OFF LIMITS (ACE HOCKEY #1.5)

OFF LIMITS (ACE HOCKEY #1.5)             KELLY JAMIESON

Off Limits (Aces Hockey, #1.5)The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.
 
Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
MY REVIEW:
     At the age of 16 Andrew Ross loss everyone he loved.  His older brother fell ill and died, his parents couldn’t handle it and became alcoholics, his father left them, and his mother drank harder killing herself in a car accident.  Being that he was good friends with Connor McFadden and Connor’s dad Gary was his hockey coach he was at their house a lot.  So when Gary (a local cop) found out that Andrew was now homeless he spoke to his wife Brenda about keeping him full time.  She said yes.
     Once he was settled he gave him the ground rules.  One being no touching his 14 year old daughter, Jenna.  Which was one of the hardest things ever for his lust filled 16 year old heart.  Because he had fallen for her way before he ever came to live with them.  But he respected Brenda and Gary so much he never questioned following the rules.  He put all his effort and frustration into the one thing he knew he was good at which is hockey.  Living in the house with one of the best coaches he didn’t want to disappoint him so it made him push himself more.
     He and Jenna circled each other in hopes not only the other would see but no one in the family.  When Andrew went off to college Jenna knew she needed to move on.  She tried but two years later when it was her turn to go off to college she chose to go to the same college as Andrew.  Which he found off since there was no teaching program there.  They would see each other in passing but that was it.  Then one day he came by to check on her she was crying because her math was causing her fits.  He helped her when one thing leads to another.  They ended up spending the whole weekend together.  But Sunday he had a game.  Not soon after he left guess who shows up at her dorm?  Her two older brothers, Connor and Daniel.  They were in town to go to the game and they wanted her to go see Andrew play hockey with them. 
     When the game Andrew looks in the audience for Jenna he sees who she is with.  Then the guilt hits him on how he is not only betraying the people that raised him but his best friends too.  So after the game and the guys have gone he goes to talk to Jenna explaining how he can’t betray the family and she understands and before he has to be the one to cut her loose she releases him.  She says she knows he already lost one family and would never ask him to take the chance to lose another.  When she says good-bye it is pretty much for several years for she avoids the times that he would be home at her parents for visits.  Like all summer and some Thanksgivings and Christmas’.
     This year however all the family is coming home but Jenna is bringing a boyfriend home because he asked to spend the holidays with her and since she was going home she invited him.  She has a good feeling about this guy he could be the one that makes her forget the man she had been trying to avoid.  He is sweet, low key, and a bit of a snob but he really likes her.  Will he pass mustard?  Can he really hold his own?  Family of males with a princess thrown into the mix will cause them to be harder right?  Having Emily and Daniel there with their first precious Christopher made things less tense.  Even with Jon (her boyfriend) there she kept taking quick looks at Andrew. 
     Can this or could they ever find a way back to each other?  Or are they forever doomed to love from afar?  Does Jon make a good impression?  Or does he make things difficult and unpleasant?  How do they find their way back?
     I really enjoyed this erotic love story.  It felt real and true to the piece. In the case of love riddled with fear that faith and communication can make each fall away.  Once your heart knows its mate, it works a great deal of the time.  I give this 5 ++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.

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