Cross-Checked was a great second chances romance!
Brayden appears to be at the top of his game. He is playing pro-hockey and has a family he adores. That quickly changes when his mother has just been killed in a car accident and his sister has been seriously injured and is in the hospital. Karla happens to be his sister’s nurse and offers hope to a time when all seems lost.
Karla seems to have it all. A job she loves and a love in boyfriend she adores – and who seems to be completely in sync with her. That all changes in the blink of an eye when Karla catches her boyfriend cheating and attempts to kick him out of her life. His personality changes before her eyes when he goes from the loving man in her life to an abusive psycho.
Flash forward a few years when both Brayden and Karla have moved on with their lives to find their new normal and randomly meet again. The attraction is immediate yet both face past hurts that they need to move on from.
Kristen Hope Mazzola does a great job of creating a second chance at happiness for Brayden and Karla. I love the realness of their relationship that neither is just willing to dive right in. It’s a slow burn which lets us really get to know the characters as they fall in love. Theirs is a non-conventional relationship, and I love it! I bet you will too!
While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. It is also a sports romance, but you do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this romance. 4 stars.
About the Book:
One accident – a freaking car crash. That’s all it took to send my life into a tailspin.
Little did I know that out of the wreckage, everything would fall into place. I would get everything I had ever worked for.
Little did I know that I would find the woman who would cross check my life, flipping everything upside down.
Even though she’s melting the ice that surrounds my heart, I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will I ever be able to find my footing or am I destined to stay pinned against the boards?
Note: Cross Checked is the second book in the Shots On Goal Series. It can be read as a standalone, has a happily ever after, and does not have a cliffhanger. There are character crossovers from Hat Trick (book one in the series) which is also a standalone with a HEA and no cliffhanger.
About the Author:
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.
Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I’d like or just to shoot the, well you know.
A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.