The Tao of Hockey

Vancouver Vice Hockey

Book 1
Melanie Ting

Former hockey phenom Eric Fairburn’s got 99 problems, but determination ain’t one.


It was karma. When our eyes met across the crowed bar, I was drawn magnetically. Beyond her beauty and supple body, it was her unshakeable calm I craved—she was the yin to my yang.


Still when she immediately suggested we go to my place for sex, I nearly dropped my drink. But once we got into my truck and she saw my breathalyzer, she bailed. Who could blame her? It’s visible proof I screwed up.


Now I can’t stop thinking about her. In a city of over two million people, how do I find a woman with no name, no connections, nothing? But destiny means I’ll find her and convince her that I’m more than a loser with a DUI. And then we’ll explore our incredible connection.


Oh, did I mention I’m right in the middle of the biggest hockey tryout of my life? With backstabbing teammates who want to see me fail and a coach who’s got a hate-on for me?


Sure, I’ve got problems, but she’s not going to be one of them.


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About the author

Melanie Ting lives and writes near the ocean in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Her first hockey romance was inspired by the intense competition and crazy party atmosphere of 2010 Olympics. Her hobbies include cheering on losing hockey teams, hiking low mountains, and removing cat fur from her black wardrobe.

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Melanie Ting
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Jul 16, 2018
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Sports
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Jackie Wagner is better now, thanks. Her divorce is final, she’s taken up painting to relax, and best of all—her kids are doing fine. But when her ex-husband announces it’s time to sell the house, Jackie scrambles to find enough money so her kids can stay in the same neighbourhood they’ve grown up in. The problem is that her résumé is pretty dusty, and she has zero job skills other than being a wife and mother.

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…and he doesn’t do relationships.

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This is the third book in the Vancouver Vice hockey series, but each book can be read as a standalone sports romance.

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

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As the star forward of the Bayard College hockey team, Ben has goals too, like playing well enough to land a spot on an NHL roster. Ben is perfectly poised on the ice, so why can’t he keep his cool around Ella? Her wild behavior rubs him in all the wrong ways—and a few of the right ones. But as they skate around each other, Ben learns that there’s more to Ella than her bad reputation. And when the line between love and hate starts to blur, he can’t resist crossing over and sweeping her off her feet.

Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately:

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 Cross Check

“Cross Check is a fantastic addition to this exciting new adult hockey series.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
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“Entertaining, sexy, and sincere!”—What’s Better Than Books?

“You’ll fall for this enemies-to-lovers story.”—Hypable

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Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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