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    Excellent

    An excellent addition to the Aces Hockey series. This is Max Hall's story and it's emotional, sexy, and full of hope. Max stepped away from the game and the team when his wife became ill. She passed away over a year ago and now his focus is earning his spot on the team back. Why his libido picks now to come back to life is beyond him butt one look at Kendra Armstrong and he's at full mast. Guilt weighs heavily on him but he knows he needs to move forward. Putting it all out there for Kendra was hard but she knows the score and agrees to a sex only relationship. Everything is going great until it wasn't. Great story and one I think you'll enjoy. I highly recommend it.
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    Sexy romance

    Wow! Another sexy and spicy read in the Aces Hockey series. This is a stand alone novel that tells Max's story as he struggles to overcome the loss of his wife. When she was dying, he took a leave from the team to take care of her, then fell into a depression. The story picks up with Max struggling to get back to his prior level of fitness so he can make the team again. When Max meets Kendra at a wedding, the sparks fly and their hot attraction practically burned the pages of my kindle. Their story is red-hot and full of spice, however it isn't for the younger readers. I really liked Max and how he was still in love with his late wife while struggling to move forward. As much as I loved him, I didn't feel like I got a good sense of who Kendra was. Other than her job, which is priceless, I didn't have a good sense of who she was. This is a book worth reading that fans of the genre will enjoy. The author is on my must read authors' list.
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    Solid addition to the series.

    **Advanced copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Slap Shot was a nice addition to the Aces Hockey series. While part of the series, it can standalone if you haven't read the previous books. Max Hall has been dealing with the death of his wife and has been struggling to move on. His grief has not only affected his off-ice life, but his on-ice life too. Having taken more than a season off, he's got to work to get himself back in shape before training camp. While he has full dedication to this new training program, he still doesn't have much interest in starting up a new romance, that is until he meets a gorgeous woman, Kendra, at one of his teammate's weddings. The chemistry between Max and Kendra is instantaneous. The sex is red-hot and they are beyond compatible in bed, however neither one wants a relationship and couple that with the fact they live in different cities, in different states and that certainly complicates things. As the two agree to continue their sexcapades, they end up running into each other in some unexpected places that actually help to further their relationship outside the bedroom. While Max is still dealing with his feelings over his wife's death, will he be able to see this relationship with Kendra for what it really is - the start of something amazing or will he keep her at arms length and continue just existing? I enjoyed this book quite a bit, however I did struggle with the negativity that Max had toward his wife in several situations. No one is perfect, I totally get that, but it seemed like more often than not he was finding fault with the way she interacted with him - the way she supported his career, the way she fit in with his family, the way she even was in bed, etc. I know it's hard not to compare experiences, and even people, and maybe this was his way of having to deal with his grief to move on, but it just felt more negative than I think it should have for someone that he loved so much and chose to spend his life with. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this great series as it is always one of my go-to's!
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    4 Stars!

    If you have read the previous book in the series then you would already know Max Hall. He's the one that broke our hearts when we learned his wife was dying of cancer. In Slap Shot, Kelly Jamieson brought him back to show us how he was dealing with that loss and helping him to come back to life from his grief. I'm not always a fan of stories that have one of the main characters finding love again after a deceased spouse. I think it's not an easy thing to accomplish having that character properly mourn the spouse without making them too much of the focus in the new relationship or being too callous about the death. I think Kelly did a good job with Max's story. At least, for me I was satisfied with how she handled everything. He did still mourn his wife and truly believed he would never find love again or more like he was afraid to find love again, but I never felt like the deceased spouse took over in the story. We got to see Max open up to Kendra even when he was in denial. He wasn't perfect, which you really can't expect from someone that is coming out of grief. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and I'm so happy that Max found Kendra. They were so great together. If you are taking request Kelly Jamieson, I want to see Kendra's best friend and business partner get a book. We only got one scene with her little girl but she was adorable and I want to see one of these strapping hockey players come into their lives. ARC provided by NetGalley.
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    Hockey romance but so much more!

    This is the fifth book in this series and I have been looking forward to it! Yes, it is a hockey romance but it is so much more. I really think this is my favorite of the series. Max has had a few spots in the other books and he left the team to be with his dying wife. I am so glad the author told Max’s story! Max had a serious case of depression following his wife’s death and who wouldn’t. She was the love of Max’s life. After months of too much beer, junk food and staying home wallowing in grief, Max was finally ready to take his life back. It has been 15 months and a long road but he is ready to win the spot on his team and maybe find a woman to have sex with. Of course, he wants no strings attached. No relationship, no commitments. He has a trainer and is working on getting back into the best shape he possibly can to get his spot back on the Aces. Kendra was a therapist that gave up her practice and now has a business that makes sex toys. She started the company with her best friend and they are doing very well. Kendra is sweet, smart, savvy, funny and beautiful. She has been burned in relationships by men that had serious issues. She has learned she can’t fix people. Her life is in New York but she travels to Chicago frequently for business, plus her cousin, who also plays for the Aces lives there. Kendra is a force of nature, confident and carefree and she catches Max’s eye at the wedding of a teammate and Kendra is a bridesmaid. Kendra notices the handsome man watching her and decides to make a move. Needless to say, they have a few drinks and head up to her room. That’s where I am going to leave it. I don’t want to give anymore away because the reader needs to enjoy the book. This book is told from Max’s POV with Kendra getting her POV in the epilogue. As I said in the beginning this was my favorite of the series. I loved watching Max gaining momentum in getting his life back and Kendra with her sweet and spicy spirit cheering him on. There are some parts that are sad when you see them struggling with issues and heartbreak. This is a second chance at love again and learning to live again for both Max and Kendra. There still was plenty of hockey and lots of steamy smexy times to keep me turning those pages. I can’t wait for more of the Chicago Aces!
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