Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel

Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel

by Kelly Jamieson

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Overview

Meet the Wynns—a hockey dynasty built on family, money, and drama. From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson, the first novel in a new series is a total win-win.
 
“Kelly Jamieson is an auto-buy for me.”—Carly Phillips
 
After an injury forced Théo Wynn to give up professional hockey, he turned to his second love: numbers. Now, as the general manager of his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, Théo is dying to prove to the rest of his family—especially the brother who betrayed him—that he’s just as successful as the rest of them. If only Théo had a gorgeous woman on his arm to complete the picture. . . .
 
Lacey Olson needs to get out of Las Vegas right now, thanks to her no-good, crooked brother. When a handsome stranger who’s out partying with friends comes to her rescue in the cocktail lounge where she works, they strike up a conversation that leads to a crazy plan: her leaving with Théo for L.A. tomorrow. A few drinks later, the idea gets even crazier: a quickie marriage that works for both of them.
 
But back in California, Lacey immediately turns Théo’s precise, well-ordered life into one big beach party. And before long, she’s tempting him with her smart mouth, sexy body, and sunny charm. The last thing Théo needs is a real relationship to distract him. Because he only plays to win. . . .
 
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
GAME ON
 
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
 
This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Advance praise for Play to Win

Play to Win gave me all the feels! Theo and Lacey are a couple you’ll root for!”USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101969441
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: Wynn Hockey , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 3,219
File size: 3 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

Théo

This is the weirdest f***ing job interview I’ve ever had.

I rise from the chair in my Las Vegas apartment and carry my glass of whiskey—Crown Royal XO—over to the window. Outside, the pool shimmers turquoise in the dusk, palm trees silhouetted against the cobalt sky.

“Come on, Théo.” My grandfather speaks from my big brown leather couch where he’s still sitting. “I can’t believe you’re not jumping at this opportunity.”

I turn to face him. At seventy-two, he’s still a fit-looking man. I don’t think he’s lost an inch of his six feet two height. His physique isn’t as muscled as it was back in the days when he played hockey, but he’s still imposing. His mostly gray hair has receded at the temples, but he has hair. After living in California for nearly forty years, the legendary scar across his right eyebrow isn’t as prominent now that his face is tanned and his forehead and eyes are more creased.

He fixes his blue eyes on me—eyes that were once piercing but now look a little cloudy.

I walk back over and sit on the chair across from him. I lean forward, elbows on my knees. “Grandpa. You know I can’t take this job. My dad would crap hockey pucks and go ape shit on my ass if I came to work for you.”

Grandpa smiles. “Yeah.”

I narrow my eyes at him. “Is that why you’re doing this? Because I don’t want your f***ing job if you’re just doing it to piss off Dad.”

“No.” His smirk morphs into a scowl. “That’s just a happy side benefit.”

I roll my eyes. Christ. This feud between my dad, my uncle, and their father—now sitting here in front of me—is bringing back my stomach ulcer. I ignore the gnawing feeling in my upper abdomen.

Yeah, my dad would flip shit if I took a job working for his father, but there’s more to my refusal than that. I’m not afraid to admit that I want my dad to be proud of me and what I do, but I could live with pissing him off. What I couldn’t live with? Taking this job and failing miserably. I’ve had enough experience letting down the family to know that this would be the ultimate disgrace. And it wouldn’t just be my dad . . . it would disgrace the entire Wynn family, the hockey dynasty known worldwide. No pressure at all.

“I told you why I want you for this job,” Grandpa continues in his rough voice. “You’re a smart guy.”

I almost snort. Yeah, I’m smart. So smart everyone thought I was a total dork growing up.

“You know hockey,” Grandpa says. “More important, you know the hockey business. Look what you’ve done here in Vegas.”

“I haven’t done it all myself.”

I’m the assistant general manager of the expansion NHL team here. They hired me three years ago even though I was only twenty-five years old and had no experience managing a hockey team. But I’d built my hockey analytics business Coast 2 Coast into something people were taking notice of. Yeah, we’ve had some success here, and despite my protest, I know I’ve contributed a hell of a lot to that success.

“Don’t you want to, though? Don’t you want to manage a team?” He eyes me shrewdly.

Dammit. I do.

The idea of being the general manager, of being in charge of everything—responsible for acquiring the rights to player personnel, negotiating contracts, moving out players who no longer fit on the team, the challenges of constructing a team under the salary cap, along with managing the scouts, the trainers, the coaches—it’s what I’ve wanted . . . well, not my whole life. What I’d wanted my whole life was to play in the NHL, and I’d achieved that . . . for six short months before it had been slew-footed (hockey talk for when some asshole kicks your feet out from under you).

