The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.
Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.
After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.
Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:
Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN
Praise for Back Check
“With Back Check, Kelly Jamieson has created a wonderful second-chance story. Her hockey series is one of the best out there, and I recommend giving it a try.”—Harlequin Junkie
“As soon as [Back Check] arrived for review, it went straight to the top of my reading pile! [Jamieson’s] characters are believable and the on-ice game action is very realistic.”—AngelNet Reviews
“I have to recommend this series if you’re into hockey romances, because it is a delight. I love the group of friends, their connections, the writing, the romance, the characters . . . everything! Give this a chance.”—My Tiny Obsessions
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Loved Tanner and Katelyn
This story was a nice second chance at romance. Tanner and Katelyn were together in college. They meet again years later and that spark is still there.
This book has everything drama, steaminess, tears, and HEA. This was my first book by Kelly Jamieson and definitely not my last. 😃
This is the fourth book in the Aces Hockey series and is a second chance at love. I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series and each book is a standalone, although all the characters are interconnected. Katelyn and Tanner dated in college but broke up when Tanner quit college to become a professional hockey player. They meet again, ten years later, when Katelyn takes a job to help Lovey plan her wedding (Mark and Lovey’s story was the first book in this series). Katelyn is an event planner and she is excited to get a high profile job that will open many doors for her, until she discovers she will be spending time with Tanner. There is still a lot of sizzling chemistry flowing between Katelyn and Tanner. Katelyn tries to keep her distance from Tanner because she doesn't want to be hurt again.
Tanner comes from a dysfunctional family and isn't sure he believes in love or long lasting relationships, but he can't deny his strong feelings for Katelyn. They always have fun together and are compatible. They have both matured and changed over the years they have been apart. Hopefully, this time they can make things work.
I enjoyed all the colorful characters in this book including the players on the Aces team and their wives and girlfriends. They are an entertaining group, they have fun together and add another dimension to the story. It was fun catching up with all the characters from the other books in this series.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
Great addition to a smart series!
I found Back Check to be the best book so far in this series.
I liked Tanner and Katelyn and wanted them to be together; Jamieson did a good job showing the reader what drove the couple apart years ago, and why they would want to try to connect again now.
Tanner lacked maturity and emotional depth in the begining but it soon became apparent that he didn't lack the skill to have a mature relationship, he just lacked the desire to allow anyone the power to hurt him again.
I liked Katelyn immediately. (Even though I'm seriously tired of books about event planners, not sure why this has become such a hugely popular job in the last few years in HEAs.) Katelyn was independent and confident and quite honestly didn't need Tanner to save her or prop her up in life. She would have been fine without him. However, she never would have had as happy a life as she did with him in her life.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well written romance.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.