Off Limits: An Aces Hockey Novella

Off Limits: An Aces Hockey Novella

by Kelly Jamieson

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From the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, this charming holiday novella features one of the hunky hockey stars of the Chicago Aces.

The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.

Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win.

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


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 Off Limits

“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport

“A sweet story with plenty of heart about that bad boy you always wanted, who couldn’t wait to have you too.”—Cecy Robson, award-winning author of Once Kissed

Off Limits has everything I love from one of my favorite authors: well-written characters, a hot hockey-playing hero, and heat. This is exactly why Kelly Jamieson is a one-click author for me.”—Sophia Henry, author of Delayed Penalty

“Kelly Jamieson knows how to write a swoon-worthy hero. I loved Off Limits.”—Gina Gordon, author of Naked

“I loved how their love for each other was so strong that it was almost tangible and even though they kept denying it everyone else could see it.”—Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101968284
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Aces Hockey Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 21,950
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


“My family is like fudge.”

“What?” Jon gave me a sidelong frown, driving down I-91. “How so?”

“They’re mostly sweet, but with lots of nuts.” I bit my lip on a smile.

Jon laughed. “Tell me again who’s coming?”

“How can you be such a brilliant accountant and not remember people’s names?”

“I have other talents.” Jon’s eyes crinkled up at the corners as he looked straight ahead out the windshield.
It amused me that my new boyfriend could never remember names, because he’s super smart and talented, an associate director in Financial Planning and Analysis at HMNC, where we both worked. But names escape him. As do birthdays and anniversaries. Not that he’d forgotten my birthday, which wasn’t until June, and we hadn’t had an anniversary yet, but he’d forgotten his sister’s birthday and his parents’ anniversary. Not the worst flaw in a man who is kind and smart and successful. Right?

After the two-ish-hour drive from Manhattan, we were almost at our destination—my parents’ home in Greenfield, Connecticut, just outside Hartford. For the first time ever, I was bringing a boyfriend home for the holidays.
This was somewhat nerve-wracking, although Jon didn’t seem too stressed about it. He was laid back about pretty much everything, which was nice. My dad and two older brothers were bossy, overprotective alpha males, so having a boyfriend who basically let me do whatever I wanted and didn’t get worked up about things was kind of nice.

The bossy, overprotective part might be why I was a wee bit nervous about bringing Jon home to meet my family.
I’d actually been surprised when Jon had suggested he come home with me for Christmas. We’d been seeing each other a few months and I liked him a lot. Maybe I was even falling a little in love with him. I wasn’t sure. There were things I really liked about him—we worked for the same company, so he understood my job, he was smart and kind, honest and thoughtful. If at times he thought a little too much before doing anything, that was better than making crazy, impulsive decisions or acting rashly. He definitely wasn’t the life of the party, but who wanted that? Quiet and steady were also good qualities. So bringing him home for Christmas seemed like a big step to me, but hey, he wanted to be with me over Christmas and that was nice.

“Okay, who’ll be there . . . my parents, Brenda and Gary. My oldest brother, Daniel, and his wife, Emily, and their new baby, Christopher, who is the reason for everyone coming home for Christmas. My other brother, Connor, and my sort-of brother, Andrew.”

“Andrew’s the guy your parents took in when he was . . . how old?”

“He was sixteen.”

I stared out the window, a faint ache in my chest as I thought about Andrew. I’d only told Jon that Andrew had lost his own family and had come to live with us. I hadn’t told him anything about that weekend in college. I hadn’t told anyone about that weekend in college.

I closed my eyes briefly, memories flooding back. I had to push those away, though. I’d been avoiding Andrew for years and it was time to get past that old shit and move on with my life. I had a new boyfriend who was a very nice man and I was excited to be seeing my family.

“That was nice of your parents to do that.”

I turned and blinked at Jon. “Um, yeah. Andrew and Connor were best friends and played on the same hockey team. My dad was his hockey coach. Andrew was practically another son to my dad even before he came to live with us.”

