Playing Hurt: An Aces Hockey Novel

Playing Hurt: An Aces Hockey Novel

by Kelly Jamieson

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ISBN-13: 9781101969410
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/17/2018
Series: Aces Hockey , #7
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 5,194
File size: 6 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
Chase

Chicago
October

“Holy shit. She’s following me on Twitter.” I stared down at my phone, standing in the locker room of the Moen’s Center following our game-day skate.

“Who is?”

“Jordyn Banks.” I looked up at my teammate and buddy Cam Brickley, aka Brick, and grinned. “Holy shit.”

“Did you even need to ask who?” Bomber (real name James Baumgartner—hockey players have a long tradition of weird nicknames) slammed his locker door shut. “Chaser’s screwing obsessed with Jordyn Banks.”

“No, I’m not.” I studied her profile picture on my phone. Damn. She was so hot . . . the picture was one I’d seen before—black and white, long pale hair waving all around her small face, and those signature big eyes all dark with makeup. I also followed her on Instagram, where she posted tons of pictures and had millions of followers. “I like her music.”

I was lying about not being obsessed with her. Okay, calm down, I wasn’t a creepy stalker. She was famous—a singer, R&B/pop, with an amazing voice. She’d just released her first album this past summer, and it had hit number one on Billboard right away. She’d actually been famous even before that because of a musical TV show she’d starred in as a teenager, but her music was really good, not some kind of bubblegum pop. Anyway, it wasn’t like I was creeping on a random woman. I was probably one of a million other guys stalking her, ha.

And it was true, I did like her music. She really did have an amazing voice. Yeah, yeah, she was hot AF, which was definitely part of the, er, interest, but I genuinely liked her music.

“She’s a hockey fan,” Brick said. “She probably follows all of us.”

“Bullshit. She doesn’t follow you.” I lifted my chin. “I have way more followers than you.”

Not that we were competitive or anything. Okay, we were competitive about pretty much everything. The other day I bet Brick that I could win five face-offs in a row against him, and I won, which meant he had to take off my skates for me every day for a week. It was so sweet sitting on the bench with Brick unlacing and removing my skates.

“How many Twitter followers do you have?” Bomber asked.

I shrugged, then swiped at my phone to check. “Hundred forty-six thousand.”

Brick made a face, and I knew I had him beat. “But still, maybe she does follow me.”

He was busting my balls. “I don’t care. She’s following me. I better thank her for the follow.”

I started to thumb in a tweet.

“Whoa, hold up, dude.” Brick grabbed for my phone. “Not so fast. That’ll come across as desperate.”

I scowled at him as I wrestled my phone back. “Okay, fine, I’ll do it later.”

“As if she cares,” Bomber said. We all started walking out of the arena. “She probably has way more Twitter followers than you. I’m sure she never even reads her replies. Who’d have time for that?”

That was probably true. She had about ten million followers compared to my paltry hundred thousand. I didn’t have time to read all my mentions. Some of them were haters, which I ignored. A lot of them were women coming on to me, sometimes subtle and friendly, other times sending me naked or bikini-clad selfies, calling me “Daddy.” Ugh. It was fun trash-talking my buddies on social media, and I followed some interesting people: other pro athletes—I was a big football fan and one of my buddies I grew up with was a pro golfer; of course other hockey players and people in the business; some political commentators because lately I’d gotten interested in politics; and some comedians because they made my timeline funny. Plus Emily Ratajkowski (sue me, she’s easy on the eyes). And Jordyn Banks.

Social media could be fun and educational, but it could also be dangerous. We were all one bad decision away from being social media pariahs, having our reputations trashed and abuse heaped on us. It happened to a teammate a couple of years ago, and after that we were all given training on what and what not to say. That was why I didn’t post a lot, preferring to read what others wrote. I’d done my time in the negative spotlight, and I didn’t want to go back there.

“Isn’t she dating that British dude?” Bomber said. “The boy band guy.”

I tried to stop myself from scowling. I’d seen the pictures of them together online. “I think they broke up. Dude can’t sing. Those guys were just a manufactured band cashing in.”

