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The Playmaker

(Fire on Ice #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Kian Kavanagh, Mr. Fire on Ice, has just been called up to play hockey for the NHL's new expansion team in Seattle. Finally playing in the NHL is a dream come true...except for one thing. Kian has to leave Northern Arizona and the love of his life, Taylor Thompson, to pursue his dream.

Taylor Thompson thinks she's got life figured out. She'll finish her final se
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Published October 5th 2013 by Short on Time Books
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4 Solid Stars! A very intense second book!

Taylor and Kian are a great couple, and while I enjoyed the first book, this one showed the author's growth. Somewhere along the line, she found her footing, and wrote a very compelling book! It's not all sunshine and roses for this couple, there's a horrific event that takes place in this book (view spoiler) ...more
Tickled Pink for Book Ink
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I’m a sucker for the sweet stuff. Taylor and Kian are almost sickly sweet and I want more of it!
THE PLAYMAKER is Taylor and Kian’s story continued. Kian is now playing in the NHL for Seattle while Taylor is in Arizona finishing up her undergraduate degree and making plans to pursue her PhD. The distance is proving to be too much for them to handle. Kian cannot overcome the need to protect Taylor and Taylor has only really felt safe with Kian near. The looming threat against Taylor make
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Wow… where to start with this review. I really got lost in this book. You can see the author’s growth from the first book to this one. The next chapter in Kian and Taylor’s love story comes with a traumatic event that leaves Taylor broken and lost in herself. I had a very hard time reading some parts of this book, because they made me feel so helpless to help. That’s how you know the author has done it, when you keep shouting at your kindle and dissolving into a sobbing mess at 2 am. I could see ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-buff
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars


Kian Kavanagh thought he’s lucky enough to have all he had been dreaming of – he’s finally with Taylor and he’s the newest sensation in the NHL. It’s been a hard time not being with Taylor and always on the road.

She had it all figured out, her education and her relationship with Kian. I thought Taylor’s nightmares were all over when she was finally got through her past, but no.

Monica Cullip
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Playmaker (Fire On Ice Book Two)
Dakota Madison
Local hockey hero Kian Kavanagh has been called up to the big times, to the NHL's new expansion team in Seattle. He and Taylor decide to try a long distance relationship and burn up the phone lines talking to each other constantly.
They have gotten so close to one another, they really are the perfect couple.She has taught him that he is worthy to be loved after his childhood and he has opened her to being able to love after the s
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This picks up right where the first book left off. Kian is picked up by a NHL team in Seattle and Taylor is left with a stalker and her final semester in college.

It was so sweet to see how Kian had changed and has thrown all of his heart and soul into the relationship with Taylor (even eating wraps just for her)..

I was so happy that they had decided to give the long distance thing a go. I was very upset with her parents for their actions during the holidays. I'm still torn about how I feel abo
Crossroad Readers
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Fire on Ice. But I would have to say I thought The Playmaker was even better! This is a continuation of Kian and Taylor’s story. I still loved the characters, especially Kian. He has got to be one of the sweetest hockey players I have ever read about! He would do anything for Taylor or give up everything to try to protect her. Throughout the story he struggles with not being around to protect her. To him, nothing is more important than his “Princes ...more
Kian Kavanagh is loving his new role on Seattle's NHL team, he has gone from being Fire On Ice to the Playmaker and living the career of his dream. The only thing he wishes he could changes is having his girl, his princess, Taylor Thompson by his side. They are making it work though even with the distance between them.

When Taylor is attacked, Kian is ready to drop everything to be by her side. However, Taylor is worried she won't be the woman he needs and has to work through the trau
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was just so emotional and overwhelming for me at times. I had to put it down and walk away after a couple of scenes. I liked that Taylor learned how to defend herself. Again, I wanted to beat the hell out of that scum sucking pig Blake. I really wanted to leave him in a bloody pile in a back alley. I loved that Kian was there for Taylor through all the challenges that came to them. I loved that he was gentle when he needed to be, and that he didn't give up on their relationship. I'm eq ...more
Diane Lynch
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kian and Taylor's story continues in Fire on Ice #2: The Playmaker.

Kian Kavanagh has finally accomplished a life-long dream. He has been called up to the NHL, joining Seattle’s new expansion hockey team.

Taylor Thompson is a semester away from graduating and then plans on going to Graduate School. She is looking at the University of Washington to be with Kian.

Tragedy strikes testing Kian’s and Taylor’s relationship.

Dakota Madison did a spectacular job with the Playmaker. I did not
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Christina Montminy
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay I have to say this book is better than I thought it would be. The continuation of Kian & Taylor's story was deeper & a little darker than I thought it would be. With the devastation that Taylor faces at the hands of an entitled, despicable person, she also has a huge personal growth experience. While dealing with the attack on Taylor, Kian has to deal with being so far away from her as he lives out his dream to play in the NHL. He would rather give it all up to be by her side but Ta ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my .....

Wow! This was not what I expected. After the first book, I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. I was completely surprised ! This story takes you in & really gets much deeper & darker, still with an HEA that I was hoping would happen. Dakota's style is very realistic & I was riveted from the beginning. AMAZING story! Thanks so much, Dakota!
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was happy to receive this book for my honest review.

