Bodychecking: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey

Cedrona Enterprises
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As the wild child of the family, Bellani Maxwell isn’t interested in settling down. Between a fledgling party crashing business, teaching self-defense at a martial arts studio, and hitting the bar every night, she has her hands full. She doesn’t need the added responsibility or commitment of a relationship.

Hockey star Cedric Pederson has all the puck bunnies he could ever want, but a chance encounter eighteen months ago leaves him with eyes only for the gorgeous, free-spirited Bella. Too bad she isn’t interested in what Cedric has to offer beyond frequent hookups, and he’s grown tired of their on-again, off-again non-relationship. He wants to be all-in or all-out.

 

When a brutal attack leaves Bella in need of comfort, protection, and healing, the only person she wants is Cedric. But once she’s living in his condo, Bella is confronted with a decision she’s been avoiding—can she finally commit to Cedric, or will she let him go one last time?

CONTENT WARNING: Contains graphic and potentially disturbing descriptions of an assault

KEYWORDS:  Sports romance, hockey romance, athlete, wealthy

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Cedrona Enterprises
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Published on
Apr 30, 2016
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Pages
156
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ISBN
9781311485595
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Sports
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Brimming with attitude and broken beyond repair, Isaac "Ice" Wolfe has a heart as cold as his nickname, and he likes it that way--until he meets his neighbor Avery Maxwell. Avery is unlike any woman he's ever known. Her smile thaws his frozen heart. Being with her heals his broken places. She makes him feel, and for Isaac that's not always a good thing. Isaac has burned every bridge in his professional hockey career. When he's traded to the Seattle Sockeyes halfway through their inaugural season, he knows he won't get another chance. He's never been a team player, yet he needs to become one--and fast.

Avery has only wanted one thing in her life--to train and show horses. Her decision to drop out of college to pursue her riding career causes a rift with her big sister, but Avery is tired of following everyone else's dreams. Now she's following her own, and no one is going to distract her from her passion--until she meets a dark stranger and his cantankerous dog.

When Isaac is warned away from Avery by the team's captain, who happens to be Avery's future brother-in-law, Isaac sees the writing on the wall. It's Avery or his career. To Isaac, a life without hockey wouldn't be a life worth living. But what about a life without Avery?

Do Isaac and Avery sacrifice their mutual passion for each other in order to achieve their goals, or do they fight to have it all, even if by doing so, they might lose everything in the end? 

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USA Today Bestselling author Jami Davenport presents another Seattle Sockeyes hockey romance and the fifth book in her Game On in Seattle sports romance series showcasing alpha male heroes of football, baseball, and hockey.

While all books in this series can be read as standalones, you'll likely enjoy the other books in the Game On in Seattle sports romance series:

Book 1--Skating on Thin Ice (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)

Book 2--Crashing the Boards (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)

Book 3--Crashing the Net (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)

Book 4--Love at First Snow (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)

Book 5--Melting Ice (Seattle Sockeyes Hockey)

Book 6--Blindsided (Seattle Steelheads Football) AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER 2015

Keywords:  Sports Romance, Hockey Romance, Bad Boy, Good Girl, Horses, Equestrian Romance, Damaged Hero, Friends to Lovers, Girl Next Door

The author of Delayed Penalty returns with the story of a free spirit who believes she’s found forever with a playboy on a singles cruise. Discover why Kelly Jamieson calls the Pilots Hockey series “fun and flirty, warm and sweet.”

Kristen Katsaros wants a life full of adventure and laughter. After a difficult childhood, her motto is to live each day like it’s her last—because it just might be. So when Kristen’s parents send her on a post-grad singles cruise in the Caribbean to meet a Greek husband, she promptly hooks up with the hottest guy she’s ever met. Pasha’s decidedly not Greek, but Kristen gives him a pass because he’s got fun written all over his rock-hard abs.

Pavel Gribov, the cocky playboy of the Detroit Pilots hockey team, can score any girl he wants. But when a teammate drags him on a singles cruise, he can’t resist the chance to help out a drop-dead gorgeous damsel in distress by pretending to be her boyfriend. Before long, the fake fling turns intimate, fueled by something much deeper than lust.

Kristen and Pasha both agree to walk away once the cruise is over, but reality hits like a slap shot when Kristen finds out Pasha lied about everything. Just when she’s ready to start living again, the two stubborn survivors must decide if they can bear to lose the best thing that ever happened to either of them.

Praise for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

“Recommended for anyone who loves a feel-good romance and wants to get lost in a story.”—Blogs and Coffee

“A charming romance.”—Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews

“You don’t have to have read the previous three books to get the best out of this one, but they are such good reads that I can wholeheartedly recommend them.”—Angel Net Reviews

“Unsportsmanlike Conduct is definitely an entertaining read, delightful and dreamy. I mean, hunky hockey player with a stunning Greek girl? Sign. Me. Up!”—Sweetheart Reads

“This book is definitely very steamy, but also has some great dialogue/banter, and well-developed characters, keeping the story moving along at a steady pace. I read this book in one sitting. . . . I could not put it down until I knew these two had worked things out and were giving their love a chance.”—Ms. C’s Diversions

