ARC Review – Fire and Ice (Sticks & Hearts, #2) by Rhonda James

A smart, sassy and driven heroine, a hero bound and determined to be her special kind of super hero, lots of friendship, enough conflict to make it interesting, and love that knows no bounds made Fire and Ice an engaging and very special romance. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures

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They call me the #DirtyGentleman.

My reputation precedes me.
I’m forward on the ice and in the bedroom
With a filthy mouth and impressive moves.
I always get the job done.

I have my future all planned out:
Get laid often.
Graduate.
Land the job of my dreams.

Sounds easy. Right?
It was until Delaney Dixon burst into my life.

Eyes as warm as melted chocolate.
A sexy smile.
And a pair of Double-Ds that sends men to their knees in gratitude.

She’s broken, hiding from a secret past, and refuses to let me in.
But just like my game, I never quit.

She gave me one night.

But I want forever.

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It doesn’t happen often but sometimes I start a book and I think I’m not going to be able to finish it, atruegemawardbut then something integral happens and I find myself completely caught up in the story and that’s exactly what happened with Fire and Ice by Rhonda James. This was the first book I read by this author although as soon as I finished it, I immediately went back and one-clicked Jersey Girl, the first book in the series. A well off college hockey player, a woman struggling to get by, one explosive night neither can forget all begins this endearing and emotional romance.

Derek Davis knows he should be thankful for the opportunities he’s given because of his family name, but Derek wants to blaze his own path and while he knows professional hockey is not in the cards for him, he hopes his years playing the game and his degree in communications will land him a job in sports broadcasting, one he hopes to get on his own merits. In Atlanta on a job interview set up by his father, Derek is trying to forget the job he has no intention of taking when a young woman pushes her way into his room.

All Delaney “Laney” Dixon can think about is getting away from the man who broke her heart and while she’s not sure why she pushed her way into a room with a man she doesn’t know, she’ll admit he takes her breath away with his beauty.

I love when couples meet under unusual circumstances and their meeting was highly unusual, but what really impressed me was Derek tracking Laney down and proving to her that he appreciates all of her. There was much I loved about this book, but I don’t want to spoil all the surprises within its pages for other readers. So, I’ll just say that I was impressed with Laney’s strength and conviction to be her own woman and to take care of herself and her burdens were not easy and were not all her own. Despite his privileged upbringing Derek was pretty down to earth and I absolutely loved that nothing Laney told him fazed him. While at times her unwillingness to accept any help from anyone got a bit on my nerves and drove Derek crazy, I could also understand where it was coming from and why she insisted on standing completely on her own two feet.

A smart, sassy and driven heroine, a hero bound and determined to be her special kind of super hero, lots of friendship, enough conflict to make it interesting, and love that knows no bounds made Fire and Ice an engaging and very special romance.

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