Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.
Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.
In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.
Review: This novel was a little different to me from the others in the series, and I really fell in love with the characters. Sidney was colorful and interesting. And of course, hockey romances are my new crack so there’s that!
Jared Rupp was a hard worker who wasn’t afraid of trying for his dreams. The Aces hockey team had won the cup and it seemed like they weren’t even trying anymore. He was tired of trying and being underplayed by his teammates. They all needed to get on board with playing to win–not just him.
Aside from that, he also loved his restaurant slash bar. So when he flirted with a cute woman at the bar who then talked badly about his menu, he was taken aback. He thought it was perfect. But he was intrigued by her suggestion that he do some things differently, di he hired her.
Sidney loved the direction her life was going even if it had taken a while to get there. Going through the divorce and subsequent depression had set her back but her friend Frankie had dragged her out and got her a job as a bar back which had set her on to her current career. Meeting the owner of the Sin Bin and accidentally trashing his menu–oops!
Decadently sexual and delightfully sweet, I loved being on the inside of this happy relationship. Great read, thanks!