"Loss and love bring them together ... better late than never."
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted February 7, 2014
Nine years ago Ben Kelly met up with a woman whom he only
knew as Hilary and spent the night of his life. When he
woke she was gone, but for a goodbye note, which he kept to
remind him that he needs to grab life and not worry about
Now having been injured, this hockey player is waiting to
heal, and a little afraid that it will end his career as a
goalie for the Vancouver hockey team. So he goes to his ski
cabin in Cascade, British Columbia. He is shocked to meet
the girl that got away and has no idea why she is intent on
pushing him away.
Hilary Eriksson had Olympic dreams nine years ago but an
unplanned pregnancy ended those, but when her son died she
made a promise to him and will do anything to fulfill it.
The last thing she needs is the boy's father to show up ...
but the feelings are still there. The attraction is there,
even stronger than before, but will it hold up when she
tells him about the child he apparently didn't know he had.
BREAKAWAY HEARTS is a sweet, touching as well as sexy read.
Ben and Hilary have so much in common but also such a
heartbreaking past to work through to build into a future.
I enjoyed this book, though as a mother myself, I was
saddened by the loss of Zach, but I feel it was all handled
in a touching, sensitive way. The readers will run through
a gambit of emotions from the first sexy interlude, through
the horrible mix-ups, the anger and on to the amazing sense
of pride of the Olympic that author Crista McHugh so
knowledgably puts on the pages. This is book two of the
Brothers series and is just as intriguing as the first
I cannot wait to find out which brother is next.
Hockey star Ben Kelly has retreated to his mountain cabin in
the ski town of Cascade, BC, to recuperate from a
season-ending knee injury and contemplate his future in the
NHL. He never expects to run into the one woman who got
away. Nine years may have passed, but nothing has dulled the
explosive chemistry between them. Now he wants more than
just one night.
Hailey Eriksson had Olympic-sized dreams until an accidental
pregnancy from a one-night stand halted her ambitions. Her
life was shattered when her son died. Nothing will keep her
from fulfilling her promise to him to make the Olympic team,
especially not the charming Ben Kelly. Unfortunately, he's
out of sweep her off her feet this time, and she finds him
harder and harder to resist with each passionate kiss. But
when he learns about the child he never knew, will their
rekindled romance be on thin ice?
Excerpt"That serious already?"
"Yeah," Adam said softly. "I know it sounds crazy,
especially since Lia and I've only known each other for a
few months, but have you ever met someone where everything
feels so right?"
Ben's mind flashed back to a girl with bright blue hair. No
woman had ever come close to her. A wave of memories washed
over him. The silkiness of her skin. The taste of her pink
nipples. The scent of ice that had clung to her. The dimples
that cut into her cheeks when she smiled at him.
The Range Rover swerved across the center line as it all
came flooding back to him. Ben yanked the wheel, jerking the
SUV back into his lane. His heart pounded, but it had
nothing to do with the fact he'd almost run off the road.
"Ben, are you okay?"
"Fine, fine," he replied, even though his lungs were working
overtime. "I just remembered where I knew her."
His cheeks grew warm, and he debated if he should elaborate.
Out of his six brothers, only one knew what had happened
that night in Vancouver. "Did Caleb ever tell you about that
girl I met when we went to the playoff game nine years ago?"
"The one with the blue hair?"
He bit back a groan and twisted his hands along the steering
wheel. "Yeah, that one."
"Is it her?"
"Ninety-nine percent certain." She had the same build, the
same eyes, the same dimples. The only thing different was
the hair color.
Oh, and the fact that she obviously seemed to hate him now.
"So what are you going to do?" Adam asked.
"Find out what's happened over the last nine years." And
maybe see if the chemistry's still there.
"Good luck to you." Adam seemed to be ending the
conversation, but a second later he added, "By the way, have
you been on the ice yet?"
"No." Not a subject he wanted to discuss.
"You're going to have to face your fears sometime. You love
the game too much to walk away from it."
Ben blew a breath out through clenched teeth. Adam was
right, but he refused to admit it. "Still waiting for the
knee to be a hundred percent," he lied.
"It's been three months."
"Yeah, and an injury like mine can be a career ender."
A sigh of defeat came through the speakers from the other
side of the line. "Fine, do what you want, but I know you
won't be able to stay away for long. Eventually, you'll feel
the need to put your skates on again."
It was scary how well his older brother knew him. The ice
had called to him today, and he'd felt that itch. But it
still wasn't strong enough to make him want to venture out
onto it again. "Maybe. In the meantime, I have other things
to worry about."
"Let me know how it turns out."
"Same here. Hopefully, the next time I talk to you, you'll
be an engaged man."
Adam chuckled. "Fingers crossed. I just have to work up the
nerve to ask her."
A stab of envy pierced him. His brother had everything. A
secure job managing the family's real estate. A place
overlooking the lake. A fabulous woman he was on the verge
of marrying. He actually sounded happy.
The stab deepened into an ache of regret. If he'd bothered
to have gotten Hailey's number that night before falling
asleep, would he be the one leading the charmed life?
"Talk to you later," he said and hung up on Adam.
For the rest of the drive, he focused on Hailey and why
she'd acted the way she had after nine years. Every time he
tried to think of something he might've done, he drew a
blank. After all, she was the one who left him without a
word. Not even a phone number. Just a quick note thanking
him and telling him she'd never forget that night.
He pulled into the garage and pulled the note out. Nine
years in the back of his wallet had taken their toll on the
flimsy piece of paper, but the ink was still visible. He ran
his thumb over the little heart she'd drawn.
Sometimes life was about second chances, and now that he'd
been given one with her, he wasn't about to let her slip
through his grasp this time.
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