Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)
He’s playing hurt. She’s laying low. And they’re both flirting with disaster. “Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—Jami Davenport  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.  Kelly Jamieson’s USA Today bestselling Aces Hockey series can be read together or separately: MAJOR MISCONDUCT OFF LIMITS ICING TOP SHELF BACK CHECK SLAP SHOT PLAYING HURT Don’t miss any of Kelly’s alluring reads: The Bayard Hockey series: SHUT OUT | CROSS CHECK The Last Shot series: BODY SHOT | HOT SHOT | LONG SHOT The standalone novel: DANCING IN THE RAIN  This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6) Details

TitlePlaying Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6)
Author
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherLoveswept
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Hockey, Contemporary, Fiction

Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey, #6) Review

  • Debbie Oliphant
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    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*
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    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 .🏆🏒🏒🏒🏒
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  • Carvanz
    January 1, 1970
    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 POVSafe (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)]
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    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 starsWritten by: Kelly JamiesonSeries: Aces HockeySequence in Series: 6Publisher: LovesweptPublication Date: July 17, 2018Sold by: Random House LLCGenre: Contemporary Sports RomanceAmazon: 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.
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  • My Pink Fairytales
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • « Court (Take the Read) »
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Maria Rose
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • The Book Bee
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Bette Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Treena
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    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.”
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    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.comTwitter --> https://twitter.com/tvaddictbookwmInstagram-->https://instagram.com/tvaddictedbookworm
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsIn 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 starsIn 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.
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  • Ayekah
    January 1, 1970
    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**
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  • Logan Hr
    January 1, 1970
    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
  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Up All Night With Books
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsReview by LisaLate Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogThe 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 StarsReview by LisaLate Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books BlogThe 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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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Kelly Jamieson is, hands down, my go-to hockey romance author. She knows the game better than any other author that I've read in this genre. And, she does a fantastic job of teaching the game, weaving that into the narrative in an easy to understand way. As a lifelong hockey fan, I appreciate this so much. More so, Jamieson is just a smart writer. In Playing Hurt, we meet two characters that are suffering physical ailments that are vital to the storyline. Jamieson cleverly takes the reader throu Kelly Jamieson is, hands down, my go-to hockey romance author. She knows the game better than any other author that I've read in this genre. And, she does a fantastic job of teaching the game, weaving that into the narrative in an easy to understand way. As a lifelong hockey fan, I appreciate this so much. More so, Jamieson is just a smart writer. In Playing Hurt, we meet two characters that are suffering physical ailments that are vital to the storyline. Jamieson cleverly takes the reader through their ailments, informing the reader even as we watch Chase and Jordyn play through their hurt and fall in love. Their love story is sweet and sexy, especially their "meet cute" via Twitter. I really liked Jordyn, who is a successful performer, but really down to earth. She's bubbly and a bit absent minded at times, and loves deeply. She really struggles when she needs surgery that could be career ending, but even then seemed to stand strong. Then there's Chase. I struggled with Chase initially. He's a recent acquisition and new to the Aces. He doesn't have the chemistry with this teammates that we've seen from the heroes in the earlier Aces books. This made it hard for me to connect with him at first, because that chemistry was super important for me in the other books. But, Chase eventually showed me that he was strong enough to stand on his own. He had surprising depth and insecurities that had me holding back tears at times. His isolation from his teammates and this insecurities drove his story and really paid off in the end.There were moments that I did find the pace of the story slowed down. While I really liked Chase and Jordyn by the end of the book, they did seem a little flat at times. And, as mentioned earlier, I did find that this installment of the Aces series felt very removed from the other books. That said, Playing Hurt is worth a read!I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.
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  • P.e. lolo
    January 1, 1970
