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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,119 ratings  ·  55 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 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
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...
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...more
4-4 ½ 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 spic...more
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
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.
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.
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...more
Jun 24, 2012 Wendy rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Any who likes a good romance
Recommended to Wendy 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...more
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...more
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
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
Phew...Brody can come and check my body out anytime :)

A well written and enjoyable quick read

Eddy Allen

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...more
Toni Aleo
I love it! the best part was the end! It made me so happy!
Andrea Guy
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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.

Brody is a character that you'll like and want to get to know really fast. He's the kind of alpha male that I really enjoy in this kind of books, but he also have dept...more
Seriously, hockey players are hot including Brody in this book. And apparently, they've got lots of game.

Hayden decides to take her sex life into her own hands and approaches Brody with the intent of having a one night stand. Bravo for Hayden!

I like that it's Brody who displays his vulnerability in this story compared to Hayden. Hayden sometimes comes off as being unsure of what she wants i.e. Doug or Brody.

Although she did step up later by confessing to Doug and not hiding Brody and also when...more
Rating: 4.5/5

I generally hate sports stars, but the hockey hero in this little gem is just to die for, really. Too good to be true. If men in sport were more like Brody, well, there's hope for us yet!

And it's nice to see that this particular art history professor is slightly less than repressed. (Truly there is some seriously sexing sex in this Blaze novel; it's more than a blaze; it's like a freaking fireball of fury. Don't worry I'm rolling my eyes to at the unconscious alliteration) Though th...more
Body Check by Elle Kennedy is a sports themed romance. It is currently hockey season so I was looking for a good hockey themed romance and this one was exactly what I was looking for. In Body Check, good girl scholar Hayden Houston is in Chicago visiting her father. For various reasons she decides to have a one night stand and picks up hockey star Brody Croft at a bar. He is personally not looking for one night stands anymore but he has instant chemistry with Hayden and takes her up on her offer...more
I enjoyed the romance, but the scandal subplot felt half-baked.
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...more
Heat Factor - 4.5 out of 5 (For a Harlequin title, this one felt almost pornographic. Beyond Blazeworthy.

Annoying Female Lead Factor - 3 out of 5 (Seems sad that this had to be a category, but it is romance. Annoying female leads are standard character-types.

Overall Rating - 3.5 rounded up to 4

Ms. Kennedy, please write a book about a Doug and his trek across the intimacy bridge. He deserves it for all the teasing behind his back. I felt sorry for the dude!
Mar 22, 2012 Caro rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: blaze
I really liked this book. I liked the humor, suspense (who dunit), emotions, and self-discovery. I would read this book again. It's a blaze keeper. I'll have to see if this is in a miniseries cuz I definitely liked the story line and would like to see how some of the other characters' stories turn out. Especially Darcy. I liked her too. I liked how everything was written too. I didn't get confused or have to re-read anything, some books have a section or two like that. Enjoy
Considering the last Harlequin Blaze I read was in class (Women and Pop Cultural Icons) in third year university I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Yes, it was short and I think there could have been more character development, but, honestly, it was really good!

Short, sweet, steamy and highly enjoyable! Recommended for those who like a bit of hockey with their romance.
This was a fun little read. Being a Harlequin Blaze book, it's full of sexy romps in the sheets. And out. A hunky hero and a spunky heroine. More than anything, I was surprised by a lot of plot for a Blaze book. And yes, the H/H do get each other in the end. Wouldn't be a Harlequin book if they didn't. :D

You want a sexy read that also has a plot, this is the one.
Jenn Herrick
Oh all that is holy and hot. Yep it had me reading cover to cover. (well with my kindle. lol) loved it!!
Elle love your books..Can we have more???
This hockey god is supper hot.. Oh no ladies you have to read this little books for yourselves.
I do recommend this if you like hot hockey guys.. and the cover whoo-ie..

Hey you know what? This book was surprisingly good, given the fact that it is a HARLEQUIN book. I do not mean that other Harlequin books are not good, but this one was better, almost believable, the characters were good, and the story had more depth than one expects from a Harlequin book. In all a good read.
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A RITA-award nominated 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 publishes with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain Publishing, and NAL. She loves strong heroines and sexy alph...more
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