Winning Hard (The Chesapeake Blades, #1)

Winning Hard (The Chesapeake Blades, #1)

by Lisa B. Kamps

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BN ID: 2940154926680
Publisher: BimHaven Press
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Series: The Chesapeake Blades , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 163,928
File size: 347 KB

About the Author

Lisa B. Kamps is the USA Today Bestselling Author of The Baltimore Banners, featuring "…hard-hitting, heart-melting hockey players…" [USA Today], on and off the ice. Her Firehouse Fourteen series features hot and heroic firefighters who put more than their lives on the line and she's introduced a whole new team of hot hockey players who play hard and love even harder in her Banners' spin-off series, The York Bombers. The Chesapeake Blades--a romance series featuring women's hockey--recently launched with WINNING HARD. Her newest series, Cover Six Security, will launch in early 2019.

Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons (who are mostly sorta-kinda out of the house), one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count. When she's not busy writing or chasing animals, she's cheering loudly for her favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals--or going through withdrawal and waiting for October to roll back around!

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Winning Hard (The Chesapeake Blades, #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
arubaqueen More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful hockey story and romance by Ms. Kamps! Enjoy how she writes her characters, develops the relationships and puts some humor in her stories! Having a girl who plays hockey, I was anxious to read this story and wasn't disappointed! Excellent start to this new series, looking forward to the next one! I received an ARC from the author and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
Thi More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I loved that it was about a women's hockey team. I can now live vicariously through these women because I have a hard time standing on blades, let alone move around in them. I love that Taylor and Charles had a history and how they overcame some of their issues about each other and themselves. A very entertaining read.
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
Great concept for a new series; a Women’s Hockey League! This first book introduces characters and tells the struggles of the startup of the Women’s Hockey League. The league is somewhere between a recreational league and a professional league, and it shows how difficult it is for the women who chose to play. They face playing on inferior ice, inferior equipment, and low pay that has them having to work another job, sometimes two. This first book is about Taylor (team captain and player) and Charles Dawson (PR Director for the Blades). They have a history of playing hockey as kids and Charles had a crush on her and he finds out he still does. Taylor comes from hockey royalty and she is scorned by some teammates because of who her family is. Taylor is very talented, and she works hard to prove that she belongs there. Then Charles is introduced at practice and Taylor can’t believe her eyes! Before her stands a gorgeous man not the bumbling, chubby 13-year-old boy. From that day forward Charles works hard to win her heart. From the start I was captivated by this story. I love reading hockey romance about college and NHL players. I didn’t think I would like this as much but wanted to give it a try. I found I really liked it. The story had a lot of heart and dealt with not only the love story between Taylor and Charles (which was smoking hot); and the development of a team in a new league, dealing with a clueless owner, they also dealt with issues in the sports world like drug use, jealous and competing teammates, and the inequalities between the women’s league versus the men’s league. There was a lot of push and pull and just enough drama and steam to keep me wanting more. The secondary characters were entertaining, and I can’t wait to watch them develop as the series continues. If you like sports romance, give this new series a try. I have a feeling you will enjoy it as much as I did. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
christy-womack More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book OMG I was so thrilled when I found out that not only were we going to get Taylor LeBlanc's story but we have a NHL Women's League in this OHH The Blades are going to be an amazing new series. I LOVED Taylor (Tay Tay) and Charles (Chuckie) wont add the rest of her nickname for him. The fact that they knew each other when they were kids and that Chuckie had a crush on Taylor awe so cute, Yet she absolutely had no clue at all (she was just 10 at the time) Taylor is a force to be reckoned with on the Ice and Chuckie has been hired to as the new PR manager for the Blade's He is stunned at how bad the former PR manager has done and knows her is the best, but with hardly any budget and the fact that there are only a few female teams as of now he has his work cut out for him. Yet the moment he realizes that Taylor is on the team he thinks she would be a wonderful player to put in the spotlight (along with her famous dad and uncle) to boost ticket sales Oh and since her uncle plays for the Banners that should help even more. But Taylor is not happy at all with this and when the interview goes south (due to the reporter and her snide remarks) things between Chuckie and Taylor do as well. But can they stay away from each other? OMG the heat between those two I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Well I honestly was not sure how I was going to feel about this new series but I can now say that I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed Winning Hard and look forward to more in this series. I am typically only all about the male Hockey players/teams, but I found I liked this new female perspective about the struggles of a female hockey player on a brand new all-female team trying to get off the ground and be taken seriously. Taylor is not your typical heroine. She is trying to make a name for herself and step out from beneath the shadows of her famous uncle JP and her stepdad Sonny, both big names in the hockey world , both who we know from Lisa's Baltimore Banners series. She has talent and skill but not the easiest time of things because some of her teammates think she only made it and was named captain because of her family. This story is about Taylor proving them wrong and proving to herself that she can do this and gain the respect of family and fans alike. She is strong but vulnerable, sassy but sweet and I liked her character a lot. Different personalities on the team make for some interesting dialogue and situations just as on any team. She was not expecting a boy from her past who she used to play hockey with and who she was always butting heads with to reenter her life as the Marketing/PR guy for her team. Of course he is now a man that she finds she is very attracted to. Enter Charles, or "Chuckie the fart", as Taylor not so lovingly refers to him at first a throwback to their childhood. He has his work cut out for him in his new position with this team and also with Taylor who he has always had a crush on. That seems to only rise to the surface when he comes face to face with her now as an adult and they definitely have some great chemistry. Can the Blades earn the respect of hockey fans and make a name for themselves? Can Taylor & Charles get over their past and have a future together? If you are a Lisa Kamps fan, you will definitely love reading this story and if you have never read her before, this is a fine place to start. You do not have to have read the Banners series to enjoy this book, it just gives you a little bit of back story about who Taylor is.
Sue_H More than 1 year ago
Winning Hard is the first book in the Chesapeake Blades series. This is a new series involving a semi-pro female hockey team. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. As with the author's other books, the action is hot and steamy, so definitely 18+. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. If you read the Baltimore Banners series, you are already somewhat familiar with the main character Taylor. Now we get her story. The author did a good job of giving depth, thoughts, and emotions to these characters. As a hockey fan, I always like the hockey action, but like how this book also highlighted that off the ice the players are real people with issues just like the rest of us. I look forward to reading more of this series!