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Zoe Simmons receives a text on her wedding day. Her fiancé called off the wedding. No explanation and he is soon traded to another hockey team, the Detroit Steels. She is devastated and has an emotional breakdown. After a few months she returns to her lonely life. Numb and withdrawn, she throws herself into her work as an assistant to general manager of the NHL team The San Jose Otters. Fast forward three years, The Otters are contenders for the Stanley Cup that include a shocking trade, Killian “Ki” Connery. The man who left her at the altar in humiliation and shame. Another blow comes when her father, Jed Simmons, negotiated the trade of her former fiancé without telling her. How will she be able to endure being around the man her heart yearns for but her mind rebels against? Not to mention the scandal that is about to break opening up her private life to further scrutiny by the media?
Killian “Ki” Connery
The woman he loves jilted him at the altar and he is banished to Detroit to play for The Steels. The former star and captain of The Otters is crushed by the betrayal of his love he’s never gotten over. He survives through sheer will power and playing hockey while fighting the underlying demons plaguing him. Jesse Ward comes into his life and they become America’s Sweethearts of the media. Little does Ki know the part Jesse played in his breakup with his true love Zoe.
This story will keep you on your toes with an intense love story, challenges, betrayal and overcoming the odds that love conquers all.
Another great angsty book by Trisha Harley McCarthy, author of the acclaimed Granite Bay Series.
Read an Excerpt
I’d come to find out Killian Connery was a man of few words. Whether it was by elevating me to new heights of passion with his wicked tongue or by slamming an opponent into the boards, Ki was a larger-than-life. He was a guy men envied and women lusted after. After all, who could resist a six-foot four wall of muscle with mesmerizing, grey eyes and tousled, raven hair? His presence was so magnetic, it pumped up the fans before he even set foot in the ice rink. No one was immune, not even I when I first set eyes on him at the San Jose Otters training camp during his rookie year. Ever since then, I kept track of him, his career, stats, watched every game, and basically acted like your garden variety stalker on the sly. Luckily, one of my primary functions as assistant to the GM was maintaining the roster.
My heart lurched in my chest just thinking about the day I met the new rookie. I was in the owner’s box watching their practice and there came Killian Connery, sprinting across ice in that blue-and-white jersey that was almost too small for a man his size. He was a thing of beauty, if one could classify such a magnificent specimen as ‘beautiful’. Number 88 too as fate would have it—two times my lucky number. And fate didn’t stop there. I was in the manager’s office when Flynn Austin, captain of the Otters, came bursting through the door with Ki in his footfalls. Flynn was laughing at something Ki had said. The sheer size of the two defense players made the office look about as big as a shoebox.
Yall, this book is angsty that my head is still spinning. As yall know, I can’t stand that but the way that Ms. McCarthy wrote Ki and Zoe’s story, it made complete sense. It needed to be that way for these two to get together. There is so much going on between them that drives them apart time and time again but the payoff is totally worth it. Between the lies, betrayals, major family issues and then communication breakdown between Ki and Zoe…good law, the angst.
Ki and Zoe are a great couple. I truly did love them from the beginning. Ki reminded me of Mark Messier from the New York Rangers hockey team. I’m a hockey junkie and I did work for the Dallas Stars when they won and then lost the Stanley Cup. So I can be highly critical of hockey romances but Ms. McCarthy nails every aspect of the sport. From the front office to the press, it is brutal. Zoe knows this, as does Ki and they really do their best to avoid it but can’t. Mix in Jesse, Zoe’s former best friend, and Flynn and are the lies to be believed?
Jesse is a piece of work, however, I loved how Ms. McCarthy does redeem her in the end. Trust me, I didn’t spoil it because you just need to read the book. She trusts the wrong person and when she figures that out, it’s game on for her. Loved how she fought back when she realizes that and eventually helps Zoe and Ki find their way back to each other. Flynn is another character that is a douche in the beginning but slowly redeems himself in the end. Possible spoiler but something you need to know…after the breakup of Ki and Zoe, Zoe and Flynn date. Normally, I don’t like a love triangle/quad but it works in this story. Don’t be turned off by it. Keep reading, it’s worth it.
The family issues are a doozy. Jed is an ass and Ki’s mother needed to be slapped upside her head and in a way she does. However, I would love a bit more of a comeuppance but I was satisfied in the end. I won’t go into all of the family issues but damn. The secrets and how Ms. McCarthy came up with everything is just WOW! Like head spinning WOW! That’s all I can say about that. Anything more would be a spoiler.
Ms. McCarthy is a new to be me author and she knocked it out of the park for me. Angst and all. I read this book in one afternoon and I will definitely re-read it again. It was that good and despite all of the head-spinning that I experienced, I can’t wait to read another book from her. Plus, it has hockey players. I’m a sucker for those. Heck, we named our son after a hockey player. Go figure.
About the Author:
Trisha Harley McCarthy is a certified Life Coach and prolific romance author specializing in fantasy, paranormal and contemporary genres.
Loving history, Trisha was captivated by being introduced to historical romance then became enamored with contemporary romance novels. Coming across fan-fiction and falling in love with the concept, Trisha began writing stories about characters in her favorite movie, Bridget Jones’s Diary. After receiving several positive reviews, she caught the writing bug and published her first standalone novel, Just As He Is, A Romance in 2012 followed by the Astral Realm Series, Written Among the Stars and sequel Beneath the stars released in 2014.
In 2015, release of Dimensions, a paranormal romance novel featuring other world encounters takes the readers on a fantastic journey of ordinary collides with extraordinary. Also, in a new direction, Trisha also wrote Indescribably Blue. a fictional account based on Elvis Presley’s death hoax conspiracy.
On a personal note, Trisha resides in Independence, Oregon with her husband Michael and their rescued chocolate lab, Elle. In her spare time, Trisha loves spending time on social media, travelling and reading her favorite authors!
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