Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday on Ice (Play by Play #8.5) by Jaci Burton

Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.

Type: Contemporary Romance, Novella
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oh Jaci Burton does know how to do it right. Total *girly Christmas-infused sigh*. Holiday on Ice was the perfect readery treat to get me in the holiday spirit and a super sexy-sweet romance as Trick and Stella amp up their previously casual fling and find something to truly celebrate for Christmas.

It was a quickie read but oh it was lovely. Romance. Passion. Some hockey thrown into the mix. A little history to work through. Lots of laughs and some serious fan yourself moments. Whew boy!

Alright so these two--Patrick and Stella--used to hook up but demanding jobs--she's a dancer, he's a hockey player--had them falling out of touch for a while until a chance encounter at a bar one night sparks all those long ago flames and, well, keeping their hands off each other...not an option. Heh.
Damn tight jeans women wore, making it hard for a man to get his hands inside. While he sure appreciated the effect when he looked at her, it wasn't making his job any easier. He tugged one side, then the other, finally sighing in frustration.

"Christ. Are these things glued on?"

She laughed "I have every confidence you can get my pants off."

"Never failed before."

He struggled his way past the offending denim, finally dragging the jeans down her legs and off. "The things you women go through." he said, happy to see red silk panties.
These two were great. They're both very dedicated to their jobs and just good people. Trick was sexy as hell and his moves off the ice totally rivaled his moves on the ice. *whews* He's sweet, romantic and just a fun laid back guy that so had me panting. I was loving him something fierce. And Stella...well...chickie is scared as all get out of commitment after a bad break up years earlier so she's a little quick to panic but she as a lovely one as well. She works her butt off and would be a good friend I think. 
Their chemistry was freaking scorching--there's a lot of lovin' packed in this little read-- but they're also really great together outside of the bedroom. You can tell they just have a good time together whether it's hanging out with friends, going to dinner, playing in the park. They just fit. And it was a blast watching their once casual hook up turn into so much more before they even realized it. And even though they fell so worked for me since they'd known each other for a while now and already had that connection. I love when authors do that kinda thing.

Burton really delivered a fabulous holiday romance with Holiday on Ice. It was the perfect combo of fun and sexy, romance and real life--you get to see a good bit of them both on the job--and just heartwarming holiday spirit that gave me the warm fuzzies and left me smiling. Total Christmasy romance delight! 

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