But since then . . . hell yeah. I want it.

But taking a job working for my grandfather, owner of the California Condors hockey team in Santa Monica, with all the shit that exists in my big, crazy, f***ed-up family . . . if I think my ulcer is bad now, holy shit, I’d be not only eating proton pump inhibitors, I’d be downing beta-blockers for my blood pressure and probably Xanax too.

Not that I’m stressed or anything.

Not only is there bad blood between my dad and my grandpa, for a whole lotta reasons, I’m not on speaking terms with my brother, JP. That jackhole f***stick. JP plays for the Golden Eagles, which my dad owns, coached by my uncle Mark, who my grandpa recently fired. (That whole shit show is a long story.) The Eagles play out of Long Beach, only a short freeway drive away from Santa Monica, meaning it would be tough to avoid seeing JP.

Ah f***. The Condors haven’t made the playoffs in years. The challenge of it yanks at something inside me, making my skin prickle everywhere. The palms of my hands tingle as I toss back the rest of the whiskey. “This is nuts, Grandpa.”

“You’re the one I want. You’ve got the brains, the logic, the common sense . . . but you also have the passion for the game. You work your ass off all the time.”

Another uncomfortable truth. I may have been called a workaholic a time or ten.

Then Grandpa says the magic words. “You’ll have complete autonomy to rebuild the Condors as you see fit.”

I sit back in my chair and study Grandpa. While this is enticing, I’m skeptical that he’s going to turn everything over to me.

“There’s something special about you. Lots of people in the league are seeing it. We can do great things together.”

I can’t help but smile as I slowly shake my head. “You’re good.”

“I’m not blowing smoke up your ass.”

Grandpa is known for his colorful language.

“This is serious business,” he adds, his voice gravelly. “You know this team is important to me.”

I nod. “Yeah.”

Hockey’s been Grandpa’s whole life. He grew up in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, playing hockey on a pond. He had a long, successful career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, was traded to the Condors, where he played three seasons before retiring, and two years after that he bought the team he’d played for. The Condors had a lot of good years, but sure as shit not lately.

Grandpa has four Stanley Cup rings from his time with the Leafs, but that was five decades ago. The Cup has eluded him ever since, and I know he wants it one more time. I get it. I’ll never get to hoist the Cup as a player . . . but I want it too. So f***ing much.

“I don’t make rash decisions.” I meet Grandpa’s eyes.

“I know. You’ll think about it.” He stands. “I’m flying home tonight. Thanks for listening to me.”

I walk him to the door and we shake hands, pulling each other in and giving each other a smack on the back.

“Good to see you, Grandpa.”

“You have until Friday to make a decision.”

I snort out a laugh. “Good to know.”
Alone in my apartment, I stand for a moment and draw in a breath. Shaking my head, I let it out and head to my computer. Where else would I go? If I’m going to make a life-changing decision, I need data. I need all the facts.

We’re building something great here in Vegas, and I’m a part of that. I could stay here and continue that trajectory. Even though I don’t always agree with everything my boss does. Even though I can clearly see different paths to where we want to go.

Or I could take a risk on trying to build a losing team into a winning one.

I try to ignore the push and pull of excitement and fear, the tug between desire for change and maintaining the status quo. I make decisions based on sound rationale, not emotion. That’s me. Logical. Analytical. Sensible. I gather information, weigh the alternatives, and consider the pros and cons. Emotion shouldn’t come into it. Just feasibility, acceptability, and desirability.

First, I need some extra-strength Tums. And another shot of Crown Royal.