“Unsportsmanlike Conduct is well written and fun . . . a stand-alone book that has me looking forward to more from Ms. Henry.”—Cocktails & Books

“A beautiful story . . . The writing and plot are superb and you can't help but fall in love with all of the characters . . . even Spiros! I give Unsportsmanlike Conduct five stars!”—Cara’s Book Boudoir

“Unsportsmanlike Conduct is a story about living life to the fullest and leaving no stone unturned. . . . I would highly recommend it.”—The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf

“I really liked the writing and the pacing of this one. I liked the plot and the timing, and this one made me want to read the previous books in this series.”—My Tiny Obsessions

“Unsportsmanlike Conduct was a heartfelt story that I could not put down. It made me experience just about every emotion, and it truly moved me. I look forward to Sophia Henry’s next book in the series.”—Diane’s Book Blog

“Unsportsmanlike Conduct was the fast-paced romance that I was looking for.”—Go Read A Book
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.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:
MAJOR MISCONDUCT
OFF LIMITS
ICING
TOP SHELF
BACK CHECK
SLAP SHOT
PLAYING HURT

Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Back Check

“With Back Check, Kelly Jamieson has created a wonderful second-chance story. Her hockey series is one of the best out there, and I recommend giving it a try.”—Harlequin Junkie

“As soon as [Back Check] arrived for review, it went straight to the top of my reading pile! [Jamieson’s] characters are believable and the on-ice game action is very realistic.”—AngelNet Reviews

“I have to recommend this series if you’re into hockey romances, because it is a delight. I love the group of friends, their connections, the writing, the romance, the characters . . . everything! Give this a chance.”—My Tiny Obsessions

“Back Check was the perfect book to pull me out of my own world and immerse me in a setting [where] I’m comfortable and relaxed. I finished this book and I was so darn happy that I’m sure this is totally the right book for anyone needing to escape.”—Straight Shootin’ Book Reviews

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Happily ever afters aren’t just for fairy tales. In this heartfelt novel, a retired athlete must become a father to the daughter he never knew—just as he discovers the power of love with a woman who reignites his passions.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.

“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:
MAJOR MISCONDUCT
OFF LIMITS
ICING
TOP SHELF
BACK CHECK
SLAP SHOT
PLAYING HURT

Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads:
The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK
The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT
The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN

Praise for Dancing in the Rain

“A hot hockey hero and a sweet, emotional romance. Kelly Jamieson’s Dancing in the Rain touched my heart and left me smiling through my tears.”—New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul

“Dancing in the Rain is a heartwarming story of love, loss, and finding your way.”—New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott

“Dancing in the Rain is an emotional and heartwarming story of new beginnings.”—Harlequin Junkie (four stars)

“I enjoyed this story so much, even though it is sad and emotional, it has an uplifting message. . . . I couldn’t put this book down.”—Cocktails & Books

“This was a three-hanky novel, and I really enjoyed being put through the wringer.”—A Chick Who Reads

“Emotional and beautiful.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Get a front row seat as the Seattle Sockeyes hockey team plays their inaugural season in Seattle. Watch these hot hockey players fall in love and win the biggest games of their lives in this Game On in Seattle sports romance bundle by USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport.

SKATING ON THIN ICE

He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

 

CRASHING THE BOARDS

 

Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?

 

CRASHING THE NET

As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenage nephew. He enlists Izzy’s help to care for his nephew when he’s at away games. Neither of them wants their financial arrangement to turn back into a personal relationship, but love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.

MELTING ICE

Brimming with attitude and broken beyond repair, Isaac "Ice" Wolfe has a heart as cold as his nickname, and he likes it that way--until he meets his neighbor Avery Maxwell. When Isaac is warned away from Avery, he sees the writing on the wall. It's Avery or his career. To Isaac, a life without hockey wouldn't be a life worth living. But what about a life without Avery?

Contains bonus novella Crashing the Boards.  

Jealous boyfriends and glitzy parties can be a recipe for disaster. When the gorgeous yet controlling Cooper interrupts a party Izzy was paid to crash and almost ruins her career as a professional party crasher, Izzy kicks him to the curb. She learned early in life not to count on anyone, and she will not relinquish her independence, not even to a sexy-as-sin pro athlete who can melt her heart with one wink.

As the Sockeyes hockey team opens their inaugural season in Seattle, Cooper finds himself minus a girlfriend and plus a surly teenaged nephew. Cooper doesn’t want to be a surrogate dad, he doesn’t want to play in Seattle, and he doesn’t want to be alone. He misses Izzy, but seeing her with other men at parties turns him every shade of green. Regardless, he wants her back, and he’s willing to change, if only she’ll give him a second chance. Aware of her precarious finances, Cooper makes an offer she can’t refuse by hiring her to be responsible for his nephew when he’s traveling with the team.

Fearing Cooper isn’t capable of changing his control-freak ways, Izzy resists his efforts to turn their financial arrangement into a personal relationship. He needs a sweet, docile girlfriend, and Izzy cannot be that woman. Yet, when tragedy strikes, Izzy is there when Cooper needs her the most, and love has a way of getting what it wants, no matter the circumstances.

Keywords:  Sports Romance, Instant Family, Friends to Lovers, Hockey Romance, Bad Boy

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