Hockey romance for the win and they’re easily becoming one of my favorite romances to read! Big Stick was my first read by Kelly Jamieson and of course, in true Malia fashion, I’m rather late to this series…it’s book 7…oops!
I loved and admired Jodie’s strong independence. I’m always a fan when kids are brought into the fold and a huge part of the story. I can’t say that I’ve read a story where the heroine took matters into her own hands and decided to have a child on her own. And I won’t understand what it’s like to be a single mother. But to me, she handled everything as best as she could and she is such an amazing mother to Zyana.
And I loved that Jodie and her best friend, Kendra, run a sex toy business together! It definitely brought some humorous moments in the book because it’s so easy.
Ahhh Nick, he has a lot of pain and guilt that he’s dealing with. And he handles it in the only way he knows how, alone. When it comes to Nick and relationships, he keeps them at bay. Thinking he doesn’t deserve to have that kind of commitment with anyone, so he keeps it casual with no strings.
Jodie and Zyana moving into the house on his property was probably one of the best thing for Nick. With their rough start, I was eager to see they relationship turn into something more. Little by little, you see Nick opening up around Jodie.
As his walls start falling away, behind that tough and stand-offish exterior, there’s a genuinely sweet guy that’s absolutely caring.
I loved the slow burn between these two and they’re definitely one of my favorite kind of stories to read. I did feel in some parts where it lulled a little bit. But I was eager to get to the end to their happy ever after.
I definitely enjoyed this read and can’t wait to start from the beginning in the Aces Hockey series.
Major thanks to Ballantine/Loveswept for the advanced reader’s copy.