Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Simmering Ice by Veronica Forand

Simmering Ice 
by Veronica Forand
Series:  Atlantic City Hustlers #2
Pub. Date:  July 7, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled Lovestruck
Pages:  129
Format:  eARC
Source:  Publisher / NetGalley

My Rating:  
Sultry Scale:

When the gloves come off, she's worth the penalty...

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She's just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work...that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O'Meara. She's a touch insecure and doesn't understand why he's interested in her.

Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O'Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net. 

The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she's not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they've built around their hearts.

Note: this is the second book in the series. At the time of posting this review, Goodreads did not reflect that information. If you have a bit of reading OCD like me, you would probably want to know that info.

So this is my first hockey book, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out, I liked the hockey players. But how could you not like a 6'5" gentle giant with bulging muscles and long blond hair? Even his name was cool. Alec "Sequoia" O'Meara. I liked everything about this widowed character, from his dedication to his deceased wife to his interaction at the children's hospital to his caring nature for all those around him.

Annie was okay at first. She had a great job and seemed really down to earth. But then things changed and she couldn't get out of her head long enough to see the good thing she had. So that really aggravated me, particularly around the 80% mark... where I Got so aggravated that I dropped the rating a bit. I am finding that I don't have any patience for these types of heroines lately.

Overall this was a quick romance that developed really fast to fit within the confines of the short book. I am glad I tried it out and I will definitely read more hockey books into the future.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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