Slap Shot (Aces Hockey Series)

Slap Shot (Aces Hockey Series)

by Kelly Jamieson

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ISBN-13: 9781101968949
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Aces Hockey Series , #6
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 21,216
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

June 30
T-minus 83 days


It’s all I can think of.

I’m sitting in the ballroom of the Peninsula Hotel watching four bridesmaids dance, and god darn if I don’t have a boner.

The dance floor is crowded, and some of my teammates are up there—tuxedo or suit jackets off, ties loosened, rocking out to the music of Bruno Mars.

My eyes keep going back to one bridesmaid in particular. I don’t know why. She’s pretty, sure, and she has a nice enough body—slender, a few curves, nothing stupendous, though. She has long auburn hair and I’ve never really been attracted to gingers. Maybe it’s her smile.

She’s a good dancer. She laughs at something one of the other bridesmaids says to her, her head going back with utter joy and abandon. Then she turns in a circle, arms above her head, hips swaying. The chandeliers and candlelight glimmer off her peach-colored sequined dress, which is pooling on the floor around her feet because she’s kicked off her high heels.

Her skin is a paler peach color, smooth and creamy, her arms, shoulders, and chest bare in the sexy dress. I can’t see them from here, but earlier when we were introduced, I noticed the pale gold freckles dusted over her shoulders and small nose. That, too, isn’t something I usually find attractive. I’ve always liked tanned blondes, not freckled redheads.

I shift on the flimsy cane chair, my hard-on becoming painful.

This is what happens when you go sixteen months without sex. Yes, folks, that’s what I said. Sixteen months.
It’s a wonder my dick and balls haven’t shriveled up and fallen off.

Of course they’ve had a little personal attention from my hand from time to time. A little couch hockey for one. Playing five on one. Or as my dad said in a memorable conversation when I was fourteen, instructing me on using tissues not socks, dating Rosie Palm and her five sisters.

The memory makes me smile despite the uncomfortable situation in my southern region.

I also noticed that Ginger Spice bridesmaid isn’t wearing a ring and apparently doesn’t have a date for this wedding.

The song ends and the bridesmaids all disperse in different directions. My heart knocks as Kendra makes her way toward me.

She’s carrying her shoes, holding up her skirt with one hand. The sequined fabric almost looks heavy, sparkling in the low light as she walks. She drops into a gold Chiavari chair next to me and flashes me a wide, white smile.

“Hi, Max.”

Yeah. That smile. “Hi.”

“Whew.” She crosses her legs and leans over to slip her shoe onto one foot. My gaze goes straight to where the low neckline of her dress gaps away from her chest, exposing a shadowy cleft. “I worked up a sweat.”

I snap my gaze back up to her face and eye her dewy glow. “That’s not working up a sweat.”

She lifts one perfectly arched eyebrow and re-crosses her legs to put her other shoe on. Now I get a flash of smooth calves and my palm itches to run over that sleek skin. Christ. My dick is at attention over a peek at a woman’s bare legs. He’s starved for sex, apparently. “Right,” she says. “I forgot you’re a hockey player.”

She forgot. Bull crap. Women don’t forget hockey players.

I’ve been off the market for a long time, but even I know that. Women think hockey players are hot. I’ve known this ever since I played major junior hockey back home in Canada and the Wheat Puffs used to follow us with their eyes when we walked down the hall at school, and hang around the arena during games and practices.
I played for the Brandon Wheat Kings, and we had creative names for the puck bunnies there—Wheat Puffs, Wheatie Sweeties, and some other much cruder names I won’t share here.

“Actually, I haven’t played for over a year,” I tell her.

She tilts her head to one side. “No? Were you injured?”

“Sort of.”

Her lips push out. “That sucks. You’re okay, though?”

Not really. “Yeah. You need a drink, spice girl?”

Her lips quirk. “Spice girl?”

I gesture at her hair. “Ginger Spice . . . the hair . . .”

“Ah.” She makes a face. “Okay, then. And yes, I’d love a drink.” She says this with heartfelt enthusiasm that does something for me. “Would it be wrong to drink beer wearing this dress?” She motions at herself.

“It’s never wrong to drink beer.”

She’s half smiling, eyeing me curiously, because what I said sounds like a joke, and yet I’m not smiling. “Well, then, I’d love a beer. Any kind.”

