Wednesday, April 24, 2019

#REVIEW: Back Check By Kelly Jamieson (Aces Hockey #4)

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Back Check by Kelly Jamieson (Aces Hockey #4)
Publisher: Love Swept
Release Date: January 10th, 2017
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
The so-bad-they’re-good alphas of hockey’s Chicago Aces are back in this emotionally charged novel of sex, love, and second chances from the bestselling author of Top Shelf and the Heller Brothers series.

Tanner Bennet hates weddings. They just remind him that he simply isn’t cut out for any kind of healthy, committed relationship—never has been, never will be. After getting rejected by the girl he thought was “the one” all those years ago, he made a huge mistake and married the wrong person. Now that the divorced heartbreaker has reluctantly agreed to be a groomsman for one of his NHL teammates, the last thing he expects is a chance at redemption with the one that got away.

After Marc Dupuis of the Chicago Aces hires wedding planner Katelyn Medford, she discovers that her big break comes with a twist: a reunion with her college sweetheart. The way she dumped Tanner still haunts her. Eight years—and three broken engagements—later, Katelyn knows she’ll never have that kind of innocent, wide-eyed passion again. Still, she and Tanner soon generate enough body heat to burn up the sheets. And even with Tanner’s career with the Aces up in the air, Katelyn’s wondering whether the time is right to let him in for real.
Back Check is book number four in Kelly Jamieson's Aces Hockey series. I swear I am almost done with this series, which is a little bittersweet because I kind of loved it. I do have to admit that I think this one was my least favorite books in the series. I just felt not as invested in it as I was with the other books. 

I think part of the reason this one didn't gel with me as much as the others is because it's another second chance romance. So it felt a little too similar to the plot of the novella Off Limits. The plot is that Tanner and Katelyn dated in college, but he left for the NHL and she couldn't go with him because of her dad, but she couldn't tell him that. I found the reason they broke up to be so frustrating, they like didn't even try! When they meet again older and kind of different people, it just felt like it was an instant attraction. I would have liked more of slow burn of them getting back together. 

I liked Katelyn a lot, and it was cool that she was building up this event planning company. She seemed really knowledgable in it. Learning about her past and the stuff she went through with her dad's illness was interesting too, but maybe I would have liked it better in really time rather than just being talked about. 

I wasn't too into the dude in this one. Tanner just seemed like a typical hockey bro, and I felt like he treated Katelyn poorly just because he was worried about getting traded. I do love that his teammates try to help him out when he realizes just how much he has messed up. I do love that in this series, these dudes have each other's backs. 

Although, not my favorite of the books, I was happy to see Marc and Lovey tie the knot in this one! 

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