Harland Day knows what it's like to be on rock bottom: he was there once before, years ago when his mother walked out and left him behind. But he learned how to play the game and survived, crawling his way up with the help of a friend-turned-lover. This time is different: he has nobody to blame but himself for his trip to the bottom. His mouth, his attitude, his crappy play that landed him back in the minors instead of playing pro hockey with the Baltimore Banners. And this time, he doesn't have anyone to help him out, not when his own selfishness killed the most important relationship he ever had.
Courtney Williams' life isn't glamorous or full of fame and fortune but she doesn't need those things to be happy. She of all people knows there are more important things in life. And, for the most part, she's been able to forget what could have been--until Harland gets reassigned to the York Bombers and shows back up in town, full of attitude designed to hide the man underneath. But the arrogant hockey player can't hide from her, the one person who knows him better than anyone else. They had been friends. They had been lovers. And then they had been torn apart by misunderstanding and betrayal.
But some ties are hard to break. Can they look past what had been and move forward to what could be? Or will the sins of the past haunt them even now, all these years later?
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Playing the game
Sweet story must read!
Heartwarming and heartbreaking
The author really knows how to express her characters’ feelings. I was blown away at the emotion I felt for each character. It is written beautifully. I laughed, cried, and felt like I knew their pain and joy personally.
I’m also a huge hockey fan. So my hockey itch was certainly scratched. Great book!!
Playing The Game (York Bombers #1) by Lisa B. Kamps
Lisa B. Kamps is off to a tremendous start with PLAYING THE GAME the first book from the York Bombers series. The Bombers are the AHL team of Kamps NHL Baltimore Banners series team. I love that she started this series. There is a whole different level of emotion at an AHL level. Harland Day had been recently sent down from the Banners. He has lost his edge and is struggling to get it back. Once he returned to his hometown in York, he cannot stop thinking about his ex-girlfriend, Courtney Williams and discovers some secrets that have been kept from him. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for new adult and adult audiences.
I loved this story. I appreciated how it started out with the prologue. It really set the mood for the book. Harland and Courtney are amazing and complex characters with a long history. They are both believable and have multiple issues to overcome. They had a horrible break up and that left them both scarred. Harland had a rough childhood. It is understandable how he hoped his dad was looking out for him. Courtney rightfully has trust issues. I love that this couple gets a second chance. I enjoyed the story about how they originally met. I love how Harland accepts and treats Noah.
The hockey aspect in the story was well represented. It depicted Harland’s struggles on the ice. I enjoyed his team mates. He has some good friends who are trying to look out for him.
PLAYING THE GAME is another amazing book by Lisa B. Kamps. She continues to write skillful plots that are exciting and heartfelt. I’m looking forward to her next story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.