“Be right back.”

I head to the open bar my buddy and teammate Marc Dupuis is so generously providing tonight. With the whole Chicago Aces hockey team here, he’s going to have one heck of a bar bill by the end of the night.

I shouldn’t be drinking. I started an intensive training program this week. The guy I’m working with has me on some weird diet that doesn’t include alcohol. But hell, it’s a wedding, and I’m allowed a cheat day. The two dinner rolls I scarfed down aren’t on the no wheat, no sugar, no soy, and no processed or packaged foods list. I’m supposed to drink goat milk, for fuck’s sake, and eat sunflower sprouts, mung beans, salba, chia, and hemp. I didn’t even know what that crap was before this.

It’s only been a week and I’m sick of the diet already, not to mention every muscle in my body hurts and I’m exhausted, but I have to keep my goal in sight. I have to make it back on the team.

I’m a veteran of the Aces. I’ve played for them for the past nine years—other than last season. Even so, I still have to prove myself at training camp if I want to play. Everyone has to prove themselves at training camp, every year. It’s not going to be easy. I’m not exactly old at twenty-nine, but I feel ancient and there are eighteen-year-old kids coming to camp who are gonna kick my ass. So I’ll do whatever I have to do to make it.

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Slap Shot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Book 5 in the Aces Hockey Series and I had so much fun catching up with the Aces again, each book is about a different player and Slap Shot is Max and Kendra’s story. Max had everything he ever wanted in life, a great career playing a game he loved, a beautiful wife but then life got really messed up when his wife passed away from cancer, Max took time off to nurse her but now he needs to get fit ready for the tryouts that are about to start, will he get his starting place back on the team, will life ever be the same or will Max be lonely forever. Kendra is not looking for a relationship, she has had her fair share of failed ones so for now having some fun in the bedroom seems the way to let off steam, Kendra meets Max at a friends wedding and there is no doubting the sizzling chemistry between them but will one night be enough and what happens when fate keeps throwing them together.... I laughed, I cried and I loved this story, Kelly Jamieson covers Max’s grief process really well, the book is beautifully written and the words and the story flow. Looking forward to the next star from the Aces Hockey Team
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review of Slap Shot (Aces Hockey #5) by Kelly Jamieson This is book 5 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. Initially I didn't particularly like Max Hall, a pro hockey player trying to get back into the starting line up of the Chicago Aces, after being away from the game for over 12 months trying to get over the death of his wife. Attending his team mates wedding, he meets the intriguing Kendra Armstrong who is in the bridal party. Both are looking to have some fun with no commitments; just a casual fling, or is it? Max is slowly coming out of the fog that his wife's death has left him in and realises that he is lonely. Kendra brings a spark to his life and brightens him up. The attraction and connection between Max and Kendra sizzles until complications arise. Slap Shot at times is an emotional roller coaster as Max wrestles with his growing feelings for Kendra. There was laughter, smoking hot scenes and a plenty of complications. Will Max overcome his guilt at falling for a new woman? Or will he let Kendra go? You'll have to one click and read. I look forward to reading more in this series.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This is an emotional addition to the Aces series and tells Max's story. We have been hearing about Max in previous books and had a glimpse into his backstory but now we get to know him. He has survived the worst couple years of his life. First his wife is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer and he gives up hockey to spend her last days with her and then he is in such a deep depression he cannot bare to be around anyone. Now he is ready to get back to hockey and he has enlisted the help of a trainer and getting into to shape and even though the workouts are brutal he is alive. At Lovey and Duper's wedding he catches the eye of one of the bridesmaids and his libido wakes up too. Kendra Armstrong is Lovey and Army's cousin but she doesn't know Max but she likes what she sees and doesn't hesitate to invite him back to her hotel room. That night may not turn out as planned but they make up for it and settle into a "sex only" arrangement until that doesn't work any longer. Hockey Dude and Spice the nicknames but the real kicker is the emotional level of this story. It was not only heartwarming but witty and fun. Great read! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
I’ve been preparing myself for Hallsy’s book for some time now. I was ready to cry my eyes out/ While Slap Shot has become my favorite of the series so far, the story was so much different then I thought it was going to be. Yes, there were some parts where I got choked up but nothing ugly cry worthy like I had assumed….and that’s ok because it fit the direction of the story. Slap Shot follows Max through his journey back to the Aces. After almost 18 months away from hockey, he is determined to let nothing stand in his way. Both Max and Kendra are broken in their own ways. After one night together, they agree to a no strings, long distance fling. I really liked how the characters kept in touch, it made the relationship believable. Even being miles apart, they really got to know each other. I loved watching these two fall in love and Max rising above his grief.
