Friday, April 12, 2019

#REVIEW: Big Stick By Kelly Jamieson (Aces Hockey #7)

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Big Stick By Kelly Jamieson (Aces Hockey #7)
Publisher: Love Swept
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018
Format: Kindle
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

Big move . . .
 Jodie's motto is "Don't wait for the perfect moment - take the moment and make it perfect." And that's just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend's boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It's not that he doesn't like women. He loves them. It's just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem - because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him - around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn't want. But maybe she's just what he needs
Again, these covers are just ridiculous! They kind of make me laugh, but like Love Swept definitely tells you up front with their covers what you are getting into! After reading Slap Shot (book #5), I naturally wanted to read Big Stick because it's about Kendra's best friend and business partner Jodie and Max's best bud on the team Nicky. I think this might be my favorite of the series, mostly because Nick is a curmudgeon that says he hates peoples and I identify with him a lot.

Nick was definitely an interesting character, and he has a lot of stuff going on in his life. Like I said, he says he hates people and he doesn't get involved in relationships, but you slowly find out why he is like this. He has had a hard life, and he has a lot of survivor's guilt that it kind of broke my heart for him. He comes off as really harsh, but he's one of those people that you need to just break the ice with and find his soft center. He says he hates people and doesn't want to get involved, but he constantly is finding himself doing nice things for Jodie. Gah! I loved him for it. He also says he hates kids, but his relationship with Jodie's daughter was kind of adorable.

One of the things I really like about this series is that all the women have cool careers of their own. Jodie used to be an engineer before she started her company with Kendra and it's her expertise in 3D printing that gets their business going. It was fun to see Jodie being the boss lady, while also trying to be a single mom. Jodie was a real go-getter and I haven't read a lot of books about single moms, but this one was new to me because here was a lady that knew what she wanted and just went for it. Jodie is a single-mom by choice, and that was an interesting take on this trope in this book.

There is a lot of angst in this one, especially between the two lovers. My heart really went out for both of them. They both have their flaws, and I do like that Jamieson writes characters like this. They feel so raw and real.

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