#NewRelease #Reviews ~ HOT ON ICE Anthology

HOT ON ICE:
A Hockey Romance Anthology
18 Sexy Hockey Players
Release Date: March 21st 2017

Wow! Some of the hottest romance authors have banded together to write a hockey romance anthology for charity about a whole team of hockey players who win The Cup and fall in love in some hot, sexy stories. Just as awesome, 20% of the royalties earned will go to the HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS CHARITY, a nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially modified homes for severely injured veterans. Pre-order your copy of Hot on Ice now for only 99¢! It really is a great read for a great cause! Learn more about Home for Our Troops here: https://www.hfotusa.org/

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HOT ON ICE: A Hockey Romance Anthology


The New Orleans Cajun Rage professional hockey team just won the Cup. No one thought they’d do it: they were a team of shoulda beens, never coulda beens and a star or two. They’d only been in the Crescent City for three years before this year’s Cinderella run that had them skating off the ice with the championship. Over the following summer, each player gets to keep the Cup for a day. Nobody knows why, but whoever has the Cup falls in love. USA Today Bestsellers Robin Covington, Desiree Holt, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone and Virginia Nelson, Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan, along with Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Avery Flynn, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Susan Scott Shelley, and Misty D. Waters bring you 18 romances with smoking hot heroes—both on and off the ice.

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CAGED, USA Today Bestseller Virginia Nelson, Oliver Tremblay, right winger for the Ragin’ Cajuns, plans to visit his parent’s graves and give his hometown a little good attention, but instead finds himself embroiled in Maisie’s constant escapades.  Maisie has other plans—she intends prove to him that she’s just the girl to go skate to skate with him, whether he likes it or not.

A Note from Virginia Nelson: the heroine in my Hot On Ice story, is like me. She’s from a family who proudly served our country and that dedication to service is reflected in her personality. Although she never served in the military, she helps out in her local area. She makes quilts, volunteers for the Red Cross, and even helps out at the meals prepared for the elderly in a local church she does not attend.

Those choices were made because she was raised by a family willing to literally sacrifice anything, and she’s not rewarded or otherwise given anything but peace of mind for her time and ability to care about others.

When people sign up to join the military, they’re not expecting anything big in return. They’re willing to risk their lives and their well-being for something bigger than themselves. When they come home, like Maisie, they’re often forgotten. But they shouldn’t be, and that’s what is great about charities like Homes for Our Troops. They make a difference for families and service members who sacrificed, not expecting anything in return. They give them homes that they can live in comfortably and, although nothing can repay what they gave up in their service, it shows them that we appreciate what they did and what they continue to do each and every day.

I’m proud to be part of something that will help a charity dedicated to helping our troops when they come home. And, to all the military families out there… thank you.

My Review:

Oliver Tremblay is the right winger for the Ragin Cajuns and it’s his day with the Cup. As many of his teammates do, he takes it back to his hometown. While there he takes it to his parent’s grave marker to honor them. The parents who perished with so many others on 9.11. He shut out so many things after that fateful day, including the girl who’s had his heart from the moment they met as just kids even though he left her behind. But now that he’s back in town he’s finally ready to move forward and he’s not about to do it without his girl. Without his Maisie. Maisie has always loved Ollie. She knows that when she sees him she just needs to remind him how good they’ve always been together and how much he needs her. Then they’ll both be alright. Caged is a great tribute to the victims of 9.11 and their families. A bit darker in tone, but Ollie still gets his girl! 3.5 stars

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About Kate Meader’s story in the anthology, IN SKATES TROUBLE, a prequel novella in her brand new Chicago Rebels hockey series . . .

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Right winger Ford “Killer” Callaghan can’t believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He’ll track her down because once could never be enough—even if discovering Addison Williams’s identity places her strictly out of bounds. Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

He’ll give her what she needs . . .

Addison Williams isn’t looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she’s due a little fun. She just hadn’t reckoned on the “fun” escalating so quickly to “out of control.” One minute she’s flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things.