TheBookFairyReviews More than 1 year ago
Kendra and Max, the ignite the pages of this book! You have the Hot broken hearted SCHMEXY Hockey player and a sexy sex toy creator, need I say more!?! Okay so maybe I do need to say more. Although, the previous sentence explains a lot, it doesn't say anything about how hard Max falls for Kendra, but doesn't realize it or how Kendra is afraid of getting her heart smashed to pieces. The passion these two bring to the ice is more than just a hat trick it's the Stanley Cup of romances!
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
After being away from hockey for a little over a year, Max has one goal in mind....claiming a spot on The Chicago Aces. He's hired a trainer who not only works him to exhaustion, but has changed his diet. Although Max has the skills, he's also one of the oldest players vying for a coveted spot on the team. While attending the wedding of his fellow hockey player, Max sees Kendra and all thoughts of training evaporate. Kendra enjoys life and follows her dreams. Always trying to care for others and "fix" their problems, Kendra initially attended college graduating with a degree in psychology. She soon realized she couldn't "fix" everyone. So she and her best friend began designing sex toys. She loves her life in New York City, but frequently travels for business. During her travels, she often visits her cousins and friends in Chicago. Where she meets Max... An agreement for no strings sex, is just what Max needs to "get back in the saddle". But Kendra and Max's one night soon turns into more. Neither wanting to make a commitment, but not wanting to see the other dating anyone else. Kendra's insecurities and general bad taste in choosing men, coupled with Max's grief is a recipe for disaster. Or is it..... This novel has ALL the feels! It makes you cry, shake your head with exasperation, laugh out loud, and cheer for the "old" guy to make the team. I LOVED it! I can't wait to read what Kelly Jamieson has in store next! Warning...have Kleenex close by. The tears are worth it in the end! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Ginka More than 1 year ago
4.5* Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. Hockey player Max loses his wife to cancer and shuts down emotionally and leaves the game to take care of his dying wife. Story starts with Max at a wedding about a year and half after his wife dies. He is trying to get life back on track and may the cut for the team when he notices one of the bridesmaid smiling and dancing and watches her most of the night. Bridesmaid is Kendra who lives in NY and Max lives in Chicago, the chemistry between the two crazy and they decide on a hook-up relationship whenever. Story hits on a number of issues and was really good. Of course there were some jerk moves by Max as he kept feeling as if he was cheating on his dead wife he had fun, or was attracted to someone else and kept escalating as he denies his true feelings for Kendra. Was really good. Look forward to reading the other Ace Hockey books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this book got mixed reviews but I thought it was really good. I am happy I did not listen to the negative reviews. It had from the first page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I completely disagree with the review above. This book is worth the read. The protagonist Max is dealing with the recent loss of his wife and is consumed by guilt and emotional turmoil. It absolutely makes sense that Jamieson writes about his internal conflict from his point of view only. The book is about his journey to reenter the world of the living by accepting the love of the kind and sensitive Kendra and overcoming the guilt he feels over his deceased wife. It is a sexy, sensitive, and emotional read and stays true to Jamieson's style. Definitely worth it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the previous books in the series and was super excited for this one to come out but it was honestly a huge let down. The book only being in the pov of Max Hall was not the best. Pivotal scenes felt like they were lacking in emotion due to the singular pov. The book also felt rushed and the ending was super lackluster. Overall I would say skip the book you aren't missing anything.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
