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The Book Barista Reviews: Icing by Kelly Jamieson

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Title:  Icing

Series:  Aces Hockey, #2

Author:  Kelly Jamieson

Release Date:  April 19, 2015

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Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.

Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.

Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.


This is my second book by Kelly Jamieson and I really was looking forward to it.  Duncan was an important character in the first book in this series, Major Misconduct, so I was definitely wanting to know his story.

I loved that Duncan was basically a small town boy from Wisconsin that excelled at the game of Hockey.  He still liked the simple things in life, such as spending time at his cabin and working with kids. Coming off a relationship with a model who clearly enjoyed his money, I totally understood his weariness and/or reluctance to date another model.

When he met Amber he liked her a lot but he was totally surprised when at a fundraising function he found out that she wasn’t only a waitress, she was also a model.

Both Duncan and Amber had preconceived ideas of what a model is like and what a professional athlete is like.  Their personal experiences have tainted their views, understandably so.  Throughout the book they both struggle with these preconceptions, although I will say that Duncan is a bit more open minded than Amber.  They had phenomenal chemistry and when they weren’t worried about all that crap in their past they were really good together.

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this book and series. I gave Icing four creamy and delicious Iced Caps.  I definitely hope there will be more in this series as I love Kelly Jamieson’s writing and who doesn’t love a great hockey player book boyfriend?

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Note:  I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.