HOT ON ICE: A HOCKEY ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Avery Flynn, Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone, Virginia Nelson, Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Desiree Holt, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Angi Morgan, Susan Scott Shelley, Misty D. Waters
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Too steamy for the penalty box...
The New Orleans Cajun Rage professional hockey team just won the Cup. No one thought they'd do it: they were a team of shoulda beens, never coulda beens and a star or two. They'd only been in the Crescent City for three years before this year's Cinderella run that had them skating off the ice with the championship. Over the following summer, each player gets to keep the Cup for a day. Nobody knows why, but whoever has the Cup falls in love.
USA Today Bestsellers Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone and Virginia Nelson, Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan, along with Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Avery Flynn, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Desiree Holt, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Susan Scott Shelley, and Misty D. Waters bring you 18 romances with smoking hot heroes--both on and off the ice.
20% of all royalties from sales of Hot on Ice will go to Homes for Troops.
FREE AGENT, USA Today Best Seller Robin Covington - Defenseman James "DC" Washington has had a big year: winning "The Cup" and coming out to his team and the entire world were events that changed his life. Now a free agent, he thought he had his next step all planned out . . . until the man he might not be able to resist puts a sexy offer on the table.
BODY CHECK, USA Today Bestseller Desiree Holt - Matt Vorchak always dreamed of playing professional hockey and winning The Cup. Then he would marry the woman of his heart and live happily ever after. But Lizzie Andrews wanted him to stay in Tampa with her and build a life there. Their split was agonizing for both. Ten years later he has realized one dream. Now he wants to recapture the other, and he's using his day with the Stanley Cup to win her back. But he has a secret that may change everything for both of them.
DEEP CHECK, USA Today Bestseller Kimberly Kincaid - Hotshot hockey center Finn Donnelly wants nothing more than to take The Cup to his best friend's grave after the Rage's big win. The problem is, that also means going back to his hometown and seeing January Sinclair, a.k.a., the woman he left behind. Will Finn and January learn to build new trust--or will their ghosts keep them from falling in deep?
RANSOM, USA Today Bestseller Nana Malone - Money, power, prestige...reject. Ransom Cox is --The Player. His whole life, hockey player, Ransom Cox, has watched the people he loves the most reject and leave him. He's learned it's better to be on his own. After the scandal of his wife walking out on him right before the championships, citing his bedroom "over" prowess as the reason, he can't seem to escape the spotlight. The last thing he wants is to be stranded in a cabin with the one girl he's always wanted. The one girl who could destroy him.
CAGED, USA Today Bestseller Virginia Nelson -The Ragin' Cajuns right winger, Oliver Tremblay, learned that nothing good can stay when he lost his parents on 9/11. Maisie plans to melt the ice king's heart and prove she's just the girl to go skate to skate with him, whether he likes it or not.
BREAKAWAY BROOKE, Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan - When hockey phenom Deacon Sanders mistakes Brooke Henderson for a puck bunny, he's set on scoring the ultimate goal with the fiercely sexy bodyguard. Keeping watch from a distance is impossible when everywhere she turns Deacon's there like a loose puck in front of the net. Despite his annoyance that his family thinks he can't keep himself out of trouble, can he convince this Amazon beauty to stop fighting her erotic powers long enough to play his game?
THE WARM UP, Xio Axelrod - Subzero. That's what folks around the league call Constantine Zimin, hockey's best defenseman. He's unflappable. Stoic, even. No cracks in all that ice, not until he meets Suji Meriwether. The pediatric nurse has no time for bad-boy jocks who want to use her patients as props. But as soon as they meet, temperatures rise and their defenses fall.
CHECK MY HEART, Christi Barth - Kurt Lundquist can't resist the beautiful & compassionate nurse who eased his brother's last days, despite knowing she doesn't want any reminders of her 'death duty'. Lisette does want the hot but oh-so-sad hockey star. Can she lift him out of his grief - and will she want to once she learns his terrible secret?
FULL CONTACT, Andie J. Christopher -Leftwinger Anders Sorenson has never met the perfect woman before breaking up a fight at Dahlia Clarno's bar. Dahlia's hot, she doesn't care about his fame, and she has no idea about the bounty his teammates have on his virginity--she's the total package for a vacation fling.
BLADE, Avery Flynn - Bad girl Gillie Pike has gone straight, but someone with a lot of money wants to bring her out of retirement to steal the Cup and make sure it's found in star goalie Flynn Kazakov's possession. They call him Crazy-kov for a reason and nothing makes him more nuts than his best friend's sexy little sister who swears she's the only one who can keep him out of jail and on the ice.
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN, Kim Golden - Jonas Magnussen's icy blue stare has earned him the nickname the Iceman. On and off the ice, he's cool, collected and hard to handle. When an injury threatens to end his career, Jonas is faced with a choice he thought he'd never have to make. Mariam Kidane is the only woman who ever made Jonas lose his cool. A chance encounter with her melts Jonas's icy facade and leaves him wondering if life away from the league is such a bad thing, especially when it means a second chance at scoring the ultimate goal: love.