This story was a really good story. Max Hall took some time off of hockey to be with his dying wife and now he is back. He is working hard and wants it to be his sole focus. He doesn't have time for women or relationships. When he meets Kendra at a wedding, he thinks it might be a good time for him to "get back in the saddle". He just wants one night....which of course turns into more nights. Kendra is a breathe of fresh air. She is witty and smart and brings life back into Max's world. They both decide to give casual a try, but as you can imagine, that never works. This book has a lot of emotion as Max tries to move forward in his life. He battles with grief and moving on and when it's OK to love someone else. Kendra has family issues of her own and tries to downplay how much they've hurt her. The story was good and definitely held my interest. I liked the characters and even shed a few tears as Max and Kendra found their way. Another good read in this series.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for Max Hall's story because I knew it would be full of heartache. This was such a beautiful story between Max and Kendra. I love how she took care of him and did not rush his feelings. She was totally understanding, kept up with his newly revived sexual appetite, and helped him to live again. Max was a bit of a punk to her sometimes, but I could see where he was coming from. He had such a devastating loss and a huge sense of guilt. But he definitely made up for it in the end when he finally realized what it was he wanted. Max and Kendra's story was worth the wait. It was heavy subject material but not so heavy it was depressing - just wroften perfectly. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in this series and I have been looking forward to it! Yes, it is a hockey romance but it is so much more. I really think this is my favorite of the series. Max has had a few spots in the other books and he left the team to be with his dying wife. I am so glad the author told Max’s story! Max had a serious case of depression following his wife’s death and who wouldn’t. She was the love of Max’s life. After months of too much beer, junk food and staying home wallowing in grief, Max was finally ready to take his life back. It has been 15 months and a long road but he is ready to win the spot on his team and maybe find a woman to have sex with. Of course, he wants no strings attached. No relationship, no commitments. He has a trainer and is working on getting back into the best shape he possibly can to get his spot back on the Aces. Kendra was a therapist that gave up her practice and now has a business that makes sex toys. She started the company with her best friend and they are doing very well. Kendra is sweet, smart, savvy, funny and beautiful. She has been burned in relationships by men that had serious issues. She has learned she can’t fix people. Her life is in New York but she travels to Chicago frequently for business, plus her cousin, who also plays for the Aces lives there. Kendra is a force of nature, confident and carefree and she catches Max’s eye at the wedding of a teammate and Kendra is a bridesmaid. Kendra notices the handsome man watching her and decides to make a move. Needless to say, they have a few drinks and head up to her room. That’s where I am going to leave it. I don’t want to give anymore away because the reader needs to enjoy the book. This book is told from Max’s POV with Kendra getting her POV in the epilogue. As I said in the beginning this was my favorite of the series. I loved watching Max gaining momentum in getting his life back and Kendra with her sweet and spicy spirit cheering him on. There are some parts that are sad when you see them struggling with issues and heartbreak. This is a second chance at love again and learning to live again for both Max and Kendra. There still was plenty of hockey and lots of steamy smexy times to keep me turning those pages. I can’t wait for more of the Chicago Aces!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
if you're looking for emotional, angsty sports romances, then kelly jamieson is the author for you. in slap shot the aces hockey series continues with left wing max hall getting his shot at happily ever after. the thing with max is that he already had a love story. but then she got cancer and died. and max doesn't want to fall in love again. he doesn't think he can endure another loss like that. so he has one goal. to make the hockey team. even though he was a star in his prime, he's been out of the sport for eighteen months, and when younger and faster and stronger athletes are competing for the same spots as veterans nothing is guaranteed. but at his teammate's wedding he's distracted by one of the bridesmaids. kendra has an openness and joy in her soul that calls out to him. he hasn't been with a woman since his wife died and suddenly he finds himself wanting that. but he only wants sex. not a relationship. not love. just friends, maybe. with benefits. but max is actually a one-woman kind of guy. and the more time he spends with kendra, he realizes that it's not so easy to keep those pesky emotions turned off. realizing that we all have more than one chance at love is going to be max's biggest lesson. but can he do that in time to save his relationship with kendra. can he let her go knowing that being with her, that her special brand of sunlight and joy is everything he needs to find happiness? i really enjoyed this book. it was so sweetly romantic, and i loved that we see everything from max's perspective. it's nice to have the guy tell the story for once. **slap shot will publish on october 17, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (loveswept) in exchange for my honest review.