It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is. This anthology of 8 brand new novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring stories from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr, Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, and Nikki Worrell.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author – Toni Aleo TANGLED IN THE LACES
In Tangled in the Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the pros and Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him but their love is too much to ignore. Will Karson prove that he will protect her heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?
Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr HOOKING HANNAH
When Hannah attends an all-star game, she doesn’t expect a hockey player of all people to turn her world upside down. Her sister is married to a player and Hannah never wanted that life. But Scott could change everything. For Scott’s part, he has to know the woman who stirred his blood with just a look, and once he does, he realizes he wants Hannah to be his forever. Now to convince her…
Jami Davenport CRASHING THE BOARDS (Seattle Sockeyes 1.5)
Professional party crasher, Izzy Maxwell, needs the cooperation of reluctant party guest Cooper Black, the team captain of Seattle’s new hockey team, but Cooper can’t get past his anger over the team’s relocation to Seattle. Can Izzy melt Cooper’s frozen heart or will this party crash along with her fledgling business?
Catherine Gayle TAKING A SHOT (Portland Storm 2.5)
Katie Weber has had a crush on Jamie Babcock for almost two years, since he joined her father’s hockey team, the Portland Storm as an eighteen-year-old rookie. When cancer takes her health, her hair, and even her friends, she can’t bear to go to senior prom…until Jamie intervenes.
Jaymee Jacobs A VALUABLE TRADE
Bryan’s life gets turned upside down when he gets traded to the Dallas Comets, and things get even messier when he meets Georgiana, the Director of Team Services. He’s got a lot of work to do to prove his worth to his new team, but Georgiana’s sure he’ll prove to be a valuable trade.
V.L. Locey HEIR APPARENT
Superstar Cam Evans is fighting to climb out of a slump that`s growing worse with each day of living in denial. Fresh from the minors, Jacobi Neal is hungry for this chance to play back-up for the legendary goalie. Can two men battle each other, their inner demons, and the sizzling attraction building between them?
Bianca Sommerland BLIND PASS (The Dartmouth Cobras 0.5)
Nothing could stop Tim Rowe, the assistant coach of the Dartmouth Cobras, from falling in love with Madeline, but love alone can’t satisfy every need. Sometimes, to reach the goal, you have to take the chance with a . . . Blind Pass.
Nikki Worrell CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN (Prequel to Scorpions Series)
Keith Lambert is the captain of the Flyers—until he’s not. To everyone’s shock, he’s traded to the San Diego Scorpions. As if that’s not bad enough, Phoebe, his girlfriend of two years, decides she doesn’t love him enough to follow.
All alone in a new town, Keith is drawn to Kelly, his take out delivery girl. When she shows up at ice girl tryouts, he’s lost. She’s all he can see. Can he convince her to forget her past and take a chance on him or is he destined to be alone in a new town a little bit longer?
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From Heir Apparent by V.L. Locey
R rated (due to some mature language and two men kissing)
I padded along beside him with no reply for his comment. He was right. Everyone knew his face in “The Burgh.” The longer we walked, the more I accepted that I would freeze to death. We made two complete laps in total silence. Cam stopped to drop his empty coffee cup into a trash can. We stood under a streetlight, our breath twin clouds of steam hovering in front of us.
“You have to understand that this…I don’t know how to go about…shit.” He stuffed his hands into the pockets of his parka. Again, we started walking.
“Look, man, if I knew for sure what we were dealing with, maybe I could help a little better,” I said. A biracial couple hurried past us. I burrowed into my flimsy coat until all that stuck out of the collar were my eyes.
“I have a daughter. She’s a senior in high school.”
“Awesome,” I mumbled into my coat. My forehead was extremely cold. Like ice cream eaten too fast cold. We kept walking that block.
“She is awesome.” I peeked over at him. I wished he would drop that fucking hood so I could see his face. “And not aware of how things were with her mother and me.”
“How things were, or how you were pretending they were?” I chanced it. What the hell? He would either slug me, call me a motherfucker, or stalk off. Whatever happened it had to be better than roaming around this fucking city block when the temperature was a balmy four degrees. “I mean, that is what you’re dancing around, right? That you’re so far back in the closet you just discovered Narnia? Why not just admit that much to yourself before we both succumb to fucking hypothermia.”
I should have known that Cameron Evans was a man of action. I mean, I followed his career all though my school years. He was fast. My back was against the wall under that old clock before I could register the shove. Cam then got all sorts of in my face. I did not raise my hands. His angry exhalation was flavored with vanilla.