Cup-winning hockey player Ford “Killer” Callaghan can’t believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He’ll track her down because once could never be enough—even if discovering her identity places her strictly out of bounds.

Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

My Review:

Wow! Loved this one! Kate Meader starts off with an erotic balcony scene (I was hooked by those first two chapters) and follows it through with a lovely romantic story of an unlikely to succeed couple falling in love and finding a way to be together despite the odds. Ford is one sexy man who recognizes he has found a woman worth risking it all for and does what it takes to convince Addison she’s the one for him… and that he can be the man his sassy, confident woman needs. He shows her how good they are with a whole lot of hot, passionate sex. They can’t keep their hands (and other parts) off of each other. Be prepared. This one is smokin’ hot! The story is engaging, the characters are well-developed and easy to love, the dialogue is spot on with wit and style. Very enjoyable from start to finish! 4.5 stars

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DEEP CHECK, USA Today Bestseller Kimberly Kincaid – Hotshot hockey center Finn Donnelly wants nothing more than to take The Cup to his best friend’s grave after the Rage’s big win. The problem is, that also means going back to his hometown and seeing January Sinclair, a.k.a., the woman he left behind. Will Finn and January learn to build new trust—or will their ghosts keep them from falling in deep?

My Review:

Awesome second chance story! Finn is the star Center for the New Orleans Rage and January is the girl he left behind back in his hometown of Remington. When it’s Finn’s turn to take the Cup there’s only one place he wants to go and one person he needs to show he’d accomplished his goal then he’s back to New Orleans. He doesn’t count on the impact of seeing January again will have on him and the ties he still feels to her. January was hurt more than she cares to admit when Finn left Remington, and her, to find fame and glory in the world as a professional hockey player. Even though it’s been 7 years she still feels the sting of his rejection. But now he’s back looking sexier than ever, humble and apologetic, and ready to make amends. These two were fabulous together in every way. Very romantic and steamy love story. Great characters, fun dialogue, and engaging to the end. 4 stars.

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RANSOM, USA Today Bestseller Nana Malone, Money, power, prestige…reject. Ransom Cox is —The Player. His whole life, hockey player, Ransom Cox, has watched the people he loves the most reject and leave him. He’s learned it’s better to be on his own. After the scandal of his wife walking out on him right before the championships, citing his bedroom “over” prowess as the reason, he can’t seem to escape the spotlight. The last thing he wants is to be stranded in a cabin with the one girl he’s always wanted. The one girl who could destroy him.

My Review:

I just finished reading Ransom and I can still barely breathe. So hot! I loved it so much I. Want. To. Read. It. Again. Right Now!

Ransom is a hockey legend not just for his skills on the ice, but for the rumors about the massive size of his personal “equipment”. It doesn’t help some reporter nicknamed him “Handsome” Ransom due to his movie star looks and it stuck. But despite the women who want to line up to join him in bed, he’s not the Player he’s been made out to be. Ever since his marriage failed he avoids relationships, believing they’ll just leave him too. He’s safer sticking with the fantasy of the girl he fell for in high school, Lexa.

Lexa is a freelance journalist who has a knack for always choosing the wrong guy. The unavailable guys. The players. After her most recent disastrous breakup she’s back in her hometown to regroup. The last thing she needs is to run into her high school crush who is now basically a hockey god… and rumored to be a sex god? So out of her league, then and now. Or maybe not?