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Kendra and Max meet at her cousin, Lovey's, wedding and decide to go for a one night stand. It is Max's first foray into the casual sex scene since the death of his wife 16 months earlier. Kendra does not know his backstory, just that she finds him hot and wants to have a night of fun with him. When things don't go exactly as planned, both find themselves winging it. Kendra lives in NYC and Max lives in Chicago so both know that a casual fling is totally doable. When they find themselves around each other unexpectedly, Max and Kendra come up with a plan of "no-strings sex" until such a time as one or the other calls it off. As usually happens, feelings get involved and one of them winds up getting too attached. It was interesting to see Max grow and realize that his life didn't end at the same time as his wife's did. He realizes that he was living in a shell and that he needs to get out of it. He is goal oriented and focuses on remaking the Aces hockey team after being off for more than a season. He also takes baby steps in letting others in. Kendra was notorious for trying to fix others and it has bitten her more than once in her life. She knows that she has a tendency to get attached and really thinks it won't be a problem with Max. There were times you just knew her feelings were going to be tested, but she put a smile on her face and kept her chin up and moved forward. I respected her ability to rationalize what was going on and not lashing out at times. I did like how she realized her true worth and genuinely liked herself. It helped her overcome some obstacles. I liked the way this one ended and thought it was a good addition to this series. Kelly Jamieson did a good job of portraying Max as a conflicted man who was caught between his past and his future. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 5 in the Aces Hockey series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order. Kendra meet Max at a wedding. The chemistry if off the charts right from the get go. The timing however, seems off. She is beginning to feel like it was just a one off. Max wants more from Kendra, but his issues from losing his wife are still there. He is hoping to heal, and Kendra is a big part of that. Her touch soothes him. This was an amazing story. So much was in it with surprises and fun. The banter is delicious. The heat was right on, and the story just flowed really well. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
1flyerphan More than 1 year ago
I’ve been patiently waiting for Max, and I wasn’t disappointed. This was a hard review for me to write. I’ve been thinking on this for a couple of weeks and was just able to start writing this. Death is a difficult subject. It’s hard to say you like a story where the H’s wife died and he moved on with the h. But that is exactly what I’m saying. Max was recently widowed, and I can’t know what that feels like, or how I should feel about how Kelly portrayed him. Everyone deals with death of a loved one differently. I commend Kelly for taking on that subject. It’s easy to anger or disappoint readers who think you didn’t portray the story properly, because it’s such an emotional topic. Should you move on? Can you move on? When is the right time to move on? I think the answers to all these questions are different for everyone. Max felt all of these questions down to his very soul. He didn’t think twice about putting his career on hold to care for his ailing wife and to grieve her loss... I absolutely love that about him. Now Max is ready to get back on the ice, and be the best hockey player he’s can be. Hockey his only focus. He’s done with love... no way he can chance that heartache twice. Sometimes our heart doesn’t listen to our head though. I really like Kendra for him. She’s a very confident, strong woman who is not intimidated by his past. She’s ok with him loving his wife. It’s one of the things that draws her to him. She’s not trying to replace her and is ok with sharing his heart. And I really love that about her. That quality I feel, is what made it ok for Max to love her... he didn’t feel like he had to choose. She made it possible to combine all the best parts of his past with his present and future. Kudos Kelly! Looking forward to a story about Jodie? Please? Pretty Please with sugar on top :) :) :) *ARC provided for an honest review
MJBrown67 More than 1 year ago
*I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review. Max is wanting to get back on the proverbial horse after the death of his wife, but he knows he will never love another person like that again. His only love now is Hockey and he will do whatever he needs to do to get back in shape after is absence from the sport. Kendra has been burned to many times to trust again and has decided her only passion in life will be her career and making her business a success. When Max and Kendra meet at a wedding and sparks fly, both are up for some fun with no strings attached. And since the weekend went well and their chemistry is awesome, why not just hook up? Seems like a great plan for both of them. I loved both Max and Kendra they both were so strong, but so vulnerable. This story was so great to read, watching this couple evolve into the HEA they deserved was so well done. I loved how Ms. Jamieson was able to let us see Max’s struggle with moving on after his wife. I would recommend this book! It was a great read, and it’s always fun to catch up with the rest of the Team!
carvanz More than 1 year ago