“You’re jealous of a skinny guy who dances and sings?” Brick slung an arm around my neck and pulled me into a headlock. “Sad, man.”

“Jerk off.” We pretended to punch each other, then separated when we reached our cars.

It was game day, and we’d just finished our morning skate and the lunch the Aces team provided us. Everyone else was heading home for their game-day nap. I was going home, but not to nap. Yeah, it was a tradition that most guys didn’t want to mess with, but it was a habit I’d never gotten into. The only time I had a nap was if I’d stayed out too late the night before, but that didn’t happen much these days.

I was getting old.

I snorted at that as I climbed into my Maserati. Don’t judge me, it was a reward to myself for signing a contract that I’d been worried I wasn’t going to get.

Anyhoo . . . I’d just turned twenty-five. Not exactly old, but I was considered a veteran on the Aces team, given I’d been playing professional hockey for six years now—though this was only my third season with the Aces.
I had something of a wild past. When I was younger, the whole rich and famous thing went to my head a bit. When I got drafted I moved to the Big Apple, after growing up in a small Canadian city, and got into the club scene. I was one of the youngest guys on the team, and I didn’t know anybody else in New York, so after games they’d go home to their wives and kids, and I’d go out. Unfortunately, team management hadn’t appreciated the shirtless pictures that showed up online and all the attention that got, and I ended up getting traded.

In hindsight, my lifestyle probably did affect my performance. After the trade, I got serious pretty quick. I hated screwing up, and I hated feeling like I’d let people down. No way I was going to go down that path again. Hockey is my life, and my career is everything to me, so when I had a chance to start over in Chicago I made sure I took advantage of it.

That kind of reputation sticks with you though. And it kinda hurt, because we’d won the Stanley Cup the first year I’d played for New York, but after that, management traded away a lot of players and we struggled the next two years. It wasn’t all on me.

I was enough of a team player to know that I did have some responsibility though, and hard enough on myself to be dissatisfied with how I’d played after being drafted eighth overall. And all those news stories about me underperforming in the playoffs those years, the rumors that they’d made me stay in a hotel so I couldn’t go out at night, still pissed me off if I thought about them.

So I tried not to think about them.