“Are you calling me a queer?” I shrugged one shoulder.
“I call them as I see them. Now, you can either step off or you can kiss me.” I threw the challenge out without a second thought. I stared into the shelter of his hood, finding his dark eyes in the shadows. They flickered down to my blue lips. “Whatever you decide to do, do it fast. I’m cold, tired, and hungry.”
He did. He captured my mouth with a kiss so aggressive my teeth ground into my lips. Yeah. This was it. This was what I had been pushing him to do…hoping he would do.
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Reviews by Wicked Reads Review Team
“I really enjoyed this anthology and I’ve discovered new authors and lots of new books and series to read. And the hot ice hockey players were good too!” – Veronica ☆☆☆
“Most of these authors have written stories that go along with a series that they have written. So if you’re familiar with their work, this book is really worth it. If you’re not familiar with any of these authors I still say it’s worth it because I found a few of these short stories worth pursuing more books by the author.” – Johanna ☆☆☆☆
“For any lover of hockey romances these are a fantastic collection of super hot stories. That they are being sold to raise funds and awareness of cancer charities, and that through some of them there is a cancer theme, makes them even more special.” – Ruthie ☆☆☆☆☆
Tangled in the Laces by Toni Aleo – Reviewed by Mary Jo
Lacey Martin is picking the pieces of her life. An 18 year-old college freshman, she is finally feeling like herself again — after beating the cancer that stole her breasts, hair and self-esteem into submission.
Karson King is the hot-shot hockey player who is bound for the NHL, only went to college to appease his mom.
Spotting Lacey across the rink during practice, Karson feels an instant connection to the young woman in the stands. Lacey makes it clear that she’s not interested in dating him, but Karson doesn’t give up.
Lacey thinks that Karson may be the one since he didn’t flinch and/or run when he found out about her cancer fight.
Can these two handle the problems that they could face with his potential career in the NHL? Or the possibility that her cancer could return in some fashion?
I really enjoyed this read and can’t wait to read the next novella in this boxed set.
Hooking Hannah by Cassandra Carr and Cindy Carr – Reviewed by Mary Jo
Hanging out with her sister, Hannah has no real desire to be at the NHL All-Star Game other than to keep her sister off her butt. Going to the locker room after the game is just another thing she does to be a good sister and support her BIL.
Little did she know her life would change. Feeling someone watching at her, she glances across the room and finds a captivatingly handsome guy staring at her. When her BIL introduces them, she can’t help but put her guard up.
Scott Anderson is a hockey player, with a brain. When he spots Hannah across the locker room, he immediately hits up a friend to introduce them.
Will Scott be able to convince Hannah to give him a chance instead of lumping him in the pool of bad boy athletes? Only time will tell.
Crashing the Boards by Jami Davenport – Reviewed by Johanna
Fresh new face for me as well. I really REALLY loved this book. Unique fresh idea with the party crashers idea. The erotic parts were very good, and I loved the humorous angle as well.
Taking a Shot by Catherine Gayle – Reviewed by Johanna
Wow! As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I am immensely glad I got to read that story, from beginning to end. Very heartfelt! Best in the book soooo far. Four stars!
A Valuable Trade by Jaymee Jacobs – Reviewed by Ruthie
An unexpected trade finds Bryan in Dallas and facing a new team and players. His girlfriend is not so sure she wants to relocate again, leaving Bryan feeling miserable. Luckily the Team Director has a positive attitude that is rubbing off on him.
Heir Apparent by V.L. Locey – Reviewed by Veronica
I was not expecting to read an m/m story about hockey players so I was very excited to discover Heir Apparent. A story about being a professional sportsman and dealing with being gay. I loved this. It was my favourite of all the stories.
Blind Pass by Bianca Sommerland – Reviewed by Ruthie
I am a huge Cobra’s series fan, so this was my first stop in this wonderful anthology. There was never a moment when I was worried about my choice of reading. This is a wonderful short story that brilliantly interwove the team and a relationship together. Thank you Ms Sommerland once again.
Captain, My Captain by Nikki Worrell – Reviewed by Veronica
I enjoyed this and the glossary of terms at the beginning was helpful for those of us that don’t watch ice hockey. In hindsight, this book should have been put first in the anthology because of the glossary. If fleshed out this would make a great full length novel.
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