Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.
Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.
Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.
Icing was a nice way to spend my time. I won't say that I didn't have a few problems with it, but things ran smoothly for most of the time. What tired me a bit was the arguments Amber and Duncan had. They were happening every now and then, but they always revolved around the same thing. For most of the book, neither of them fully realizes that the other is different and so is their needs. Duncan was trying to be helpful and support Amber when she needed it and she was always trying to be undefended and strong on her own. I am not saying that she shouldn't be, but sometimes it's ok to ask for help. For example, when her car broke down and she had to go to the interview she couldn't instead of calling Duncan for help, she took the bus home and missed the interview. Duncan on the other hand was always trying to help everything and everyone. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, but it was for most of the book when it came to their relationship. He couldn't back down. Both of them have their own hang ups and in both cases I find them justified.
I would have liked to know what happened to some people who appeared in the story and I hope I will hear good news about them in the next book. Also, I wanted to see Andrew and Jenna, but they weren't even mentioned :(. I liked this book and I thought of it as a good way to spend my time, so I will be recommending it, The book can be read as stand alone. The point of view alternate between Amber and Duncans giving us info on what both of them were thinking which for me helped a lot.
USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.