January 10th, 2017
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.
*I was provided a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
After having read and reviewed Top Shelf last week it was time to finally dive in Back Check and I was really excited about it because I LOVED the previous book and I had high expectations for this one. Let me tell you that it didn’t disappoint and I might love Tanner and Kaitlyn a little bit (a lot more) than Jared and Sidney.
First of all, I love sports romances and I even love it more if it’s a hockey romance so I obviously had to love this one. Secondly, this is a second chance romance. Do you know how much I love second chance romances??? A LOT!!! I absolutely loved Tanner and Kaitlyn. They were such awesome characters. Tanner was such a great guy with such a big heart who had a few problems of his own. I loved to see his development and I adored the guy he became in the end. Kaitlyn was just amazing. Just like Tanner she had to deal with a few things from her past, some doubts she had but she was such a great and independent girl. I loved how she created her business and fought for it all by herself and I loved that she stood up for that. I also loved these two together. I think their relationship was really well written. First of all, this was a second chance romance so they already knew each other but they spent years without seeing each so I really enjoyed to see them getting to know each other again and see how they each grew. I also loved that their relationship was not just physical. Look, I love that these two had an amazing chemistry and they were super cute together but my favorite part was to see them talking about important things of their lives.
Another of my favorite things of this book (and the previous one) was the friendships. This series has an amazing cast of characters and I love to see them together and to see how much they care for each other and how much they support each other. For me friendship is something that matters in books but I think that a lot of times authors forget about it and focus only on romance. Luckily, Kelly Jamieson is not one of those authors because even if the focus of the book is romance she still shows the main characters with their friends and shows how important they are.
I also loved the writing in this book. Once again the book was told in dual POV and both Tanner and Kaitlyn had distinct voices so that is always a plus. I also loved how easily the book flew. I really need to read the first two books in this series soon (and also the novella) because I’m 100% sure those will be awesome too and because I already love all the characters from those books.
Overall, this was an amazing book. If you’re looking for a sports romance you should definitely give this one a try. Can I have a book about Hallsy now?? Come on, the guy deserves his happy ending and I’m pretty sure I’ll love that one too.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?