I’ve read a couple of books lately and want to tell you about them.
Game Changer by Kelly Jamieson– I had taken a break from hockey romance for a while and have recently started to pick them up again.This is part of a series but I was able to read it as a stand alone. I was drawn to this because it is a jilted bride story. The story opens with Molly walking down the aisle and when it is time to say her vows, she reads texts from her intended to another woman. She flees the ceremony with the help of her friend Jackson. It is the hockey off-season and they flee to Jackson’s offseason home.
This book is friends to lovers. Although I wish I knew a little bit more about their friendship, so that was the one thing I probably missed from previous books. Molly and Jackson’s relationship develops nicely. They have an attraction to each other but know that they “can’t” be together because of her failed wedding and because Jackson is the teammate of her ex.
There is a scene where Jackson masturbates while he thinks Molly is sleeping and then Molly masturbates while Jackson is in the shower. This was very HOT.
Overall the book was cute and a quick read. It delivered a solid story and I believed in their relationship and was rooting for them to get their HEA. The conflict was minimal and not too angsty.
If you like hockey, I think Jamieson is a sure bet.
CW: Intimate Partner Violence on page, death
If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while, you know I really loved Cleeton’s previous historical fiction books. Cleeton writes so beautifully and really transports the reader to the location and this book is no different. This book is centered around a short period of time as a category 5 hurricane is about to hit Key West. It is a fictionalized version of actual events.
Cleeton tells the story through three women, Helen Berner who is 9 months pregnant and has a terrible husband; Mirta Perez who is newly married; and Elizabeth Preston who is traveling to Key West as she is searching for someone. Cleeton weaves their stories together so well and kept me guessing on the connections.
This book was very stressful at times as the characters are working to survive this hurricane as it hits Key West. There were several moments where my heart was pounding so hard and I had to put the book down and take a break.
This isn’t a romance but Cleeton does not leave romance lovers hanging and delivers on closure that worked well for me.
I recommend this book for those that enjoy historical fiction and are okay with the romance not being the central theme.