Review: Back in Play by Lynda Aicher

by Jac on May 14, 2015

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Back in Play by Lynda AicherBack in Play by Lynda Aicher
Published by Carina Press on 2015-05-11
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Pages: 178
Source: Netgalley
For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee—and self-medicating to keep skating on it—is all part of the game. That the painkillers he's eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He's worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest—a girlfriend would only complicate matters.High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she's intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long-term is out of the question, though—the pills she finds in Scott's house indicate he's struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man's game.When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules—until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove—especially to himself.Book two of Power Play99,000 words

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing I was in the mood for a Hockey Romance – and Carina Press has delivered a phenomenal one with Lynda Aicher’s Back in Play!

When I picked this book up, I’ll be totally honest here, I was in the mood for a fluffy romance. That’s not what I got at all. There were some really serious turns. But that’s ok, because Lydia Aicher handles this touchy subject well! (Although I do have to admit, these two fell MUCH quicker than I would have preferred, the bulk of the book taking place over about 10 days. (I’m sorry – ten days is not enough to fall in love! And ten days is not enough to follow a guy through what Rachel follows Scott through! At least not in my reality…)

That said? This is an excellent story. The chemistry between Rachel and Scott is fantastic, and the side characters are just as great! I love the relationship between Rachel and her brother and his partner. I love Scott and his sister. It all makes for a great, well-rounded story.

If you’re looking for  quick read? Back in Play is a great option!


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