Saturday, October 8, 2016

Top Shelf by Kelly Jamieson

 photo image_zpsppsejlzs.jpegTitle:  Top Shelf
Series:  Aces Hockey #3
Author:  Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date:  October 18, 2016 by Loveswept
Length:  267pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating:  ★★★
Book Links: GoodreadsAmazon(US)Amazon(CA) - B&N

Back Cover Blurb:

Whether it’s a clutch goal or a cocktail, nothing beats “top shelf.” In this novel from the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series, a fun-loving jock and an ambitious career woman mix business with pleasure.

Not only is Jared Rupp one of the stars of the NHL’s Chicago Aces, he’s also the owner of the Sin Bin, the after-hours hot spot where the whole team hangs out. Lately, Jared can’t take his eyes off the woman he’s hired to give the Bin a more modern feel: a sexy, sophisticated consultant who has carved out a niche updating drink menus. She’s as passionate about her career as Jared is about hockey—and yet he can’t help wondering what kind of cocktail she really wants.

In her line of work, Sidney Frayne is used to guys hitting on her in bars, but Jared gets her hot enough to burst into flames. When he’s wining and dining her, he’s sophisticated as hell; on the rink, he’s a testosterone-fueled powerhouse. Still, Sidney’s bitter divorce taught her to keep her emotions on ice. With her busy schedule—and Jared’s playboy reputation—she’s not sure she’s ready for a fling. Because if she lets Jared into her bed, she just may have to let him into her heart.

My Review:

Jamieson's latest release was interesting and comical while also having some spice to go with it.  I enjoyed the way that Jamieson developed her setting, allowing me to really picture the bar/restaurant and what's going on in it.  The plot was well developed and intriguing.

I found that the characters took a while to grow on me.  They were well developed and easy to get to know but they didn't call to me.  The more I got into the story the more I liked them.  The chemistry and relationship between the two was both hot and comical.  The supporting cast was also well fleshed out, adding a more rounded feel to the story.

This is definitely one of those rare novels that easily follow along with the series as a whole but that can also be read by readers new to the series with little lost.  

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