Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks #1) by Tracy Goodwin
The Nighthawks are hockey’s new expansion team. They’re ice hot. And they’re all about the chase.
Christian: They call me a hockey god because I’m a beast on the ice . . . and off. Men want to be me and women just want me. But now that the New York Nighthawks expect me to lead their team to victory, it’s all work and no play. My eyes are on the prize. Until I meet Serena Ellis, a sexy, curvalicious blonde who doesn’t know me from jack. And just like that, I’m hooked.
Serena: I don’t do one-night stands—especially with celebrity jocks who date models. Lots of models. But the god of hockey is a temptation that’s hard for mere mortals to resist. And after the best kiss of my life, I’m ready to throw my one-night stand rule out the window. Except Christian Chase won’t let me. He doesn’t want a one-night stand. He wants it all.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a totally new to me author, but I decided to read this book because I love hockey romance, and I’m always on the look out for my next favorite author! It’s the beginning of a new series, (I hate starting in the middle of a series!) the cover is hot, and the blurb caught my attention. I thought, going in, that it was going to be another of those stories about a jerky jock who meets a girl, and she turns him from his player ways. Boy, was I wrong! This isn’t just another sports romance. There was so much more to this story than is implied by the blurb!
Chris is the captain of a new expansion hockey team. He has a playboy reputation, and doesn’t do relationships. My first impression of him was that he was a tough guy that didn’t take any flack from anyone. Hockey is his life, and he doesn’t have the time or inclination for anything else. Until he meets Serena, and looses gets all flustered. (super cute!) Serena is a BBW who is comfortable in her own skin….or she is working hard to get that way. She has her own hang ups, her own history that makes her who she is.
Even though this was a new to me author, I found that I enjoyed the writing. Realistic characters, with believable personalities. The more I read, the more I become aware that there are actually two stories going on at the same time. You have the romance between Chris and Serena, and then you have the story about the drama going on within the team. The author did an exceptional job at keeping me invested in both stories, and blending them together seamlessly. When the two stories merged, it was done in such a way that I couldn’t help but feel real emotions for both characters and what they were going through. This was a phenomenal story, and I can’t wait to see what happens next with the Nighthawks!