Minor league player Stone Dumelin lost his younger brother when the Titans’ team plane went down. He never expected the phone call that followed.
After a shoulder injury put my NHL career on ice, I resigned myself to the fact I’d never see my way out of the minor league again. As my career faded, my estranged brother’s star shot into orbit as the first line left winger for the Pittsburgh Titans. But when the team’s plane crashed returning home one night, his light was snuffed out, and I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.
Now I’m in Pittsburgh, playing for the Titans, and face-to-face with my dead brother’s ghost at every turn. His locker, his legacy, his persistent and annoyingly gorgeous attorney who won’t stop contacting me about his estate, even though I’ve demanded she leave me alone.
Harlow Alston would be extremely appealing if she wasn’t so aggravating. Only…that’s a complete lie. She pushes all the right buttons for me, and as much as I want her to quit pestering me about Brooks’s estate, I find myself intrigued by the fiery redhead who can’t take no for an answer. And the more I learn about Harlow, the more I find she might be the key to understanding who Brooks really was, and who I want to be.
I’ve got a second shot at a career I thought I’d lost and the opportunity to build something real with Harlow, but can I find strength to move forward or will my past dictate my future?
A beautifully written story about grief and love. I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait for more of this series.
Superb seeing instalment
The second instalment of the newly formed Pittsburgh Titans series is equally as fabulous as the first. Stone Dumelin has his own variety of demons to conquer as he joins the team his late brother played on. Family, friendship, personal demons and a bit of romance all play integral parts in Stone’s story.
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There is something about this series that has me mesmerised. They still have the familiar SB brawn, steam and humor, but these are deeper. Not angsty, but a more enrichment to the stories. Everyone deals with a tragedy differently, and each story so far shows that. This book is even more touching because the main characters lost someone they loved on that plane. For Stone, it was his brother and Harlow, her closest friend - they both miss Brooks deeply. And even though Stone wasn't in touch with Brooks for a while, that brotherly bond is strong.
One thing I am learning in my old age, is that there is nothing wrong with vulnerability, it is not a sign of weakness. It is totally the opposite, in both genders, that being vulnerable is actually an asset. It shows you have empathy and compassion, and that you have good heart. Nothing is more apt for both Harlow and Stone. Each have demons from their past that could control their life completely, but Harlow learns well before Stone that they are both stronger than their weakness. Each of them are going through their sorrow but they still have a softheartedness towards others and their own battles. I kept having this overwhelming feeling of sadness for Stone and his loss, and how it was piling up on him but it opened up his mind and allowed him to have a meaningful connection with Harlow.
There are some great secondary characters as well - also some sleazy ones, but you'll know who they are when you get to them. The two I want to talk about are Bonita and Odin. Bonita is Harlow's right hand gal in the office and she is a hoot! I loved her sharp wit and her heart of gold. But the one that stole the show for me was Odin, that big mutt! Being a dog lover, and having had a boxer, I could relate to all the dog antics, which had me giggling all the time. It bought back such good memories.
As with all SB book series, there were crumbs of what is to come in the following books. Gage is up next, and he seems like a very upstanding hero. After that, it is Coen, and you just know that one is going to hurt, big time before he gets his HEA.