I enjoyed the love scenes; sexy and spicy! And I liked that Amber and Duncan spent a good amount of time doing other things together besides just hooking up, it shows more depth to their relationship. I liked the hockey stuff, and I was actually surprised how much the author goes into it; there was a few pages about Duncan playing in a game, but I didn't mind it; it was fun, and I enjoyed the scenes with the other hockey players. I will definitely read the next book in the series! Fun, sweet, and heartfelt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read!
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
Fun! http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books. I love everything Kelly Jamieson writes, especially her stories about professional athletes. This is the second book in the Chicago Aces hockey series, it is a standalone and each book is about a different hockey player on the Chicago Aces hockey team. I enjoyed the first book in this series about Lovey and Mark and this story is about Lovey’s brother, Duncan. Duncan is a professional hockey player with the Chicago Aces and although he lives in Chicago, he is still a country boy at heart. When Duncan breaks up with his gold digging girlfriend, he decides to meet some of his friends for a few drinks. This is where he meets Amber who is working as a bartender. As Amber serves Duncan a few beers, they start to chat and flirt and an attraction starts to grow. Amber is the exact opposite of the women Duncan usually meets. She is down to earth, hard working and when she meets Duncan, she has no idea who he is. Amber doesn't have any interest or time to get involved with anyone. She is too busy working two part time jobs, going to school and supporting her mother. Duncan is a nice guy and I found it endearing that he is self conscious around woman. His priority has always been his hockey career, not pursuing women. He hasn't dated much and is not comfortable with women, until he meets Amber. Duncan is a sweet, down to earth guy and he is always upfront and honest. Duncan and Amber are two genuinely nice people who hit it off from the moment they meet and I loved their story and watching their relationship grow over time. I also enjoyed all the guys on the Aces hockey team. They are a close knit group and I found their antics amusing. Whether it's their game rituals, joking around with each other or trash talking they are a fun and entertaining group. This is a charming, fun and sexy story.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Loved it from almost the moment I opened it. I couldn't put it down. This is a sweet, heartwarming, and steamy sport romance. The characters were well developed and I found them to be heartwarming, giving me all those feels that you are looking for in a romance. This story made me smile, melt, swoon and get swept away. Duncan is a big professional hockey star who has just broken up with his model girlfriend because the only thing she really wanted was his money. He just wants a caring, decent woman even though he isn't sure he will find one. When he meets the super independent Amber they hit it off instantly but she doesn't know what he does. When they both find out what the other does for a living, their trust issues come in to play. But working through their issues in order to see if they can be in a relationship, just might be the best part. These two have great chemistry with some steamy love scenes. Great ending. Highly recommended! Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
I love the Aces Hockey Series. Icing is the second book of the series and features the romance between Aces hockey player Duncan Armstrong and college student/waitress/model Amber Johnson. Duncan appeared in book one, Major Misconduct, but we didn't really get to see what a sweet (and kind of vulnerable) guy he is until now. Amber, who is wary about dating a sports star thanks to her messed up family, is really likable also. I was hooked on this couple from the moment they met at the Sin Bin. It was also nice to catch up a little with the characters from book one. I love Kelly Jamieson's writing. I get so caught up in her stories that it's hard to put them down. I can't wait for the next book of the series. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in return for an honest review.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4 Star Review of Icing (Aces Hockey #2) by Kelly Jamieson Book 2 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. This is the story of Duncan Armstrong, a country boy at heart, living and working in the big city, looking for someone who will love him for himself and not for his reputation as an NHL player. Having just become single, he wants to enjoy life and goes out with his fellow teammates. There he meets Amber, a waitress who attracts his attention until he realises that she is also a part time model. Amber has no time for romance, working 2 jobs to put herself through school and support her mother and the last thing she wants is to be attracted to a professional athlete. However, fate can be a cruel mistress. The attraction between Duncan and Amber is almost instantaneous although they do their best to ignore it. However, some things are just meant to be. Add to the mix, sexy and hot hockey players and this series is a winner. I enjoyed reading Duncan and Amber story and how they get together. Duncan is caring, a protector and I really loved him. Amber is determined to succeed without his gifts and that made her all the more endearing to me. I enjoy Ms. Jamieson’s writing style and recommend this series if you like hot and oh so sexy hockey players. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review through the publisher and Netgalley I look forward to reading more in this series….
