Back Check (An Aces Hockey Novel) by Kelly Jamieson
Overview by Publisher:
Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.
After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.
I have repeatedly expressed my love for hockey themed contemporary novels. This series has been consistently great! What works well is that the author understands hockey. Not just the mechanics of the game, but the culture. Growing up in Canada, it was pretty hard to miss how hockey was revered. A favourite player being traded causes as much uproar as major world events. Most children’s organizations and hospitals rely on their charitable work to brighten the day of those in need. Kelly Jamieson’s books feature an understanding of the team dynamics, the adoration of fans and the impact of a hockey lifestyle.
This book features the reunion of Katelyn and Tanner. They dated in college but split up when it came time for Tanner to join the league. This is another example of the author really understanding the culture of hockey. Many teenagers live away from home while playing in farm leagues and travel to new cities wherever they get their big break. Tanner’s call up effectively ended their relationship since Katelyn wouldn’t go with him.
Katelyn is now living in Chicago and has been hired by a couple from a previous book to plan their wedding which puts her in Tanner’s sphere. This story is full of the delicious dance two former lovers do – from shock to disdain to interest to lust. It was exciting to read how they rediscover each other.
Kelly Jamieson writes really hot love scenes. Tanner is the perfect blend of gentleman and dirty mouthed lover. She puts those big muscles and tight abs to use in the bedroom.
There is a lot of depth to the characters and the past. They have been apart for quite a while and the life events that have occurred are realistic. While they may have lost years together, the past helps to shape their future.
Hockey season is in full swing. If you are a fan of the fast paced, hard hitting game than you need to check out this series!