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Playing Hurt: An Aces Hockey Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
JWright57 10 months ago
This is book 6 in the Aces Hockey Series but I do believe each one of these books can be read as a stand-alone but you will get a lot more out of this series if you read them all, this is Chase and Jordyn’s Story two celebrities in their own right falling for each other over a exchange of social media posts. Chase is a hockey player who has had a crush on singer Jordyn for as long as he can remember but it all becomes a bit more than a crush when he starts to follow her on social media and she starts responding to his posts who would have guested she felt the same way about him. When they finally meet sparks fly the chemistry is sizzling but can two people who are both in the public eye find a way to take it slow and have time together without paparazzi following them around....... This book has plenty of spicy moments to keep you interested but it also has a lot of fun witty banter that will leave you smiling it’s about a couple that spend their life in the public eye and it’s only at the very end of this book do they get the HEA they both deserve. Great addition to one of my favourite series looking forward to more from this author and this series.
MaimeosAngelsEL 10 months ago
4 Star Review of Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey #6) by Kelly Jamieson This is book 6 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 and this is Chase Hartman and Jordyn Banks’s story. When a flirtation between Chase and pop star Jordyn on twitter leads to a bet that Jordyn loses, she suddenly finds herself up close and personal with the oh so hot Chase. The chemistry between them is intense and yet both have their careers that they need to think about and neither believe that they have time for a romance. Or do they? I loved the banter between Chase and Jordyn which had me laughing out loud on several occasions. The writing was strong and kept my attention and there were plenty of hot and passionate scenes. As they get to know one another it is clear that there is more to their relationship that the flirtation that they both thought it was. What will happen when careers are affected? Will they decide to pursue a relationship or cut it off whilst they can?
lenorewastaken 5 months ago
3.5 stars — Wow. So this one started off like full 5 stars. I ADORED the initial interactions between Chase and Jordyn, I thought they were so cute and gave me all the tummy flutters in the world! I actually LOVED the fact that for once the hero in the story was the starstruck fan who gets a chance with his celebrity crush, instead of the other way around. And initially Chase was so freaking sweet, I couldn’t even!! He was like the epitome of a genuine nice guy, and I was seriously falling in love!!! But the love ended folks. It was somewhere after the second date I think, probably around the time that their sexual relationship started. I think I’ve had a problem with Ms. Jamieson’s steamy scenes in the past…and yeah, just looked at my other reviews, and it appears so. It’s funny how she can completely rock it on the friendship level, and then (for me) just completely miss the steamy chemistry. This was another case of our hero talking during sex and having that not feel natural to me. I also got bored during it, not a good sign. And the emphasis on his appreciation for her body got old…I’m more of a girl who appreciates the whole picture, so focus on physical just is meh for me. And I will say that the steamy scenes never got better for me. I skimmed the last 10 percent of the book because it was more sex scenes and I was over it. Now, that’s not the only reason the love ended. I was also unimpressed with the way Chase’s character developed and the way he handled situations of stress. I was initially really loving the struggles that both characters were facing with respect to their careers, and the injuries they were coping with. Not to mention the extra pressure society put on these celebrities, with careers that are in the public eye and dependent on fans. Seriously, it was really well done for the first half of the book. I particularly loved seeing Chase’s dedication to trying to improve his play (even as I didn’t understand his stubbornness over the injury), and I was curious how his childhood/parents were going to play in all of his reactions. But in the end I was disappointed. Instead of empathizing with him, I thought he was behaving extremely childishly, and his tendency to snap at Jordyn was not attractive. Not to mention, Jordyn’s supposed “flaw” was caring about her friends/family and I guess interfering? with their lives…but am I the only one that didn’t feel like she did anything that wrong? And it felt like she apologized as much as (if not more than) he did, even though in my opinion his reactions were more egregious. I felt like he kept using excuses that were thin, and I just…I don’t know…I guess I felt like I could see where the author was trying to go, but in my opinion she fell short. Which was such a bummer, b/c I LOVED first half Chase. As for Jordyn, well…her story kind of got set aside a bit for Chase’s. I still appreciated it, but I didn’t get as much out of it, you know? And can I say I found it seriously offputting reading about hockey players talk about how they’re the toughest athletes around? I mean, I’m not saying they’re not tough, but who seriously says that crap? But I think at that point I was in disappointed mode, so super tiny things were bugging me. So yeah. I didn’t talk about it as much, but I really honestly mean it when I say the start was SERIOUSLY strong. So strong I’m considering rounding up anyways. I can’t even tell you how much I adored their twitter fli
