I was thrilled to be back in Anchorage with Kat Mizera’s Alaska Blizzard hockey team!
When kindergarten teacher Charli finds herself with a flat tire and unable to change it herself, a friend sends help in the form of professional hockey player Miikka Laasonen. The two hit it off right away and when Miikka offers to help Charli pay for her tires in exchange for her tutoring him in conversational English, she can’t resist.
What follows is a friends to lovers emotionally charged romance.
Miikka is super sweet and extremely insightful, even though he can’t always express himself in English. His struggles with managing the language are adorable at times and I loved his interaction with Charli as she tutored him as well as when he visited both the children’s hospital and Charli’s classroom. I loved that he knew right away how special Charli was and that he vowed to himself to give her the time and space she needed, but to also keep her close and support her.
Charli did not have the easiest teen years and still struggles with the baggage she has from that time in her life. She’s never felt wanted or loved in the way that Miikka makes her feel, but she’s terrified to trust it or to realize that she is good enough for him and exactly what he needs and wants in a partner.
I fell in love with this easy relationship and adored that Miikka was totally in it to win it when times got tough. This story has a great mix of sweet and adorable, sexy as sin and has a whirlwind of emotions happening throughout. It’s a fabulous addition to the series. 4.5 stars!
Resisting her may be his toughest test of all…
Resisting her may be his toughest test of all…Finnish hockey star Miikka Laasonen may seem to live a charmed life, but the reality is that he’s lonely. His struggle with learning the English language makes it hard for him to fit in and to make matters worse, his Finnish girlfriend tires of their long-distance relationship and dumps him.
Kindergarten teacher Charlotte “Charli” Bartosiewicz made a life-changing decision in her teens, and she’s battled guilt and regret ever since. She punishes herself by refusing to date and staying to herself because she doesn’t feel worthy of love.
When introduced by a mutual friend, Miikka recognizes another lonely soul in Charli, but there’s more to it than that, something he’s never felt before. He convinces her to take a chance on him by tutoring him in English, but he really wants her to take a chance on love.
Miikka is determined to convince Charli that she’s worthy of him. But even if he does, will their love be strong enough to go the distance?
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.
A typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max), Kat can usually be found scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible.
Kat’s been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.
As you can guess from her Las Vegas Sidewinders series, Kat loves hockey and occasionally writes articles about her favorite team, the Florida Panthers. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…
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