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He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster. 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 He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster. 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.


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He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster. 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 He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster. 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.

30 review for Playing Hurt

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Sometimes I think to myself, if you've read one contemporary romance, you've read them all. I've read hundreds of contemporary romances, but it continues to be the sub-genre of romance that I struggle with the most, and this book was no different. Even the addition of hockey players, my Kryptonite, couldn't make this book rise above mediocre for me. To be honest, the only reason I didn't DNF this book was because I wanted to figure out what Chase's medical diagnosis was (it's the medical profess Sometimes I think to myself, if you've read one contemporary romance, you've read them all. I've read hundreds of contemporary romances, but it continues to be the sub-genre of romance that I struggle with the most, and this book was no different. Even the addition of hockey players, my Kryptonite, couldn't make this book rise above mediocre for me. To be honest, the only reason I didn't DNF this book was because I wanted to figure out what Chase's medical diagnosis was (it's the medical professional in me). I found the story to be slow and predictable, and oddly dated (please stop putting MCs in turtlenecks. I haven't seen one off the ski slopes in years). By far my biggest issue was that nothing happened. The book moved at a snail's pace where the most exciting thing was them tweeting sports updates with vaguely suggesting puns. The plot was slow and the dialogue was repetitive to the point where I just wanted to be done with it by the end. And to make matters worse, I never got past feeling like Chase was nothing more than a fan-boy. I'm probably being generous with my two stars, but there you go. Not a winner for me. So sorry, contemporary romance. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Oliphant

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have read other Kelly Jamieson stories and they are fun reads. This story is part of the Aces Hockey series and could be read as a standalone. This story centers around Chase and Jordyn who are celebrities who are crushing on each other through social media and decide to water a bet on exchange for a date. They meet in person and sparks fly, they have chemistry but they also have careers that they have worked very hard to establish and believe I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have read other Kelly Jamieson stories and they are fun reads. This story is part of the Aces Hockey series and could be read as a standalone. This story centers around Chase and Jordyn who are celebrities who are crushing on each other through social media and decide to water a bet on exchange for a date. They meet in person and sparks fly, they have chemistry but they also have careers that they have worked very hard to establish and believe there is no room for a relationship until they realize being apart is harder. Their relationship blossoms and they are soon faces with decisions in their careers that can impact their relationship. This was an easy breezy read that could be read in one sitting. It flowed well which kept this reader engaged.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Carol

    Diving straight in. I was really happy to get this ARC. I am a big fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey books. 3.5 - 3.75 stars. Another great addition to her Aces Hockey series. Sweet romance. Not my most favorite by her but I really love all her characters and storylines. I am always receptive to any new book by this author. She writes such sweet and touching romances with just the right amount of spice and heat. I really enjoyed the Twitter flirtation that developed between Jordyn and Chase- lots of f Diving straight in. I was really happy to get this ARC. I am a big fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey books. 3.5 - 3.75 stars. Another great addition to her Aces Hockey series. Sweet romance. Not my most favorite by her but I really love all her characters and storylines. I am always receptive to any new book by this author. She writes such sweet and touching romances with just the right amount of spice and heat. I really enjoyed the Twitter flirtation that developed between Jordyn and Chase- lots of funny and witty bantering between these two . They also had some pretty great dates. A little drama here but mostly a sweet and sexy sports romance .🏆🏒🏒🏒🏒

  4. 3 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Chase has had a crush on pop singer Jordyn for a while and when they start flirting via tweets, he finagles a date with her. Jordyn loves hockey and since Chase started following her via social media and she has been watching him play when his games are telecast, she’s more than okay about meeting him up for a date. What follows is a relationship that would normally not come to fruition had Jordyn not had some issues that forced her out of the spotlight for a while. And yet, everything these two Chase has had a crush on pop singer Jordyn for a while and when they start flirting via tweets, he finagles a date with her. Jordyn loves hockey and since Chase started following her via social media and she has been watching him play when his games are telecast, she’s more than okay about meeting him up for a date. What follows is a relationship that would normally not come to fruition had Jordyn not had some issues that forced her out of the spotlight for a while. And yet, everything these two do seems very fortuitous indeed. I loved watching Chase and Jordyn together. Their banter was always light hearted and fun, the chemistry between them smoking, and the dynamics of their relationship felt very organic. While I was aggravated a time or two at Chase’s touchiness regarding his own issue, I understood why he reacted the way he did. But he gave good grovel when he messed up and I’m a huge fan of the grovel. This was a very enjoyable read that really doesn’t have a lot of drama or angst. What it does have is just enough to drive the story forward and make the reader question how these two will eventually make a life together. It’s got a great pace to it, fun secondary characters, enough pain in the past to make your heart hurt, and a satisfying conclusion. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Random House - Loveswept. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; H is not made out to be a man whore (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[childhood emotional distress (hide spoiler)]