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great read.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I have read and enjoyed this entire series and went back and reread the series in anticipation of this new release. I agree with another reviewer that there was too much adolescent fangirling and the TBH I just passed right over the sex scenes, which means quite a lot of the book was passed over. This story does not go with the other books in the series. It took me 4 days to finish the book because I had no real interest in the characters. This one goes straight into the cloud. However....Kelly, I love your writing and look forward to the next book in the series.
Lit_Litehosue 9 months ago
I love a good sports romance and I know I can depend on Kelly Jamieson to deliver a good story. Chase and Jordyn may have very different careers and live on opposite sides of the country, but the both end up having to deal with setbacks and injuries in this story. A crush leads to love and with everything they go through they will learn what it takes to make things work even with all they have going against them. Great story, emotionally charged, super sexy and yet tender where it needs to be.
Marlene976 9 months ago
I am a fan of Kelly Jamieson books and especially the hockey series. This is the story of Chase and Jordyn. Chase endeared himself to me right from the start and his issues with his parents were heart wrenching to read. He was a good guy and I liked him until the playing hurt scenes and then he started to annoy me and I was not happy with the way he then treated Jordyn. Re redeemed himself later. Their attraction and chemistry was great.
JoannaDursi 9 months ago
(4.5 stars) PLAYING HURT has become one of my favorites of the Aces series. When hockey player Chase finally gets up the nerve to tweet his crush, pop star Jordyn Banks, rumors spark. Determined to get to know her, he gets her to place a bet on a game. The prize…a date. I think these two came into each other’s lives at just the right time. Chase has been playing hurt and is starting to psych himself out. Jordyn is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Both need to be reminded that there is hope and that their careers are far from over. I loved these two together. My only complaint is that I was left wanting more of Chase and Jordyn. I feel there is much more story left to tell.
1flyerphan 10 months ago
A great addition to the Aces Hockey Series! Chase Hartman - Hockey Player for your Chicago Aces feels he has something to prove. Jordyn Banks - Pop Star, shows him he doesn’t. She has the faith he lacks in himself, and he sees the woman behind the image. They are an unlikely couple, but some Twitter chirping and a bet brings them together. I really enjoyed this book. Their bantering was my favorite part of the book. It was so flirty and fun. I like that the story showed the real people behind the “celebrity”. It showed they are human just like us, with their own demons, problems and insecurities. “We’re all playing hurt, Chase.” . . . “In one way or another. Sometimes they’re bruises you can see. Sometimes they’re things you can’t see.” ARC provided for an honest review.
Dalitza 10 months ago
Kelly Jamieson provides a story with a great blend of flirty, hot and touching romance where pop star meets hockey star. Chase Hartman has had a crush on singer Jordyn Banks for a while, and even though he’s a celebrity in his own right he never imagined that some very public online flirting would lead to an actual date with her, much less form an easy and caring bond with her that would lead to more. It’d be great if he were as lucky on the ice as well. As a former Chicago resident and true hockey fan, Jordyn has always kept track of the Aces and after the best date she’s ever had planned by the very hot and also incredibly sweet Chase she wishes she lived closer and had time for a relationship. When the old adage “be careful what you wish for” comes true, Chase is more than happy to help. But can they find a way around their geographical predicament and balance their very busy careers as well? Jamieson is very talented at writing hockey romances that draw the reader in. Playing Hurt is an appealing story about the life of two celebrities, who find one another through social media and come to care deeply about each other. I was hooked with its initial flirty fun, easy friendship and hot chemistry and kept turning pages relishing the support given by the Aces and Jordyn’s family, the love that developed between the main characters and the exciting hockey backdrop. Slap Shot is book #5 in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. It is a standalone, hockey romance and a wonderful addition to the series with a great plot and wonderful characters. Told from the hero’s point of view and has a happy ending. A great read for Aces Hockey fans or any sports romance lover. Playing Hurt is book #6 in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. It is a standalone, hockey romance sure to please the Aces Hockey fans and a nice add to the series with a fun plot and great characters. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.
UpAllNightBB 10 months ago
