2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge, Book Reviews

Breakaway (Heller Brothers #1) by Kelly Jamieson

I hadn’t actually intended this book to be a part of my 2016 reading challenge. I found the set on sale in the Kindle store and decided it sounded good. I like simple hockey romances so I just picked it up for fun. I needed to relax the other night so I thought I’d read one of the books in the series. It was only after I started reading I realized the main female character was a teacher. It just kind of worked out and now I’m one more down on my reading challenge.

The story follows Remi, a sixth grade teacher, and Jase, a professional hockey player. The meet in a club when neither of them wants to be there. Remi had just helped her younger sister move out of the family home and Remi was finally on her own. Jase had just broken up with his super model girlfriend and wasn’t interested in finding anyone. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed. They meet again by accident at a presentation at Remi’s school where she finds out he’s a hockey player and he finds out she’s a teacher. He doesn’t like teachers having had bad experiences with them when he was younger. The core of the story is them both dealing with their past, and current, issues and how they start to build a relationship by accident.

The book is predictable and heavily focused on the sex. It was good for a simple hockey romance. The characters were developed but could use a little bit more. There is a variety of emotions and it does a good job focusing on the emotional growth between the characters. I’m not a bit erotica fan which is what this crosses into at points. However, for an erotica book there is a decent story line and a good bit of story in between sex scenes. The writing was good and easy to follow. The story line fairly believable and flows well. I liked the addition of the baggage the characters brought and dealt with throughout the story. The development of that baggage could’ve been done more intensely. Some of the things they were dealing with would not have been solved that easily or quickly.

The book is definitely intended for mature audiences. I’d recommend it to fans of hockey romance, erotica, or just needs a good read to unwind to.

My rating:

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