  5. 3 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    3.5 Stars! Two people at the peak of their very public careers find an unusual way to connect romantically. Chase, a hockey pro with the Chicago Aces has a celebrity crush on pop star Jordyn Banks. Jordyn who's from Chicago and a fan of hockey decides to follow Chase on Twitter prompting him to respond to her tweet. This starts a fun and flirtatious banter between the two. This was a pretty cute story. Chase's infatuation with Jordyn was almost like what you would see with a teenage crush. Both c 3.5 Stars! Two people at the peak of their very public careers find an unusual way to connect romantically. Chase, a hockey pro with the Chicago Aces has a celebrity crush on pop star Jordyn Banks. Jordyn who's from Chicago and a fan of hockey decides to follow Chase on Twitter prompting him to respond to her tweet. This starts a fun and flirtatious banter between the two. This was a pretty cute story. Chase's infatuation with Jordyn was almost like what you would see with a teenage crush. Both characters are pretty smitten with each other. I like how the author gave us a lot of couple time with them while still being realistic to the struggles of life getting in their way. This is a pretty low angst and safe read. I enjoyed this couple and didn't really mind the bumps they faced along the way. Both of them dealt with some hurt from their pasts that did get in the way few times but I never felt it was overdone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    While this may not have been my absolute favorite story from Kelly Jamieson, this was a really cute book. I was unsure how I was feeling about it at first, but I stuck it out and ended up really liking it. The social media flirtation between an Aces hockey player and a famous pop star becomes more when they agree to test their online attraction on a real date. Their chemistry was on fire, their banter was sharp, and the push and pull that evolves kept me engaged. Their drastically different care While this may not have been my absolute favorite story from Kelly Jamieson, this was a really cute book. I was unsure how I was feeling about it at first, but I stuck it out and ended up really liking it. The social media flirtation between an Aces hockey player and a famous pop star becomes more when they agree to test their online attraction on a real date. Their chemistry was on fire, their banter was sharp, and the push and pull that evolves kept me engaged. Their drastically different career paths allow for a good bit of drama and their individual struggles and injuries allow for some roadblocks in their relationship that I found believable and refreshing. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jordyn and Chase and I was pleasantly satisfied with their romance. Like I said before, this isn't my favorite from this author or even the most memorable book I've read from her, but it's certainly a fun, sexy, entertaining romance with just the right amount of angst. Kelly Jamieson is always good for a much needed dose of sweet and sexy sports romance and this one soothed my craving. Playing Hurt is charming and sensual, peppered with humor and drama, and overall it's a really cute addition to this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Chase is a hockey star. Jordyn is a rock star. When Jordyn, a hockey fan, friends Chase on twitter, Chase is someone star struck because he is a fan of her music. They start up some very public twitter banter which leads to a bet for a date on a hockey game. Of course, they end up on this very public date and the chemistry is perfect… there is lots of witty banter and great potential. Unfortunately, both Chase and Jordyn have issues that cause strife in them getting together. Playing Hurt was a Chase is a hockey star. Jordyn is a rock star. When Jordyn, a hockey fan, friends Chase on twitter, Chase is someone star struck because he is a fan of her music. They start up some very public twitter banter which leads to a bet for a date on a hockey game. Of course, they end up on this very public date and the chemistry is perfect… there is lots of witty banter and great potential. Unfortunately, both Chase and Jordyn have issues that cause strife in them getting together. Playing Hurt was a spicy, hockey-based romance, with mostly sweet and witty banter. I liked it but it lacked the riveting connecting that I’ve come to expect from Jamieson. It was sweet and heartfelt. This is just one of those couples you just knew where meant for each other, if they could just get past their issues...mostly his issues... Playing Hurt was one of those HEA you can't wait for it to really happen but its played till the end. I received this ARC copy of Playing Hurt from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept. This is my honest and voluntary review. Playing Hurt is set for publication July 17, 2018. My rating: 3.50 stars Written by: Kelly Jamieson Series: Aces Hockey Sequence in Series: 6 Publisher: Loveswept Publication Date: July 17, 2018 Sold by: Random House LLC Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Hurt-A... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/play... Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/sv/book/play... For more reviews check out Tome Tender's Book Blog or find us on Facebook.

  8. 3 out of 5

    My Pink Fairytales

    First of all, it took me almost a week to finish this book. To say that it didn’t hook me and it didn’t excite me, it’s an understatement. I love books that keep me up all night and that i can’t put down. Famous hockey players meets Taylor Swift. They’re each other’s fan and they start flirting on Twitter during hockey plays. They set a date, they have fun and build their relationship slowly and carefully. She’s down to earth for such a big celebrity, but i didn’t like him so much. His jokes are First of all, it took me almost a week to finish this book. To say that it didn’t hook me and it didn’t excite me, it’s an understatement. I love books that keep me up all night and that i can’t put down. Famous hockey players meets Taylor Swift. They’re each other’s fan and they start flirting on Twitter during hockey plays. They set a date, they have fun and build their relationship slowly and carefully. She’s down to earth for such a big celebrity, but i didn’t like him so much. His jokes are crass and that’s far from considering it a dirty talk. He has childhood issues because of his parents and she doesn’t have any self confidence. Their characters aren’t bland, but they haven’t spoken to me at all. The plot is sort of uneventful, except for the whole “playing hurt” part. I love the “wakeing” in the end, though and the closure/conclusions taken by both of them. I haven’t read the other books in the series, so maybe if you did and liked them, definitely you should read this one too. :) All in all, it wasn’t bad, but kinda unmemorable for me. ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    « Court (Take the Read) »

