Contemporary Romance

Review: Icing

Icing by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet, cute and sexylicious hockey romance about two people with understandable trust issues who find comfort, appreciation and mostly faith in one another.

Duncan Armstrong, dreams about having the Stanley Cup in his arms, not a money grabbing opportunist. But his star status as an NHL player seems to garner just that, an endless parade of pretty women with stars and money in their eyes. He just wants a caring, decent woman, even though he doubts he’ll ever find her. So when he meets the thoughtful, fun and hardworking waitress at his teammate’s bar, he’s instantly interested until he finds out that she’s also a part time model. Will Duncan give her the chance to prove she’s not a high maintenance woman who could cares less about his fame and fortune?

Witnessing firsthand her father’s very public and shameful fall from fame made Amber decide two things: she won’t ever depend on anyone else nor will she ever get involved with kind of professional athlete. She’s determined to be a self-reliant, working two part time jobs to pay for school and her mother’s debts. But when it comes to the talented, sexy, sweet NHL player she finds her resolve faltering, especially when their chemistry proves to be electrifying. Can they overcome their misconceptions and give their promising relationship a chance?

I really enjoy Kelly Jamieson’s lighthearted writing with a splash a hockey action and a big dose of alpha male sexiness paired with a smart, sassy yet stubborn woman. Both main characters were loveable in their perfect imperfection. The push and pull between them developed in a sultry, entertaining and sweet way that smile and blush.

Duncan is totally loveable. Despite his star status and money, he has insecurities just like everyone else.

“I don’t want to have sex with someone who doesn’t respect me… That sounded like a girl, didn’t it?” ~ Duncan to Amber

He’s also kind, generous, caring and humble with delicious caveman tendencies. It was so great to see he respected Amber’s independence and that it didn’t let it deter him from wanting to take care of her.

“Let me show you,” he said quietly. “Let me show you that you can trust me to be there.”

Strong, independent women are my favorite type of characters. Stubborn… not so much. It could have been easy to be annoyed with Amber’s pigheadedness, but she was mindful enough to recognize her crabbiness, so just like Duncan, I found it easy to forgive. Moreover, she had good reason to be so skittish with her weak and needy mother and irresponsible father.

It was perfectly reasonable that both Duncan and Amber where afraid to be let down or abused if they let their guard down, which made them perfectly suited for one another.

Besides the hockey excitement and sexy fun romance, I enjoyed having Lovey and Marc, Jenna and Andrew from the previous books back as well as the rest of the team who I can’t wait to meat.

Icing is book #2 in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. It’s a standalone full length hockey romance jam-packed with smexyness and fun. Told from both points of view with a happy ending.

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* I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review from NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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