Author: Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley
Published: July 7th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
When the gloves come off, she's worth the penalty...
Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She's just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work...that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O'Meara. She's a touch insecure and doesn't understand why he's interested in her.
Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O'Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she's not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they've built around their hearts.
It's rare to find a story where the relationship starts off the story. Annie and Alec meet while she's at work. Both of them have a past--her with a cheating ex and him losing his wife--but they would like to move on. They spend time together flirting and then dating. Everything is wonderful between them, but Annie has some insecurities about the relationship. Her mother doesn't help matters with her unkind words that make Annie doubt Alec has true feelings for her. She allows what her mom says to get to her, even though deep down she cares deeply for Alec. It all comes down to whether the two of them can get over what happened in the past, and celebrate the possibility of a future together.
Simmering Ice was a heartwarming romance. I loved how sweet the story was--the budding romance from the beginning and the way they interacted with the kids at the hospital. It all progressed perfectly, reasonably, realistically. You know Annie and Alec are meant to be, they just need to get by the challenges and trust in love guiding them home. I am very interested in checking out the first book in the Atlantic City Hustlers series, and any other books Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley write!