    Wasn't for me, unfortunately. The amount of times the descriptive dialogue term 'rasping' was used was too high, in my opinion. It was everywhere and at one point I genuinely wondered if the characters had bronchitis because it was used THAT much within just a few paragraphs. I may be nit-picky, but I'm willing to overlook most things in lieu of a good story. This, with the characters thrown together over a public bet via Twitter, seemed disingenuous and Chase just reminded me of a star-struck fa Wasn't for me, unfortunately. The amount of times the descriptive dialogue term 'rasping' was used was too high, in my opinion. It was everywhere and at one point I genuinely wondered if the characters had bronchitis because it was used THAT much within just a few paragraphs. I may be nit-picky, but I'm willing to overlook most things in lieu of a good story. This, with the characters thrown together over a public bet via Twitter, seemed disingenuous and Chase just reminded me of a star-struck fan boy who got to bang his favorite celebrity. It took me a LONG time to get through this one, and to be honest, I skimmed a majority of it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    Kelly Jamieson provides a story with a great blend of flirty, hot and touching romance where pop star meets hockey star. Chase Hartman has had a crush on singer Jordyn Banks for a while, and even though he’s a celebrity in his own right he never imagined that some very public online flirting would lead to an actual date with her, much less form an easy and caring bond with her that would lead to more. It’d be great if he were as lucky on the ice as well. As a former Chicago resident and true hocke Kelly Jamieson provides a story with a great blend of flirty, hot and touching romance where pop star meets hockey star. Chase Hartman has had a crush on singer Jordyn Banks for a while, and even though he’s a celebrity in his own right he never imagined that some very public online flirting would lead to an actual date with her, much less form an easy and caring bond with her that would lead to more. It’d be great if he were as lucky on the ice as well. As a former Chicago resident and true hockey fan, Jordyn has always kept track of the Aces and after the best date she’s ever had planned by the very hot and also incredibly sweet Chase she wishes she lived closer and had time for a relationship. When the old adage “be careful what you wish for” comes true, Chase is more than happy to help. But can they find a way around their geographical predicament and balance their very busy careers as well? Jamieson is very talented at writing hockey romances that draw the reader in. Playing Hurt is an appealing story about the life of two celebrities, who find one another through social media and come to care deeply about each other. I was hooked with its initial flirty fun, easy friendship and hot chemistry and kept turning pages relishing the support given by the Aces and Jordyn’s family, the love that developed between the main characters and the exciting hockey backdrop. Slap Shot is book #5 in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. It is a standalone, hockey romance and a wonderful addition to the series with a great plot and wonderful characters. Told from the hero’s point of view and has a happy ending. A great read for Aces Hockey fans or any sports romance lover. Playing Hurt is book #6 in the Aces Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. It is a standalone, hockey romance sure to please the Aces Hockey fans and a nice add to the series with a fun plot and great characters. Told from both points of view with a happy ending. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2O5vMtJ * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook * Twitter * Pinterest Book Teasers * More reviews

  11. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Sexy, playful, and fun! A sweet, passionate tale about finding that special someone who will love you unconditionally through all the unpredicatable ups and downs of life. A quick, easy romcom that's definitely worth a read.

  12. 3 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson is the latest story in her Aces Hockey series, following a group of hockey players through sometimes challenging, sometimes fun and always sexy stories of life and love on and off the rink. This entry has a 25 year old player who has a nagging injury that could derail his career paired with a star singer experiencing the same. Chase Hartman has been struggling to score goals. While it’s not uncommon for a hockey player to go through a slump, for Chase it’s more worr Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson is the latest story in her Aces Hockey series, following a group of hockey players through sometimes challenging, sometimes fun and always sexy stories of life and love on and off the rink. This entry has a 25 year old player who has a nagging injury that could derail his career paired with a star singer experiencing the same. Chase Hartman has been struggling to score goals. While it’s not uncommon for a hockey player to go through a slump, for Chase it’s more worrisome because while a broken thumb has healed, his wrist keeps giving him trouble at unexpected times causing him to be hesitant on the ice. The resulting bad publicity from not performing to his potential adds to the stress. The one bright spot is his fun and flirty twitter ‘relationship’ with pop star Jordyn Banks. Jordyn is a huge hockey fan, and while the LA team the Condors is her current favorite since she lives there, the Aces have a special place in her heart since she grew up in Chicago where her parents still live. Trash talking with Chase on twitter leads to a date that is fun, but one she doesn’t expect to go anywhere. But then Jordyn experiences her own career hardship, when her overworked vocal cords force her to take a break. With recovery on her mind, returning home to Chicago means she can also open up to a real friendship with Chase. Things start to get heated between them as neither can deny their chemistry. But with their careers and futures in question, is a long term relationship possible? For more of this review please visit Harlequin Junkie: https://harlequinjunkie.com/review-pl... A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson is the sixth book in her Aces Hockey series, but the first I have read. This can be read as a standalone, however, I am excited to go back and learn more about the Aces Hockey men. What really called to me about this story was the blurb and though this was the sixth book in a series, I knew I wanted to read it. Chase Hartman is finally turning things around. You see he was once the bad-boy of the team and partying too much. Now his game is struggling and those arou Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson is the sixth book in her Aces Hockey series, but the first I have read. This can be read as a standalone, however, I am excited to go back and learn more about the Aces Hockey men. What really called to me about this story was the blurb and though this was the sixth book in a series, I knew I wanted to read it. Chase Hartman is finally turning things around. You see he was once the bad-boy of the team and partying too much. Now his game is struggling and those around him are questioning if he is turning to his old ways. But he is not. The one good thing for him? This Twitter thing he has going with Jordyn Banks the current pop sensation. Though Jordan grew up in Chicago, she is now in LA and tries to support the local team, but there will always be room in her heart for the Aces. So, when they start this flirting thing on Twitter, she goes with it. I loved Chase. He was a bad-boy, but deep down he was just an overall great guy with a sweet side. Right from the start, Chase and Jordyn had this great banter going back and forth on Twitter that I loved. Jordyn, though a celebrity, is really just an easy-going person who happens to love hockey. They were great from the start, though each did carry a bit of baggage from their past. Even so, this story was low on angst and drama and high on sweet and charming. Read and reviewed for Sultry Sirens Book Blog. Happy reading!