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Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 10 months ago
Playing to Win is the first in the latest series from Kelly Jamieson, Wynn Hockey. This is Theo Wynn and Lacey Olson’s story and I really enjoyed it. Theo is a retired hockey player who now manages his grandfather’s NHL team, the Los Angeles Condors, in opposition to the one his father owns. Theo has demons and he is determined to make a success of his new job. When Lacey gets into trouble at her waitressing job, Theo rushes in to rescue her. From there common sense goes flying out the window and Theo and Lacey embark on an adventure that soon sets the cat among the pigeons.. The family dynamics of the Wynn family had my head spinning, dysfunctional is not a strong enough word to describe this family.   I really liked Theo and Lacey, they were great characters and I enjoyed their story line. The chemistry between Theo and Lacey simply smoulders. Will they both realize the potential their relationship has or run before it has a chance to flourish? Can something fake turn into something real?
JWright57 10 months ago
4.5 Stars for Play to Win book 1 in the new Wynn Hockey Series. Kelly Jamieson certainly knows her hockey and if this book is anything to go by this new series will be great, if you love hockey romance you will want to read Theo Wynn and Lacey Olson’s story. Theo was destined for a life as a hockey player his family are players or owners of NHL teams but when his career was cut short by an injury the only thing to do was run a team for his father but now his grandfather is trying to poach him to become manager of his rival team will Theo jump ship and join the enemy......... Lacey meets Theo when he comes to her rescue when she is being harassed at the bar she works in, Theo may have thought he was just playing the knight in shining armour but the instant attract and a few drinks down the line sends all common sense out the window and they end up with a marriage certificate in their hands.. I loved this couple and what can I say about the Wynn family apart from it looks like this author has shaped a series around a family we are bound to love, yes they have there problems and sometimes they don’t get on but when it comes to the crunch family sticks together. Looking forward to more from the Wynn Hockey Series.
bklvr16 2 days ago
Play to Win is the first book by Kelly Jamieson I've ever read and I really enjoyed it. I liked Lacey and Theo from the start. Their attraction was immediate even though they were strangers and from totally different worlds. Theo was the son and grandon of wealthy hockey team owners. Lacey was a waitress in Vegas with a no-good brother who has stolen money from her for his own purposes. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Anonymous 2 days ago
Play to Win: A Wynn Hockey Novel is the perfect summer read
Anonymous 23 days ago
very++good++story++
Anonymous 4 months ago
Enjoyed+the+story.
JoannaDursi 5 months ago
I loved this one from the beginning! Lacey and Theo start off in a very unconventional way but since it’s based on good reasons it was so easy as the reader to just go along for the ride. I am pumped to read the rest of this series and get to know all the inner workings of the CRAZY Wynn family.
lisareads 6 months ago
I loved this book. Theo is definitely book boyfriend material, but I think what caught my interest more was the large family involved and Lacey's knack at bringing them together. I love the premise, one of my favorites. They have to overcome so much past and it is so fulfilling to follow them as they find their HEA. Thank you to Net Galley
sandie333 7 months ago
Great start to the new Wynn Hockey Series. I'm a fan of Kelly Jamieson's other hockey series and this one is starting off just as good. Play To Win introduced the entire Wynn family and you can just see all the sub-plots for the future stories. I loved Theo and Lacey's story, opposites really do attract he has a bit of OCD and doesn't really like to flex, she is more adaptable to whatever life throws her way. I loved that even though the Wynn family is wealthy they accepted Lacey for the hard-working, loving, giving person she is. I love this author's writing style and the way she builds such believable characters. Can't wait for the next Wynn book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Who doesn’t love a good hockey story...but this time with a family full of people like the Wynn’s.
Jennann3 9 months ago
Theo Wynn’s family is well known in the NHL hockey world. When a blow to the face damages his eyesight, he’s forced to retire from a game that means everything to him. Luckily, he’s extremely intelligent and good with numbers. When his grandfather offers him the job as GM for the Los Angeles Condors, he jumps at the chance to prove himself. His family dynamics are interesting, to say the least. Theo’s not sure if the job offer is a testament to his abilities or his grandfather’s way to get back at his father. Nevertheless, he accepts. Only, he doesn’t want to return home without a “girlfriend”. Lacey is doing her best at just getting by. Although Lacey has a twin brother, she often finds herself alone. Struggling. Losing her mom to cancer has only made life lonelier. While serving drinks one evening, she is “hit on” by some loan sharks. Her brother thought she’d gladly pay off his debts! Instead, Theo comes to the rescue. After a wild night of drinking and touring Vegas, they decide to a quickie marriage of convenience. But soon, convenience becomes so much more... This novel is that and so much more! Theo’s family is so dysfunctional it’s hilarious! Theo is OCD, while Lacey is carefree and loving life. I saw sooo much of myself in Theo while wishing I could be a little more like Lacey! Her ability to see through and into Theo’s heart was stunning. She’s had such a hard life that the hopes of something more was too hard for her to grasp, so she runs. And I loved the penguin x2! Symbolism at its best! Loved it and I can’t wait to read more of this series. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