Fantastic and sexy second chance love story. Handsome and Lexa can’t deny the heat between them, but love? They seem like opposites, but what a crazy attraction. All Ransom knows is that when he’s with Lexa he doesn’t feel that aching hole in his heart and he needs her. There are some twists in this one, great dialogue, and very likeable characters. Very well written, but Nana’s stories always are. 5 stars

Note to Nana Malone:
Small favor, if Ransom goes to Audio will you please, please, please select a man with a deep, smooth, chocolatey voice (like you describe Ransom’s) as the narrator? Because I would melt while he read those steamy sex scenes to me. I’m pretty sure I speak for the entire female population even if they don’t know it yet.
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PENALTY BOX BLUES, Robin Kaye – Stryker Gyllenhaal, enforcer on the Ragin’ Cajun’s, knows that once he hits Boise, his time spent in the penalty box is nothing compared to the payback Karma Kincaid has in store for him. When he finds out she has hired a handler, Trish Reynolds, his old college tutor, he’s not sure who the real enforcer is. Karma, because she owns him for an entire week, or Trish, the only woman who knows his secret, and can slam his heart against the boards with a sideways glance. He is so pucked.

My Review:

Great story about Stryker, the Rage’s Enforcer, and one of the toughest players on the ice. During his hometown visit with the Cup to Boise, Idaho he is reunited with his college tutor. Trish is the smartest woman he knows, and he remembers her as a buttoned-up librarian type you didn’t give him the time of day outside of their tutoring sessions. Who knew he had a thing for prim and proper princesses? Trish has had a crush on Stryker since College, but that was years ago. She just hopes she can get through his week in Boise without making a fool of herself over him. These two are perfect for each other and thankfully their friend Karma has no qualms about bringing them back together. 4 stars

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BLADE, Avery Flynn – Bad girl Gillie Pike has gone straight, but someone with a lot of money wants to bring her out of retirement to steal the Cup and make sure it’s found in star goalie Flynn Kazakov’s possession. They call him Crazy-kov for a reason and nothing makes him more nuts than his best friend’s sexy little sister who swears she’s the only one who can keep him out of jail and on the ice.

My Review:

Flynn Kazakov, the goalie for the New Orleans Rage has his turn with “The Cup” in his home town after winning the championship game. Flynn finds himself wondering what to expect from life next since he’s met his lifelong goal and then Gillie Pike shows up. The only woman he’s ever loved even if he did have to walk away from her. Gillie’s life has not been the same since Flynn left her, not that she blames him, but she’s given up her bad girl ways to run a Jazz club in Texas. But old trouble shows up with a threat to Flynn and she has to warn him even if he breaks her heart all over again. Great pace to this story with just enough action, witty banter, sexy times and humor to keep me interested from the start to the end. 4 stars

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BREAKAWAY BROOKE, Publishers Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan – When hockey phenom Deacon Sanders mistakes Brooke Henderson for a puck bunny, he’s set on scoring the ultimate goal with the fiercely sexy bodyguard. Keeping watch from a distance is impossible when everywhere she turns Deacon’s there like a loose puck in front of the net. Despite his annoyance that his family thinks he can’t keep himself out of trouble, can he convince this Amazon beauty to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?

My Review:

When Deacon “Tripp” Sanders takes the Cup back to his hometown for the parades and celebrations he should be watching out for more than overzealous fans after death threats are made. But Deacon only has eyes for the raven-haired beauty he sees at the parade and can’t think of anything but getting to know her better. Deacon and Brooke Henderson are so drawn to each other, is it something more than great chemistry? Great suspense story with a little twist. 3.5 stars

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UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN, Kim Golden – Jonas Magnussen’s icy blue stare has earned him the nickname the Iceman. On and off the ice, he’s cool, collected and hard to handle. When an injury threatens to end his career, Jonas is faced with a choice he thought he’d never have to make. Mariam Kidane is the only woman who ever made Jonas lose his cool. A chance encounter with her melts Jonas’s icy facade and leaves him wondering if life away from the league is such a bad thing, especially when it means a second chance at scoring the ultimate goal: love.