  14. 3 out of 5

    Karen

    ARC Netgalley and I'm never disappointed when Kelly writes ACES hockey players. There is hockey but it's a story of the men who play so hard....it's a game but the warrior I'm these guys won't let them give up even when it's "playing hurt'. I also loved Jordyn and seeing how celebrities have trouble with knowing who to trust. Read the book and read the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    The Book Bee

    I love the hockey sub-genre in the sports-romance field and I have enjoyed many books in this genre, so I was especially looking forward to a new author to enjoy. This book was my first book by KJ so I was looking forward to a new voice and flow of a hockey story. Sadly, this one just didn't work for me. I do have more books by this author, so I will check out another one to see if it was this book in particular, or if it was the writing style as a whole. A few things threw me off, but it was mai I love the hockey sub-genre in the sports-romance field and I have enjoyed many books in this genre, so I was especially looking forward to a new author to enjoy. This book was my first book by KJ so I was looking forward to a new voice and flow of a hockey story. Sadly, this one just didn't work for me. I do have more books by this author, so I will check out another one to see if it was this book in particular, or if it was the writing style as a whole. A few things threw me off, but it was mainly very slow and very descriptive.....and not in a good way. It was almost repetitive in nature, but it just made it feel like the book was dragging. Ok, you're neat and tidy....don't repeat it for an entire paragraph. You hurt yourself. Ok, I don't need to keep hearing about how and why -- I know why. I felt like saying, "Fix it!!" I know that's not fair because the title and all, but I guess by the time I was 6 chapters in, I got the gist of the writing style and the storytelling side of it and I found myself skimming - very early on in the book, I might add, and that is always an indicator that I need to move along. I do not ever like to skim, so when I did it just to see if the writing style moved into a better cadence, but then realized it didn't? I knew I was done. Reading a sex scene between Chase and Jordyn was awkward at best and I actually skimmed that as well. I have never, in all my time reading/reviewing romance, skimmed a sex scene. Yes, that's funny to me....but still, again, very telling. Adding to my discontent; I didn't connect with the characters at all, so I was also having a hard time with the overall flow of the story and the emotions that were being 'told' to me. It felt very.... bland. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good. That's really all it was. There was nothing really pulling me into the story or making me want to find out how these two ended up together and what, if any, was the drama they had to work through. This was an eventual DNF. It wasn't horrible, but I just wasn't interested in carrying on. I was just ...bored. I know that sounds horrible, and that's not how I mean for it to sound, but I lack a better word that shows the *shoulder shrug* I want to utilize when explaining it to one of my girlfriends. Not disrespectful in any way. If you are already invested in this team or author, you may enjoy it a lot more than I did. I wanted to get swept up in the love and the excitement of meeting new characters and watching them fall in love. I want that giddiness. I crave that excitement. I didn't get any of that with this one, unfortunately. To be fair: this was part of a series, but she didn't once make me feel like I was missing out on any characters or backstory for/in this one. It most definitely read as a standalone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Callixta

