Hard Checked by Stacey Lynn

I’ve been checked hard into the boards, right off my skates, and I’m not only spinning out of control…

I might just be falling in love all over again.

 

Hard Checked, an all-new beautifully written, second-chance-at-love sports romance that will bring all the heat and feels from Stacey Lynn is available now!

 

Getting served divorce papers was not how I planned spending New Years Day.

I probably shouldn’t have gone to my favorite bar and gotten wasted trying to drown my sorrows.
I definitely shouldn’t have spent the night passed out in the bed of the bartender’s daughter, Gigi.

And the absolute last thing I should have done was let my guard down and start having fun. Now I’m thinking of her all the time… fantasizing about the things I want to do to Gigi.

I’m in the middle of the best hockey season of my life. I need my head in the game and my focus on the playoffs – not playing house with the gorgeous bartender who makes me feel more alive than I have in years.

Finding someone new so soon after a failed marriage isn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

But it just might be too late. I’ve been checked hard into the boards, right off my skates, and I’m not only spinning out of control…

I might just be falling in love all over again.

 

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Hard Checked by Stacey Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***

This is the first book I’ve read by Stacey Lynn. I found the plot was well written and the story was realistic, pleasant, emotional, and included some steamy parts. This story focuses on Sebastian and Gigi.

Sebastian was a mix of sweet, giving, sensitive, angry, bitter, attentive, and sexy.
While Gigi was fun, adventurous, caring, passionate, but guarded.

The story was very relatable in terms of marriage, divorce, dating again, etc. For me I could relate to Sebastian by the fact he’s a Minnesota boy. I grew up and live in Minnesota so it was cool reading my home state in the story and knowing he was from there.

Sebastian is lost and on a new journey to find himself, Gigi has already been on her own journey for the last few years. They both have gone through some heart breaking, life changing moments, and I think that’s part of what draws them together. Gigi wants to be there for Seb and for Seb, Gigi is the light he didn’t know he needed or was missing in his life. They have great chemistry together.

One thing that stood out is that it seemed like the world revolved around Seb and his issues, his career, wants and needs. I felt that Gigi had a lot to offer with her talents and they were never really used or mentioned after they started dating. It just seemed like it was always about Seb and what he was going through.

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Excerpt:

Another set of drinks arrive at our table, served by a pair of small hands, with a tiny little broken heart tattoo on a ring finger and dark purple nail polish.

“Thanks, Gigi,” I say, lifting my head and grinning at her.

She smirks at me. “No problem, hotshot. Dad wanted me to give you these but says it’s last call.”

“Damn,” Jason groans. “I didn’t realize it was so late.”

“You can take off. I’m good.”

“You sure?”

“Yeah.”

He turns to Gigi who’s taken our empties and is starting to walk away.

I try. I try really hard to not let my gaze drop to her short, cut-off sweat shorts, to the length of her legs beneath them. The shape of her calves or to notice the dark red polish on her toenails.

I fail.

Miserably.

There’s something so damn attractive about her petite size.

I grip my new beer bottle harder and take a healthy swig.

“Hey Gigi,” Jason calls out. “Keep this loser company for me so he doesn’t get shit-faced before practice tomorrow?”

“Me?” She’s turned, gaze bouncing from me to Jason and she frowns. “You need my help?”

“No—”

“Yes—” Jason says at the exact time I disagree.

She smirks at Jason. “Seems to me he doesn’t need it.”

“Sometimes this asshole doesn’t know what he needs.” He slaps the table and slides out, holding out his arm in a gesture for Gigi to take his spot.

“Jason—”

He shrugs and holds out his fist. “I’ll pay the tab. You get home safely, yeah?”

“Yeah,” I grumble and return his fist pump.

“And you’ll thank me for this someday, too.”

I watch him go, frowning.

What the fuck does that mean?

“I can pretend to sit here until he leaves if you want to be alone.”

Her voice does something to me. Like a bug is happily leaping in my gut when she looks down at me, all that teal hair and new nose ring and tattoo peeking out from the wide collar of her sweatshirt.

It’s the collar I’m noticing. And the tattoo.

Not the thin, white strap of her bra.

Shit.

“You can sit. Please. You want Jason’s last beer?”

“Nah.” Her nose crinkles and the soft light above the bar flints on her nose ring. I quickly look away as she slides in. “I’ve never acquired the taste for beer. No matter what kind it is, it always tastes like wet cardboard.”

“You know what cardboard tastes like?”

“Yeah. Like beer.” She grins.

I grin back.

This girl is funny. Well-traveled.

Divorced. Cute. And fun.

The exact kind of temptation I do not need in my life right now. Yet as I sit across from her, taking in every little nuance about her like the freckle on the back of her hand, that broken heart tattoo… I can’t for the life of me think of an excuse to leave.

 


Hard Checked by Stacey Lynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been a fan of Stacey for a lot of years and every time I think she’s written her best work, she gets better! I love her voice and style! Her stories are the perfect blend of sexy and romance building that I like to read in a romance journey.

Hard Checked is Sebastian’s second chance to get it right and hopefully keep it right this time 😉 Gigi was his perfect match and it just made me giddy reading them. Their story is very real and relatable and top-notch realistic in every way. Every choice that Stacey made for this story was spot on, imo, so it gets a glorious 5++ star rating!!

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Hard Checked by Stacey Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story headlines an issue that is so common today. I have a few friends and family that went through what Sebastian and his ex-wife went through. It’s tough and heartbreaking and to tell you it was hard to read that part because you could just feel the pain and frustration. And that’s why I loved Gigi. She understood his pain and didn’t want to make him feel less. The way their relationship progressed was spot on and I couldn’t be more happier for both of them and the way their HEA evolved.

I’m such a fan of this series and I more than read go see what’s in store next.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***

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Meet Stacey Lynn:

Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble, she loves being able to turn her vivid imagination into a career that brings entertainment and joy to her readers. Focused on sports romance and emotional, small-town romance, she also loves stretching herself in different genres.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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