bowlergirl81 10 months ago
Théo has a lot to prove to his family and Lacey is running from Vegas and the men her brother owes money too. They get married before they leave Vegas but don't want to have a 'real' relationship. I read part of the book right away, it was good, but I didn't think anything particularly special. However, the next morning and all through that day I kept thinking about the book and couldn't wait to go home and read more. At bedtime, I was just going to finish a chapter, but ended up finishing the book, I just couldn't put it down. I loved seeing the relationship develop between those two, as well as all the crazy family drama. It certainly sounds like there is never a dull moment in that family. This is the first book I've read by Kelly Jamieson, but it certainly won't be the last. I can't wait to read more about the Wynn family and to check out other books she's written. I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review #netgalley
Momma_Becky 10 months ago
This start to the series is so much fun. Theo and Lacey start their romance in a fake marriage, but it's a bit different than what we're used to seeing. This pair is two sides of a coin - he's ordered and precise, and he plans everything while Lacey is more a take things as they come kind of girl and goes with the flow. They become fast friends and the chemistry between them is just so good. Then we meet all the other players in this game, mostly made up of Theo's family. The Wynn's are a great big hot mess with a flair for drama. Needless to say, there is angst, but true to form, the author also gives us plenty of fun and some oh, so sexy times. Theo and Lacey's romance is a great start to this series that promises to be a wild ride, and I can't wait to see what's next for this crazy family.
MiekeReads 10 months ago
Play to Win is a strong start to the Wynn Hockey series. (Sadly, I just realized the win/Wynn pun.) While the book does follow the "fake boyfriend" trope, I still found it fresh and engaging. Lacey is a sweet and spirited heroine, who has had a lifetime of bad breaks. Theo is a stand up guy who has had a lot of advantages in his life but has also taken some hits. I always felt like they belonged together, despite some poor communication at a few points. The Wynn family itself had well written characters and makes me look forward to the upcoming books in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I received an ARC in exchange of my honest review.
2kasmom 10 months ago
Theo gets an unexpected visit from a relative. Not sure what to make of the out-of-the-blue visit, he goes out to celebrate with some of his team friends. That's when he meets the vision he wants to protect. Lacey is having a really bad day. Her brother stole from her. Then he sold her to some goons he owes money to. What can she do without having to pay his debt? Then she meets the handsome former hockey player with the sexy eyes. This is a new series by a great author. She is always a sure purchase author. Hockey makes it all the better for me to read. I loved the humor, the suspense, and especially the heat that jumped off the page with this couple. Sexy and sweet, this book was a great read. I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP! ***This ARC copy was given in exchange by Netgalley and its publishers, for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 10 months ago
After a side lining injury forced him to retire from hockey Theo Wynn found another way to experience success in the hockey world, by being the general manager of his grandfather's Los Angeles Condors. His new job has come with a painstaking cost though, when you go head to head against your fathers team it tends to ruffle feathers and stir up loads of drama amongst the family. But he's not about to back down from them, he plans on showing him that he can be as relevant off the ice as he was on it. The only thing he is missing to complete the happy little picture is a beautiful wife to dangle off his arm. Enter Lacey Olson, the moment he comes to her rescue at the lounge she is slinging drinks in, he knows he has found his missing link, she is beautiful, and looking for an escape. Now he just has to figure out how to convince her to play along, and keep the sparks bouncing around between them at bay! Play to Win kicks off a sexy new hockey romance themed series from Ms. Jamieson, and I have to say she picked the perfect starting point with Theo! His story was all kinds of steamy and dramatic, it tugged on the heartstrings, and kept me engaged the whole way through. It also laid a foundation for future installments, and left me aching to learn more about this family! I am excited to see which one of Wynn family members graces the pages of the next installment, this family really has an interesting story to tell. And a whole lot more healing and making amends ahead of them... which means lots more emotional heart squeezing stories to come!! Highly recommend this one, it's a perfectly crafted romance loaded with swoons and feels!! I requested an advance copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.
MLupher3 10 months ago