4 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog The next player to fall on the Aces Hockey team is, Chase!!! Book six of the Aces Hockey series is Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson. You can read this one as a standalone, but it is more enjoyable if you read them in order. Sometimes you get a little worried when reading a series about all the different characters you encounter, Worried about repetitiveness and so forth. But I have NOT found this at all, they just keep getting better and more unique. Chase is a man of honor, who during his rookie year lived the playboy/bad boy life. Now all he wants is not to let his team down, be the player everyone looks up to. But things are not going as he planned this season. And when family doesn't believe you, things can get a shaky. But when a Twitter flirtation starts up with the one and only super star singer Jordyn, can she be his bright spot in his world that is tumbling all around him? Jordyn having grown up in Chicago, the home of the Aces, but now living in LA, starts a Twitter craze with her love of hockey. But when she loses a bet with Chase, she gets more than she has bargained for. Life isn't perfect and things happen and Jordyn finds herself staying in Chicago and looking forward to hanging with Chase. But with both their careers at a crossroads, its make it or break it. This story was easy to read and flowed smoothly over a long stretch of time. I didn't feel any angst, just a sweet love story in the making. That slow burn, one that you don't realize until it has snuck up on you and is gone. Oh, and we get a sneak peek at all the other Aces Hockey men that we love so much.
PennieM 10 months ago
This is a great addition to this series and stars Chase who is not having is best playing year and not sure why. The previous year he suffered an injury which healed but still seems to bother him on occasion but not all the time. He also has a secret obsession, Jordyn Banks. He has her pictures in his locker, his phone, and follows her on the internet. When they start flirting on twitter, all bets of off! Who knew Jordyn was a hockey fan! She may be a pop princess but she is originally from Chicago and a hockey fan and she and Chase are perfect together. A lost bet ends up in a date and the chemistry is instant. Then the unthinkable happens to Jordyn and she loses her singing voice and has surgery. She cannot sing for weeks and she goes back to Chicago to recuperate and Chase and Jordyn get closer. This book is not like the rest of the series in that these two are younger but it is still very good and well developed. Watching them and their issues come to a head was fun to read and I recommend this one. This can be read as a standalone but this entire series is great so why would you want to. **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
MalkaShayna 10 months ago
I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley.com. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. NHL Aces Hockey player Chase Hartman has had a crush on singer Jordyn Banks, so is delighted when he finds she is following him on his Twitter. She is a big hockey fan and they start exchanging tweets during games, which leads to a bet and a date when she is in Chicago. Chase makes great date. However, since she lives in LA and he in Chicago, she says she isn't interested in a second. But things change. She has an issue with her throat requiring surgery and returns to Chicago, where she is from and her parents still live. Chase meanwhile is having undiagnosed issues with his wrist. They reconnect in Chicago to help each other out. And find that they have a lot in common. This is a beautifully written story, with expertly developed characters. Chase doesn't trust love, because his parents withheld love from him when he didn't want to play as a child and later when he didn't do well. So he doesn't understand or know how to act when Jordyn is so concerned about his health, and like a guy makes mistakes. But Jordyn also shows her love by pushing- sometimes too much. The conflict is engaging in both their personal struggles with their injuries and their relationship with each other. While it is the 6th in the series, there is not a lot of interaction with the other players, so could be read as a stand alone.
nelriv 10 months ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author. (netgalley) I love hockey, love so I enjoy reading about it. I have been following the Ace players from the very beginning, and it is not smooth sailing for them. This story is Chase's and the difficulty he had trying to play even though he was hurt, hence the name. His love interest is Jordyn a singer and she had a little hard time also when she lost her voice for a bit. Their relationship was cute but they had some obstacles to overcome, one was long distance but they made it work. I felt sorry for Chase, his parents were not very nice people it seemed all they cared about was hockey not him..Anyhoo it was a sweet story along with strife.
voraciousreaderKB 10 months ago
GREAT HOCKEY ROMANCE!!! This is the sixth book in the Aces Hockey series and it is a light, sweet, sexy story with characters that are realistic and entertaining. Chase is a hockey player with the Chicago Aces and he has a crush on Jordyn, a R&B singer. Chase can’t believe his good fortune, when he finally gets to meet Jordyn after playfully tweeting her. He is happy to discover that Jordyn is down to earth and fun and they instantly connect. However, the downside is that they are both busy with their careers and they live on opposite sides of the county. I liked both Chase and Jordyn and I thought they make a great couple. There is a lot of pressure that is put on them to always perform at their best. Sometimes they just want to sit back, relax and enjoy life and they can do that with each other. They are good together and help each other become better people. They understand and support one another through some tough times and I love all the sparks they create when they are together. This is another great hockey romance from Kelly Jamieson. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
