Playing the Game
#1, The York Bombers
Lisa B. Kamps
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Harland Day knows what it's like to be on rock bottom: he was there once before, years ago when his mother walked out and left him behind. But he learned how to play the game and survived, crawling his way up with the help of a friend-turned-lover. This time is different: he has nobody to blame but himself for his trip to the bottom. His mouth, his attitude, his crappy play that landed him back in the minors instead of playing pro hockey with the Baltimore Banners. And this time, he doesn't have anyone to help him out, not when his own selfishness killed the most important relationship he ever had.
Courtney Williams' life isn't glamorous or full of fame and fortune but she doesn't need those things to be happy. She of all people knows there are more important things in life. And, for the most part, she's been able to forget what could have been--until Harland gets reassigned to the York Bombers and shows back up in town, full of attitude designed to hide the man underneath. But the arrogant hockey player can't hide from her, the one person who knows him better than anyone else. They had been friends. They had been lovers. And then they had been torn apart by misunderstanding and betrayal.
But some ties are hard to break. Can they look past what had been and move forward to what could be? Or will the sins of the past haunt them even now, all these years later?
Playing the game
Sweet story must read!
Heartwarming and heartbreaking
The author really knows how to express her characters’ feelings. I was blown away at the emotion I felt for each character. It is written beautifully. I laughed, cried, and felt like I knew their pain and joy personally.
I’m also a huge hockey fan. So my hockey itch was certainly scratched. Great book!!
Great Start to Spin Off Series
Playing the Game is the first book in the York City Bombers series. This is a new series involving a hockey farm team for the Baltimore Banners. As with the author's other books, the action is hot and steamy, so definitely 18+. While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. If you read the Baltimore Banners series, you are already familiar with the main character Harland and his implosion and demotion. Now we get his story and find out why all that happened. The author did a good job of giving depth, thoughts, and emotions to these characters. As a hockey fan, I always like the hockey action, but like how this book also highlighted that off the ice the players are real people with issues just like the rest of us. I look forward to reading more of this series.