Trope: Slow burn, second chance, Hockey romance, friends to lovers,
Series: Bears Hockey book 3. (Can read as a standalone)
POV: Dual 1st person.
Talk Hockey to Me is book 3 in the Bears Hockey series. The story takes place in the hockey world created by Kelly Jamieson. Revisiting this world is the like going home. The characters invite you into their lives and stories. Their stories consume you and have you living in each moment with them.
Talk Hockey to Me is a slow burn second chance romance that is filled with great characters and an amazing story. Kate and Hunter friends in college always seem to be missing their chance and opportunities to be together. A one-night stand while on vacation celebrating their graduation and start of their next chapters is all they ever had.
Hunter contacts Kate to be his sports agent, they are reminded of how much they liked each other in college. The tangible sparks and chemistry fly from the page at the moment they reconnect. Kate and Hunter have a friendship first and foremost. They have a deeper connection than just the physical attraction. You see how their heart and souls connect to one another. Easily sharing their fears and life moments with one another. It created an emotional read with their flirty and witty banter.
The author used flashbacks for character and story development however this is done early on and the story and really helps you to connect to the characters. I very impressed with how the author did not shy away from the hard topics of grief, ptsd and fears. She did it in a way that did not make the story overly heavy, instead she gave it respect and placement in way that created connection for the reader.
Overall, this is the amazing story telling I have come to expect from this author. I love the small glimpses at characters from other teams in her world. (I am still majorly in love with Theo Wynn). This can be read as a standalone but totally worth going back and reading other books by the author.