Published by Loveswept on December 6th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Modern Fairytale
From the author of the On the Line and Fire on Ice hockey romance series comes a sultry novel featuring a brooding NHL player who’s hell on skates—and the no-nonsense woman who forces him to clean up his act.
Even though I’m broke, putting myself through college, and working two jobs, I’m trying to make the best of it. Meanwhile, Jake Birch, hockey’s hottest bad boy, lives in a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago—and still complains about every little thing in his penthouse. But after I tell him off, instead of getting me fired, Jake requests me as his personal housekeeper. Then he starts flirting with me. Only I’m not flirting back . . . at least, I’m trying not to. Did I mention that he’s hockey’s hottest bad boy?
I’ve met the best woman at the worst possible time. Miranda is the fire to my ice—a sexy, charmingly candid spark who breaks down my walls and reminds me what it’s like to feel again. But I’m being forced to date my team owner’s daughter to keep my job, so I can’t be caught with Miranda. Still, we’re getting closer—until Miranda finds out about my “girlfriend.” And that’s not the only secret I’ve been keeping. But Miranda’s the one I want . . . even if she doesn’t believe me.
> Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Think Maid in Manhattan but the NHL version (And set in Chicago instead of NYC)
This is my first Brenda Rothert book and wow! I’m thoroughly impressed! I literally just finished this book and I’m sitting here with a big smile on my face. It was such an enjoyable ride, beginning to end and I was hooked! (no pun intended).
The premise intrigued me from the get go. I’m a sucker for hockey romances and cinderella type plots. This book delivers on both counts and it does so in spades. A lot of the times, authors will set a story within a sports world they know nothing about just to cash in the money. The sport they choose, be it football, hockey or soccer or whatever, is there just as a background prop but this book was different. I could tell the author knows her hockey enough to deliver a believable story. She got the ritualistic, superstitious aspect to the sport very well, even if Jake was an extreme case. And if you think it was all about hockey, I can assure you that’s not the case. The sports angle never overpowered the story. It beautifully complemented it.
The premise is both simple and intriguing. Miranda Carr works as a maid at the hotel where Jake Birch is staying while his apartment is undergoing renovations. They meet, sparks fly and a beautiful romance ensues. There’s a believable set of conflicts that kept me interest through out the story. Jake may be your typical womanizing athlete on the surface, but he carries quite a bit of emotional baggage on his back regarding his estranged family. Miranda is suspicious of men after being burned one too many times. She’s hardworking, strong, honest and straightforward, maybe even a bit cynical about men. She doesn’t have time or energy to date. There’s also the daughter of the owner of Jake’s team, who happens to have an unhealthy obsession with him. This further complicates things.
Is this book groundbreaking? Not really. Is it thoroughly unique? Maybe not, but it was so likeable and easy to read, so romantic, heartlfelt and sweet that I couldn’t help but love every moment. I adore hockey and I’m a big Chicago Blackhawks fan, so I’m sure that helped as well.
But mainly, the characters were just so nice and so easy to root for. I loved Jake. It was amazing to see his emotional walls coming down due to Miranda. And Miranda was an extremely likeable heroine, worthy of the HEA she got. The epilogue was sweet and wrapped up the story in a neat bow. The story was very well paced and flowed seamlessly. There was just something very grounded and realistic about Jake and Miranda’s relationship, even with the fairytale aspect the story had. It satisfied my hockey romance sweet tooth and then more!
ARC obtained through Netgalley.