COURAGE, Lena Hart - Newly appointed head coach Mason "The Rage" Courage is in for the fight of his life. What should have been the biggest night of his career turns into the worst moment in his life when his wife Jules serves him with divorce papers. But this former bad boy isn't about to let anyone--or anything--breakup his family. For his wife, his children, his players...Mason is prepared to fight for them all.
PENALTY BOX BLUES, Robin Kaye - Stryker Gyllenhaal, enforcer on the Ragin' Cajun's, knows that once he hits Boise, his time spent in the penalty box is nothing compared to the payback Karma Kincaid has in store for him. When he finds out she has hired a handler, Trish Reynolds, his old college tutor, he's not sure who the real enforcer is. Karma, because she owns him for an entire week, or Trish, the only woman who knows his secret, and can slam his heart against the boards with a sideways glance. He is so pucked.
BEAR NAKED, Katie Kenyhercz - First Nations defenseman Bear Thompson wants to spend his day with the Cup back home on the reserve, but first he has to convince his childhood sweetheart and current band chief Aria Paul to give him another chance and that letting the media in won't be the end of the world. The last thing Aria wants to do is fall back in love with the man who broke her heart and left her in the dust, but old feelings spark new ones, and when Bear sets his sights on a goal, it's only a matter of time.
BLOCKED, Heather Long - Archer Durham's career has been defined by his badass attitude both on and off the ice, unfortunately it's biting him in the ass. After one too many unfortunate videos of him turned up on social media, both his fans and the press have turned against him. The win shines spotlight on the whole team and he needs to clean up his act...but what the hell does he know about being a knight in shining armor?
IN SKATES TROUBLE, Kate Meader - Right winger Ford "Killer" Callaghan can't believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He'll track her down because once could never be enough--even if discovering Addison Williams's identity places her strictly out of bounds. Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?
MAKING HIS MOVE, Susan Scott Shelley - Backup goaltender Rod Fraser is a free agent in every sense. He's ready for a new team, and hoping for another shot with his best friend's sister. But Arielle Charton thinks Rod's interest is fleeting, and she doesn't need the distraction. She's on a mission to rebuild her life. Rod's made his living making impossible saves, but it will take the impossible to convince the shy artist that she's captured his heart.
CHECKING YES, Misty D. Waters - Family secrets drove star left-winger Cooper Banks away from the love of his life, but hot off a championship win he's no longer satisfied with second place. Except the daddy's girl he left behind is now a woman no longer impressed by his charming smile. So when Savannah Jane Scott decides to put Cooper in the penalty box, she aims to keep him there...for good this time.
EXCERPT (FREE AGENT BY ROBIN COVINGTON)
“The Club” was the name of the place where we met Etienne’s friends.
A two-story venue, the bar was on the first floor and wide steps led to the second level dance floor. Techno pop blared from the speakers as a sea of hot guys of every make, model and size gyrated under the strobe lights. Almost all of them were shirtless and the sight of all that naked, hard sweaty flesh got my blood pumping in my veins in a straight line to my penis.
He let go of me and started walking backward into the crowd. The last I saw of him was a glimpse of his six-pack and tons of tattoos as he took off his shirt.
Etienne appeared to my right, his afro was free tonight and I was itching to get my hands on it. At least I was until he grabbed the hem of his shirt and lifted it over his head, exposing the long expanse of his torso. Smooth brown skin, hair dusting over his pecs and down his treasure trail, a six-pack he worked hard to maintain.
I clenched my hands at my sides, an automatic gesture created by years of hiding my true desires but Etienne was having none of it. He reached over and grabbed my own shirt, forcing my arms up with his movement to remove the garment until my chest was bare to the heat of the room.
He ran his fingers over my body, lingering for a tantalizing moment on my right nipple before going lower. I sucked in my breath as his arm slipped around my waist and he pulled me tight against him. I wasn’t the only one who was hard.
His breath was hot against my neck as he said in my ear. “Tonight you can touch as much as you want. Don’t worry about anything. Just go with what you feel.”
I let him lead me into the crowd and for the next couple of hours, I did exactly what he said. I felt. Everything. I felt like me. The real me.
The crowd moved together as one, bodies gyrating as song after song spun out through the invisible speakers. Men moved in and out of our circle. Some grabbed my interest: athletic men with hair on their chests, tattoos and a promising bulge. Other men, attractive younger guys with hairless bodies and guyliner, pressed against me in harmless flirtation. They were pretty, too fragile to get my blood going but they were fun.
But always within arm’s length or in my line of sight was Etienne. He had a dancer’s body and moved like pure sex, his movements like sultry strokes to my penis. I was more like that guy in “Footloose” – not Kevin Bacon, the other guy – I gave it my best but it was more like Frankenstein’s monster than Solid Gold Dancer.
Etienne slid up to me, our sweat-slick chests sliding against each other as he wrapped an arm around my waist. He ground his groin against mine and I groaned, dropping my forehead to rest on the sweet spot where his shoulder met his neck. He smelled of clean, male sweat and his favorite aftershave. I bit down lightly, smiling when his body jumped, grinding even closer against me.