4 This was a roller coaster of a romance. I thought things were a little predictable for Lacey and Théo, but at the same time their chemistry was off the charts. Without saying too much,I thought the blurb seemed a little misleading with Lacey turning Théo’s life into a beach party, which yes there seems to be more spontaneity, but to me it sounded like she was a party animal, when she’s a girl living her life while she can. She isn’t trying to take things for granted, Théo included. They’re made for one another. I would recommend this HEA if I was asked.
astroyic 10 months ago
Charming, Sexy & Entertaining! OMG This series is going to be so, so good. I can’t wait for the next story in this series. Getting to meet all the Wynn Family was quite the treat. You know what they say. That there is a thin line between love and hate. Well get ready to see the drama and how accurate that statement is, in this larger than life family. Théo Wynn has just accepted a position as General Manager of the California Condors Ice Hockey Team. His whole life he had wanted to play in the NHL and he did, until a injury ended his career. But all his life Théo also had a mind for numbers. So he took his mind for numbers and applied his knowledge of hockey and started a hockey analytic business coast to coast. Now he just needs to prove his worth to his family. So with his last night in Vegas he finds himself at Silk, a high end cocktail lounge where he becomes a knight to a damsel in distress. Lacey Olson has never been so desperate. Her twin brother is missing along with the money in her bank account. Her twin brother Chris has a gambling problem, and she is sick and tired of enabling him. When she is confronted by two men that want her to payoff her brother’s debt at her high-end waitress job, she knows she needs to get out of Vegas and let her brother clean up his own mess for once. So, when a hot, stranger comes to her rescue after she gets fired, she can’t believe what the stranger is offering. And before the night is through, she is married to him and heading to California. I loved that the series started with Theo and Lacey’s story. These two have instant chemistry and so much in common. But they are also so open and honest with each other. Their conversation and relationship is heartwarming, sexy and fun. You can’t help but fall for them and root for their HEA! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
micharch 10 months ago
Lacey had no idea what she was in for when she met Theo Wynn. He was out for his last night in Vegas before moving to California to start his new job as GM for the Los Angeles Condors. Lacey finds out that her brother is in more debt that she can even contemplate and the thugs after him was to use her as payment. Theo steps in and so begins their journey. Theo was honest and said he wanted Lacey to bring to his next family function so he didn't have to face his brother, JP and the woman he stole from him, Emma. I wasn't quite prepared for the quickie wedding within hours of meeting each other, but for these 2 it worked. They could not have been more different in their life philosophies but they did bring out the best in each other. ' Kelly Jamieson did a great job of showing what a general manager of a hockey team does. Her stories usually center on the players, so this was an interesting change for me. Theo is a numbers guy and he needs that knowledge to help him figure out what he is going to do to get the Condors to be a winning hockey team. The Wynn family has a lot of dysfunction in it. They sue each other, yell at each other and declare all out war on each other with no shame. In short, they are a hoot to read. There is no filter with them and it is interesting to see how they interact with each other. Lacey only has her twin brother to rely on and, suffice to say, that is not working out well for her. I did like how she made new friends and seemed to put herself out there and now just wallow in what happened to cause her to have to flee Vegas. The fact these 2 learn to depend on each other was pretty significant in this story. I won't give away what happens, but it was a good read. I am quite interested to see where Kelly Jamieson goes with this series. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
JustNicole 10 months ago
What a fun read! Author Kelly Jamieson starts off her new hockey series, Wynn Hockey, with this first book, Play to Win. I always love a good hockey story, and although this wasn’t a “hockey player” so to speak, the main hottie with the accountant appearance, Theo, is a former hockey player, and now the manager of the of the California Condors. Thanks to a slightly dysfunctional family, Theo’s Grandfather is able to convince him to take the position he is offering him. Lacey is a struggling waitress is in a complete bind, thanks to her worthless brother. Theo propositions her to leave town with him and get married…and hmmm…why not? The beginning of this story was kind of overwhelming with the introduction of all the characters, but once it got into the storyline I was really hooked. This story had threats, fake wedding, family dysfunction, love, rescue, hockey players, hockey, and heartbreak… everything to make for a great read! I am excited and looking forward to this new series! I would certainly recommend this one!
KindleKat64 10 months ago
Another incredible new series starter here for Kelly Jamieson! The Wynn family sure ought to keep us going for quite some time! They are a hockey family-some play, some own and some manage, but all clearly love it! The family dynamics here are interesting to say the very least and highly entertaining. I’m already loving this series and this is just book 1. Theo used to play hockey but a career ending eye injury has him on the other side now managing a team. He is a numbers guy and very organized and has a plan for everything. Lacey’s plans have not exactly gone how she wanted them too. She has a lot going on either her brother and she just takes things as they come and hopes they will get better. When Lacey and Theo meet the sparks fly high and life is about to be very different for both of them. I love every single thing about this book! The story is amazing, the characters are fantastic, the Beatles music at a certain time in the book is fabulous and the ending is incredibly satisfying!! Can’t wait for more!!
