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Detroit Sports Network, 2

When Emerson Tyler’s unrequited high school crush crashed into her first group meeting of the DSN’s social media department, it was strange to say the least. When she learned that her crush wasn't as “unrequited” as she’d always believed, things got even stranger. On the day Bryce Nordlinger had crushed her teenaged heart—not to mention ruined her reputation in order to save his lady-killer status—she’d sworn that she’d never trust him or any man ever again. And she had no intention of breaking that oath, no matter how much more tempting he’d become as a grown up NHL star.

Bryce had always wanted Em to be more than the smart, snarky high school girl who helped him with his terrible English essays. But he’d been busy burnishing his rep as future jock stud, and when his fellow hockey bros caught him skating with her alone in a deserted rink, he’d chosen the easiest path—one that left her hurt in a way he never thought he’d be able to heal. His complete shock at seeing her all grown up and more beautiful than ever in the meeting room at DSN, morphed into a steel-plated resolve. He would win her back and make up for the mess he’d made of her high school senior year, while dragging the once-proud Detroit hockey program out of the dumpster fire and back to prominence at the same time.

 

Excerpt:

He pressed both hands against the door, fighting the urge to yell, curse, and kick the damn thing down. Not bad, he thought. I’ll have to tell the team therapist that I might have my anger issues under control. “Em,” he said, louder this time. “Open up.” He jiggled the door handle.

Still nothing. “God damn it.” He knocked hard, shook the handle, and then stopped when he heard something. “All I need to know is that you’re not dead. Can I get a sign of life?”

“Go away,” she said.

“Um, it’s my house, and my bathroom, so … no. But I will bust the door down if I have to.” He figured it wouldn’t take much.

“Please, leave me alone,” she said before the first sob floated through the door. But he heard the lock turn, so he eased the door open and found her crouched on the floor, leaning against the tub, arms wrapped around her legs, which revealed more of the panties area than he felt comfortable seeing. He stood, unsure of how to proceed. She raised her head, showing her makeup-streaked, still beautiful face. “Why are you here?”

“It’s my house, remember?”

“I mean here, in my life again, you giant…”

“Hero?” he asked, trying to pull her to her feet. “I did save you from pitching headfirst down a stairwell.”

“Fuck you, you … you…”

“Calm down, already. I know what I am. Now let’s get you back on the couch. You need to sleep this off. It’s the only solution. Trust me, I know.”

“I hate you,” she said, letting him tug her to her feet. “I fucking hate your fucking stupid guts.”

“Yeah? Take a number. Come on.”

She flopped against him when he pulled her away from the bathroom, her damp face wetting his shirt. For a split second, he held on to her, wishing like hell that their situation was different. That he hadn’t been such a desperate, attention-seeking teenaged man whore. That he simply would’ve allowed himself to be something different all those years ago.

He squeezed her tighter, loving how perfectly her small form fit against his. A sensation he’d felt once, briefly, the moment he’d made a choice, one that had kept his reputation in place and ruined hers.

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4/5
A Lot Happens Throughout This Rollercoaster Ride of Second Chances On the Way to HEA....
Written by J. Faltys on 27th Dec 2020