    Voilà typiquement le genre de romance qui n’invente rien mais exploite avec talent ce qui se fait de mieux en ce moment. Kelly Jamieson est spécialiste de ce genre de romances qui reprennent des éléments connus et les reprend avec une certaine fraîcheur. Nous sommes ici dans une série sportive portant sur une équipe de hockey de Chicago. Là, joue Chase, un jeune joueur plutôt brillant mais peut-être pas autant qu’il le devrait ou le voudrait.Il a flash sur une jeune chanteuse très à la mode, Jord Voilà typiquement le genre de romance qui n’invente rien mais exploite avec talent ce qui se fait de mieux en ce moment. Kelly Jamieson est spécialiste de ce genre de romances qui reprennent des éléments connus et les reprend avec une certaine fraîcheur. Nous sommes ici dans une série sportive portant sur une équipe de hockey de Chicago. Là, joue Chase, un jeune joueur plutôt brillant mais peut-être pas autant qu’il le devrait ou le voudrait.Il a flash sur une jeune chanteuse très à la mode, Jordyn et ils vont commencer une relation assez amusante sur les réseaux sociaux, surtout Twitter. Jordan est fan de hockey et est originaire elle-même de cette ville, même si elle vit pour des raisons professionnelles à Los Angeles. Passionnée de hockey, elle commente les matchs sur son Twitter er un beau jour, Chase va commencer à lui répondre. Sous les yeux du public ravi, commence un flirt rigolo entre les deux jeunes gens. Ils vont finir par se prendre au piège tous seuls et commencer à éprouver une vraie envie de se rencontrer. Tout cela commence sur cette base simplissime et tout repose sur l’empathie qu’on éprouve pour ces deux-là.Ils sont tous les deux simples, directs, charmants même si ils flirtent avec le statut de star, surtout Jordyn. Ils ne sont pas tourmentés à l’excès non plus, simplement confrontés au risque d’avoir du mal à poursuivre leur carrière pour des raisons physiques. Bref, il ne se passe pas grand-chose à part une attraction très forte, deux héros qui avancent prudemment sur le chemin d’une relation, chose à laquelle ils ne sont pas habitués, ni l’un ni l’autre. Il faut bien reconnaitre que le couple très glamour entre une chanteuse pop et un sportif plutôt connu, cela fonctionne bien. On se laisse emporte par le ton léger, parfois avec une pointe de gravité provenant de leurs doutes sur eux-mêmes et sur leur avenir. C’est d’une simplicité désarmante mais c’est très efficace et voir, pour une fois, une relation évoluer lentement, logiquement, normalement est très agréable. Leur milieu professionnel respectif est évoqué assez rapidement mais suffisamment pour donner un peu de profondeur. Il ne faut pas attendre beaucoup de cette romance mais elle est très bien faite et cela fait du bien. http://romance-bluemoon.com/2018/07/p...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Fantastic story and a great addition to the Aces Hockey series. Really enjoyed this storyline as Chase, and Ace's hockey player and Jordyn, a famous singer bond over their love of hockey through twitter. Chase has always been a huge fan of Jordyn's so he flippantly throws out a bet. If his team wins she meets him for a date. Even wilder - she agrees! When they finally come face to face sparks fly instantly. Then they both have issues that affect them professionally. Weathering all the obstacles Fantastic story and a great addition to the Aces Hockey series. Really enjoyed this storyline as Chase, and Ace's hockey player and Jordyn, a famous singer bond over their love of hockey through twitter. Chase has always been a huge fan of Jordyn's so he flippantly throws out a bet. If his team wins she meets him for a date. Even wilder - she agrees! When they finally come face to face sparks fly instantly. Then they both have issues that affect them professionally. Weathering all the obstacles before them may be more than they can handle. I think everyone will enjoy this one. I definitely recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Treena

    Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for granting my request for an ARC of this book. The review below is entirely my own opinion. I am a fan of sports romances and I enjoyed reading this one. I liked the personalities of the main characters. Although they each went through some difficulties, nothing was too angsty or heavy. I liked that their relationship grew over months and went through what felt like realistic issues. (I mean, I wouldn't really know as I'm not a pop star nor do I know any ho Thank you NetGalley and the Publisher for granting my request for an ARC of this book. The review below is entirely my own opinion. I am a fan of sports romances and I enjoyed reading this one. I liked the personalities of the main characters. Although they each went through some difficulties, nothing was too angsty or heavy. I liked that their relationship grew over months and went through what felt like realistic issues. (I mean, I wouldn't really know as I'm not a pop star nor do I know any hockey pros but their concerns and problems were believable. Heehee.) Overall, Jordyn and Chase have a very sweet story that will likely please fans of this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    The Aces are back! This is one of my favourite hockey romance series, full of intriguing characters and real life situations. Well, real life for NHL hockey players and, in this instance, a rock star. Despite their success, they too have problems and they were going to face them together… “I was lying about not being obsessed with her. Okay, calm down, I wasn’t a creepy stalker.” Chase was struggling with his game as this season saw him trying to figure out why his stats were so low. He wasn’t th The Aces are back! This is one of my favourite hockey romance series, full of intriguing characters and real life situations. Well, real life for NHL hockey players and, in this instance, a rock star. Despite their success, they too have problems and they were going to face them together… “I was lying about not being obsessed with her. Okay, calm down, I wasn’t a creepy stalker.” Chase was struggling with his game as this season saw him trying to figure out why his stats were so low. He wasn’t the only one. The pressure was causing a circle of frustration that he was able to put aside temporarily when he reached out to Jordyn. Jordyn was a singer but she was also a hockey fan with a soft spot for the Chicago Aces. Twitter was the start of their relationship – so fun! - and their light-hearted banter soon meant a face to face. They had clashing schedules, they didn’t even live in the same city, yet they carved time to learn about each other through fun times and serious ones. They were stars but you wouldn’t know it as they approached their relationship with uncertainty, hope and fear – just like every day people! Their inner voices shared what held them back or forced them to lash out. Money, success, that doesn’t mean instant happiness and that couldn’t be truer here. Minor clashes and hidden fears reared their ugly heads so it wasn’t all smooth sailing and wine drinking… If the conflict felt a bit overdone at times, I honestly ignored it because both Chase and Jordyn had me completely invested. I knew which side I was rooting for. #TeamChordyn to score! Made me laugh out loud: “I’d definitely dialed the pink telephone when I’d gotten home.”