CeeCeeHouston 10 months ago
5 HOT!!! Hockey stars. Play To Win is the first in a brand new hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. This new dynastic family is the ‘Wynn’s and it’s one of the biggest and most convoluted bunch of people I’ve ever read about in a fictional story. Théo is the first of the Wynn’s to get his story. He’s on a night out celebrating with friends because he is leaving Las vegas for a new job the next morning, when he meets Lacey. Lacey is a cocktail waitress struggling to make her rent when she gets to tend Théo table, and even though they shouldn’t, they are attracted to one another. It’s clear from that first moment that these two are destined to be together. When Lacey finds herself out of work and in deep water, Théo offers a helping hand, and she soon finds herself in Los Angeles and living the high life. Théo’s life is changed in many ways when he has spontaneous and lively Lacey under his roof, but it’s what he needs to get his head out of the ‘analytical’ mire his gets bogged down in. Théo is a former NHL player, and has been hired by his grandfather to be GM of his team, so he has a lot on his plate already and adding Lacey is at times more than he can handle. Plus, he has one crazy mixed up family, when a lot of conflict going on. Théo and Lacey’s relationship may be unconventional at first, but the chemistry is all to real and soon, so are their feelings for one another. But, it only takes one misunderstanding for it all to go sideways and it’s down to Théo to set things right. I really enjoyed this book, Théo and Lacey make a great pair. They are believable. Sweet and romantic at times and whew! Some of the steamy scenes might make you blush, lol. Great start to a fabulous new series that I can’t wait to read more of. Book 2, In It To Win It, can’t come soon enough.
SmutCrazy 10 months ago
Théo Wynn is part of the Wynn hockey dynasty. Everyone in his family has something to do with hockey, wether they play it, own it, manage it or work in the back offices. On top of that, there is plenty of drama to go around. When his grandfather approaches him to come and manage his team the Los Angeles Condors, Théo decides to make the move from Las Vegas. Right now he’s an assistant manager and the thought of making all the top decisions, excites him. He’s always been a numbers guy, but that’s not how he started. Playing hockey was his first love, till the accident when a puck hit his eye. At one point they thought he would lose his eyesight, thank goodness that didn’t happen, even thou he was never able to play professionally again. On his last night in Vegas, Théo goes out for drinks with his teammates. When Lacey Olson finds out that her addicted gambling brother has emptied everything in her bank account again, she panics. How will she pay her rent. Lacey has been bailing him out since their mother passed away. A waitress in one of the more famous casinos in Vegas, she likes her job but not the long hours in high heels. On this particular night, Lacey is having a difficult time with a group of men that are looking for her brother, since he stiffed their bookie. Now they say she has to work for them as a prostitute to pay his debt. Théo, who was nearby heard all this transpiring and came to her rescue. If things couldn’t get any worse, she gets fired since those goons insisted she had stolen money from them. Now that they are threatening her, Lacey knows she needs to get out of dodge. When Théo invites Lacey to come with him to LA till her brother gets his act together, she thinks he’s crazy, but then it got crazier. He proposes that they get married! This is another hit for Kelly Jamieson! There is nothing she can’t write! I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Madm007 10 months ago
I loved this story of Lacey and Theo, how they met and what happens after that. Theo is so hunky and now a GM, bc sadly he was injured and it sidelined his playing career. Lacey is a gorgeous woman who finds herself in trouble, so when Theo offers a solution she goes with it. May have been a wee bit of alcohol involved lol. Their chemistry was smoking even tho they were opposites and I enjoyed reading their ups and downs, along with their quirks and banter. The Wynn dynasty was a bit overwhelming with the many character intros, dirty laundry airing, etc. and I just didn't cohese with all that in the 1st book. That, to me, made it feel 2nd or 3rd generation, depending on which family of ol Bob you would be talking to. I do look forward to reading more in this series, as I'm sure it will all make sense and flow smoothly moving forward. I received an ARC thru NetGalley and am freely giving my honest opinions on Play To Win!
Bette313 10 months ago
Great book that kicks off what should be an amazing new series from this author. I love a Kelly Jamieson hockey romance but with this one we get a different view into the hockey world with insight into team ownership. The Wynn's are hockey royalty and Theo Wynn is taking his place now that his playing days are over. Doing things his way are important so he needs his grandfather off his back. That's how when he meets Lacey in Vegas he comes up with a crazy plan for a fake relationship and a quickie Vegas wedding. That's when the wild ride begins and all he can do is hang on! Don't miss this one. It's a fun read and I definitely recommend it.