Review – You Had Me at Hockey by Kelly Jamieson

Posted December 8, 2020 by Carole in 2020 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 8 Comments

You Had Me at Hockey by Kelly Jamieson
Series: Bears Hockey #2
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Date Read: December 4, 2020
Length: 224 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆

Can a spirited, down-to-earth influencer get an uptight hockey player out of his shell?

Josh
I am a warrior. That’s been my motto since I recovered from a near-death accident when I was younger. Now I enjoy my nice, settled life in Dallas playing pro hockey—a boring life is better than being dead. I’m not a party guy or an adventurer; I like my routine and peace and quiet. So being traded to New York is the worst possible change that could happen. And meeting unfiltered and fascinating Sara Carrington throws my life into even more chaos.

Sara
I’ve been considered weird my whole life, which is why I’m still a virgin, but I’ve turned it into a career with my YouTube videos. Who knew people would love watching me talk about my zits, taste-test meatless burgers, and try to learn TikTok dances! Now I’m launching a podcast. Getting hockey star Josh Heller as a guest will help gain listeners for sure. I expect a bearded jock with no teeth and nothing to say, but I get a hot as H-E-double-hockey-sticks grouch with a surprisingly dirty mind. My mission to make him laugh is successful, but I want to know why he’s so uptight underneath that panty-dropping smile. Maybe I can teach Josh to have some fun . . . and maybe he can teach me a thing or two along the way. . . .

My Review

I had a great time reading this book!  I decided to read this book because I felt like I was needing a feel-good romance in my life and I have wanted to try Kelly Jamieson’s writing for a long time.  I have a bit of a soft spot for hockey romances so that was another big draw for me.  This book is the second book in the Bears Hockey series but I had a feeling that it would work to just jump in with this book, and it does read fine as a stand-alone.  

Josh has just been traded to the New York team which has turned his life upside down.  Josh doesn’t like it when things don’t go according to plan and this was not a part of his plan.  He now has to learn to play with a new team, learn a new city, and find a place to live.  He doesn’t expect Sara either.  Sara is an influencer.  She is always busy recording and editing videos and creating an online presence.  She speaks her mind and shows the world her personality unfiltered.  She has no idea what is about to happen when she has the new hockey player as a guest on her podcast.
I really liked Josh and Sara together.  They had fantastic chemistry with each other and seemed to click right away.  Josh found himself agree to do things unplanned when he was around Sara.  When Sara needed calm advice, Josh was there for her.  They both had some things to deal with in the story and I think that dealing with those issues helped their characters grow.  Their first date was one to remember and one of the more memorable scenes in the story.  I really like watching this pair fall for each other and I loved how authentic their relationship felt.
I would recommend this book to others.  I found this to be a really fun read filled with fantastic characters, some hockey, bad poetry, and a lot of chemistry.  I definitely plan to read more of Kelly Jamieson’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.

The Series – Bears Hockey

Book #1 – Must Love Dogs…and Hockey
Book #2 – You Had Me at Hockey
About the Author

Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 50 romance novels and novellas.

Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

8 responses to “Review – You Had Me at Hockey by Kelly Jamieson

  1. I'm glad it was great. I worry a bit when I read she's a virgin. But it's the kind of read that is comforting in this crazy time.

    Anne – Books of My Heart