Monday, January 10, 2022

The O Zone by Kelly Jamieson

Available now. The O Zone by Kelly Jamieson.

He's on the defense against love but scoring in the O zone is so much fun…

Owen Cook

I have one goal: To be the best hockey player I can be. I’m not going to waste the opportunity I have. All my focus is on hockey. I avoid distractions like women and relationships during the hockey season, but when a quirky subway busker asks me out on a fake date, somehow I’m intrigued enough to accept.

Emerie Ross

I gave up my music dreams to look after my half-sister. I don’t want her to feel as alone and neglected as I did after our mother died. But my ex-boyfriend is still trying to win me back and now my stepfather is helping him. Gah! I’d rather drink bleach than marry Roman Moretti. If they think I’m involved with someone else, maybe they’ll give up on that idea. All I need is a man… a date for a party.


When Emerie introduces me to her wicked stepfather (ha) I realize I’ve made a huge mistake. He’s my boss—the man who owns the team I play for. And he’s not happy to see me with Emerie. Can you say career ending move?


Oops. I hate hockey. How was I supposed to know who Owen is? How are we going to keep Vince from trading him away? How am I going to make sure I stay happily un-married? We’re going to have to keep up this pretense even if it means me going to hockey games. Ugh. Even if it means disrupting Owen’s rigid routines. Even if it means everything gets a lot more complicated…


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The O Zone by Kelly Jamieson

Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in the second series about the Bears Hockey team. You don't have to read the first series in order to read this book, but if you have, you will get glimpses of the couples featured in the first.

Owen "Cookie" Cook is a hardcore hockey player in that he eats, breathes, and sleeps hockey. This is the one player that everyone calls the "hockey nerd" because he knows all the ins and outs of the game, right down to rules that govern play. You can see that when he argues with the referees on calls, he backs up his arguments with the rule number and exactly what the rule states.

He has made hockey his life, determined not to let his chance of playing in the NHL be squandered by partying, hooking up with puck bunnies, or being a diva on and off the ice. He's a player who often skates under the radar but is a solid performer rather than a standout star.

Emerie Ross is Owen's opposite. She's a subway busker who sings and plays her guitar most days until she has to leave and pick up her sister from school. As she takes off her wig and vintage coat, she assumes the role of big sister and stepdaughter to one of the wealthiest people in the city.

Emerie has noticed Owen staring at her while she sings, he's never spoken to her but she can tell that he likes her music. Owen has definitely noticed Emerie and her voice is something that calls to him when he takes the subway. What is unexpected is that Emerie asks Owen to accompany her to a party being thrown by her stepfather in order to help get her ex to take a hint and go away.

What neither realizes is that Emerie's stepfather is the owner of the Bears hockey team. Cue the drama. They agree to keep "fake dating" in an effort to force Emerie's ex to get a clue. It's a good thing that the couple gets along so well as this may take some time.

Both Emerie and Owen have to deal with some emotional baggage that they are carrying, and working their way through it allows the reader to become part of the story and root for the couple.

Looking forward to the rest of the Bears Hockey stories.

This is the first book in the new series, and whilst you would get some of the background in the first series, you can start here and soon catch up.

Owen is a man with a single focus – his hockey career. After the untimely death of his older brother, he has done all he can to ensure that he instead has a life in the NHL. He considers everything he does through that lens, so a love interest is definitely not on his agenda. So when a pretty subway busker, who had gained his attention on his way to work, asks him for a favour, he thinks he is safe to accept.

What then unfolds is both funny, sweet, hot, and utterly unexpected. Emerie somehow slots into his life under the radar, and not entirely intentionally. She might even threaten his career due to her family background. All of a sudden Owen's life is upside down, but maybe that is not all bad.

I really enjoyed the banter between the team members, the excitement of the matches, and the simmering, building heat between Owen and Emerie and just what that might mean.

Really good sports romance; I am already looking forward to the next one!



Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author KELLY JAMIESON is the author of more than forty contemporary romance novels. She writes the kind of books she loves to read—sexy romance with heat, humor, and emotion. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.

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Scoring in the O zone is so much fun.



Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The O Zone (Bears Hockey II #1) by Kelly Jamieson to read and review.

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