Simmering Ice (Atlantic City Hustlers #2) – Veronica Forand

When the gloves come off, she’s worth the penalty…

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She’s just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work…that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O’Meara. She’s a touch insecure and doesn’t understand why he’s interested in her.

Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O’Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she’s not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they’ve built around their hearts.

This was such a nice easy read with a good plot to keep you engaged.
Simmering ice had some good characters that you could identify with, they came across as real.
There wasn’t any great angst or edge of the seat moments during this book, but what there was, was a sweet slow build romance with some real life hang ups and problems ending with a HEA.
For a short read there was enough packed in there, I didn’t feel like the story was rushed at all. I loved the ice hockey team members and how close they were, almost like a family and when they all pulled together when Alec and Annie needed them was so sweet.
All in all Simmering Ice is a good 3.5 star read, with good writing. A good quick holiday read.

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