Max and Kendra meet at her cousin’s wedding and decide to hook up. When the night doesn’t end exactly as they plan, Kendra isn’t shy about letting Max know they can remedy that problem. Soon they are embroiled in a hot and heavy sex only relationship that involves lots of sexting. From the beginning Max declares that their set up can be nothing but sex. He’s lost his wife and didn’t think he’d survive the agony. He won’t put himself in that position again. When he realizes that Kendra has crossed that line and fallen in love, he is lost as to how to deal with it. I didn’t realize this was going to be about a widower. I struggle with this trope because I need the hero to love the heroine more than he’s ever loved anyone before. If I can feel that and believe that the heroine isn’t second best then I’m happy. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen here. Despite the occasional comparisons Max made between the two women, his thoughts are that he truly loved his wife and will remember and miss her forever. I get that in real life such is the case but when I read, I’m reading for the fantasy, the fairytale. However, I will say that this was written in a manner to show that while Max might not love Kendra more than his deceased wife – again, the wife he had some uncharitable thoughts about- he certainly loved her equally. I’m still processing that. The characters in Slap Shot were fun and witty and I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more of them in future books. Kelly Jamieson definitely knows how to write hot and steamy scenes as well as great dialogue and a fast upbeat story. Overall, I enjoyed this book and if the deceased spouse isn’t an issue for you, you’re going to love it. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Loveswept. Mainly hero POV with a tad of heroine Safe No apparent triggers
StephG72 More than 1 year ago
What is it about hockey players that is so damn hot??? Max is a widower who tragically lost his wife to a rare form cancer. He's been out of the game taking care of his wife and then in mourning for the last season and a half. His single-minded goal is to get himself back in shape so he can make the team during training camp. Meeting Kendra at a teammates wedding, was not in his plans, but could help scratch a certain itch, wink wink, nudge nudge. Although this is book #5 of the Aces Hockey series, Slap Shot easily reads as a standalone. I've only read the first two books in this series yet I didn't feel as if I were missing out on anything vital to the story. Supporting characters from the earlier books play a role, but not so much that you HAVE to have read their stories to follow along. A lot hot and a little angsty, this is a great read. It's not so angsty that you'll have a book hangover, but it does have all the feels. Max and Kendra have AMAZING chemistry and the angst isn't overblown just for the sake of adding drama to the book. Thankfully, I've not lost a partner to a terminal illness, but I think that Jamieson does an artful job of capturing and expressing what the surviving partner might go through and feel – especially vis a vis a new relationship. *ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Sizzling! Loved this follow up story on Max Hall by Kelly Jamieson. This was a brilliantly written story about loss and healing, that pulls you in, and makes your heart take flight as Max learns to open his heart and let love in again. I laughed, I cried and rooted for Max and Kendra. Max lost the love of his life to a rare form of cancer 15 months ago. Struggling to get through the darkness, he concentrates on getting his job back as a Professional Hockey player. As he starts an intensive training program to get himself in shape and prove himself at training camp, for the Chicago Aces’, he finds himself attracted to a bridesmaid at one of his teammates wedding. With thoughts of only a one night fling, Max struggles with the thought of not being true to his dead wife. But the sexual chemistry between them is intensely hot and soon they commit to a long distance sex only, no strings, relationship, when Max is very upfront with his inability to commit to anything more. Watching Max and Kendra come together was fantastic. Max definitely has some issues and even though I wanted to throttle him at times I loved watching him start to live again and change throughout the story. He made me swoon! He was so sweet, sexy and tender and there was a lot of underlying emotions happening. I really loved how supportive and positive Kendra was, they were just really good for one another. But as soon as Max realizes that Kendra is falling for him, he stops their affair. Breaking Kendra’s spirit and heart. Will Max realize that he was falling also? Will Max make it back on the team? You will have to read to find out! Fantastic mix of everything I adore, humor, heart and heat. Loved it! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this book
MBurton More than 1 year ago
If you have read the previous book in the series then you would already know Max Hall. He's the one that broke our hearts when we learned his wife was dying of cancer. In Slap Shot, Kelly Jamieson brought him back to show us how he was dealing with that loss and helping him to come back to life from his grief. I'm not always a fan of stories that have one of the main characters finding love again after a deceased spouse. I think it's not an easy thing to accomplish having that character properly mourn the spouse without making them too much of the focus in the new relationship or being too callous about the death. I think Kelly did a good job with Max's story. At least, for me I was satisfied with how she handled everything. He did still mourn his wife and truly believed he would never find love again or more like he was afraid to find love again, but I never felt like the deceased spouse took over in the story. We got to see Max open up to Kendra even when he was in denial. He wasn't perfect, which you really can't expect from someone that is coming out of grief. