Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away.
Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on.
In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives.
But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.
Jordie Thomas struck me as a hot mess in the previous book. I was not wrong either. He is an alcoholic who uses alcohol and whoring to hide his deep hidden pain. He puts no belief in love because his mother made a career of love, well, mostly marriage. One of previous step fathers sexually abused him and his whore of a mother didn’t believe him. He does have a good support system in the King family. The Kings have made him one of their own.
Enter Kacey King, the sister of his best friend. She’s an Olympic Gold Medal winner, so she understands Jordie’s love of hockey. She’s known him forever it seems and has loved him for as long. These two had a few months fling and then Jordie pushed her away. He cut off all contact without any explanation. Kacey was devastated but determined to move on with her life. Her new job as a personal trainer to the Nashville Assassins unfortunately puts her right in the direct path of Jordie.
I liked both characters but never felt their connection. I felt their individual pain and pitied their suffering. I enjoyed the bantering and catch up scenes with people from previous books in the series. I just wish that I’d have been into them as a couple more. Still, a great series and I’m looking forward to the next book.