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ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 star The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak. Before reading this story please read the below books first Major Misconduct (Aces Hockey #1) This is Amber and Duncan’s story. Duncan is tired of the gold-digging airheads. He meets Amber a hard working waitress who he has a connection with. But once he finds out she also models he tries avoiding her. But the chemistry is out of control for these two. The more he gets to know Amber the more he wants her. Can he convince her that he is nothing like the athlete’s that she is used to. With the past she has and the things she is used to he has his work cut out for him. Will he ever get her to lower her walls and let him in? Or is he chasing a lost cause? Can these two see each other for who they are inside and not who they are portrayed as on the outside? I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Duncan is a pro hockey player living in Chicago. He’s originally from a farm in Wisconsin, so to say he doesn’t really like the city is an understatement. After breaking up with his supermodel girlfriend, he goes to the bar he and his teammates like to hang out where he meets Amber, a new server. They have seem to click immediately until each of them finds outs what the other one does. This book had the premise and writing style to be decent. I had two problem. My main problem is Duncan. The author makes him out to still be a good old boy but when he’s contemplating his female problems it’s referenced how he really got around once going pro. This made it hard for me to really take the good old boy character. Also, even after talking to Amber and knowing her goals, once he found out she models to pay her bills, he automatically put her in the category with other models. I felt he already should’ve gotten a good enough glimpse to know her character. My other problem is I’m not sure how many times the author felt it necessary to bring up his sister and best friend. This kind of got on my nerves. **I received a copy of this story from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Icing is a great story about a hockey star with a heart of gold and a hardworking waitress. Amber is the child of a sport's hero who fell from grace and in general she avoids all athletes as a result. Duncan has found success professionally, but just dumped his girlfriend because she was a gold digger. Duncan meets his friends at a bar, meets Amber and is instantly smitten. She finds amusing and is willing to be friends. Will Duncan convince her to give him a chance? This is fun read that included sports, modeling, family drama, and overcoming the past. I am excited to read the next book in the series! I was given a free copy for and honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4 stars Icing by Kelly Jamieson was a good read. My interest was captured from start to finish. The storyline was entertaining, the characters were likable, relatable and fun getting to know. I enjoyed watching Duncan and Amber getting to know each other. They both had insecurities & trust issues and no interested in a relationship. But the more time they spent together the attraction/chemistry was getting harder to ignore. With time & communication they were able to open their heart and learn to love unconditionally. These two were perfect for each other :) I'm really enjoying Aces Hockey series, imo it's getting better with each book released. Looking forward to Jared Rupp's book next in Top Shelf.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson scores with this latest hockey romance in her Aces Hockey series! As always, she's got a wonderful grasp on the game itself, with live action hockey scenes that are descriptive but not overwhelming for those not familiar with the rules. Since Amber, the heroine, is also a newbie to hockey, it's a cute way to teach the reader a little bit about the game by coaching it as lessons for her. Duncan comes across as an aggressive player on the ice but laid-back, and definitely less alpha when he's not playing the game. He's had his share of women using him for his money, so when he meets Amber, a new waitress at their local hangout (owned by a hockey playing friend), the fact that she's got no idea who he is definitely puts her in the plus box. They've got a few hurdles to cross before they get their happy ending though - for reasons slowly revealed through the story, Amber has a definitely negative view of sports celebrities. And since Duncan's last girlfriend was a high maintenance model, when Duncan finds out that Amber is making ends meet with modelling jobs while waitressing and going to school, he's not quite sure what to think. Fortunately Duncan's character quickly shines through and he's nothing like Amber expects - and ditto for Duncan when it's made clear that Amber wants her independence and doesn't like to rely on anyone else's money or favours. They share a steamy attraction to each other that makes for some downright dirty love scenes between them, putting this in the erotic romance category in my eyes. With its combination of bromances (Duncan's player buddies are all over his new relationship with Amber), family dynamics (scenes involving his sister Lovey, the heroine of book 1 in the series) and a sexy romance, it was an entertaining and very enjoyable read. 4.5 stars.
