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Body Check

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  3,562 Ratings  ·  205 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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Feb 21, 2009 Auntee rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it
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...
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
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
Jan 06, 2017 Yael rated it it was ok
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Oct 05, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hayden has returned to Chicago to stand by her father’s side while he goes through his divorce, desperate to bridge the gap that has formed over the years. The years when hockey took over everything and took her father away from her. On a break from her current love interest, Hayden isn’t looking for anything serious, just a chance to let out some steam and reliever her body of some tension – but when Brody enters the bar... all of that is about to change.

Hockey star, Brody Croft is tired of the
Feb 25, 2009 MelissaB rated it really liked it
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)
Jul 28, 2015 BWT (Belen) rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Let's just say the plot, the flow, and the characters didn't work for me and leave it at that.
Dec 21, 2015 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars!
2.75-3 Stars
Meh, this didn't feel like an Elle Kennedy book to me.
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.

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.
Jul 16, 2016 Francesca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Jan 14, 2017 Selly - Leggere Romanticamente rated it really liked it
Titolo italiano: Partita Bollente
Apr 01, 2017 Anne rated it it was ok
Ehhhh, I expected more.
Sep 11, 2015 Abra rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, sports
This is a really satisfying read. From the beginning to the epilogue, Body Check was exactly what I wanted and not what I expected from Elle Kennedy. I’ve only read her Out of Uniform books, which while very good, are very different from Body Check.

The hero, Brody, is a 29 yo hockey player who is past his womanizing years. He is already open to a real relationship when he is approached by the heroine, Hayden, in a bar. She is on a break from her less than exciting boyfriend and is in town to sup
Feb 06, 2017 Nadine rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, sports, hockey
3.5 actually
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.
I would have given this three stars for its completely adequate story, but it lost me at the beginning with the mention of Hayden being a "junior professor." First of all, what the hell is a "junior professor"? Did the author mean assistant professor? Also, UC Berkeley isn't going to hire a tenure-track professor who hasn't finished their PhD yet. /end pedantry
Oct 02, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it
Phew...Brody can come and check my body out anytime :)

A well written and enjoyable quick read

Feb 01, 2016 Mercedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey
3.5 Stars
Jan 23, 2017 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was supposed to be a one night stand but it ended up being a one life time.
Two characters who realize that they are linked together quite by accident and can't stop being attracted one to another.
A nice steamy sport romance that makes you question your loyalty and trust towards your loved ones.
Stephanie Deemer
Mar 29, 2017 Stephanie Deemer rated it it was ok
This was awful. Will I read more books by her? Probably. I'm a sucker for cheesy romance novels about hockey players.
Dec 04, 2010 Marblezzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, must-reads
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
Jun 11, 2016 Zaza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contempo, hot, hockey, sports, 2016
Elle Kennedy est une auteur que j'ai beaucoup apprécié dans sa série Off Campus ainsi que dans la série Him, qu'elle co-écrit avec Sarina Bowen. L'univers du hockey semble décidément lui plaire et je n'ai donc pas réfléchi à deux fois avant de ma lancer dans ce livre que je ne connaissais pas.

Body check est une romance très sexy, une aventure d'un soir qui se transforme en une vraie relation, le tout sur fond de hockey, l'univers sportif étant assez présent, en tout cas plus en toile de fond qu'
Jun 20, 2011 Kimberly rated it liked it
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
Heather andrews
Jul 03, 2015 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 07, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
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
Чудех се 2 или 3 звезди, но като знам, че утре изобщо няма да си спомням за тази книга дадох все пак оценка 2. Беше ми прекалено блудкава, прекалено предсказуема, а и отдавна не ми се е случвало книга от 200 страници да я влача цяла седмица - просто нямаше нещо, което да ме грабне. Свалка между хокеист и преподавателка в колеж, при това по история на изкуството (банално), прераства много бързо в нещо повече. Само след две седмици те си казаха, че се обичат и всичко на фона на корупция и обвинени ...more
May 26, 2010 Norma rated it liked it
Shelves: romantica
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
Lulú Monroe
Dec 12, 2016 Lulú Monroe rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. It was longer and better than I expected. The characters had depth and the story was interesting. I really liked it.
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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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