A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.
Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.
Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .
This is the seventh book in the series but it could be read as a standalone, this is Nick and Jodie’s story. Nick doesn’t make a great first impression when he meets Jodie, he’s standoffish, grumpy and miserable but life has been hard for him. Nick finds Jodie’s incessant chat aggravating but circumstance keeps putting her in Nicks path and what at first he found annoying, is now soothing to him, throw in a cute 2yr old and his once black heart is now beating again. Jodie is a single mother by choice, business owner, not used to relying on anyone but once she crosses paths with a hot hockey player she knows her life will never be the same.
There’s some ups and downs, strong emotions, romance and playoff beards that will keep you turning the pages. We get to catch up with previous couples and get a hint at who the next book will be about. This was another great read from this author, I totally devoured this book in one sitting, I loved both Nick and Jodie, it was great watching their relationship blossom and bloom and seeing Nick open his heart. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series. 5 Stars!
About Kelly Jamieson
Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas.
Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!
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