You Had Me at Hockey is the second book of the Bears Hockey series. I enjoyed the first book of the series, Must Love Dogs…and Hockey, and let me tell you, every day when I go to work and take the elevator to our company’s floor, it reminds me of the book because our elevators are Otis 🙂 If you didn’t have a chance to read the book, probably this sentence sounds silly to you but if you are curious, grab a copy and figure out why 🙂 At the end of the first book, we got the news about Josh Heller’s trade to New York Bears and since Josh and Easton have a history, I was looking forward to this book.
Josh Heller is the new defense player who recently got traded from Dallas. After the near-death accident when he was younger, Josh avoids being spontaneous and he needs everything to be planned. So being traded and shipped to New York right away doesn’t sit well with him. On top of all his routines getting disturbed, now he needs to be in the same team as his ex-best friend. There are also some interviews to attend as a new member of the team. One of these interviews is a podcast with a popular influencer, Sara Carrington. Sara is cute, a little bit crazy, and funny. One of the reasons for her popularity as a Vlogger is being real and always acting her normal self. I am not really into Vloggers or influencers but after reading about Sara, I know if I find a Vlogger like her, I will follow. She is so real and relatable. My only problem with her is she doubts herself too much and hard on herself. Other than these I loved her. Sara doesn’t follow any sports, so she had to do a bit of research before her podcast with Josh. From the moment they meet, they click. The podcast pasts in a blur, they are attracted to each other and banter is amazing. After the podcast, they decide to hang out since Josh is new in town and doesn’t know anyone. They had an unforgettable first date, it wasn’t the best one but definitely unforgettable. Even with all the baggage they have, they decide to take a chance on love. I loved how they balance each other. While Josh calms Sara down and pushes her to think before she acts, Sara tempts Josh to be a little spontaneous. Also, I loved while having fun and joking around, they also shared some really deep secrets. Sara was trying to help Josh to let go of the past, his resentment towards his friends, and his fears because of the accident. However, she wasn’t the person who helped him get past his baggage, Carter was. Josh and Carter’s relationship broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I am not going to get into too much detail but Carter is a super special guy.
You Had Me at Hockey is a cute, funny, inspiring, and emotional read that you will get lost between the pages. I really enjoy this series and cannot wait for the next one. Josh, Easton, and Hunter used to be a close-knit trio who got thrown in different directions after the accident. Now that we get to read about Easton and Josh, I am really curious about Hunter and what happened to him as well. I also want to thank Kelly Jamieson for making mention of mental health and depression. Nowadays, given the situation we are all in, I believe raising awareness about mental health issues is more important than before.
- Would I recommend this book: Yes
- Would I re-read this book: Yes
- Would I read future books by this author: Yes
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e-ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas.
Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!