Series: Aces Hockey, #4
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 can’t believe that this is the first Aces Hockey book I’ve read! I’ve been missing out. Back Check was such a fun book to read. It combined two things I love: second chance romances and hockey players. I really have to thank Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for cluing me into this series by reviewing Back Check. I might not have found this book otherwise!
Kelly Jamieson’s writing is impressive. It takes a lot to pull off a third person, dual point of view narrative and she nailed it. There was no problem connecting with the characters or their thoughts and feelings. I barely even noticed the story wasn’t in first person! I also loved the way she set up this second chance love story. The reasoning behind the characters’ original breakup was perfect. I loved that it was traumatic to them, but not overly dramatic for the reader.
Tanner and Katelyn were both haunted by their past mistakes and dealing with their current pressures. Reconnecting heightened their concerns about what was to come, but it also brought them comfort. Their rekindled relationship was amazing, and while complicated, it also felt simple and right. Their chemistry was incredible and I loved the moments they spent getting to know each other again.
Back Check was an entertaining romance. I loved all of the characters and their hilarious interactions. I couldn’t get enough of this book, and I’m so excited to go back and read the rest of the series! Kelly Jamieson has a new fan!