[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have author Kendall Ryan guest post on the site today. Take it away, Kendall!]
Brooding alpha males who know how to handle their sticks? Oh, yeah. Feisty heroines who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check? Yes, please!
Let me start out by saying there are alpha males, and then there are hockey players. 😉
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you why readers can’t get enough of hockey romance—myself included! I’ve been spoiled by some realllly good stories as a reader. I’m looking at you Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy and Helena Hunting.
The first thing you need to understand is that you do not have to be a huge sports buff to enjoy these steamy reads. Same goes if you’re like my friend author Rachel Brookes in Australia who’s never even seen an ice hockey game, fear not! The action on the ice requires strength, speed and stamina, but when you contrast that with the hero’s emotional journey off the ice, this is where the magic starts to happen.
Watching those big, powerful guys get knocked off their game by love? It’s the stuff happy endings are made of. Not to mention the sexy times that will have you gasping for breath. They’re full of heart and never shy away from the full emotional complexities of falling in love.
The team aspect is another thing that’s unique to sports romance, and something I absolutely love. The friendship and familiarity among the guys (and often times the girls too) will leave you smiling.
One last thing, if you haven’t read Him and Us, the Off-Campus series, or the Pucked series yet by the aforementioned authors, run, don’t walk—you’ll thank me later.
About the Author:
Kendall Ryan is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty contemporary romances. With millions of books sold, her books have appeared on dozens of bestseller lists and have been translated into several languages around the world. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and their two young sons.
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Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan-out now!
My teammate’s incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn’t get that memo.
After our team won the championship, and plenty of alcohol, our flirting turned physical and I took her to bed.
Shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake. She thinks I don’t remember that night—but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips…
And now I’ve spent three months trying to get her out of my head. Which has been futile, because I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.
I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.
That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.
Get ready to meet your new favorite hot jocks in this series of stand-alone novels. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!