Talk Hockey to Me
Series: Bears Hockey, #3
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: May 10, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
They can resist their attraction…until their hearts rocket them across the blue line.
Timing. Hockey careers are made or broken on it, and mine has taken exceptionally broken road. I’m not a star. I’m a grinder, I work hard, and I’m finally at the point I can put the past behind me and get the fat, long-term contract I deserve.
But my agent—the man who stuck by me through every crash and burn—has had a heart attack. I need another agent now, or my one chance for the good money will slip through my fingers. Kate’s a rookie, but she loves the game like I do, so I pick up the phone. And I wonder if she remembers that one night in Cancun as vividly as I do.
Hockey. All my life I’ve lived it, breathed it, played it. Now it’s my business. As an agent, I’m tied to my phone at all hours, but nothing prepared me to hear Hunter’s voice. The last time I saw him—three years ago—there was a lot of bare skin and horny hormones involved.
I’ve handled it all in my short career—sexism, harassment, being broke, being laughed at. Resisting the attraction between us should be easy. Until it isn’t. And Hunter’s past shakes his confidence hard enough that he could make the worst decision at the worst possible time…
Talk Hockey to Me was another great addition to the Bears Hockey series. It was a feel good second chance romance for me. Kate and Hunter had some missed connections and opportunities to get together in college. All they had was one night on a vacation celebrating their graduation. When Hunter contacts Kate to be his sports agent, they are reminded of how much they liked each other in college. Sparks and chemistry fly from the moment they reconnect.
Normally I’m not one for flashbacks, but I loved how they were done in this book. Rather than dispersed throughout the book, Kate and Hunter’s college days were done quickly toward the beginning and helped set up the romance. The story in the present was just as powerful. Kate and Hunter’s friendship felt real. I loved how they bonded over their shared love of hockey. They also had some fun banter. What I adored most of all was how they were able to share their deepest fears and shortcomings with each other. Their strong friendship made their romance stronger.
I mentioned the fears above. Hunter had been through some stuff that fans of the series will understand from the previous books. I loved how even though it was darker and sadder stuff, the book didn’t feel darker or sadder. It felt more like an awakening for him. Also, don’t let this put you off starting with this book if you haven’t read the previous ones. It can be read as a standalone.
So, yeah. I just really enjoyed reading this book. It kind of felt like it might have been a conclusion for this series, but I hope not. I want more books in this hockey world.