    Kelly Jamieson is back with the hockey series Ace’s. This book has Chase dealing with an injury and also with love from a singer. Jordan Banks a pop princess has responded to one of the tweets that Chase sent out. After going back and forth a few night on twitter Chase has made a bet with Jordan and if he wins he will take her on a date. When he does win thinking that it is just a joke she actually says she would like to go out with him and will be in Chicago the following week. He makes plans a Kelly Jamieson is back with the hockey series Ace’s. This book has Chase dealing with an injury and also with love from a singer. Jordan Banks a pop princess has responded to one of the tweets that Chase sent out. After going back and forth a few night on twitter Chase has made a bet with Jordan and if he wins he will take her on a date. When he does win thinking that it is just a joke she actually says she would like to go out with him and will be in Chicago the following week. He makes plans and have a wonderful time, he finds out that she is originally from Chicago and that made the date even better. What has not gotten any better is his play on the ice. People are beginning to think that he has fallen back into his partying ways before he was traded to the Aces. When he sees Jordan take a risk with her career having to have surgery, will he take the same risk to have surgery as well? Or will he end up losing the girl and the game. Read this very good book about hockey and what happens off the ice, or off the stage when you have to have surgery but of course you don’t know what is going to happen afterwards. A very good book to go along with the other ones in the series. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Jackie Wright
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 6 in the Aces Hockey Series but I do believe each one of these books can be read as a stand-alone but you will get a lot more out of this series if you read them all, this is Chase and Jordyn’s Story two celebrities in their own right falling for each other over a exchange of social media posts. Chase is a hockey player who has had a crush on singer Jordyn for as long as he can remember but it all becomes a bit more than a crush when he starts to follow her on social media and she s This is book 6 in the Aces Hockey Series but I do believe each one of these books can be read as a stand-alone but you will get a lot more out of this series if you read them all, this is Chase and Jordyn’s Story two celebrities in their own right falling for each other over a exchange of social media posts. Chase is a hockey player who has had a crush on singer Jordyn for as long as he can remember but it all becomes a bit more than a crush when he starts to follow her on social media and she starts responding to his posts who would have guested she felt the same way about him. When they finally meet sparks fly the chemistry is sizzling but can two people who are both in the public eye find a way to take it slow and have time together without paparazzi following them around.......This book has plenty of spicy moments to keep you interested but it also has a lot of fun witty banter that will leave you smiling it’s about a couple that spend their life in the public eye and it’s only at the very end of this book do they get the HEA they both deserve. Great addition to one of my favourite series looking forward to more from this author and this series.
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    4 Star Review of Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey #6) by Kelly JamiesonThis is book 6 in the Aces hockey series and can be read as a standalone. Over the last few years I have been reading more and more stories about hockey and thoroughly enjoy them. Kelly Jamieson has done a great job with this series and this is Chase Hartman and Jordyn Banks’s story.When a flirtation between Chase and pop star Jordyn on twitter leads to a bet that Jordyn loses, she suddenly finds herself up close and personal with t 4 Star Review of Playing Hurt (Aces Hockey #6) by Kelly JamiesonThis is book 6 in the Aces hockey series and can be read as a standalone. Over the last few years I have been reading more and more stories about hockey and thoroughly enjoy them. Kelly Jamieson has done a great job with this series and this is Chase Hartman and Jordyn Banks’s story.When a flirtation between Chase and pop star Jordyn on twitter leads to a bet that Jordyn loses, she suddenly finds herself up close and personal with the oh so hot Chase. The chemistry between them is intense and yet both have their careers that they need to think about and neither believe that they have time for a romance. Or do they? I loved the banter between Chase and Jordyn which had me laughing out loud on several occasions. The writing was strong and kept my attention and there were plenty of hot and passionate scenes.As they get to know one another it is clear that there is more to their relationship that the flirtation that they both thought it was. What will happen when careers are affected? Will they decide to pursue a relationship or cut it off whilst they can?
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  • Diane Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 of 5 StarsKelly Jamieson scores with PLAYING HURT the sixth book in the Aces Hockey series. Left winger Chase Hartman and pop star Jordyn Banks strike up a friendship on Twitter. After losing a bet on a hockey game, Jordyn agrees to go on a date with Chase. The two have different medical issues that threaten their careers, thus relating to one another. This contemporary sports romance in suitable for adult audiences. The story primarily takes place in Chicago.I really enjoyed this story. I l 4.5 of 5 StarsKelly Jamieson scores with PLAYING HURT the sixth book in the Aces Hockey series. Left winger Chase Hartman and pop star Jordyn Banks strike up a friendship on Twitter. After losing a bet on a hockey game, Jordyn agrees to go on a date with Chase. The two have different medical issues that threaten their careers, thus relating to one another. This contemporary sports romance in suitable for adult audiences. The story primarily takes place in Chicago.I really enjoyed this story. I love how Chase and Jordyn meet. They have a lot in common and help each other cope with their similar situations. They are a fun couple. I appreciated that they were both so down to earth and that they can act like themselves around one another. I was impressed by Chases date choices. They both had potentially career-ending medical conditions to deal with. It was interesting reading how they handled their situations. They have several obstacles to overcome throughout the story, like Jordyn living in L.A. and Chase in Chicago. Not to mention crazy work schedules. They both grow throughout the novel.Kelly Jamieson does a wonderful job with this novel. It is an excellent addition to the Aces Hockey series. Her writing is skillfully executed, and her plot is fun and heartfelt. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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