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and I'm so happy that Max found Kendra. They were so great together. If you are taking request Kelly Jamieson, I want to see Kendra's best friend and business partner get a book. We only got one scene with her little girl but she was adorable and I want to see one of these strapping hockey players come into their lives. ARC provided by NetGalley.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. I love the Chicago Aces hockey series!! I've been anxiously awaiting Hallsy's book for some time now and Kelly certainly did not disappoint. It gave me all the feels I knew and hoped it would. I really enjoyed getting Max's POV for the majority of the book. I feel it was important in conveying his feelings and emotions about the loss of his wife, being a widow, trying to move on and the guilt that brought to the surface, and the stress of trying to get back into shape for hockey after a year's absence and abuse of his body. He really is such a great guy! Max has not hooked up with a woman in a very long time and he is ready to at least allow himself that pleasure again but with no strings. He does not want a relationship or to ever love again. He hooks up with a beautiful, sexy bridesmaid at a wedding who also happens to be a teammates cousin. Kendra is a strong woman who is also funny and sweet and owns her sensuality. I would attribute that last bit to the fact that she is a psychologist turned sex toy creator. The chemistry between Max and Kendra is seriously hot and off the charts!!!! They both want more of that so after their night together, she and Max agree to a no strings attached fling which should be easy since she lives in NYC and he in Chicago. Right? Famous last words, no strings. It's always easy until it isn't. The storyline is very enjoyable and I really like the hockey aspect of it as well as the budding romance rising out of the "no strings" arrangement. There are some very emotional moments in this story but they are balanced nicely with humor and hot, sexy steaminess. The only thing stopping me from giving this one 5 stars was the fact that in his thought process, Max starts to see the relationship he had with his wife Adriana, the love of his life, as not as wonderful as he remembers. I just thought that bit was a little disrespectful to her memory but I also think that maybe he needed to do that in order to allow himself to move on and love again. To see the wonderful things about Kendra he wasn't letting himself see before. Excellent addition to the Aces series and it certainly elevated Max Hall up to my favorite player now that we really finally get to know him!!!!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An excellent addition to the Aces Hockey series. This is Max Hall's story and it's emotional, sexy, and full of hope. Max stepped away from the game and the team when his wife became ill. She passed away over a year ago and now his focus is earning his spot on the team back. Why his libido picks now to come back to life is beyond him butt one look at Kendra Armstrong and he's at full mast. Guilt weighs heavily on him but he knows he needs to move forward. Putting it all out there for Kendra was hard but she knows the score and agrees to a sex only relationship. Everything is going great until it wasn't. Great story and one I think you'll enjoy. I highly recommend it.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**Advanced copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Slap Shot was a nice addition to the Aces Hockey series. While part of the series, it can standalone if you haven't read the previous books. Max Hall has been dealing with the death of his wife and has been struggling to move on. His grief has not only affected his off-ice life, but his on-ice life too. Having taken more than a season off, he's got to work to get himself back in shape before training camp. While he has full dedication to this new training program, he still doesn't have much interest in starting up a new romance, that is until he meets a gorgeous woman, Kendra, at one of his teammate's weddings. The chemistry between Max and Kendra is instantaneous. The sex is red-hot and they are beyond compatible in bed, however neither one wants a relationship and couple that with the fact they live in different cities, in different states and that certainly complicates things. As the two agree to continue their sexcapades, they end up running into each other in some unexpected places that actually help to further their relationship outside the bedroom. While Max is still dealing with his feelings over his wife's death, will he be able to see this relationship with Kendra for what it really is - the start of something amazing or will he keep her at arms length and continue just existing? I enjoyed this book quite a bit, however I did struggle with the negativity that Max had toward his wife in several situations. No one is perfect, I totally get that, but it seemed like more often than not he was finding fault with the way she interacted with him - the way she supported his career, the way she fit in with his family, the way she even was in bed, etc. I know it's hard not to compare experiences, and even people, and maybe this was his way of having to deal with his grief to move on, but it just felt more negative than I think it should have for someone that he loved so much and chose to spend his life with. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this great series as it is always one of my go-to's!