In this scorching-hot spin-off of Lynda Aicher's bestselling Wicked Play series, a weeklong fling turns into so much more.
For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he's eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He's worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.
High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she's intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott's house indicate he's struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man's game.
When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.
Book two of Power Play
Aicher's memorable second Power Play sports contemporary (after Game Play) highlights the romance between an aging hockey player and a high school calculus teacher. While Rachel Fielding is visiting her brother in Minneapolis, she meets famed hockey player Scott Walters at a wedding reception. Their slow dance attests to an instant attraction, and Rachel is thrilled when Scott calls her a few days later to suggest dinner. Their date leads to a week of desire and sex, but Rachel knows that she must return to her home in Atlanta. She's certain that a long-distance relationship won't work, even with the most loving, considerate, sexy man she has ever met. After she uncovers his darkest secret, she is committed to staying by his side as he faces his demons. Aicher's romance is both sensual and moving as Rachel and Scott decide what is most important in their lives and build a future for their relationship.
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A bit of realism didn't hurt at all
Lust at first sight, then came love but human frailty embodied in a heroe dealing with addiction threatened the happily ever after we all craved for our characters. I liked Rachel a lot. A woman of great compassion and certain of what she wanted. Scott's addiction and its consequences brought a touch of reality I welcomed. The road to their HEA was also real. Scott went through denial, rage, acceptance, guilt, redemption and eventually learning to live with his new reality, one where his love for Rachel trump his needs for drugs. Rachel had to take one extra step to get over her doubts.