Aces Hockey #1
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
In Kelly Jamieson’s seductive new Chicago Aces romance—perfect for readers of Sawyer Bennett and Toni Aleo—a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.
As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.
Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.
Marc chuckled all the way to the Land Rover dealership, annoying the hell out of his teammate and roommate.
“What the fuck is so amusing?” Army snarled.
“If she wasn’t your sister, I’d call you pussy-whipped.”
Marc laughed outright. “Just never seen you so outclassed, dude.”
“What am I supposed to do?” Army demanded. “Turn her out onto the streets of Chicago?”
“Of course not. And she knew that.”
“She didn’t even tell me she was coming.” Duncan rubbed his forehead. “Christ. She quit her job. Just when she seemed to be settling down. Last I heard, she had a pretty serious boyfriend too. Guess that’s over.”
A boyfriend? Not fucking likely, the way she’d been looking at him. Marc shot Army a sideways glance as he drove. “She does this often?”
“Eh. She quits. She gets fired. She flits from one job to another like a fucking hummingbird. One boyfriend to another. This guy she was seeing actually lasted more than a few dates. Now all of a sudden she wants to move to Chicago. Jesus.”
“She’s not that young. She’s twenty-four. Only three years younger than us. She needs to settle down.”
Marc nodded. “Yeah, but think, man, we were on our own when we were teenagers, basically. We were playing and living in an adult world before we could even drink legally. Pro hockey makes you grow up fast.”
Army sighed. “Yeah. True. Heh. Especially you, Captain Codger.”
Marc rolled his eyes at the nickname. It didn’t bug him as much as it had at first. He knew the guys liked to jerk him around, but they did it with respect. And he’d earned the reputation of being serious and responsible, on the ice and off. That was him, and it was important to him to take his career and his responsibilities seriously.
Army shook his head. “I’ll let her stay for a while, but seriously, she’ll have to find her own place. Don’t worry.”
Marc shrugged. “I wasn’t worried.”
That wasn’t entirely true. Army’s little sister was smokin’ hot. At first Marc had thought his roommate had a hot chick visiting him and he’d been all Whoa, way to go, dude, but when he’d learned she was Army’s sister, he’d backpedaled fast. He couldn’t get out of there before she’d jumped up and rushed at him with a fucking dazzling smile, so goddamn gorgeous he couldn’t get his feet to move and could barely string two words together. Her smile was luminous, all white teeth and dimples and glowing face. Long, wavy red-gold hair gleamed in the sunlight and, fuck him, even though she’d been wearing clothes that covered her from chin to toes, her body was stellar—a soft blue sweater outlined high, firm tits and a small waist that curved into round hips. He couldn’t see her legs, but they were long, her snug black pants revealing slender thighs.
Shut it down, man.
She was Army’s sister and therefore waaaay the fuck off-limits.
And that was why he was maybe a little worried about her living with them. Just a smidgen worried. But hey. He was Captain Codger. He had no issues with self-control, self-discipline, or being responsible. He could easily ignore a hot babe living in the apartment with them. No problem. No problem at all.
Army’s phone pinged and he peered at the screen. “Great. An email from my mom warning me Lovey’s on her way. Thanks, Mom.” He shook his head as he tapped a reply. “She wants me to make sure Lovey’s okay in the big city. Jesus.”
Yeah, Lovey seemed like she was going to be okay.
They arrived at the dealership and while Army signed the paperwork, Marc wandered around looking at the vehicles, trying to ignore the attention from the staff, male and female. The receptionist approached him for an autograph.
“You’re my favorite player.” She let out a breathy laugh. “I watch all the games.”
“Yeah?” He obliged by scrawling his messy signature across the Land Rover pamphlet she held out, adding his jersey number beneath it. “You watch that last game against Philly?”
“Of course! You guys played great.”
He stuck his tongue into one cheek and nodded. “Thanks.” They’d sucked. They’d lost three-one, probably their worst game so far, another game added to their losing streak.
“D’you speak French?” Her eyes widened.
“Mais oui.” He grinned.
“That is soooo sexy.” She stared at him.
Câlisse. He resisted the urge to sigh and smiled instead. “Merci.”
“I love your accent.”
He wanted to frown. He barely had an accent. He’d been raised by a Francophone mother and Anglophone father, and although his education had been all in French growing up in Quebec, he spoke both languages fluently. Maybe there was a bit of an accent. Whatever.
