REVIEW ➞ Hard Checked by Stacey Lynn


Getting served divorce papers was not how I planned spending New Year’s Day.

I probably shouldn’t have gone to my favorite bar and gotten wasted trying to drown my sorrows.
I definitely shouldn’t have spent the night passed out in the bed of the bartender’s daughter, Gigi.

And the absolute last thing I should have done was let my guard down and start having fun. Now I’m thinking of her all the time… fantasizing about the things I want to do to Gigi.

I’m in the middle of the best hockey season of my life. I need my head in the game and my focus on the playoffs – not play house with the gorgeous bartender who makes me feel more alive than I have in years.

Finding someone new so soon after a failed marriage isn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

But it just might be too late. I’ve been checked hard into the boards, right off my skates, and I’m not only spinning out of control…

I might just be falling in love all over again.

So I have a crush on a guy I can’t have. It’s not the first time. Won’t be the last. So he hurt my feelings. Big freaking deal. It’s life. It happens.


Hard Checked may be my favorite book in the Ice Kings series to date! Sebastian, ugh, I love him and my heart broke for him all at the same time. Gigi, I loved her, too. I wanted to be her best friend! She is hardworking, caring and she’d do anything for her family.

Sebastian is fresh out of a relationship; however, he can’t deny the attraction and the pull he has towards Gigi. Gigi knows his history and she doesn’t want to get hurt in the process. You can only deny chemistry and attraction like theirs for so long before things are going to ignite. I love that Gigi is there to support Sebastian, to be his friend even though she is crushing on the man. She’s experienced divorce and she does what she can to help him.

I loved seeing their relationship progress throughout the course of the story. From the very start where they were just kind of acquaintances, to friends and someone they could both lean on for support, to something more. There were some ups and downs and fate had some other plans for them, too.

Hard Checked is an emotional story that you won’t be able to put down. A MUST READ and a perfect addition to the Ice Kings series.


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