Fashion buyer Shea Walker had a fast track lifestyle until a car accident sidelines her to a painful recovery. Seeking quiet for the holidays, Shea returns to the snowy mountains where she grew up to make peace with her past and spend time with her estranged family. She never expected J.C. Royce–now a hockey star–would return to their hometown, too. Determined to avoid that particular sexy mistake, she’s caught off guard when her first night in town brings them face to face.
Seeing Shea practically fall at his feet is gratifying, until J.C. realizes his proud former friend, who he once thought would become a whole lot more, is truly hurt–and in more ways than she lets on. Lucky for Shea, he’s got a big house just sitting empty and a tree ready to decorate, as she is in no shape to stay by herself. With his bad boy arrogance down to an art form after eight years in the NHL, J.C. is more than a match for feisty Shea. Especially when it comes to her outrageous claim that there was never any chemistry between them…
But when it comes to convincing her to stick around town until the New Year, he
just might need a Christmas miracle.
|This a short story but is very in depth. Shea Walker comes from a hockey family her father was a pro as was her uncle and some cousins, and he had her life planned out for college than the National team, and Olympics. The problem was she had her own hopes and dreams and they had nothing to do with hockey. Her plan also included her boyfriend J.C. Royce who also happened to be the first player her father coached after he left the game that had a chance at a pro career. So when he opted for the draft and took the money for the contract in her mind they were done and she was done with hockey. She did college on her own and became a fashion buyer for a department store in Manhattan, she also very rarely made it back home to visit because of feelings her father has of her walking away from the game. Now ten years later she is driving back home to upState New York to see her parents and finish recovering from an accident she had in Manhattan, she is still with bruised ribs, a walking boot, and a left shoulder that hurts. But she makes the drive only to find out that her parents have gone to Hawaii for the holidays, but she falls or runs into J.C. who happened to be at her parents’ house working on the outdoor rink that used to be set up every year. Now she is at a crossroads because really what she also wanted to do was make some type of peace with her parents, but she now was forced to work on making up with J.C. who also seeing that she was hurt took her in to his place and now he was wanting to come up with a plan of his own to keep her there or keep them together. First she must let down some of her walls and he tells her he was wrong for not talking to for the draft. It is a start, read this short story to find out if they can find love. A good book. I got this book from netgalley. I give this 5 stars.|