“Neither he nor Connor is married?”

“No.” I wrinkled my nose. “Connor’s not seeing anyone right now. Andrew has a girlfriend but I don’t know if he’s bringing her with him.”

I’d never met this girlfriend, but I’d seen pictures of her—blond and gorgeous. Being a handsome hockey player in the NHL made Andrew’s dating life very public. And he’d had a lot of dates. Not that I cyber-stalked him or anything. But since I hadn’t seen him for almost two years and we didn’t keep in touch other than the odd Facebook like or comment, that was the only way I had of knowing what was going on with him. Other than occasional updates from my mom—although by the time she’d told me that he’d been traded to Chicago I’d already known that. Same when he’d won the James Norris Memorial Trophy after his last team had won the Stanley Cup.


“Our exit is coming up next.”

“Okay, good.”

It wasn’t much longer before we were pulling up in front of my parents’ home, the house I’d grown up in, a big gray colonial with white window frames, black shutters, and a bright red door. It was the perfect house for Martha Stewart decorating, but alas, my mother is not Martha Stewart. A wreath we’d had since I was about two hung on the front door, looking tattered and worn, and a garland haphazardly draped the stair railings. A thick blanket of snow lay over the lawn, but the front sidewalk and steps and the long driveway to the garage at the back of the house had been neatly shoveled.

A shiver of excited happiness ran through me at being home, about to see my family—and it was Christmas! I loved Christmas! Also, we didn’t see one another enough. Greenfield wasn’t far from New York City but my life was busy so I didn’t get home very often, and my parents weren’t much into the big city. My brother Connor still lived in Greenfield, but Daniel and Emily now resided in Boston, and they were bringing three-month-old baby Christopher home to Greenfield for the first time.

My brothers had tormented me my entire life, but I knew they always had my back despite the practical jokes and frequent insults, and I loved them too. And my parents . . . well, they were unique. They’d been married nearly thirty-five years, so they must be doing something right, and they’d been great parents, though definitely not Ward and June Cleaver.