  20. 3 out of 5

    Sheri

    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 Chica 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. Blog --> https://tvaddictedbookworm.com Twitter --> https://twitter.com/tvaddictbookwm Instagram-->https://instagram.com/tvaddictedbookworm

  21. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    4.5 stars In this day and age it isn’t a stretch for people to meet and form a bond on social media even if they are both celebrities and that’s why I found Playing Hurt to be timely and charming. There was something sweet about these two with their verbal Twitter sparring, their bets, their unique dates, and how despite some bumps in the road the caring and feelings they had for one another never ceased. I loved this book and the easy way they fell into a relationship neither one thought they co 4.5 stars In this day and age it isn’t a stretch for people to meet and form a bond on social media even if they are both celebrities and that’s why I found Playing Hurt to be timely and charming. There was something sweet about these two with their verbal Twitter sparring, their bets, their unique dates, and how despite some bumps in the road the caring and feelings they had for one another never ceased. I loved this book and the easy way they fell into a relationship neither one thought they could have. Chicago Aces pro hockey player Chase Hartman has a bit of a crush on up and coming singer Jordyn Banks so when she follows him on Twitter he might be a wee bit excited, but when they begin to chat regularly on Twitter things really heat up between them including a bet that lands him a date with her. I have to say that this book while it did have some heavy and tough moments the romance was a breath of fresh air. I loved how comfortable they were with each other from the start, the unassuming first date they both enjoyed immensely, their concern for one another when things weren’t going well, and the fact that despite their differences they trusted one another immensely. There was a realness to their relationship and they didn’t flash it around, while they knew people talked about them and they were photographed together, they didn’t purposely plan outings that would garner them publicity. At times I got frustrated with them both for not communicating as well as they should, but on the other hand I admired the way Jordyn was on Chase’s side no matter what even when he couldn’t see it and how Chase constantly kept Jordyn’s spirits up when she needed it and let her know that he had faith in her always. Easy to read, fun, enjoyable, sweet, and sexy you don’t want to miss Kelly Jamieson’s Playing Hurt.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ayekah

    This is such a great series, however this book wasn't up there with the others. This is Chase and Jordyn's story. Chase, once a bit of a player now settled into his role with the Ace's and has a little girl crush thing going with pop star Jordyn. One day he tweets to her and she tweets back. Jordyn is from Chicago and is a hockey fan. Now living in California she roots for her home team, and the two banter back and forth on twitter until Chase purposes a wager on a game, a date- she agrees and s This is such a great series, however this book wasn't up there with the others. This is Chase and Jordyn's story. Chase, once a bit of a player now settled into his role with the Ace's and has a little girl crush thing going with pop star Jordyn. One day he tweets to her and she tweets back. Jordyn is from Chicago and is a hockey fan. Now living in California she roots for her home team, and the two banter back and forth on twitter until Chase purposes a wager on a game, a date- she agrees and she loses. They have a date, keeping a low profile as they're two public figures. Jordyn's been having a little scratchy throat off and on meanwhile Chase isn't performing on the ice. Turns out he's got a little problem with his wrist from an injury last season. Nothing to worry about he says. The relationship between the two develop and things are done and said and said and done. The puck hits the ice when Chase ignores his injury and that creates a problem between the two of them. Chase creates the problem. This story for me lacked the real life character depth that the others had and it felt like I was sitting on a porch glider. Back and forth and not going anywhere. The rest of the series is fantastic, this one just fell short for me. *arc from NetGalley and Loveswept for an honest review**

  23. 5 out of 5

    Logan Hr

    I found the book interesting and engaging even If I thought the heroine was a piece of work and needed to grow up.. I wanted more hockey out of it and the family issues felt a little too much in my opinion

  24. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6) by Kelly Jamieson   Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. He has something to prove. She has the faith in him he lacks in himself. He's the hockey player who has lost his way. She's the pop star that helps him find his way back. Chase and Jordyn are used to life in the spotlight. However, they are about to find out it's the quiet moments that really matter when it comes to love. Jamieson carves out a larger than life tale that is really quite simpl Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6) by Kelly Jamieson   Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. He has something to prove. She has the faith in him he lacks in himself. He's the hockey player who has lost his way. She's the pop star that helps him find his way back. Chase and Jordyn are used to life in the spotlight. However, they are about to find out it's the quiet moments that really matter when it comes to love. Jamieson carves out a larger than life tale that is really quite simple. Playing Hurt makes heart the star of the show.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Darcy

