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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,007 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Hard body? Check. Awesome-night-in-the-sack potential? Check! Hayden Houston is breaking out of her good-girl mode. It's time for a one-night stand--and she's found just the man for the job! She spent her childhood being dragged from rink to rink by her hockey-coach father. Now Hayden craves stability. And she's determined to get it--after this one night....When hockey sta ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Blaze, #458, 212 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Auntee
Feb 25, 2009 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of sports romance
I was in the mood for a really short, hot sports romance, and this one filled the bill perfectly. I had forgotten how hot the Harlequin Blaze books can get, because at times this one bordered on the erotic. It was a pretty steamy read about an Art History professor (Hayden) looking for a 'fling' to spice up her stale love life before she settled down with Mr. Safe and Boring, and a sexy, formerly bad boy hockey star (Brody) who was tired of a life of 'flings' and was now looking for something mo ...more
Dina
Jul 31, 2011 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Melissab
This book was interesting enough to keep me entertained on this lazy Sunday - and the eye candy at the cover didn't hurt... :) I didn't like the fact that Hayden's relationship with her "former boyfriend"(?) wasn't really over before she got envolved with Brody but, at least, she was honest about it with both men. That wasn't cheating, was it? Hmmm...
Ridley
I love hockey and I liked Elle Kennedy's Samhain offerings, so I figured the odds were good for this book.

Hayden Houston is a professor of art history at UC-Berkley in Chicago to support her father through an acrimonious divorce. While in town, she meets a friend at a bar and together they scheme to get her a one-night stand.

Brody Croft is a pro hockey player shooting pool, minding his own business, when Hayden hit on him and surprises him with an invite back to her place. Surprised and delighte
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Shawna
4-4 stars - Contemporary/Sports Romance

This is a fast, light, and fun sports romance about a hotshot hockey star and a miss prim and proper art history professor engaging in some hot off the rink, between the sheets action. It’s a Harlequin Blaze, so expect a short read with romance on the steamy side. Brody Croft is a total hunk with all the trimmings: he’s sexy, tender, romantic, sweet, caring, supportive, and fun. The relationship between Brody and Hayden develops at a nice pace from a spicy
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MelissaB
Mar 16, 2009 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to MelissaB by: Auntee
Pretty good little story, especially for a Harlequin. The heroine is an Art History professor who hooks up with a professional hockey player for a one night stand that turns into something more. The funny thing is, she doesn't like hockey because her dad owns the hero's hockey team and made her travel all the time while she was growing up when he used to be a coach. I thought it was funny that a girl who didn't like hockey fell in love with a pro hockey player - especially since I don't like hoc ...more
BWT (Belen)
Let's just say the plot, the flow, and the characters didn't work for me and leave it at that.
Jae
First sentence: "I really need to get laid," Hayden Houston said with a sigh..

Can always count on EK to deliver extremely hot sex scenes around simple story settings. This book is about Brody a hockey star getting involved with his team's owner's daughter, Hayden.

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What this book lacks in intricate storyline, it makes up with the scorching hot love scenes. Always lurve EK's dirty (and creative) bedroom scenes.
Brenda (b)
For me, this was one of those stories that was a pleasant read but, it wasn't one that'll be running around in my head for several days like a lot of the books I read do. I guess I'd say it was just average. The characters didn't really pull me in like they could have. I wanted to see Hayden and Brody stay together, but I didn't feel that compelling need to hurry to the end. I didn't feel a connection to Presley Houston and his scandal or any of the secondary characters either.
Heather andrews
Brody sure has a one track mind, “I’m sorry.” She paused. “Do you like to play?” Was she referring to pool? Or a different game? Maybe the kind you played in bed. Naked. “Pool, I mean,” she added quickly." Brody isn't the only one with a one track mind seems Hayden has one as well, “both.” A shaky breath exited her throat. “When I’m with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes, and when I’m not with him all I can think about is ripping off his clothes.” Hayden knows how to make her ...more
Dee
Phew...Brody can come and check my body out anytime :)

A well written and enjoyable quick read

Marblezzie (Blez)
This book was really awesome! Five stars and a half, even. It was totally hot and sexy! This was the first time I’ve read a story from Elle Kennedy and must admit that I was totally amazed by her writing style. Did I ever enjoy every page!

Hayden Houston as the female lead in the story was very likeable. She was a professor of arts history in California who came to visit her dad in Chicago. She was the type of woman who craves stability in life which she never had while growing up because she h
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Kimberly
Jun 24, 2012 Kimberly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any who likes a good romance
Recommended to Kimberly by: Listopia Sport's list
I really liked this book. I had no idea how hot this series of books is and will be reading more of this series.
The two characters are Hayden Houston and Brody Croft. Hayden picks Brody up from a bar for a one night stand. She only wants on night and he wants it all. Wow, that seems like such a good back of the book teaser.
The characters were reastic. I really love a story were the roles are reversed and it's the male who want the relationship and the woman who doesn't. Brody works very hard t
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LaFleurBleue
That book would really deserve its 3.5 stars, but I'll settle for 4 as I've been quite difficult and unsatisfied with quite a few reads recently.
This is a quite short story - only 140 pages, and I must confess that I was very weary before starting it. The overall story-line has nothing original in it; the characters are also not really new. However everything worked out extremely fine and I really enjoyed seeing how Brody and Hayden's feelings developed, how they changed and matured. I really th
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Dee
Read in "Game On" box set.

