Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: March 27, 2017
Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd.
Series: Ice Dragons, Book 2
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
The team captain and the rookie firefighter never meant to fall in love; but they’ll fight tooth and nail to protect what they have.
Alex Simard, captain of the Ice Dragons hockey team, didn’t intend on rescuing a baby from a burning car. Doing what anyone else would’ve done doesn’t make him a hero. Add the press hounding him, to on-ice injury, warring Russians, and the season from hell, and he’s losing focus. Getting his team to the Stanley Cup is his priority; falling in love isn’t even a footnote on his to-do list.
Jo Glievens, rookie firefighter, never meant to fall in love with a hockey player. Her career is everything to her and right now she doesn’t want to add a man to her life. She has a plan and is sticking to it. But someone is out there planting bombs, destroying lives, and she has to make choices when this criminal’s actions hit way too close to home.
Reviewed by ButtonsMom2003
Hot hockey star and a mystery – yes!
I discovered RJ Scott’s M/M books about a year ago and loved them. At the time, I didn’t know she also wrote M/F books as Rozenn Scott. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to read and review her Stanford Creek series when she relaunched the books under her RJ Scott pen-name and I loved them.
I read a lot and I’ve come to realize that a good romance writer can usually write good books no matter what the sex of the main characters and this is certainly true of RJ Scott. I don’t think I’ve read a book by her that I haven’t enjoyed. Yes, I’ve like some more than others, but overall I haven’t read any that were less than 4 stars for me.
After I agreed to read and review The Heart I realized that I hadn’t read book one in the series, The Code, so I started with that. (Note – each book stands alone, you won’t feel lost if you start with The Heart.) Let me just say that The Code grabbed me in right from the very first paragraph and I couldn’t put it down. The story trope is “falling in love with my best friend’s little sister” and it was freaking fantastic.
Now for The Heart… The Code was so good that I was almost afraid to read The Heart. I just didn’t see how RJ could write another story as powerful as the The Code. I should know by now to trust her writing; The Heart was every bit as good but the story line was dramatically different.
I won’t rehash the blurb shown above – it’s a good one. After first meeting under extraordinary circumstances Jo and Alex (aka Simba) meet again and agree to see each other. Jo isn’t looking for a relationship so things move at a slow but steady pace. The sexual chemistry and tension between them is HOT!
Alex is a man that any woman would be lucky to have in her corner. He’s strong, handsome and cares about his teammates – wanting to always do the right thing for everyone. Jo is driven to make a success of her career as a firefighter in spite of people who don’t think it’s appropriate for a woman.
This story had lots of heat (pun intended) as Alex and Jo’s attraction for one another grows and someone keeps blowing up stuff. The mystery/suspense kept me guessing until all was revealed. I am very much looking forward to stories for other members of the Ice Dragons hockey team.
P.S. I should probably mention that I know next to nothing about hockey. The Code and The Heart both contain a fair amount of “jargon” that I didn’t totally understand but that didn’t in any way diminish my enjoyment of the books. If you are a hockey fan you should enjoy them at least as much as I did and if you aren’t I think you will still like them very much.
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RJ Scott is the bestselling author of over one hundred romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the partners who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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