Happily ever afters aren’t just for fairy tales. In this heartfelt novel, a retired athlete must become a father to the daughter he never knew—just as he discovers the power of love with a woman who reignites his passions.
Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.
At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.
“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport
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 Dancing in the Rain
“A hot hockey hero and a sweet, emotional romance. Kelly Jamieson’s Dancing in the Rain touched my heart and left me smiling through my tears.”—New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul
“Dancing in the Rain is a heartwarming story of love, loss, and finding your way.”—New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott
“Dancing in the Rain is an emotional and heartwarming story of new beginnings.”—Harlequin Junkie (four stars)
“I enjoyed this story so much, even though it is sad and emotional, it has an uplifting message. . . . I couldn’t put this book down.”—Cocktails & Books
“This was a three-hanky novel, and I really enjoyed being put through the wringer.”—A Chick Who Reads
“Emotional and beautiful.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Dancing in the Rain
A tear jerking romance that is like a breath of fresh air. I fell in love with her characters and would like to read more about their family that they built through tragedies but made it work. Having a tween daughter was the right choice for the whole story.
Dancing, not falling...
Wow!!! This novel is just WOW! This is my first venture into a Kelly Jamieson novel and I was NOT disappointed. This novel has all the "feels". It had me laughing out loud one minute, crying the next. I don't generally like to cry when reading a novel, but it was cathartic.
Drew, a star ex-hockey player, is trying to find his role or purpose in life. His whole life revolved around hockey, until his knee forced him into early retirement. He drinks in excess, plays video games, eats junk food, and has random hookups. During this time, he's approached by Sara. Sara and Drew attended a college party 11yrs ago where a one-night-stand resulted in a child. They never gave last names, so Sara had no way of contacting Drew. Needless to say, Drew is stunned and not sure what to do with the information.
Sara, an accomplished attorney, has metastatic melanoma. Sara wishes to "give" her daughter the dad she always dreamed of having. When she realizes it's Drew, she contacts him and gives him the option of getting to know his daughter. Sara only has a few months to live, so her sister Peyton, flies in from New York to help. Peyton is a successful corporate "reputation, tech" specialist. She's a self-proclaimed workaholic who's not sure if she's "mom" material.
Peyton and Drew are thrown together in efforts to make Sara's last days easier. What they don't expect, is to fall for each other while falling more in love with his daughter/her niece. This novel struggles with death, living life, and blended families. Also, finding your purpose in life isn't always what you've carefully planned. Sometimes, you just have to dance in the rain....I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
I love reading Kelly Jamieson’s books, especially her sports romances. When I saw this book was up for review, I didn't even read the blurb, I just ordered it. This charming, feel good story is heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Drew is devastated when a knee injury forces him to retire. Now that he is no longer a professional hockey player, his life has changed dramatically and he has lost everything that is important to him. He misses the life he had and he is bored and disillusioned without any direction. Just when Drew thinks his life can't get any worse, he discovers he has an eleven year old daughter from a one night stand he had in college.
I enjoyed this story so much, even though it is sad and emotional, it has an uplifting message. I connected with all the characters. Drew’s daughter, Chloe is sweet but also a typical young teenage girl with attitude. When Drew meets Peyton, Chloe's aunt, he is instantly attracted to her. Peyton is a caring and nice person. She wants to be there for her niece and is afraid of what she feels for Drew. Drew and Peyton help each other while they are dealing with a lot of heavy issues. What makes this story so good is the way way the characters handle their problems. Through it all, they find strength, love, hope and each other. They never give up and if one of is down, the other one helps them. I couldn't put this book down, I wanted everything to work out for Drew, Peyton and Chloe.