FromTheSouth 10 months ago
I just couldn’t get into this one, folks. Too much of the main couple fangirling and gushing over each other had me bored to tears. A hand wringing hero who’s lost his hockey mojo isn’t my thing, either. At 40% into, I had lost complete interest. I simply didn’t find the writing or story line all that engaging. Title: Playing Hurt, Series: Aces Hockey (Book 6), Author: Kelly Jamieson, stand-alone but part of a series, hockey player hero, famous singer heroine, stop reading at 40%. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/PR firm.) Book 1 – Major Misconduct, Pages: 278, 10/13/15 Book 1.5 – Off Limits, Pages: 158, 11/17/15 Book 2 – Icing, Pages: 281, 4/19/16 Book 3 – Top Shelf, Pages: 267, 11/8/16 Book 4 - Back Check Book 5 - Slap Shot Book 6- Playing Hurt (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
2kasmom 10 months ago
This is book #6, in the Aces Hockey series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and have a better understanding of this amazing series, I recommend reading these books in order. Chase is definitely off this season. Then it hits a bright spot when he strikes up a social media conversation with a celebrity. His life now appeared to be on an upswing. Jordyn is a busy person in her own right. Also a hockey fan, she loves the Aces since she grew up near them. Talking to Chase is a bright spot in her life too. This was such a sweet and sexy story. I loved the characters, and honestly did not want to let go of them at the end of this book. I found this to be a prefect fit for the series, and a great hockey based romance. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in return for an honest review.
sheilamiss56 10 months ago
This is the first book by Kelly Jamieson that I have read. Even though it is based on ice hockey (of which i know nothing!), the storyline was easy to follow without a background in this sport. Chase is a pro hockey player who has a crush on a pop singer named Jordyn and they start exchanging good-natured insults about their favorite teams. Their tweets are hilarious and filled with innuendos. Ultimately a bet is made resulting in a date. Both Chase and Jordyn are funny, smart and have a depth to their characters that are seldom written. Some of the expressions in this novel are laugh-out-loud funny! The plot is complex with a myriad of issues brought to the forefront of the relationship. This book was not rushed and you felt as though you got the whole story, not snippets. This book is for mature readers due to steamy sex scenes and graphic language. There is a HEA ending that is both believable and satisfying!
carvanz 10 months ago
Chase has had a crush on pop singer Jordyn for a while and when they start flirting via tweets, he finagles a date with her. Jordyn loves hockey and since Chase started following her via social media and she has been watching him play when his games are telecast, she’s more than okay about meeting him up for a date. What follows is a relationship that would normally not come to fruition had Jordyn not had some issues that forced her out of the spotlight for a while. And yet, everything these two do seems very fortuitous indeed. I loved watching Chase and Jordyn together. Their banter was always light hearted and fun, the chemistry between them smoking, and the dynamics of their relationship felt very organic. While I was aggravated a time or two at Chase’s touchiness regarding his own issue, I understood why he reacted the way he did. But he gave good grovel when he messed up and I’m a huge fan of the grovel. This was a very enjoyable read that really doesn’t have a lot of drama or angst. What it does have is just enough to drive the story forward and make the reader question how these two will eventually make a life together. It’s got a great pace to it, fun secondary characters, enough pain in the past to make your heart hurt, and a satisfying conclusion. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
dsubsits 10 months ago
4.5 of 5 stars Kelly Jamieson scores with PLAYING HURT the sixth book in the Aces Hockey series. Left winger Chase Hartman and pop star Jordyn Banks strike up a friendship on Twitter. After losing a bet on a hockey game, Jordyn agrees to go on a date with Chase. The two have different medical issues that threaten their careers, thus relating to one another. This contemporary sports romance in suitable for adult audiences. The story primarily takes place in Chicago. I really enjoyed this story. I love how Chase and Jordyn meet. They have a lot in common and help each other cope with their similar situations. They are a fun couple. I appreciated that they were both so down to earth and that they can act like themselves around one another. I was impressed by Chases date choices. They both had potentially career-ending medical conditions to deal with. It was interesting reading how they handled their situations. They have several obstacles to overcome throughout the story, like Jordyn living in L.A. and Chase in Chicago. Not to mention crazy work schedules. They both grow throughout the novel. Kelly Jamieson does a wonderful job with this novel. It is an excellent addition to the Aces Hockey series. Her writing is skillfully executed, and her plot is fun and heartfelt. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
