Major Misconduct, An Aces Hockey Novel, Kelly Jamieson
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I’ve enjoyed some of Kelly’s other novels so looked forward to this one. As I’ve found before though – just because you like some of an authors work doesn’t mean you’ll love all of them, and for me this was an OK read but nothing special.
I found Lovey hard to like in some ways. Yes she’s bright and cheerful, and clearly hard working even though she seems to be regarded as a flake, but she complains they always treat her as “Lovey gets whatever she wants.” She resents that, but to be honest from what we read of her its true. She does get what she wants, the family do give way to her, and the current drama is a case in point. She’s given up her job, she has solid reasons although the family don’t know that, but she’s decided to move to Chicago, and that she’ll live with her brother til she finds her own place. She doesn’t tell him, just turns up on his doorstep expecting him to give in, and after a little passive argument he does give way. The What Lovey Wants has struck again. I didn’t really understand why she was keeping the whole job search/own business thing a secret unless it was just that in the past she has been a flake, and fears they’ll be negative?
Her brother is great, and the hands off my sister is something most brothers would do. His flatmate Marc, the hottie Lovey lusts for is gorgeous, and very tempted by her but respects his mate’s wishes…for a while… til Lovey persuades him otherwise. More of the Lovey wants stuff. She just seemed to think that as she was attracted and so was he, it was fine to go ahead despite her brothers feelings and Marc’s reservations, never thinking of the effect on her brother and Marc’s friendship, plus of course the team rapport if she and Marc end up in an acrimonious split. That kind of irritated me. Another thing that annoyed was the constant Cheese references. I get there’s a link to her past job and current business, but the constant Cheese Whiz, for Cheese Sake, and Cheese-It’s got really aggravating and made her sound about 10 instead of 24. On the upside the sex scenes were hot, seriously erotic and I did feel a real connection between them both. Overall though the book lacked drama and interest for me, and I found myself skipping parts looking for something to actually happen….it just didn’t pull me in enough to overcome the bits that irritated me.
Stars: Two and a half. Sadly there were too many annoyances for me, and the story lacked interest. I’m sure others will love it, as always this is just my view.
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