Simmering on Ice by Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley
Overview by Amazon:
When the gloves come off, she’s worth the penalty…
Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She’s just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work…that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O’Meara. She’s a touch insecure and doesn’t understand why he’s interested in her.
Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O’Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she’s not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they’ve built around their hearts.
I was just lamenting that I haven’t read all that many romance novels that feature hockey when this book popped up on Netgalley. I really liked Veronica Forand’s book Untrue Colors, so I had double the reason to snatch it up!
Coming from a hockey obsessed city, I really enjoy this genre as I understand this game and culture a lot more than other sports like football. Even in the summer, our newspapers are full of hockey news and gearing up for the season.
This is a short, sweet read. And by ‘sweet’, I don’t mean chaste. The story wasn’t about a horndog hockey player who sweet talks and flirts with a puck bunny. Rather it is about one of the upstanding hockey players who is all class and how he finds love again.
I liked the characters in this book. They both have wounds that they heal together, yet the past finds a way to rear its ugly head. Alec is ready to move on from mourning the loss of his wife and finds attraction in the lovely Annie. She has been through the ringer with her own relationships, including a very toxic one with her mother.
For a short book, the authors pack a great punch. They manage to delve into the emotional make up of the characters and explore their wants and needs. It gets pretty steamy too! If you are a fan of the sports genre then this is a great book to curl up with. I found that it satisfied on all levels – emotional, sexual, plot and writing.