    I really liked how this one started out, with Chase and his crush on Jordyn. I liked how they flirted over twitter and their first date. I was glad when things didn’t end there for them. Both of them seemed to have fun as they got to know each other. I think it helped that both knew the hassle of fame and could commensurate with the injuries they had. I did hate how Chase lashed out towards the end, hated that by trying to protect himself he hurt Jordyn. I was glad later when he realized that Jo I really liked how this one started out, with Chase and his crush on Jordyn. I liked how they flirted over twitter and their first date. I was glad when things didn’t end there for them. Both of them seemed to have fun as they got to know each other. I think it helped that both knew the hassle of fame and could commensurate with the injuries they had. I did hate how Chase lashed out towards the end, hated that by trying to protect himself he hurt Jordyn. I was glad later when he realized that Jordyn had his best interests at heart and did something about it. He did a great job at getting back into her good graces!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Jordyn knows how to get a reaction out of Chase, "my heart nearly exploded. “Jesus, Jordyn. Now I won’t be able to walk because my ***k’s so hard.” Chase can admit when hese wrong, “I was mad, yeah. But not really at you. More at myself. Because I knew you were right and I was being stupid. Guys are dumb that way.” I liked this book, I loved that Jordyn and Chase were each other's support system.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lenore Kosinski

    https://celebrityreaders.com/2018/09/... I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3.5 stars — Wow. So this one started off like full 5 stars. I ADORED the initial interactions between Chase and Jordyn, I thought they were so cute and gave me all the tummy flutters in the world! I actually LOVED the fact that for once the hero in the story was the starstruck fan who gets a chance with his celebrity crush, instead of the other way around. And in https://celebrityreaders.com/2018/09/... I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 3.5 stars — Wow. So this one started off like full 5 stars. I ADORED the initial interactions between Chase and Jordyn, I thought they were so cute and gave me all the tummy flutters in the world! I actually LOVED the fact that for once the hero in the story was the starstruck fan who gets a chance with his celebrity crush, instead of the other way around. And initially Chase was so freaking sweet, I couldn’t even!! He was like the epitome of a genuine nice guy, and I was seriously falling in love!!! But the love ended folks. It was somewhere after the second date I think, probably around the time that their sexual relationship started. I think I’ve had a problem with Ms. Jamieson’s steamy scenes in the past…and yeah, just looked at my other reviews, and it appears so. It’s funny how she can completely rock it on the friendship level, and then (for me) just completely miss the steamy chemistry. This was another case of our hero talking during sex and having that not feel natural to me. I also got bored during it, not a good sign. And the emphasis on his appreciation for her body got old…I’m more of a girl who appreciates the whole picture, so focus on physical just is meh for me. And I will say that the steamy scenes never got better for me. I skimmed the last 10 percent of the book because it was more sex scenes and I was over it. Now, that’s not the only reason the love ended. I was also unimpressed with the way Chase’s character developed and the way he handled situations of stress. I was initially really loving the struggles that both characters were facing with respect to their careers, and the injuries they were coping with. Not to mention the extra pressure society put on these celebrities, with careers that are in the public eye and dependent on fans. Seriously, it was really well done for the first half of the book. I particularly loved seeing Chase’s dedication to trying to improve his play (even as I didn’t understand his stubbornness over the injury), and I was curious how his childhood/parents were going to play in all of his reactions. But in the end I was disappointed. Instead of empathizing with him, I thought he was behaving extremely childishly, and his tendency to snap at Jordyn was not attractive. Not to mention, Jordyn’s supposed “flaw” was caring about her friends/family and I guess interfering? with their lives…but am I the only one that didn’t feel like she did anything that wrong? And it felt like she apologized as much as (if not more than) he did, even though in my opinion his reactions were more egregious. I felt like he kept using excuses that were thin, and I just…I don’t know…I guess I felt like I could see where the author was trying to go, but in my opinion she fell short. Which was such a bummer, b/c I LOVED first half Chase. As for Jordyn, well…her story kind of got set aside a bit for Chase’s. I still appreciated it, but I didn’t get as much out of it, you know? And can I say I found it seriously offputting reading about hockey players talk about how they’re the toughest athletes around? I mean, I’m not saying they’re not tough, but who seriously says that shit? But I think at that point I was in disappointed mode, so super tiny things were bugging me. So yeah. I didn’t talk about it as much, but I really honestly mean it when I say the start was SERIOUSLY strong. So strong I’m considering rounding up anyways. I can’t even tell you how much I adored their twitter flirting, and their first date, and even their second date. We’ll see… I think what I’ve discovered is that Ms. Jamieson might not be a match for me…or rather, only a partial match. And I’m super bummed about that, b/c the parts that I love about her writing are awesome…I’m just not sure it makes up for what I don’t like, you know?

