ARC Review – Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson

Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)

Title: Playing Hurt
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: ARC from Netgalley

Goodreads Summary

Chase: The last thing I’d ever want to do is let my team down. After overcoming my bad-boy reputation, I was dominating on the ice. But things aren’t going so well this season, and even my parents think I’m partying again. Now I’m really worried about my career. The only bright spot in my life is the Twitter flirtation I’ve struck up with pop princess Jordyn Banks. Turns out she’s a huge hockey fan—and she’s willing to wager a date on her favorite team. . . .

Jordyn: Even though I’m an L.A. fan now, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Aces, since I grew up in Chicago. Then I lose a bet to Chase Hartman, and suddenly I’m up close and personal with a pro athlete who’s anything but soft. Not only is Chase the hottest guy I’ve ever met, he’s secretly super sweet. As if I had time for a relationship . . . yeah, right. But when I suddenly have nothing but time on my hands, he’s the only one who understands. Now, with both of our careers at stake, Chase is tempting me to put my heart on the line too.


I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, but they can be read as stand alones.

I’m a sucker for a book about hockey players. Imagine your a big NHL star and you end up tweeting with your celebrity crush and then bet on a hockey game, and when you win you get a date with said celebrity. That is the premise around this book.

Jordyn Banks is a huge pop star (I pictured Selena Gomez) and she’s also a huge hockey fan. She grew up in Chicago, so she’s an Aces fan, but she’s also an LA fan, since that’s where she lives now. Jordyn and Chase Hartmann start tweeting about hockey to one another, which turns flirtatious, and leads to much more.

Chase is having a rough season. He’s been “playing hurt” – he has a wrist injury. Jordyn ends up having surgery on her vocal cords, putting her out of commission for a few months, and then she and Chase begin to form a friendship.

This book was a fun read. I liked both Chase and Jordyn. Jordyn was incredibly down to earth for a mega star, and she appreciated the thought and effort Chase put into their dates (as did I – it was cute).  There wasn’t a whole ton of drama in this book, just a nice story about two famous people who meet and fall in love.

I was a little disappointed in the epilogue, though I was happy there was one. I didn’t feel that the epilogue provided closure to the story. But overall, this was a good story and I would recommend it.

Happy reading.


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