dsubsits 10 months ago
4.5 of 5 stars Kelly Jamieson scores with PLAYING HURT the sixth book in the Aces Hockey series. Left winger Chase Hartman and pop star Jordyn Banks strike up a friendship on Twitter. After losing a bet on a hockey game, Jordyn agrees to go on a date with Chase. The two have different medical issues that threaten their careers, thus relating to one another. This contemporary sports romance in suitable for adult audiences. The story primarily takes place in Chicago. I really enjoyed this story. I love how Chase and Jordyn meet. They have a lot in common and help each other cope with their similar situations. They are a fun couple. I appreciated that they were both so down to earth and that they can act like themselves around one another. I was impressed by Chases date choices. They both had potentially career-ending medical conditions to deal with. It was interesting reading how they handled their situations. They have several obstacles to overcome throughout the story, like Jordyn living in L.A. and Chase in Chicago. Not to mention crazy work schedules. They both grow throughout the novel. Kelly Jamieson does a wonderful job with this novel. It is an excellent addition to the Aces Hockey series. Her writing is skillfully executed, and her plot is fun and heartfelt. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Lorizen 10 months ago
This is such a great series, however this book wasn't up there with the others. This is Chase and Jordyn's story. Chase, once a bit of a player now settled into his role with the Ace's and has a little girl crush thing going with pop star Jordyn. One day he tweets to her and she tweets back. Jordyn is from Chicago and is a hockey fan. Now living in California she roots for her home team, and the two banter back and forth on twitter until Chase purposes a wager on a game, a date- she agrees and she loses. They have a date, keeping a low profile as they're two public figures. Jordyn's been having a little scratchy throat off and on meanwhile Chase isn't performing on the ice. Turns out he's got a little problem with his wrist from an injury last season. Nothing to worry about he says. The relationship between the two develop and things are done and said and said and done. The puck hits the ice when Chase ignores his injury and that creates a problem between the two of them. Chase creates the problem. This story for me lacked the real life character depth that the others had and it felt like I was sitting on a porch glider. Back and forth and not going anywhere. The rest of the series is fantastic, this one just fell short for me. *arc from NetGalley and Loveswept for an honest review**
SherriBabb 10 months ago
Wow this book was so amazing it pulled at everything inside of me. Too famous people both famous for different reasons end up going on a date. Neither realized how much they needed each other. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I started it and I just could not put it down. Chase was a really good guy who loved hockey but had been let down so many times by people who love him. He had so many insecurities that he didn't even realize he had. Jordyn was a really nice person doing what she loved but something was missing in her life and she really didn't know what. A bet on twitter changed both their lives for the better. Their love story is an amazing journey with so many ups and down. It is a really romantic. Kelly Jamieson did a really amazing job with this one and I cannot wait until the next one. Thanks for the chance to review this book NetGalley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
ViperSpaulding 10 months ago
Chase and Jordyn are both focused on their careers when an online flirtation turns into a real-life date. Their romance develops slowly, as each is having to deal with a potentially career-ending injury as well as a history of not being able to trust enough to maintain a relationship. Theirs is a sweet love story, a little angsty, a lot steamy, complete with a triumphant HEA. I loved the slow build-up, and I enjoyed the friendships they each have with their “people” and teammates. This is a terrific story that had me turning the pages non-stop. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
AT_202 10 months ago
3.5 stars I do love a good sports romance! Jordyn is a famous popstar who is a big hockey fan and used to people using her due to her fame. Chase is a famous hockey player who is struggling this season and also used to people using him. Chase has secretly like Jordyn for a while and is shocked when she begins following him on Twitter. One things leads to another and a bet is made for them to go on a date. However, can they survive a long distance relationship with her living in LA and Chase in Chicago? One of my favorite parts of this book is the witty banter between the two of them on Twitter. They also go on these wonderful dates - oh I would love for Chase to be my book boyfriend based on his date ideas! Chase and Jordyn have great chemistry between them and I enjoy their easy and hilarious banter. I love all of Kelly Jaimeson's ACE's Hockey books and while this one was very entertaining, it is not my favorite. Still Playing Hurt is definitely worth the read and I definitely plan on reading the next book in the ACE's hockey series. I received this book as an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.