  28. 5 out of 5

    E-Reader Addict

    2.5 Stars The first thing I should tell you about this book is that it took me two weeks to finish it. And I read about five other books between starting Playing Hurt, and finishing it. It wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t keep my interest, either. This book started out like I was reading the transcript of a reality TV show. I don’t even like to watch those kinds of shows, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a book that read like one. Thankfully, I either got over it, or the writing got better, becau 2.5 Stars The first thing I should tell you about this book is that it took me two weeks to finish it. And I read about five other books between starting Playing Hurt, and finishing it. It wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t keep my interest, either. This book started out like I was reading the transcript of a reality TV show. I don’t even like to watch those kinds of shows, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a book that read like one. Thankfully, I either got over it, or the writing got better, because I went from thinking “oh, this one is probably gonna end up in my DNF pile” to “oh, I wonder how this is gonna go?!” The first half was sweet and entertaining. Chase and Jordyn are both famous - he’s a hockey player, she’s a singer. She starts to follow him on Twitter, they begin a tweet conversation, and long story short...end up on a date. Then begin dating. Even though they are opposites in a lot of ways, they have a lot in common - especially right at the moment. She’s just had surgery on her vocal cords, and her career is up in the air - depending on how successful the surgery was. Chase has been having some problems with his wrist, making playing hockey painful, and his scoring stats are way down - which makes the future of his career in jeopardy. But every time Jordyn tries to talk to Chase about his injured wrist, Chase behaves like a 12 year old and stomps off. He does this multiple times, and Jordyn doesn’t call him on it. Apparently he has some issues from childhood caused by his parents, and he doesn’t think anyone can love him unless he’s successful at hockey. So instead of behaving like an adult, he pushes people away. And if someone is going to behave like an ass, there better darn well be a good reason and a grand gesture. Unfortunately, there wasn’t either. His “my parents only loved me when I was playing hockey” woe didn’t really ring true (he’s in his mid-to-late 20s now, and for some reason I couldn’t muster up the sympathy to feel sorry for him and his upbringing), and when he did finally pull his head out of his ass, his grand gesture wasn’t grand at all. Maybe I’m just in a mood, but it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve read a good book. I had hopes this one would be, but I’m starting to lose interest in this author. The first book of hers I read was Dancing In the Rain, and it was really good. But the next two didn’t impress me much. I’ll probably give Ms. Jamieson another try, or two, but she may just not be for me. * thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  29. 3 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    Hockey player Chase Hartman is delighted when his celebrity crush follows him on Twitter and then proceeds to argue with him about the sport he loves! Their Twitter exchange turns into a bet for date. Pop star Jordyn Banks knows that her date with Chase is just that, one date, but also can't help but think what if. What if they didn't live in separate cities? What if they didn't have crazy schedules? But, their lives as professionals at the top of their careers is just too much of a roadblock, u Hockey player Chase Hartman is delighted when his celebrity crush follows him on Twitter and then proceeds to argue with him about the sport he loves! Their Twitter exchange turns into a bet for date. Pop star Jordyn Banks knows that her date with Chase is just that, one date, but also can't help but think what if. What if they didn't live in separate cities? What if they didn't have crazy schedules? But, their lives as professionals at the top of their careers is just too much of a roadblock, until Jordyn damages her vocal cords during a live Christmas concert, forcing her to have surgery and to not sing, for months. Taking the time to recover in her hometown of Chicago, which just happens to be where Chase lives, means they can explore their attraction while they have the time. Chase is also struggling with a secret wrist injury that is also affecting his play. When Jordyn figures out why he's in a scoring slump, she urges Chase to take care of himself before he ends up like her, or worse. With pride on the line, can these two ever really make it to the goal? Overall I enjoyed this audio book, but wasn't blown away. The first person POV with the dual narrators gave the story a juvenile tone, and the male narrator made some of the female voices quite irritating, which was distracting. I also found Chase to be a bit of a man-baby, and most of his thoughts reflected on how "hot" Jordyn was, and how much he liked her "despite," despite her messiness (he's a neat freak), despite her this or that. A lot of the attraction just seemed to be physical instead of emotional, and the characters spent a lot of time separated. I did like Chase's choice in the end, but felt Jordyn forgave him a bit too easily. More groveling please!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Up All Night With Books

    4 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog The next player to fall on the Aces Hockey team is, Chase!!! Book six of the Aces Hockey series is Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson. You can read this one as a standalone, but it is more enjoyable if you read them in order. Sometimes you get a little worried when reading a series about all the different characters you encounter, Worried about repetitiveness and so forth. But I have NOT found this at all, they just keep getting bette 4 Stars Review by Lisa Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog The next player to fall on the Aces Hockey team is, Chase!!! Book six of the Aces Hockey series is Playing Hurt by Kelly Jamieson. You can read this one as a standalone, but it is more enjoyable if you read them in order. Sometimes you get a little worried when reading a series about all the different characters you encounter, Worried about repetitiveness and so forth. But I have NOT found this at all, they just keep getting better and more unique. Chase is a man of honor, who during his rookie year lived the playboy/bad boy life. Now all he wants is not to let his team down, be the player everyone looks up to. But things are not going as he planned this season. And when family doesn't believe you, things can get a shaky. But when a Twitter flirtation starts up with the one and only super star singer Jordyn, can she be his bright spot in his world that is tumbling all around him? Jordyn having grown up in Chicago, the home of the Aces, but now living in LA, starts a Twitter craze with her love of hockey. But when she loses a bet with Chase, she gets more than she has bargained for. Life isn't perfect and things happen and Jordyn finds herself staying in Chicago and looking forward to hanging with Chase. But with both their careers at a crossroads, its make it or break it. This story was easy to read and flowed smoothly over a long stretch of time. I didn't feel any angst, just a sweet love story in the making. That slow burn, one that you don't realize until it has snuck up on you and is gone. Oh, and we get a sneak peek at all the other Aces Hockey men that we love so much. **ARC provided by author for honest review**

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