Readers looking for a bit of steam as well as suspense will get all that and more in this tale of second chances set in the world of hockey. As the second installment in the Detroit Sports Network readers will recognize some of the characters, while also meeting new ones who quickly become part of the family in a tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. Emerson and Bryce met each other in high school, forming a foundation for a relationship that neither has forgotten over the years. What was once friendship soon morphed into something more back then, something that ended before it barely began and that was a blow to Emerson's self-esteem, setting her on a path where she's never felt good enough. Whereas for Bryce, he now feels nothing but embarrassment over that night's behavior that hurt Em's heart. They've both longed for a chance to re-do that night, a chance to right the wrongs of their youth to find HEAs as adults and they finally get that chance when she starts working in the media department representing his hockey team. Em and Bryce's journey was an emotional one, from the misunderstanding of their teen years to the drama of her ex and his reputation weighing on them now. It made for a rocky road to romance as well as a few surprising twists and turns. Bryce was once a foster child who finally found a home courtesy of his hockey talent. It opened up the world to him, gave him opportunities that fed his ego and had him hurting the one young girl to really matter to him. The years since have seen many one night-stands with none meaning anything to him. He's definitely a player when readers first meet him, someone full of anger and trying to drink his unhappiness away. Seeing Em jumpstarts his heart once again though and from that moment on he's determined to show her how much she means to him through charming and endearing actions...towards her and her son. Em was a quiet and studious young girl who was in awe of the bad boy hockey player, but she knew she wasn't his type. Her tutoring of him had them finding a surprising bond, but pressure from his friends had him pushing her away. Being mocked and made fun of for her looks left her susceptible to a marriage that further shredded her self-esteem and has her now dealing with a dangerous ex as an adult. I was saddened by Em's negative view of herself, but happy for the supportive group of women in her life...both co-workers as well as her friend, Hannah. They helped her live a life beyond work and were her cheerleaders when she needed them most. Throughout all their ups and downs this pair are imperfect characters and frustrated me a time or two, but despite that I enjoyed their story and found myself rooting for them every step of the way. The moments of danger and suspense keeping them from their HEA were a bit over the top however and seemed to come out of the blue, particularly the stealing of an identity early on. These events were a distraction and the main story of second chances was satisfying enough on its own that these extraneous events could've been omitted with nothing feeling lacking. The romance between them was steamy early on before becoming more of a slow burn as the story progressed and as they rebuilt their friendship. By the turn of the final page I was left a bit exhausted by all the danger thrown at this couple, but cheering their hard-fought journey to HEA.

4/5
A Lot Happens Throughout This Rollercoaster Ride of Second Chances On the Way to HEA....
Written by J. Faltys on 23rd Dec 2020

Readers looking for a bit of steam as well as suspense will get all that and more in this tale of second chances set in the world of hockey. As the second installment in the Detroit Sports Network readers will recognize some of the characters, while also meeting new ones who quickly become part of the family in a tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. Emerson and Bryce met each other in high school, forming a foundation for a relationship that neither has forgotten over the years. What was once friendship soon morphed into something more back then, something that ended before it barely began and that was a blow to Emerson's self-esteem, setting her on a path where she's never felt good enough. Whereas for Bryce, he now feels nothing but embarrassment over that night's behavior that hurt Em's heart. They've both longed for a chance to re-do that night, a chance to right the wrongs of their youth to find HEAs as adults and they finally get that chance when she starts working in the media department representing his hockey team. Em and Bryce's journey was an emotional one, from the misunderstanding of their teen years to the drama of her ex and his reputation weighing on them now. It made for a rocky road to romance as well as a few surprising twists and turns. Bryce was once a foster child who finally found a home courtesy of his hockey talent. It opened up the world to him, gave him opportunities that fed his ego and had him hurting the one young girl to really matter to him. The years since have seen many one night-stands with none meaning anything to him. He's definitely a player when readers first meet him, someone full of anger and trying to drink his unhappiness away. Seeing Em jumpstarts his heart once again though and from that moment on he's determined to show her how much she means to him through charming and endearing actions...towards her and her son. Em was a quiet and studious young girl who was in awe of the bad boy hockey player, but she knew she wasn't his type. Her tutoring of him had them finding a surprising bond, but pressure from his friends had him pushing her away. Being mocked and made fun of for her looks left her susceptible to a marriage that further shredded her self-esteem and has her now dealing with a dangerous ex as an adult. I was saddened by Em's negative view of herself, but happy for the supportive group of women in her life...both co-workers as well as her friend, Hannah. They helped her live a life beyond work and were her cheerleaders when she needed them most. Throughout all their ups and downs this pair are imperfect characters and frustrated me a time or two, but despite that I enjoyed their story and found myself rooting for them every step of the way. The moments of danger and suspense keeping them from their HEA were a bit over the top however and seemed to come out of the blue, particularly the stealing of an identity early on. These events were a distraction and the main story of second chances was satisfying enough on its own that these extraneous events could've been omitted with nothing feeling lacking. The romance between them was steamy early on before becoming more of a slow burn as the story progressed and as they rebuilt their friendship. By the turn of the final page I was left a bit exhausted by all the danger thrown at this couple, but cheering their hard-fought journey to HEA.