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 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.
*I was provided a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Sooo… Kelly Jamieson did it again. I don’t know what she does but every time I read one of her books it becomes my favorites and that happened with Slap Shot. If you didn’t know, in the past year I read both Top Shelf and Back Check from the Ace Hockey series and I loved both of those books. However, since I started this series I’ve wanted a book about Hallsy (aka Max) and I finally got it and couldn’t be happier because it was everything I needed.
First of all, let’s talk about characters starting with Max. I love him. He’s a sweet cinnamon roll that deserves much more in his life and not the sh*tty things that happened to him. He’s such a great person and really strong but also shows some vulnerability due to what happened to his wife. He messed up sometimes but it was something that you could see where if was coming from and why he was doing it, Then we have Kendra and she’s a breath of fresh air. I loved her and how she helped with Max issues. Their chemistry was also the best. While the “relationship” started almost in the beginning of the book it still wasn’t one of those instalove stories. They ended up getting to know each other pretty well and develop a connection even before they had the chance to understand what was happening between them.
Unlike the previous books in this series Slap Shot was told only from Max’s POV and I really enjoyed it. Sometimes you read books with only a POV and feel like there’s something missing but that wasn’t the case with this one, especially because most of the times it was still easy to understand what was going through Kendra’s head. I also loved the writing but that was expected since it’s not my first Kelly Jamieson’s book. Once again, 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 hockey romance you should definitely give this one (and the series) a try. If you read it will get not only amazing romances but also amazing characters that you’ll end up loving.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?