Holiday on Ice by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #8.5
Also in this series: Rules of Contact, The Final Score (Play by Play, #13), Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2), Shot on Gold (Play by Play, #14)
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: November 18th 2014
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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.
Trick and Stella were a thing earlier in the year. She’s a dancer and he’s a hockey player and while they had fun in the bedroom neither one of them is serious about the other. When they run into each other after months of separation they both have the same desire to get the other back into bed.
They have some fun together but it seems like Trick is getting serious and that’s not how he’s ever been. Stella is confused by his affection. She’s pushed guys away for years and after having been burned in a big way decided never to let another into her heart. Except…Trick seems to be winding his way around her heart and she’s pretty sure he’s found a way in. She’s not gonna give in too easily though and a misunderstanding might tear the two apart.
This was a short yet sweet tale and it was pretty darned good.
I loved Trick to pieces. He seemed to have his life together with his hockey, his home and friends. He was a sweet, sentimental guy and I was surprised that he had never gotten serious about Stella when they were sleeping together the first time around.
Stella I had to take with a grain of salt. She was prickly, to say that least, when it came to relationships. She’d been burned but it had been a decade earlier. I would have thought that she would have grown up a bit and realized that not every guy is like the jerk that screwed her over. While I liked her and Trick together I found myself hoping that she would sweeten up a bit for Trick’s sake. She seemed like a great person when she was with her friends and pretty cool with Trick, even, before he started getting serious.
Overall it was a good Christmas story that I enjoyed reading.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5