Melody Spencer has a plan: work hard, stay focused and save enough money to get out of Stone Cliff and the rumors that surround her. Wounded and distrustful, she’s learned the hard way that if a guy is nice to her, it means he’s only after one thing.
Until Ryeland Montgomery cruises back into her resort town, beautifully protective as he insists they get to know each other better.
Ryeland’s future is in the palm of his hands. Problem is it’s the future his hard-nosed father has chosen for him, not the one he wants. Warned by his folks to steer clear of the local girls who will do whatever it takes to escape the sleepy mountain town, he’s always played the good son and kept his distance.
Until he sees Melody, sweet yet tough, standing on the road side, drenched and furious—a girl he knows he has to have.
Soon this unlikely pair find themselves lost in each other, and after a whirlwind summer of passion and pleasure, he vows to protect her from everything and everyone. But when secrets unfold, Melody is forced to make the toughest decision of her life and Ryeland must determine whether he's wasted the summer on nothing more than a beautiful lie, or if they can move past the deceit and rebuild the wreckage that has become their lives.
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He was the cockiest hockey player I knew.
And my brother’s best friend.
But I needed to learn about the game, and he was down with a concussion.
I didn’t realize he had an agenda of his own.
One that involved showing me his off-ice plays.
I should have said no.
Should have kept things in the central zone.
But one sweet taste was a game changer, and the only words on my lips were yes.
Until a lifetime of secrets spilled out…
All books in the Players on Ice series can be read as standalones:
The Stick Handler
The Body Checker
The Hard Hitter
The Risk Taker
The Puck Charmer
The Trouble Maker
The Rule Breaker
When it comes to relationships, I need all the help I can get.
When Rider agrees to be my buffer, I happily put myself in his capable hands.
It isn’t his fault my date goes south, but the tough as nails hockey player takes it personally.
Under his wing, I find the freedom to let go, and the joy of having it accepted.
But can two people, one afraid he’s unlovable and the other afraid to love, trust in themselves enough to realize this could be their shot at happily ever after?