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Off Limits: An Aces Hockey Novella 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
This is what I’ve been waiting for from a Kelly Jamieson book! It was a cute, funny and sweet holiday novella about Jenna and Andrew. Andrew plays for the Aces and was taken in by Jenna’s family when they were younger. Off Limits moved quickly due to the fact that a lot of their back story was already established. This is definitely a book to get you in the Christmas spirit. I wouldn’t mind catching up with these two again somewhere down the line.
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Majorly_Delicious More than 1 year ago
An incredibly sweet and adorable novella. Andrew has been living with his best friend’s family, the McFadden’s, since he was a teenager and his family tragically died. He always considered Jenna a little sister but the older she got the more Andrew took notice. He never made a move on her because when he moved in he was warned away by Jenna’s father. Now years later, Andrew has made a name for himself as a professional hockey player. He has a good job, a nice new house but he is still lonely. When he goes back home for Christmas he is surprised to find Jenna there with a new boyfriend in tow. He has always been secretly in love with Jenna and one hot weekend they shared in college and has kept secret has haunted him. He knows they can be explosive together but how can he betray the trust of the family who took him in when he had nowhere else to go. He loves them like his own family but his love for Jenna just as powerful. Jenna will never forget the one weekend she truly got to be Andrew’s center of attention. They were perfect together but she knew deep down it couldn’t last. When her new boyfriend asks to come home with her for the holidays she agrees but once she is back home she starts to see how different the two of them are. Those feelings only intensify the more she is around Andrew and she can’t help but wonder if she is doubting her relationship for valid reasons or is it because she is around her true love that got away. I enjoyed both characters. Andrew was seriously hot and so sweet and possessive when it came to Jenna. You can feel the love he has for her and the internal struggle he is dealing with when it comes to his feelings for her and his feelings of betrayal. These two have a little bit of a journey to get to their HEA but the climb is worth it. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book through NetGalley for a honest review Andrew is a Ice Hockey Player for the Chicago Aces and is going home for Christmas to the family who took him in when his parents left him at aged 14. Jenna is also coming home for Christmas but she is bringing her current boyfriend with her. Will her family except her accountant boyfriend after all they all played Ice Hockey at different levels....... Andrew has loved Jenna since he met her all those years ago and Jenna has loved him since one night in college when they hooked up and things got out of hand .... But Jenna's father warned him to stay away from her when they took him in ......... Andrew and Jenna are perfect for each other and this is a perfect Christmas Novella with a family that love being together and go Ice Skating and on Sleigh Rides together. Romantic and sexy Looking forward to the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the family Christmas fun
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Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was great! First off, it takes place during Christmas, which I totally love stories during the holidays, and I also love second chance romances, so this was a terrific read for me. Jenna and Andrew were adorable together, and I appreciated that Jenna wasn't throwing herself at Andrew like he was god; she was her own person. I like that they've known each other for a long time, and since they had excellent chemistry, their love scenes were steamy, and I liked the scenes in the book; like the ice skating, and I liked that hockey was involved with this book. This was a short book, and since I loved it. I would have liked more in the ending, but this story did feel complete to me. This was the first book I read in the series, and I don't feel like I couldn't enjoy this story without having read the first book, but there were characters from the first book in this one, so you may want to check out the first book; I know I will be, and I also look forward to more books in this series. I really enjoyed the writing and the way the story progressed. This was a sweet, cute, and fun romance, and I loved it!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book 1.5 in the Aces Hockey series. This book can easily be read as a standalone. It can also be read as part of the series, and it is very nice to connect it all up. Everything just makes more sense when you read a series and enjoy it in order. Jenna McFadden and Andrew Ross have been fighting an attraction since they were in their teens. He moved in with the family after his mother died, and was told in clear terms to stay away from her. The attraction is just so strong for them both! Jenna has been avoiding going home for fear of running into him again. She does not want him to find out he is the standard she holds all men up to. When she comes home with a boyfriend, her whole family is wondering why? Andrew has always wanted Jenna. He has forced himself to think of her as a sister. It only works until he looks at her. She just steals his breath. He needs to find a way to fix this. I thought this was a great addition to the series. I loved the banter and sexy times! The book was a definite keeper for my shelf! ***This ARC copy was given by and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really sweet read, loved Andrew and Jenna!