Endearing, cute and sexy. A great weekend hockey romance about a carefree and breezy girl who dazzles a master of self-control and discipline into letting some fun in his life.
“He wanted her to pull him into that circle of light and warmth she seemed to create everywhere she went, to ease his pain and frustration, to make things seem good again.”
Lovey Armstrong has always lived in the shadow of her older, successful brother Duncan. She’s always loved him and has been supportive of his pro-hockey status. But while she stands by her “Live. Love. Laugh.” motto and is looking to have fun, she also wants success of her own. So on what seems like a whim to everyone, she moves in with Duncan. What she wasn’t counting on was also living under the same roof as the sexy, reticent Chicago Aces team captain with the alluring French accent, Marc Dupuis.
Lovey can’t resist making the reserved man smile, and if it weren’t for all the mixed signals she’s getting from him, she’d think she was cracking his cold exterior. Can she convince him to disregard the team’s bro-code?
“I know you really do have feelings. Even though you seem like you don’t. Always so unemotional. In control.” She leaned forward and brushed her mouth over his. “I’d like to make you lose control.”
Marc Alexandre Dupuis isn’t into fun. He takes his responsibilities as a professional hockey player and team captain very seriously. It comes naturally because he’s a diligent, hardworking man. But when his roommate’s younger sister unexpectedly moves in, his focus irrevocably strays towards the most attractive woman he’s ever encountered. Can he abide by Duncan’s off-limits rule? Can he convince Lovey that their connection is more than just incredibly explosive chemistry?
“He’d never met anyone like her. She said things that knocked him off balance. She completely entertained him. Entranced him.”
When I first met Lovey, I have to admit I was not a big fan. I, like her brother Duncan and Marc, liked her bright, bubbly happiness but misjudged her thinking she lacked substance and direction. It took me a bit to warm up to her but then found she’s an honest, smart, energetic woman who doesn’t want to settle and is finding her own path to happiness. I couldn’t fault her for hitting a few bumps in the road, namely her own fear of failing and self-deprecation which kept her from committing. But it only annoyed me a smidge while she figured out what she truly wanted.
“I know you like to laugh. I know you live your life to the fullest. And you’re definitely good at loving.”
Marc’s seriousness and rude back and forth between flirting with and then pushing Lovey away also didn’t make the best first impression. But he started to grow on me once I started to get to know him. I saw through Lovey how he worried about his team and teammates, how he liked to help others and mostly how he liked and appreciated Lovey’s delightful personality and saw and admired the wonderful woman behind the brilliant smile.
“She was all bright light and warmth, dazzling him, making him want to go stand near her and see if she could illuminate the darkness that was threatening to fill him up again.”
I really liked the push-pull between Marc and Lovey. Their attraction was off the charts sultry and I loved how Marc’s inner caveman came out while Lovey kept things fun.
“Bedroom,” he growled. “Mine. Now.” Whoa… She hadn’t seen this alpha caveman side of him and it worked for her.
“There,” she said. “Stop right there.” He stopped and glanced at the bed over his shoulder. “Your ass,” she said with a sigh. “It’s gorgeous.” He huffed out a laugh and closed his eyes. Jesus. She was… fun.
I really enjoyed how she brings out Marc’s merriment to the surface while he supported her when she needed it. They understood and complimented each other perfectly, which naturally translated into them unknowingly falling for one another.
“Every time I made you smile or laugh, I think I fell a little bit in love with you.”
“That’s funny, because every time you made me smile or laugh, I think I fell a bit in love with you.”
This is my first Kelly Jamieson novel and it won’t be the last. Her writing is lighthearted and straight forward. I love hockey romances, especially one that has Captain Codger turning into Captain Romance. Major Misconduct is the first book in Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. Filled with cute, sexy moments laced with the excitement of hockey. A standalone told from both points of view with a happy ending.
Rating 3.5 Captain Codger stars
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* I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from NetFalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *