A hockey player uninterested in long-term finds his heart becoming entangled with a woman weighed down by secrets of her own. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hard Limit by Kat Mizera & Brenda Rothert, along with getting my impressions of this second installment in the St. Louis Mavericks hockey series, then add it to your bookshelf!
St. Louis Mavericks star defender Lars Jansson is dead set against relationships. A new love makes him wonder if maybe he can change, but first, he must confront the truth about who he is.
On the ice, I’m unstoppable. If anyone is in my way, it’s simple—I move them. Hockey is my life, and I don’t have the patience for relationships spanning more than one night. But when I meet a woman so bold and intriguing I can’t help wanting more, I’m blindsided by the revelation that no matter what I do, I may never be enough for her.
One night. That’s all it was supposed to be. But Lars Jansson is larger than life in every way—how could one night be enough? It’s risky for me to see him again, and to let myself fall for the stoic hockey player who is charming in his own way. He thinks it’s his truth that could undo us, but he couldn’t be more wrong about that—it’s mine.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
After reading the first book in this series, and discovering the sweet and caring side of Lars Jansson seen in his interactions with baby Annalise, I couldn't wait to get to know more about the gruff and socially awkward Thor-like giant. And this book definitely didn't disappoint as it beautifully balanced action on the ice with emotionally intense interactions off the ice where the past weighs on two people hoping to make a future together, where each turn of the page amps up the angst.
Lars Jannson is an endearing hero, one who's not good with words but one who always tries to do right. Trying to do right though doesn't make for an easy journey to HEA as the moment he gets paired with a former plus-sized model at a charity auction is the moment everything changes for him. With the help of his teammates (through heartwarming brotherly texts) he makes the most of his chance to tell the emotionally bruised woman of his dreams how he feels in a romance that pulled at my heartstrings. With each moment they spend together the truth of their pasts gets ever closer, leading to lots of introspection for him, and the chance to support Sheridan when she needs him most. I fell hard for Lars as the story progressed, fell for the gentle giant, and he's a delightful addition to the long list of delicious hockey heroes these two authors have crafted over the years.
Sheridan Lee's a wonderful heroine, one you can't help but like and admire after everything that's befallen her throughout the years. She's a former plus-sized model who spent the past year recovering from a career-ending back injury. Behind the facade she shows to the world is a woman haunted by the abuse of her manager though, weighed down by mental and physical abuse that broke my heart. She's finally back on her feet but the scars from her past, those on the inside and outside, still exist and it's just a matter of time before she can no longer keep the past at bay which made for some heart-pounding moments as the story progressed. Sheridan didn't know what to expect when she met Lars. Their first date went a bit awry but from there on out they were a wonderfully entertaining couple. Sweet and sexy interludes were balanced with emotionally engaging talks that pulled me into their strengthening connection and had me rooting for them. Through it all I adored Sheridan and found her to be a heroine who's much tougher than she looks. She got put through the wringer in glimpses of a past that were hurtful to read. But she rose above it, not needing to be saved, but grateful for the unconditional support of the adorable Lars.
As a fan of both of these authors I was impressed by what they created here. It's a sweet and sexy story full of heart and soul. Add in angst, and a compelling past for both lead characters, and you end up with a gripping tale that had me glued to the pages. After reaching the end of this satisfying addition to the St. Louis Mavericks hockey series, I'm left looking forward to what these authors have planned next.
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Brenda Rothert was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From hot hockey romance to steamy romantic suspense, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she's called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She's never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she'd probably choose the west coast.
Kat's a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), and can usually be found either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) - traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.
Kat's been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article--a review of a rock concert--for $10 in 1985. Since then she's been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A&M Records in Los Angeles.
As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There's something enticing about hockey players and romance...