Two-haiku review:

Her father owns team
She dislikes all things hockey
Till she meets player

A bit of intrigue
Believable characters
True love overcomes
Norma
3 1/2 stars. Very cute story. I read this because I'm a huge hockey fan and love reading hockey stories. While I still prefer Rachel Gibson or Dierdre Martin's hockey players, this was a fun read.

**Possible spoiler**

I also enjoyed the fact that the h was looking for just sex or just a fling and the H was pushing for a relationship and looking to settle down. It's nice not to have a needy heroine--especially when it's an alpha male looking for more than just sex!

Overall, I'd recommend this for a
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Ashley
2.5 stars. Brody and Hayden. Brody was cool, and I liked that he was from working class roots. I had problems with the heroine. Her characterization was all over the place, and she was suffering a bit from the too stupid to live syndrome. We learn Hayden hates hockey after growing up competing with it for her coach father's attention, but I find it very improbable that she would not have known the names of the star hockey players on the team her father now owns. Also, how can she be so sure abou ...more
Sarah
With all the drama going on in her life the one thing Hayden needs is a good no-strings-attached one night fling. The last thing she needs is a new relationship (especially when she's already on a break from another), or at least that's what Hayden thinks. Enter Brody, Left wing forward for her fathers team(not that she knows that yet), Drop dead gorgeous body, and done with being a playboy. Their first night together was mind blowing, but that's all that it was supposed to be. Now Brody is figh ...more
Eddy Allen
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Hard body? Check. Awesome-night-in-the-sack potential? Check! Hayden Houston is breaking out of her good-girl mode. It's time for a one-night stand--and she's found just the man for the job! She spent her childhood being dragged from rink to rink by her hockey-coach father. Now Hayden craves stability. And she's determined to get it--after this one night....When hockey star Brody Croft sees the sexy brunette at the bar, he's riveted. He's ready to shed his bad-boy ways and settle down. And af
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Toni Aleo
I love it! the best part was the end! It made me so happy!
Amanda Waller-bline
Not my favorite. Not the worst book ever. Just kinda 'meh'.

Hayden was an annoying female. She was sooooo dramatic. Everyone else's problems became hers, and instead of telling the assholes to grow up and fuck off, she went all 'oh poor me!!'... Which was annoying. Her dad was a shitty person, and instead of confronting him for being shitty, she just whines about it and then bends over and takes the bullshit. Why the hell did Brody want ANYTHING to do with this woman? Who the hell knows. I liked
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“I really need to get laid,"

Okay, so this book is not the kind that you'll remember of for years to come, but it is a nice read that will give you a good time and finish with a smile on your lips.

What I really liked about this book is the fact that the story takes place in the universe of hockey. I usually really enjoy books where sport is mixed with romance, but there is a special place in my heart for hockey players and hockey themed bo
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Missy
A nice sexy read.
There is a ton of sparks between Brody and Hayden right from the moment she shyly propositions him while winning a game of pool.
But there is a bribery scandal going on with his team that could destory their new found relationship. They both let their fears get in the way of love and need to figure out what really is important to them.
This was a nice entertaining easy read......and enjoyable too!
Tressa
I loved Body Check. I loved that Brody and Hayden were fully realized characters with their own wants, flaws, needs, desires, and foibles. I also loved that Brody and Hayden worked through their differences. I had a great time reading the book and Elle Kennedy had a good handle on the sport. I can’t wait to read more by Elle Kennedy!
Jenn
Finished this the other day in one sitting but didn't have time to get on good reads afterward. In other words don't expect much detail. It was a delightful read filled with wonderfully humorous moments, steamy romantic scenes and all sorts of delicious drama. Highly recommended.
Cheney Stropus
I was pretty excited to read this book based on reviews and ratings, but I just couldn't get into it. From the beginning I didn't feel any connection between Brody and Hayden. It seemed like the author was just trying too hard to force an insta-love thing. I also think I maybe would have liked it better if it was told from a first person narrative. I found myself skimming through most of the book just to get it over with.
Christina
Eh

For all the "chemistry" hype between Brody and Hayden it left a little to be desired, honestly the whole book needed a little bit more- obviously missing something it was a take or leave it and definitely not memorable in the least.
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A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just
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“She laughed. “Let me guess, sex in the gazebo is one of your fantasies?” “Oh, yeah. I’ve wanted to do this since the moment this damn thing was built.” “What, none of your hockey groupies ever wanted to do it in the wilderness of your backyard?” she teased. “I’ve never brought a woman home before.” 0 likes
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