Big Stick by Kelly Jamieson

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A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs . . .

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MY THOUGHTS

This was the first book I’ve read by Kelly Jamieson and I will definitely be going back and reading the rest of the books in this series. I loved Big Stick and loved Nick and Jodie.

Jodie has just moved to Chicago. As a single mom and new business owner she doesn’t have a lot of time for herself. So when her friend invites her to a party, even though she thought she would have nothing in common with the people hanging there, she went.

Nick likes hanging out with his friends but he just hasn’t been feeling very social, especially since it’s getting near that time of year when his life started to fall apart. So he goes to the party… but keeps to himself. Or at least tries to. But there is a woman there that intrigues him and also annoys the crap out of him. She’s pretty but boy she talks a lot and she likes to call him out too… yeah no thanks.

Nick later finds out that Jodie and her daughter are new to town and they are looking for a place to live… he just so happens to have a coach house that’s empty and so he agrees to let her live there until she can find a better place to stay. What he didn’t expect was for Jodie to break down all the barriers he’s been building over the past few years. There is a draw between the two of them that they just can’t resist. But Nick knows he can’t be the man that Jodie and her daughter need. Or can he?

Jodie’s daughter Zyana steals the show. She is adoreable and melts your heart with the way she brings Nick into their world. I loved that Jodie was a strong female who took life by the horns. And even though at time was vulnerable she wasn’t weak. Nick was the perfect blend of Alpha Male and a Douchbag with a heart. (LOL) He could rub you the wrong way but you saw the good in him, especially when he was around Zyana.

Such a good read and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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