My name’s Max Hall, and I need to f***. As a pro hockey player who’s been away from the game for over a year, my libido has picked one hell of an inconvenient time to come roaring back to life.
After my wife died from a rare form of cancer, sex was the last thing on my mind. Same with hockey, the other love of my life. Now, after fifteen months of eating too much, drinking too much, and generally just feeling sorry for myself, I’m facing a steep uphill battle to get my ass in shape and play my way back onto the Chicago Aces.
So I’m not looking for a relationship. Just sex. Yeah, I know how that makes me sound. But the truth is, I’ll never love another woman the way I loved my wife. When I meet a sexy bridesmaid at my teammate’s wedding, I decide to scratch that itch. A fling with Kendra Armstrong in her posh hotel room could be just what the trainer ordered.
Not only is Kendra smokin’ hot, she’s dynamite in bed—one of the perks of being a sex toy designer. Since she lives in New York anyway, we agree to keep things casual, no strings attached. The arrangement is perfect . . . until one of us falls in love. And it’s not me.
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 Slap Shot
“In her fifth full-length Aces Hockey romance, Jamieson lets fans into the mind of the Aces’ most brooding player, rounding out a supporting character with some impressive results.”—RT Book Reviews
“This story of healing is touching and the intensity of the sensual encounters swoonworthy.”—Publishers Weekly
“Another unputdownable read; Kelly Jamieson scores again with Slap Shot.”—New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett
“Kelly Jamieson delivers another winner! Slap Shot gave me all the feels, and Max Hall is a hero to cheer for.”—Stacey Kennedy, USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets series
This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Jamieson's fifth Aces Hockey sports contemporary (after Back Check), written entirely from the hero's point of view, combines a poignant exploration of grief with unabashed enjoyment of sex. Chicago-based hockey player Max Hall, mourning his wife's death, finds himself in a precarious spot: he wants to get laid but isn't ready for a relationship. While attending a teammate's wedding, Max has a mutually satisfying encounter with like-minded New Yorker Kendra Armstrong. Max cannot get Kendra's alluring smile out of his head, and they find they enjoy each other inside and outside the bedroom. They enjoy planned and unplanned encounters complete with snappy dialogue, sexually charged repartee, and tender moments, but turbulent emotions result in uncaring behavior. Max's self-examination about his relationships demonstrates the difficulty of healing and the awkwardness of moving on. This story of healing is touching and the intensity of the sensual encounters swoonworthy.
After being away from hockey for a little over a year, Max has one goal in mind....claiming a spot on The Chicago Aces. He's hired a trainer who not only works him to exhaustion, but has changed his diet. Although Max has the skills, he's also one of the oldest players vying for a coveted spot on the team. While attending the wedding of his fellow hockey player, Max sees Kendra and all thoughts of training evaporate.
Kendra enjoys life and follows her dreams. Always trying to care for others and "fix" their problems, Kendra initially attended college graduating with a degree in psychology. She soon realized she couldn't "fix" everyone. So she and her best friend began designing sex toys. She loves her life in New York City, but frequently travels for business. During her travels, she often visits her cousins and friends in Chicago. Where she meets Max...
An agreement for no strings sex, is just what Max needs to "get back in the saddle". But Kendra and Max's one night soon turns into more. Neither wanting to make a commitment, but not wanting to see the other dating anyone else. Kendra's insecurities and general bad taste in choosing men, coupled with Max's grief is a recipe for disaster. Or is it.....
This novel has ALL the feels! It makes you cry, shake your head with exasperation, laugh out loud, and cheer for the "old" guy to make the team. I LOVED it! I can't wait to read what Kelly Jamieson has in store next! Warning...have Kleenex close by. The tears are worth it in the end! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Ever since Max Hall lost his wife to cancer 15 months ago, he took a hiatus from playing hockey and has been wallowing in self pity, Now that he's training to get back in shape and try out for next seasons team, he's actually thinking some sex would be good. At the wedding of one of his teammate, he spots one of the beautiful bridesmaids in particular, Kendra Armstrong. Making his way to her, he tries to connect with her and actually succeeds. All he needs is to get back in the saddle for one night and Kendra is more than willing. The fact is Kendra is amazing in the sack, and truth be told, she runs a sex toy company to help women find their niche. What more could he ask for, since he's not looking for a relationship, just some hot sex. Plus she lives in New York, far away from Chicago. They can scratch their itch whenever she's in town. Except she's all he can think about, since they have amazing chemistry together. Alex knows he will never love anyone the way he loved his wife. As their relationship gets stronger, Alex starts to panick. Then Kendra declares her love for him and he loses it. This can't be happening. He doesn't need a woman to fulfill his life, does he?
As all her other books, this new one is amazing. Kelly Jamieson has become my favorite writer at this point. Her knowledge of the sport is spot on. Ms Jamieson gets all her facts together and does her research before putting it on paper. Her books are not only wonderful romance stories but extremely entertaining. Another great job!
Fun and sexy
This is the fifth book in the Aces Hockey series and I have read and enjoyed all of these charming stories. Each book is a standalone but the characters are all interconnected. Kelly Jamieson knows how to write fun, sexy stories. I love reading about the hot hockey players on the Aces hockey team as they fall in love.
Max, a veteran on the Aces hockey team has taken some time off from hockey and is now training hard so he can get back on the team’s roster. He is only interested in hockey and doesn't have time for anything else in his life right now. Max is attending a wedding for one of his teammates when he meets Kendra. Max and Kendra start a no strings relationship but things turn into something more and they aren't sure how to handle it. I found Max easy to like. He is a sensitive, honorable guy going through a rough time and and the last thing he expects is to fall for Kendra. They have a passionate affair. Kendra makes Max feel things he hasn't felt in a long time but he wracked with guilt.
Kendra is a psychologist and has started a business selling sex toys. She is smart and hard working and not afraid to talk about sex or ask for what she wants. I admired Kendra’s passion and courage. She is always open, honest and upfront. She tries to get Max to talk about his feeling but he keeps everything bottled up and has a hard time expressing himself. Max and Kendra are great together. They not only have explosive sexual chemistry, they are also comfortable with each other and have a lot of fun.
I enjoyed everything about this story and can't wait to read more books in this series. There are fun secondary characters including the the guys on the hockey team. This has an engaging plot line and the characters are realistic and easy to sympathize with.
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.