By Kelly Jamieson
The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.
Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win.
As a teen, Andrew moved into the McFadden’s household and was promptly warned by Jenna’s father that Jenna was off limits. Flash forward several years later and he still believes that’s the case. The McFadden’s are the only family he has and he won’t do anything to jeopardise his relationship with them, even if it means burying the romantic feelings he has for Jenna. His feelings are brought back to the surface when she returns home at Christmas, but he still refuses to act on them. Can she tempt him to take the risk?
I thought Andrew and Jenna were very likeable and made a very nice couple. Andrew has a strong sense of family values and is very loyal to those he loves and trusts, while Jenna is easygoing and mature. She knows Andrew has feelings for her that he won’t act on but she’s not bitter towards him because of it. She doesn’t like it, but she understands his reasons and doesn’t pressure him about it.
OFF LIMITS is part of the Aces Hockey series, but if you’re expecting a hockey read, you won’t find it here. The story revolves around Andrew, Jenna and her family over the Christmas holiday. It’s a novella so it should be a fairly quick read, but I found that it took me a while to finish because it just didn’t hold my attention. While there’s nothing wrong with the story, there’s nothing special about it either. It’s nice, simple and comes with a HEA.
Off Limits (Aces Hockey # 1.5)
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