An Aces Hockey Novel
In the first Chicago Aces romance from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving free spirit tempts an uptight hockey star into opening himself up to love.
As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.
Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.
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 Kelly Jamieson and Major Misconduct
“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport
“Steamy, sweet, and a whole lot of fun! I loved Major Misconduct!”—USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell
“Fun and sexy . . . I look forward to reading the next book in the Aces Hockey series.”—Smut Book Junkie
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Any romance reader who can enjoy repeated utterances of "Sweet cheese-its" and "Oh, for the love of cheese" is going to love Jamieson's first Aces Hockey contemporary and its Wisconsin Cheesehead heroine. When Lovey Armstrong moves to Chicago and rooms with Duncan, her hockey-star big brother, it soon becomes clear that he still sees her as a kid in need of his protection. Dunc threatens severe bodily harm to any of his Chicago Aces teammates who so much as dance with Lovey. That includes his other roommate, Marc Dupuis. As formula requires, Marc and Lovey predictably hit it off, Duncan disapproves, and foul-mouthed hockey players are jarringly juxtaposed with the euphemism-wielding Lovey. This hockey romance doesn't quite deserve the penalty box, but the clich d plot and the cast of one-note characters may only be palatable to diehard genre fans.
Sweet, sexy, funny, and romantic
Lovey's life seems to be a series of flighty half-decisions, and her latest has landed her at her famous hockey player brother's doorstep. Leaving her boyfriend and job behind, she's ready to make something of herself in the big city, but now that she's seen her brother's roommate, she's looking to make a move on him as well.
The Verdict: Lovey grew up in her big brother Duncan's shadow. So while the family's entire life revolved around Duncan's eventual professional hockey career, Lovey was placated and spoiled by parents who didn't have enough time for her. She's not really bitter about it, but it's clearly had an effect on who she's become as an adult. As soon as her latest romance became too serious and her job too limiting, she split, showing up unexpectedly on Duncan's doorstep and expecting him to take her in until she can build a new life for herself.
Honestly, this is where Lovey lost me a bit. She's kind and warm-hearted, and she truly doesn't harbor any bad feelings toward her brother for always hogging everyone's attention. But while she's busy trying to be her own person and prove she's not nearly as irresponsible as everyone thinks she is, she's pretty much the embodiment of being irresponsible. In many ways, she acts like an immature teenager, refusing to set Duncan's mind at ease by telling him about the business she's starting and the potential she has for success. She sees nothing wrong with mooching off of him for a while, even when he makes it clear that he doesn't really want her there, and she sometimes comes off a spoiled brat rather than a young woman striving for true independence. However, she's young, trying to figure out who she is and what makes her happy, and in that sense, her immaturity is realistic. Who among us hasn't been young and not so wise?
Duncan's roommate Marc is another story, though, and he quickly won me over. He's intelligent and thoughtful, and he's ridiculously attracted to Lovey. However, he's also dedicated to his team and career, and the last thing he needs is for Duncan to lay him out for looking at his sister. But their instant chemistry works against him, and as much as he tries to resist his feelings for her, she constantly tempts him, making keeping his distance impossible. I'm not much for French accents, but I have no problem making an exception for Mark. I wish we'd gotten a deeper look into his personality, but he definitely didn't fall flat. Having just come out of a break-up and bearing plenty of responsibility for the team, he's got his hands full already. But Lovey is the opposite he's attracted to, and aside from steaming up the place, they made for a great couple.
Major Misconduct is the first book I've read by Kelly Jamieson, but I dare say it won't be my last. It's a great start to the series, and it introduces some interesting characters whose own stories I wouldn't mind following. If this kind of sweet, sexy, funny, and romantic is what we can expect, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
***FicCentral received this book from Random House LLC (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.
Loved everything about this story! Loved the main characters as well as the secondary characters. The way in which Lovey meets Marc is adorable it was witty, created wonderful banter to the start of the relationship as well as showed an instant attraction by both. I liked the push and pull they had on each other, and all of this made for off the chart chemistry. I thought their story was well rounded, developed nicely and I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. I pretty much grinned from ear to ear while reading this. This was entertaining and oh so hot!
Lovey Armstrong has come to Chicago to crash with her rich brother Duncan, who is a professional Ice Hockey player for the Chicago Aces. After being in her brother's shadow all of her life she wants to prove to everyone that she can also succeed and do something well. She has just broken up with her boyfriend that wanted to get married and have babies. Lovey lives by her Motto "Live, Love, Laugh", she is fearless, smart and lovable. Full of life and the kind of girl you would want to be friends with.
Marc Dupuis is Captain of the Chicago Aces, and is a roommate and best friends with Duncan, Lovey's brother. He is all about his responsibilities that being a Captain entails, but he is also intelligent, serious, but with a self- deprecating humor. Wide shoulders, chiseled eight pack Abs, lean muscular thighs with a adorable French Canadian accent, he is HOT! And who wouldn't want some of that?
When she interrupts his morning coffee wearing only a skimpy Cami and matching panties, and he is wearing only boxer briefs, they both are instantly attracted to each other, but when he finds out she is Duncan's little sister she is strictly off limits. But what Lovey wants, and she wants Marc, Lovey gets! But as Marc gives her the cold shoulder, every other single guy on the team is lusting after Lovey, taken in by her cute luminous smile and rockin body. But jealousy raises its head and Marc just can't keep his thoughts off Lovey. Will Lovey be able to get what she wants? Or will Marc not break the "Bro-code". You will have to read to find out. Highly Recommended!
Received a ARC through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Lovey Armstrong cones to Chicago to live with her brother. He is an NHL star for the Chicago Aces, and his roommate is the team captain, Marc Dupuis. The sparks fly between Lovey and Marc from the second they meet!
Lovey wants Marc. Anywhere and anyway she can have him. And Lovey, always gets what she wants. Only problem? Her brother has warned everyone off that she is off limits. As her brother's best friend, Marc is sure to stay away, right?
Marc knows if he does not stay far away from Lovey, he will give in to the want that rips through him every time he is in her presence. He thinks about her all the time. He has never felt this way about any woman.
Lovey and Marc end up sneaking around behind her brothers back. What he does not know won't hurt him, right? After all, he thinks she has never grown up. Maybe it is time to come clean with a few truths?
This book is seriously HOT! A great start to the Aces Hockey series! I loved the hockey fun, the hotties that were on just about every page, the banter, the character development, and more. I was pleased to see such an amazing book and cannot wait to see the next one!
***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher for an honest review.