- File Size: 3720 KB
- Print Length: 202 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BimHaven Press (November 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0751KWRNG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Winning Hard: A Chesapeake Blades Hockey Romance (The Chesapeake Blades Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book follows the story of Taylor LeBlanc and Charles Dawson AKA “Chuckie the Fart”. For those who’ve read the Banners series we met Chuckie as a boy who obviously was mean to Taylor because he had a crush on her, but no worries Taylor gave as good as she got. Always the tough girl, things are no different in this new series. Taylor truly is the embodiment of the phrase #fightlikeagirl.
Chuckie isn’t your typical Alpha male. Yes, he is protective and at times can be dominant. However, Chuckie understands that Taylor is a force to be reckoned with, and you can’t control her wild spirit. He wants to encourage her strength since that’s part of who she is, even if she can be intimidating at times.
Taylor doesn’t always realize just how strong she comes across. Sometimes that strength can be interpreted as coldness or indifference, but Taylor cares more than some can see. It’s a trait her family and loves ones see, and that hard exterior might as well be glass because Chuckie sees right through it. Joining the Blades is more than just women’s hockey, more than following a dream, it becomes a journey for Taylor to discover herself.
Outside of amazing characters, an awesome women’s hockey team, Lisa has also includes some really hard moments. Classic Lisa, because her books are not a fantasy but an imitation of life. It’s not always sunshine and roses, and a women’s hockey team is not excluded. From hard hitting topics like drug abuse to sexism in professional sports Lisa will not just bring love and sexy times, she will bring a healthy dose of reality.
For any one who follows Women’s Professional Hockey you know how real this story is to truth. Yes the characters are fiction, but the trials the women who play professionally face are real. The fight to be taken seriously in this game still has a long road ahead, but maybe with writers like Lisa spreading the word we might be one small step closer.
Taylor isn't one to lay down and take it, she stands up for herself and can hold her own when needed. Charles is the perfect man for her. For one he's always liked her and for another he's there for her, protective even, when she needs it but knows when to back off and let her handle things herself.
Chuckie has been hired for PR for the team and when he realizes Taylor is there, he has a plan to boost the team, one which does not work out well at all. There is plenty of angst between them but they are attracted to each other and love has a way of walking right through those issues and winning in the end. I'm not going to spoil this book by telling details, pick up a copy and read it, you will be so HAPPY you did! It's an awesome start to this series and I can't wait to read more!
Taylor is not your typical heroine. She is trying to make a name for herself and step out from beneath the shadows of her famous uncle JP and her stepdad Sonny, both big names in the hockey world , both who we know from Lisa's Baltimore Banners series. She has talent and skill but not the easiest time of things because some of her teammates think she only made it and was named captain because of her family. This story is about Taylor proving them wrong and proving to herself that she can do this and gain the respect of family and fans alike. She is strong but vulnerable, sassy but sweet and I liked her character a lot. Different personalities on the team make for some interesting dialogue and situations just as on any team.
She was not expecting a boy from her past who she used to play hockey with and who she was always butting heads with to reenter her life as the Marketing/PR guy for her team. Of course he is now a man that she finds she is very attracted to. Enter Charles, or "Chuckie the fart", as Taylor not so lovingly refers to him at first a throwback to their childhood. He has his work cut out for him in his new position with this team and also with Taylor who he has always had a crush on. That seems to only rise to the surface when he comes face to face with her now as an adult and they definitely have some great chemistry.
Can the Blades earn the respect of hockey fans and make a name for themselves? Can Taylor & Charles get over their past and have a future together?
If you are a Lisa Kamps fan, you will definitely love reading this story and if you have never read her before, this is a fine place to start. You do not have to have read the Banners series to enjoy this book, it just gives you a little bit of back story about who Taylor is.
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This story is about women's hockey. The struggles Taylor and her teammates have just to try and play semi professionally is real.Read more