Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…
Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.
Aaaand it’s time for another sexy, sports romance from the awesome Jaci Burton and just in time for the holidays!!!
Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer is used to no strings attached temporary flings. As a hockey player, he needs to make sure that his focus is on the game, not a relationship. Lately however, he’s been left feeling like he’s missing something more out of his affairs. Picking up where he left off a year ago with dancer Stella Slovinski should have been an easy, uncomplicated, strictly physical affair but it’s not and he doesn’t know how to convince Stella that they should try being more than just friends with benefits. Stella on the other hand, isn’t interested. She’s been burned pretty badly before, not that she’s ever talked about it to anyone. With the holiday season upon them, Trick is convinced he can change Stella’s mind.
I’ve become quite addicted to Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series, her heroes are hot, real and intelligent and her heroines and fun, sassy and tough. Trick and Stella were a perfect addition to an already fabulous line up of characters.
A Play by Play novella, Holiday on Ice added just enough spice to my holiday reading list to make it interesting but didn’t drag on and on to the point of boredom. The fact that Trick and Stella already had an established history made the novella move along smoothly without having to stop and make introductions between the characters and take time to build their relationship up. Trick and Stella were already comfortable with each other and instead of having a beginning, they just needed to keep moving forward and arrive to the conclusion that they had already started a relationship based on affection, lust and a bit of trust.
There’s plenty of heat to go around too. It was clear from the moment Trick and Stella see each other again why they were so good together the first time around. I loved their easy camaraderie as much as I loved their hotter than hot physical chemistry. They balanced each other out so well that I couldn’t understand why Stella couldn’t see how perfect they were together.
The only slight “huh?” moment I had was when Stella finally revealed what was keeping her from committing to a relationship with Trick. Throughout the story she made it seem like it was something so horrible, so earth shattering and heart breaking that my mind was filled with scenarios where she was the tragic victim of some nefarious villain. But when she finally does tell her story, I was like “That’s it? That’s what was so bad that you couldn’t try again with someone like Trick?” Was it sad? Yes, but it wasn’t something that was so awful she had to shut herself off like she did.
Holiday on Ice should be a book you pick up if you like Christmas romances and/or you’re a fan of Jaci Burton. I swear, she makes me almost want an athlete of my own… Almost.
Final Verdict: Check out the sneak peek of Burton's upcoming full length novel, Quarterback Draw, the next book in the Play by Play series and deny that this author knows how to write an irresistible sports romance.