My Review:

Swedish player for the New Orleans Rage, Jonas Magnussen is taken out of Game Six on a stretcher after a hard blow that may end his ten year career. He suffered a severe concussion and missed the last game, but he’s not missing his chance to take the Cup back to his homeland. He’s hoping for the chance to see the woman he left behind, Mariam. Fate is on his side, one of the press stops the Rage’s promo team set in place gives him the opportunity to see if she might just still love him too. Sweet story. Cute ending. 3.5 stars

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COURAGE, Lena Hart – Newly appointed head coach Mason “The Rage” Courage is in for the fight of his life. What should have been the biggest night of his career turns into the worst moment in his life when his wife Jules serves him with divorce papers. But this former bad boy isn’t about to let anyone—or anything—breakup his family. For his wife, his children, his players…Mason is prepared to fight for them all.

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BODY CHECK, USA Today Bestseller Desiree Holt – Matt Vorchak always dreamed of playing professional hockey and winning The Cup. Then he would marry the woman of his heart and live happily ever after. But Lizzie Andrews wanted him to stay in Tampa with her and build a life there. Their split was agonizing for both. Ten years later he has realized one dream. Now he wants to recapture the other, and he’s using his day with the Stanley Cup to win her back. But he has a secret that may change everything for both of them.

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CHECK MY HEART, Christi Barth – Kurt Lundquist can’t resist the beautiful & compassionate nurse who eased his brother’s last days, despite knowing she doesn’t want any reminders of her ‘death duty’. Lisette does want the hot but oh-so-sad hockey star. Can she lift him out of his grief – and will she want to once she learns his terrible secret?

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MAKING HIS MOVE, Susan Scott Shelley, Backup goaltender Rod Fraser is a free agent in every sense. He’s ready for a new team, and hoping for another shot with his best friend’s sister. But Arielle Charton thinks Rod’s interest is fleeting, and she doesn’t need the distraction. She’s on a mission to rebuild her life. Rod’s made his living making impossible saves, but it will take the impossible to convince the shy artist that she’s captured his heart.

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BLOCKED, Heather Long – Archer Durham’s career has been defined by his badass attitude both on and off the ice, unfortunately it’s biting him in the ass. After one too many unfortunate videos of him turned up on social media, both his fans and the press have turned against him. The win shines spotlight on the whole team and he needs to clean up his act…but what the hell does he know about being a knight in shining armor?

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BEAR NAKED, Katie Kenyhercz, First Nations defenceman Bear Thompson wants to spend his day with the Cup back home on the reserve, but first he has to convince his childhood sweetheart and current band chief Aria Paul to give him another chance and that letting the media in won’t be the end of the world. The last thing Aria wants to do is fall back in love with the man who broke her heart and left her in the dust, but old feelings spark new ones, and when Bear sets his sights on a goal, it’s only a matter of time.

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THE WARM UP, Xio Axelrod – Subzero. That’s what folks around the league call Constantine Zimin, hockey’s best defenseman. He’s unflappable. Stoic, even. No cracks in all that ice, not until he meets Suji Meriwhether. The pediatric nurse has no time for bad-boy jocks who want to use her patients as props. But as soon as they meet, temperatures rise and their defenses fall.

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FULL CONTACT, Andie J. Christopher, Leftwinger Anders Sorenson has never met the perfect woman before breaking up a fight at Dahlia Clarno’s bar. Dahlia’s  hot, she doesn’t care about his fame, and she has no idea about the bounty his teammates have on his virginity–she’s the total package for a vacation fling.

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CHECKING YES, Misty D. Waters – Family secrets drove star left-winger Cooper Banks away from the love of his life, but hot off a championship win he’s no longer satisfied with second place. Except the daddy’s girl he left behind is now a woman no longer impressed by his charming smile. So when Savannah Jane Scott decides to put Cooper in the penalty box, she aims to keep him there…for good this time.

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FREE AGENT, USA Today Bestseller Robin Covington – Defenseman James “DC” Washington has had a big year: winning “The Cup” and coming out to his team and the entire world were events that changed his life. Now a free agent, he thought he had his next step all planned out . . . until the man he might not be able to resist puts a sexy offer on the table.

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