“Hey, Armdog,” he called to his friend. “I’m gonna head out. Meet you at the Sin Bin?”
“Yeah. Be there soon.”
~~~Barb’s 5* Review~~
First I must thank Love Swept Publishing and Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. When I got the email asking if I'd like to read it I was like, "Hockey Hockey Hockey! Hells yes!"
I loved, loved, loved this book! The story itself is so original and fresh. And fun. Marc, Duncan and Lovey are a hoot!
Lovey is my kind of girl. Within the first few pages she was like "oh, for the love of cheese." And I died laughing. Gotta love a little funny in with the serious.
I laughed, reared up a couple of times and yeah had a few aww moments. It's a perfect balance or love, drama and life.
So now... Let's do this.
We first meet Lovey when she shows up bags in tow at her big brother Duncan's new condo. She's decided to move to Chicago, needing a new start in life. What better way to start over then to move in with her brother, a big hockey star until she can get herself sorted out. And what Lovey wants you find out pretty quickly she gets. But staying with her brother could be a bit of a challenge. A big hot, chiseled challenge.... kinda sidelines her for a minute. Her brothers roommate Marc.
Marc, the team captain, Duncan's best friend and now the man Lovey has her eyes set on is a big bag of hottie hidden behind strict rules he gives himself. He's disciplined...but as he starts to let Lovey sink into his mind and take over some of that control things go from disciplined to frigging five alarm hot. Even with the fear of Duncan finding out Marc loses control. Anytime Duncan is away... they are together. They grow closer and closer until they really are on each other's minds all the time.
Not to mention when the boys are away for games Lovey has to sit home, try to not go crazy thinking about Marc 24/7. And poor Marc has to stay focused on his game while he's pining for his best friends sister. Lol Talk about a dilemma. They rock it, make it work and they have fun some serious moments and it's like they know each other in a way no one else could. They can be themselves with each other.
Then.... it happens! (No not that you dirty people, that's been happening!) Duncan catches Lovey and Marc together coming out of the bathroom. To say he loses his shit is putting it lightly. It was like to grizzly bears fighting. Punches were tossed, cursing happened and all the shock and built up frustration was let out. Marc was honest with Duncan. He was falling for Lovey. But when she overheard that while she was coming to the room girlfriend flips her gourd and runs. Yep. The same way she ran to Chicago now she's running again.
One thing I can say about Marc though, he isn't taking that. Well at first he did but Duncan kinda gave him a kick the butt... now it's up to him to see if he can get the one he loves back. Without her he wouldn’t be him... he just wouldn't.
Pre-Order OFF LIMITS (Aces #2)
Releasing Nov 17th, 2015
~~~Barb’s 4.5* Review~~
First thanks to Loveswept, NetGalley and the author for providing me with a copy of Off Limits to read and review honestly. Secondly, this was a tight little novella. What do I mean by that? It was full of story and action. We get an inside look at Andrew, an Aces hotshot player and his long lost love Jenna. Can't say its long lost love really.. the love he let get away is more like it. He was a young scared boy who was on the right track to being a big famous hockey God. One wrong move and he thought he'd lose the adoptive family that had always been there for him. The typical, "what you see, you can't touch" deal.
Andrew lost his parents years ago and as a teenager was taken in by his hockey coach, who was the father of his best friend, Conner. The life he had accustomed to with them always kept him from going after the one person that he always wanted. The one girl that took his breath away. Who is this girl? His best friend's younger sister. Gary, his coach warned him from day one to keep his hand off his daughter. The fear that if he messed up kept him to that. That was until college. One night, one 'mistake' changed their relationship. Jenna now makes it a point to avoid Andrew and the thought of her makes his belly flop.
But a Christmas with family starts to turn the tides for them... in theory. Jenna shows up at the family home with her current 'boyfriend' Jon and the moment the family meets him none of the boys like him. Not Andrew, not Connor Nor her brother Daniel. (laughs hard) Jon, as Andrew calls him is an assjacket so... I mean... really what's to like, right? he is a little stuck up and doesn't fit in. As the sparks between Jenna and Andrew fly all over the place he lets what he's always been told get in his way. He can't touch her.
Jenna and Andrew both know there is a tension.. and its growing fast. So when Jenna runs back home it guts him. But Andrew being the fighter he is decides to just go for it. What does he have to lose? His family, well yeah but its now a choice between family and love. Which one will win out? that is the million dollar question. Can all of his dreams really come true...
Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.
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