Offside by Kelly Jamieson

OFFSIDE
Offside by Kelly Jamieson
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (227 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Gardenia

Honey Holbrook is trying hard to leave her past behind her and make a new life for herself. A former spoiled, rich, wild child, her attention-grabbing antics were tabloid fodder for years. Now she has a new job, a new home, and is staying out of the limelight. But the first day of the new job doesn’t go like she expects when her boss and coworkers make it clear she’s not wanted there, and the first project she has to work on is with pro hockey player Matt Heller.

Matt and Honey had a wild and wicked fling eight years ago when he was attending summer development camp for the California Condors – the NHL team Honey’s dad owns. But the relationship ended when they argued over the loser friends Honey hung around with and Matt had to return to college hockey. Before he left, Matt talked to Honey’s dad about Honey’s exploits. She felt betrayed and rejected, and threw herself even harder into her partying lifestyle while Matt tried to carve out a career for himself in the NHL.

Now Matt’s back with the Condors but recovering from a serious injury that has changed his whole outlook on life. He’s not impressed to be working with Honey Holbrook, although her cleaned up image arouses his curiosity. And arouses something else…

This story is more than a romance. It deals with the power of second chances at love, at turning your life around, at coming back from an accident. The tenderness in the interaction between Matt and Honey had me hooked from the start. His gentle demeanor and winning disposition makes him a winner.

Honey is a well-developed character as well. She has found her inner strength and has turned her life around. I love strong female characters that have an undercurrent of vulnerability. As Matt points out to her “I love you because you’re beautiful, Honey –on the outside and the inside. You have such a warm heart. “

Offside is the fifth installment in the Heller Brothers Hockey series. All these books in the series are standalone novels. The author has saved the best for last. If I was in love with these hockey players before, I am definitely bowled over by Matt now.

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