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
Kelly Jamieson never ceases to disappoint. Every book of hers that I've read come with witty humor, seductive romance, and and enticing story. Her characters show a depth that authors strive for and her words flow as if it were effortless to write, which we all know it's not. Icing is all of those things and more. This book follows Duncan Armstrong who we met at the beginning of the series as Lovey Armstrong's brother. And quite honestly, during Major Misconduct I wasn't too fond of Duncan. He was just so doubtful of Lovey, but in Icing you get to really KNOW him. Not just the over-protective brother, but the real, sweet and incredibly sexy man that he is. On the heroine side we have Amber. She's such a strong character and the two of them together meld so incredibly well. Their basic instincts say not to trust that this is forever, but when they're together it's just so. freaking. good. This book is warm fuzzies, but also deals with the real-world. There are real problems both relationship-esque, and personal-esque things that Amber and Duncan deal with. They both tend to have knee-jerk reactions to each other that land them in hot water, but it's a learning to deal and learning to love story. Even when Duncan is traveling they're freaking adorable together. It's a mix of two strong-willed and capable adults thrown for a loop when emotions make it all so messy. But I could not have asked for a better book. Icing is a quick, yummy read that is a solid 5 start for enjoyment and heat. A stunning duo for the main characters and Amber's backstory gives this what could have been a typical romance book a spin that lend to the depth and development of this book. I highly recommend this series. Each book is a standalone and filled with high heat and enjoyable moments. Happy Reading! ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
Another great hockey story. I am loving this series a lot. This time Duncan realizes that he has been used by women for his money and he swears off women (for all of ten minutes). Amber catches his attention and he is up for another shot at love. Amber is hiding from her past but is determined to be successful and independent. Misunderstandings abound. Will they come to their senses in time? I highly recommend this book (and the series), and I look forward to more.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the second book in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. Duncan Armstrong is a NHL start, but still a country boy at heart. He is newly single and looking forward to a night out with his teammates. He ends up hitting it off with a down to earth waitress, until he learns that she is a part time model. The last thing he needs is someone wanting to be a trophy wife. Amber is working hard as a waitress to put herself through school and has no interest dating a professional athlete. However, the more time they spend together the more they realize that they are different than what they first believed. If you are looking for a great book then you need to read this book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down until the end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 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.
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Icing for an honest review. I'm a huge KJ fan. For the last 5 years, Tag Heller has been my favorite book boyfriend of hers. Well, let me tell you, Duncan has totally stolen my heart!! This book has all the feels and of course the KJ steam!! Duncan is totally swoon worthy!! He is country boy sweet and funny, yet city boy hot and steamy!! Duncan has been hurt in the past. He's given up on women. Being a professional hockey player has it's downfalls. How is he suppose to know if a woman likes him for him, or for his fame and money? He enjoys the simple things in life, and he's pretty sure the high maintenance women he seems to attract won't be happy hanging out fishing at his cabin. Chanel and Louis Vuitton don't go well with his camo ball caps and cowboy boots. Amber is hell bent and determined to finish school, get a good job and never depend on anyone ever again, especially a man, especially a rich, famous man. She learned that lesson and certainly won't forget it. Besides, with two jobs, school and a mother who acts like a spoiled child, she doesn't have time anyway. Amber will never put herself in the position where a man needs to take care of her, she can take care of herself. When Duncan and Amber meet, the sparks fly. But... Duncan isn't sure if Amber likes him, or what he can give her. And... Amber can't seem to get past Duncan's celebrity and money. Can Duncan get past his mistrust of women and their potential ulterior motives? Can Amber see beyond the famous athlete to the simple man beneath? Somewhere between the mistrust and stubbornness lies love, but will either of the see it with blinders on?
MJR72 More than 1 year ago
I really like Kelly Jamieson's Ace's Hockey series. And this newest in the series is no different. Starting off right, Duncan dumps his materialistic girlfriend Melissa when she gets mad he won't buy her something Tiffany - despite just having gone on a spending spree with his money. And feels bad about it! I think Melissa got off easy, Duncan is a nice guy. He meets Amber who's a new waitress at the bar his teammate owns and they all hang out at. Even though he doesn't want another model like his ex girlfriend, turns out Amber is one. She's the complete opposite of his former girlfriend. And she's got her own reasons to be leery of a relationship with a professional athlete. I love that Duncan is still optimistic about love and that Amber takes a chance. Duncan's nice guy wanting to help, but reluctant to be hurt by someone only out for his money. Amber's mother causes a rift - even though it was all assumptions and hurt feelings. You're definitely rooting for Duncan and Amber to work things out - and to not let real life and other people ruin their chance at love. Great read!