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Coming home for Christmas will never be the same. Off Limits is a based on a quirky hockey playing family with lots of love to share. Jenna is bringing her boyfriend home for Christmas. He isn’t her true love but he means something to her. The only problem…her one true love is Andrew, a teen boy that grew up as one of her brothers and someone she can’t have. He is also coming home for Christmas. Andrew is a successful hockey player and the one constant in his life has always been the McFadden family. Coming home and meeting Jenna’s new boyfriend ignites all kinds of emotions, but none of them he feels he can explore. He would never risk his only home and family…or will he. Sometimes you just got to shake things up to ring in that holiday spirit, Off Limits gets those bells ringing. Off Limits was a quick, fun, entertaining and emotion evoking read. I received this ARC copy of Off Limits from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for a honest review.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Off Limits was a good afternoon's read, nothing too deep or angsty just a sweet romance that had likable characters and an enjoyable storyline that's perfect for the upcoming holiday season. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book but I can honestly say Off Limits was a more fulfilling read, looking forward to Duncan's book next in Icing.
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 forbidden, romance that pulled me in with great, hypnotic, alluring descriptions. It was written in dual POV which I love. The characters were well developed and I found them to be lovable and captivating. Jenna McFadden is bringing her new boyfriend home for the holidays to meet the family. She loves Christmas, and is hopeful that her over protective alpha father and brothers will approve of her boyfriend. She is also hopeful that she is finally moving on with her life, and is ready to stop always comparing everybody to him. Her brother, Connors' best friend Andrew. But if she is truthful she is dying to see him. She has had a crush on him forever, ever since her parents brought him in their home after he lost his family. For years now she has been avoiding him, so no one will see her true feelings. Andrew is now a big professional hockey star with the Chicago Aces. He has money, awards, and beautiful women wanting him. But Andrew still remembers the words that Mr. McFadden told him all those years ago when he moved in with the Mc Faddens' "Stay away from my daughter". He has already lost one family he cannot afford to lose another, so he keeps his feelings for Jenna to himself. He thinks he lost her years ago when he wasn't brave enough to speak up after their secret weekend fling in college. But seeing her with another man makes him want to hit him. It is hard not to see the affection and pull they both have for each other, and on Christmas morning when the family wakes up to find Jenna's' boyfriend has left, they all assume he broke up with her. So what is a girl to do? Will she ever get what she wants? Will Andrew finally step up and let his feelings know? You will have to read to find out. Great ending. Highly recommended! Received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Linda_RochesterNY More than 1 year ago
*ARC received from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review* Off Limits is a novella in the Aces Hockey Series. Home for Christmas, boyfriend in tow, Jenna tries hard to ignore her feelings for NHL hockey player Andrew, who has lived with her family since he was sixteen. She knows his loyalty and gratitude to her family is the reason they can't be more than friends even though she lost her heart to him a long time ago. Andrew is surprised that Jenna showed up with a man, not to mention more than a little jealous, but he always told himself he couldn't go there. Now suddenly everything is changing and he has to take a hard look at what he really wants and needs. I loved Jenna and Andrew's story although it was killing me waiting for them to get together! This is a sweet holiday romance and a great addition to the series.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is a cute holiday hockey romance between an NHL star and his best friend's little sister. Andrew was orphaned as a teenager and his best friends family took him in and became his family with the understanding that Jenna was off limits. Jenna has always had a crush on Andrew, but after a college hook up, she moves on and finds love in New York City. She and her boyfriend return home for the family Christmas and realizes she isn't over her feelings for Andrew. Can they find a way to be happy if it means that Andrew loses the only family he has left? I enjoyed this book because it was the perfect mix of holiday romance and hockey heat. The plot was realistic and the characters were well written. I would recommend to fans of sports and second chance romances. I was given a free copy by
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Off Limits is the perfect Christmas novella featuring Chicago Aces Hockey Hottie Andrew Ross. It's Christmas time at the McFaddens house as the family comes together for the holidays. Andrew Ross went to live with the the McFaddens (his best friend's Conner's family), when he was a teen and his own family fell apart. They took him in as one of their own and he has remained just that since that time. There is just one little problem, and her name is Jenna McFadden. Andrew has a really hard time thinking of Jenna in a sisterly fashion. This year, for the first time, Jenna brings home a boyfriend for Christmas, secretly hoping that this will change the feelings she has always had for Andrew as well, which are far from brotherly. Unfortunately, this doesn't work and the chemistry that has always been there is still just as strong as ever, even though she has tried avoiding Andrew for the past couple of years. Andrew finds he just can't stand Mr. New Boyfriend either. Needless to say the stage is set for an interesting holiday as things are put into play regarding and revealing what's in store for Andrew and Jenna in the future. Off Limits is a wonderful novella that is short, sexy, romantic, and just a fun holiday read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait for more of this series. Definitely check this one out.