Contemporary Romance

Review: Back Check

Back Check
Back Check by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He doesn’t believe in love. She’s determined to find it. A sweet and sexy story about second chances at love and a great add to the Aces Hockey series.

Hockey players are superstitious by nature. They leave their beards grow and don’t wash their socks all for the sake of a winning streak and Tanner Bennet thinks he’s bad juju when it comes to wedding too. Every time he’s been in a wedding party the marriage ended in divorce, including his after he decided to marry the wrong woman. So when asked to be part of one of his teammates’ groomsmen he half-heartedly agrees. But after the shock of discovering that the wedding planner is the only woman he’s ever loved who rejected him almost a decade ago has worn off, will he overcome his fears and cease this second chance at love?

“For tanner, love meant risk. It meant hurt and insecurity and fear.”

Katelyn Medford is great at organizing events but it’s taken a bit longer for her company to take off. So when the chance to plan a wedding for an NHL star, she can’t afford to say no and why would she? There’s only the small detail of being unexpectedly reunited with her college boyfriend who she refused to follow when his career required he move out of state eight years ago. But after three failed engagements, she now knows that a relationship like they had isn’t easy to find. Now that they’re in constant close proximity and that their chemistry is undeniable, will she let him in and be able to follow him wherever his career may lead?

“Maybe you should go back to hating me.”
“Maybe I should just do this.”
And he crowded her up against the counter, cupped her face with one big hand and kissed her.

For those of you who enjoy a story that balances the drama and connection of second chance romances, heated chemistry and the excitement of hockey this is a good book for you.

Jamieson provides well developed characters whose back stories made me feel for them. Katelyn was a hard worker, she wanted love but hadn’t found it or more precisely had let it go, so she helped plan fabulous weddings. She did have a good reason for not going with Tanner when they were younger and her biggest fault was that she didn’t tell him.

“You don’t believe that people will stick around. But I’m going to prove you wrong. I’m going to be the one, Tanner. The one who sticks with you no matter what.”

Tanner had big commitment issues because his parents were never there for him due to their endless marriage/divorces and to top it off the only person he ever loved had broken his heart. But he formed his own family with his teammates and went as far as to be part of a big brother association. He’s a great hero all around, a sexy alpha who goes for what he wants and not afraid to express his feelings or do hot yoga.

Their reconnection is fun, flirty and hot, and after both having lived, learned and matured they’re somewhat better at communicating except when they don’t, which creates a bit of conflict for them. Nothing too big that they can’t work through.

I loved having Lovey and Marc back while preparing their wedding along with the other couples in the Aces team.

Back Check is book #4 in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. Even though it has characters from past stories, it’s a steamy and sweet full length standalone hockey romance. 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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