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed this. The writing was strong, for the most part. There were a few areas where I was not positive an actual person would speak as they were, but nothing too terrible. The pace was good, the characters were mostly consistent. I liked Amber and I liked Duncan. I thought they both were real, and the reasons they had to be reluctant to date one another at the beginning were reasonable but handled intelligently without over-reacting. Which actually made the end scene with her mom (where neither act intelligently and both over-react) a little tough to swallow. I have not read the other books in the series, and while this was not necessary, per se, I do think that some of the story was lost because I did not have a previous relationship with the team, Lovey or Marc. That said, I didn't feel hindered by this, necessarily, rather I noticed that I may have been missing some back story. Overall, I enjoyed it and am interested in reading the rest of the series. ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NeGalley***
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book! Duncan is a NHL star, but in his heart he's just a country boy. He's been taken advantage of by girls that aspire to be his trophy wife, with money being a big draw to him. Okay, he's HOT too, but it's a moot point! He's finally tired of these bimbos and would love a relationship with a "good" girl who wants him for him not his starshipness. Amber is working while going to college and has zilch interest in dating a jock (smart girl). She has first hand knowledge as to what a "star athlete" goes through via her father. And she doesn't want anything to do with that life. But what happens when Duncan, the hockey star with a sweet heart meets Amber, the girl who hates athletes? You must read this book to find out! I hate all sports, I think they bring out the worst in people, but I enjoy reading hotty sports books that have sexy men in them (as long as they go easy on the sport itself), if that makes any sense! I did enjoy this book!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Duncan Armstrong may be a professional hockey player in the NHL but he is a country boy at heart and tired of being taken advantage of. Soon after he breaks up with his model girlfriend who was using him as an ATM he bellied up to the bar at the Sin Bin and the newest waitress, Amber, catches his eye and they start a push-pull flirting. Amber Johnson definitely does not want anything to do with a professional athlete but there is something about Duncan she cannot deny. This is the third book in this series and completely enjoyable and real. The characters are down-to-earth and the dialogue is quick and clever. These two have both had some things in their past which leave them questioning if they can trust but healing comes with forgiveness. I recommend starting with the first book in the series and you do not need to read the novella in the middle before this one. **Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Duncan is an NHL hockey star that has just gotten out of a relationship because he wants someone to want him for more than just his money. While at his friend's bar he vows that he is done with women for a while, but then he starts talking to the newest female bartender, Amber and is all ready to change his mind. Amber works part time as a bartender and also as a model to get by while she goes to college. She is instantly attracted to Duncan, but when she finds out he is a professional sport player she isn't sure she wants to date him. Duncan is also a little tuned off when he finds out that Amber is also a model since his last girlfriend, who used him for his money, was a model. They both have some baggage and Amber is hiding a big secret about her family's past. I've really been enjoying this series. I will say that I feel like I got into the others a bit more though. I'm not sure what I felt like was missing, which is frustrating, but I did still enjoyed it a lot. I loved seeing some of the characters from the other stories. I have a feeling the next one will be about Rupp, but I would love to have Easton's (Amber's best friend/roommate) story! He just seems like a lot of fun! Amber at times was a bit frustrating when she was being stubborn at accepting help from Duncan. I loved that we still got a bit of interaction between the Armstrong siblings because I loved their interactions in the first one. Can't wait for the next one in the series! ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ** 1 like ·
SandraReadsandReviews More than 1 year ago
It’s possible Kelly Jamieson loves hockey as much as I do, which is saying a lot. Her Aces Hockey series, beginning with Major Misconduct, has been delightful to read and the latest addition to the series, Icing hits the mark. Jamieson blends her love and knowledge of hockey perfectly with sweet, sexy romance which makes Icing a great lazy day read. We met Duncan Armstrong in Major Misconduct and it was hard not to fall in love with the ball cap wearing, Duck Dynasty loving right winger. In Icing he’s sworn off women after his girlfriend makes it clear that his money and status as a professional athlete are more important than the man himself. Vows are tough to keep, especially when Duncan meets Amber Johnson the same night he breaks up with his gold-digging girlfriend. Amber, despite working in a bar owned by a professional athlete, Duncan’s teammate Jared Rupp, has taken a vow herself: stay as far away from athletes as possible. She keeps her private life a closed book. This leaves Duncan wondering why she “likes him even though she doesn’t want to” as their relationship takes off despite hesitancy on both parts. What I love about Jamieson’s books is the slow and steady build of romance between her characters. The reader is aware of the characters insecurities and hang ups, which provides enough conflict to keep one interested while rooting for the couple to overcome them. Duncan and Amber fall in love despite their uncertainties and it’s endearing to watch. Amber is determined to be independent because of childhood issues, while Duncan is at his best when helping those he cares about. As these two work to meet in the middle we’re treated to their witty banter, touching conversations, and explosive intimacy. Plus, there’s the hockey. I’ve read a few hockey romances recently and Jamieson’s are definitely the best. She clearly knows the game and quietly instructs the novice reader while giving the more seasoned fan some realistic moments on and off the ice. Duncan’s relationship and interaction with his teammates is equal parts entertaining and thoughtful as they make their way through the regular season towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. 3.5 Stars for Icing, which releases today. Heat Level: 4. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
cntrygirlzroc More than 1 year ago
Amber has had a rough life growing up. Her father was in the NHL but drugs, alcohol, and shady dealings landed him in jail. Her mother totally broke down and Amber has been supporting her for years. She works as a waitress, a couple of modeling gigs, and goes to school. She meets Duncan, a hockey player who has sworn off women after his ex wanted nothing but his money. She is weary because of him being a pro athlete. And Duncan is because she's a model. But they decide to give it a go. And they both fall for each other. There are some misunderstandings, hunky hockey players, A independent, sexy waitress, and plenty of sex. Amber and Duncan are a little quick to judge each other. *RECEIVED A COPY FROM NETGALLEY*