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to read this in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. I love a second chance love story! This is part of a hockey romance series though hockey is only a small part of the story. Jenna and Andrew spent a large part of their teenage years together as her family takes him in after he loses his parents. Andrew heads off to college, and she ends up at the same college a couple years later, and they connect in a very non-family way. Family factors in every aspect of this story from guilt to respect to love and acceptance. I actually cried when Jenna and Andrew admit to each other their love and announce it to her parents. I read this in one sitting because I could not put it down.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book. This is a quick read and even though I'm not really a sports fan, there's not a lot of sports in this. I love Christmas stories, so I knew this book being by Kelly Jamieson, that I would love it! Jenna was raised with Andrew and always secretly had a crush on him. She has a boyfriend that she's bringing home for Christmas, but she wishes it were Andrew. Andrew is a sexy hockey player, who lived with the McFadden's most of his life. Even though he was interested in Jenna, he knew she was off limits.....for life! Read this great story to see how that plan works out of him not giving in to her!!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Off Limits (Aces Hockey #1.5) by Kelly Jamieson Jenna McFadden brings her new boyfriend home for the holidays. Chicago Aces NHL player, Andrew Ross, goes home for the holidays to the family that took him in as a kid. He is jealous of Jenna’s new boyfriend despite that fact that she is off limits. Kelly Jamieson Lights the Lamp with Off Limits: a fantastic addition to the Aces Hockey Series! My heart went out to Andrew. He had a tough upbringing and was fortunate to be taken in by the McFadden’s. It is no wonder he was worried about pursuing a relationship with Jenna. He is a great guy who is easy to root for. Jenna is a fun heroine. She has liked her brother’s best friend, Andrew, ever since they were kids. She is sweet and driven. She has a great family. I love that the story was told from both Andrews’ and Jenna’s viewpoints. It gives the reader a good understanding of both character's perspectives. Not to mention, the mental side comments are priceless, especially Andrew’s opinion of Jenna’s boyfriend. I enjoyed the plot. It was credible and heartfelt. The story is well-written, hard to put down, and has a great ending. Off Limits is a must-read for anyone who enjoys sports romances. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Andrew and Jenna have both gone home for Christmas and the sparks are still there. Andrew was taken in by Jenna's family when he was a teenager and was/is her brother's best friend. He was warned off by Dad upon entering the house that Jenna was off limits. Both Jenna and Andrew have had feelings for each other and even in college a weekend was proof of those feelings. Andrew will never do anything to destroy his chance with the McFadden family and thought he would have to give up Jenna. This book was sweet, hot, raw, raunchy, and FUN. Needed more interaction with the rest of the Aces team but I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. **Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author on Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Jenna and Andrew make a very cute couple. Their uncertainty abt coming together as a couple was most of the book, but there wasn't any unnecessary drama over their reservations, and there were plenty of hot romance scenes. What a great book, i had trouble putting it down. Anyone would enjoy this book, it's a wonderful read.
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Andrew, who is a defenseman in the NHL, was taken in by the McFadden family when he was young and lost his family. He becomes part of the family and best friends with their son but can't help his growing attraction for their daughter Jenna. Jenna has loved him since she was a young teenager but knew they could never be together because she knows he fears he would lose the new family that he's made. I ended up loving this one even more than the first one, which surprised me! There was a lot of sexual tension and you could tell how much they both cared about each other. I loved the interactions with Jenna's family members. I can't wait for Duncan's story!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! While it may be the typical brother's best friend trope with a twist, the excellent storytelling of the author and the great characters she created made this book a notch above the others. I could feel the conflict Andrew had between going for happiness with Jenna and the fear of losing the only family he really has. Jenna and Andrew's chemistry could be felt through the pages. There simply was no denying it and the family's reaction was perfect. This is a great read and one I will be recommending to everyone.
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! I am a fan of all of Kelly's books, but this one just had something more for me. It's a brother's best friend/second chance romance, and I know we've all read both of these types of stories, but I really liked how the story was written. Andrew comes to live with his best friend's family after a tragic accident when he was a teenager. Jenna is his best friend's sister. It starts with childhood crush, the one time college hook up that sets them on their eventual path to each other, and we of course get the HEA. However, we don't always get that in such a mature way. I loved Andrew's appreciation of the family who took him in. I loved Andrew and Jenna's friendship. I loved her understanding of why he was holding back. I loved the family's acceptance of their relationship. It was angst without drama, and that I loved the most. Nothing can ruin a book faster for me than when supposed adults act like a bunch of high school drama queens. Looking forward to the next Aces book!!