Check My Heart by Christi Barth
Publication Date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The death of his little brother turned Kurt Lundquist’s world upside down. He channeled his grief into skating his heart out--and ultimately leading his hockey team to win the championship. Now, all he wants to do is throw a party with the Cup in his brother's honor. He’s got no clue where to start...until he runs into the gorgeous hospice nurse who took such great care of Jasper. She’s waaay off limits, but he’s desperate, and hires her to help him.
Lisette Broussard’s heart broke a little more every time a patient died. Losing the brave brother of a hockey star was the last straw. Learning a new specialty was supposed to change her life for the better, but it used up her savings. Then the slam dunk job with the New Orleans championship hockey team mysteriously disappears. So she jumps at Kurt’s offer of a job, no matter how temporary. No matter how...dangerous, given how much she’s always crushed on him. No matter how risky it is to fall for Kurt, since he’ll always associate her with the grief of losing his brother.
But the more time they spend together, the deeper they both fall. Kurt’s heart begins to thaw...and then heat. Lisette can’t resist him, and throws caution to the wind. She’ll take whatever time he gives her. Can they move beyond the pain of the past and focus on a future together?
Kurt Lundquist is a hockey player and a good one. When he little brother dies of cancer it changes his life. He wins the Cup because his brother, Jasper, had wanted him to. Now that he has he’s not sure he wants to continue to be a hockey player. He is past 30 years old and he’s not sure his heart is in it any longer. When he runs into Jasper’s hospice nurse while at the hockey facility and finds out she’s there for a job, he asks the team not to hire her.
Lisette loved being a hospice nurse but found that she just couldn’t do it any longer. She got so attached to her patients and of course, inevitably, they died. In the end it was too emotional and she decided to quit her job and get re-certified as a physical therapist. She desperately needs a job and thought she was a shoe-in at the hockey facility but they didn’t hire her. When Kurt shows up at her apartment telling her that he needs her help planning a party for his day with the Cup to honor Jasper. Lisette needs a job and she’d do anything for Jasper or his memory so she agrees.
Kurt knows that it’s a bad idea to get involved with Lisette as she’s always remind him of Jasper but he falls in love with her anyway. Once she finds out that he blocked her job, however, he’s not sure she’ll stay with him.
This was a cute story. Jasper’s portion of the story was incredibly sad, and Barth did a great job of writing his memory. Every time that she mentioned him I got a little teary-eyed. Lisette and Kurt’s love story was good, but imho, a little repetitive. It was mostly them getting together and then worrying that Jasper would always be between them in some way which it never seemed to do. I understood their fears but after a while it got old I was kind of over it.
In the end it was a cute story. I do wish there was a bit more hockey in the hockey story but maybe that’s just me.
Rating: 3/3.5 out of 5