“I just want you to know how I feel. I also want ou to know that I love you and I want you to understand what that means. It means I love you no matter what better or worse Wedding vows or not.” Kian to Taylor

Kian and Taylor’s journey continues in this second book. You definitely have to read the first book Fire on Ice to get this books understanding.

“He won’t want you anymore once I’m done with you.” Blake to Taylor
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me for an honest review.

5 stars

This book has some difficult scenes in here and touches on rape, so this book should be read by adults eighteen and over.

This is a the conclusion if fire on ice and I have to say wow. You never expect the second book to compare with the first, but I have to say it reached all my expectations and more. There is this light that this author tells from that makes her books so believable that you want to keep on
Falling In Fall Book Blog
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A gifted copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. To view Vanessa's full review, visit

I could not wait to get my hands on this book after the way the last one ended. This is the conclusion to Kian and Taylors story so sadly we will have to say goodbye but not before we get our happily ever after. Kian and Taylor fought demons that were way bigger than them and for a while I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it through them. The love these two have for eac
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5

****This more of a continuation of a review started with Book 1 - Fire on Ice

This book opens several weeks after Fire on Ice ends. Kian is now playing for Seattle, a new NHL team. He impresses his coaches and teammates right from the start with his talent. While he’s happy to have made it to the big league, he desperately misses Taylor and she misses him. They keep in touch with each other, constantly texting and video chatting but it’s not the same. Still thi
Cocktails and Books
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Cocktails

THE PLAYMAKER is the continuation of Kian and Taylor's story. Moved up to an NHL team in Seattle, Kian and Taylor are trying to manage their relationship with significant distance between them. But distance is the least of their worries when a perceived danger to Taylor becomes reality and changes everything for Kian and Taylor.

Let me say, I was not expecting what happened to Taylor. Yes, I figured Blake would find some way to make good on this threats from F
Book review originally published here:

The story of Kian and Taylor continues in The Playmaker, the second book in the Fire on Ice series. Kian has moved into premier league hockey, and is more popular than ever in the world of hockey. While things are looking up for him career-wise, this also means spending less time with Taylor, and more time away from home.

Meanwhile Taylor is still studying for her degree and her chance to go to graduate school. But with a stalker still o
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The Playmaker" continues on from "Fire On Ice" where Kian Kavanagh's dreams all come true. He has finally been signed up for the major league in hockey to play for a team in Seattle. Kian has to move to Seattle to live his dream and leave Taylor behind where his heart now belongs. Taylor Thompson is starting to live life again happily after the incident. She has found someone special to love her and to finish her final year in college. Until one fateful night where someone rips Taylor's world a ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kian is a fighter. All his life he has fought hard to get what he wants. His dreams are becoming a reality. Currently playing hockey for an NHL expansion team, he got the call to join the big leagues. Everyone knows that with dreams and goals, a lot of sacrifices have to be made along the way. One of those sacrifices was leaving the love of his life, Taylor behind. It is true what they say, absence does make the heart grow fonder. Agreeing to support each other, they decide to do the long distan ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Playmaker by Dakota Madison
Review by: Kayla

Synopsis: THE PLAYMAKER is Part Two of the FIRE ON ICE series.

Kian Kavanagh, Mr. Fire on Ice, has just been called up to play hockey for the NHL's new expansion team in Seattle. Finally playing in the NHL is a dream come true...except for one thing. Kian has to leave Northern Arizona and the love of his life, Taylor Thompson, to pursue his dream.

Taylor Thompson thinks she's got life figured out. She'll finish her final
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. SERIES! This story grabbed me from the start. The characters are well fleshed out and the story line flows smoothly. The first book, Fire on Ice, can be read as a standalone as it reaches a satisfying conclusion. However, it is much better read as a set. I read both books as a set and I am glad that I did. I wanted to keep reading about Kian and Taylor. Their story was gripping. I did find the second book, The Playmaker, to be the stronger of the two in my opinion. The path ...more
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WARNING! This is what I call a bottle book(s). You wind up propping it (book or ereader) up against anything so you can have your hands free to do something else!

I told myself I will start Fire on Ice then make dinner since it was still early. I was 25% into the second book before my boys were like "we going to eat?". Needless to say, I couldn't put the thing down and I didn't eat dinner until 8 pm.

Take a hot, hockey-playing man from "the wrong side of the tracks" and a smoking hot "rich girl"
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Have you ever known one of those people or couples who seem to have the worst luck? You know the ones who have everything that could go wrong go wrong and yet they still manage to come back strong and thriving. Taylor is one of those people. In book one we find out her high school boyfriend posted her first sexual encounter on the internet for all to see. As if that wasn’t enough to turn you off sex, in college she is raped. Unfortunately this last statistic is not unusual. More women are raped ...more
Jennifer's Reading
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the continuation of their story.

Kian & Taylor haven't had an easy time thus far. Taylor is trying to keep herself pulled together and not let everything fall apart. While walking home from class one evening, her whole world goes to hell in a hand basket. She must now face that nothing will ever be the same. Will she be able to move past this horrible incident and move forward with Kian?

Kian must face that he wasn't there for Taylor when this horrible incident
Book Junky Girls
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Kian Kavanagh went off to Seattle to finally fulfill a dream of play professional Hockey.
Leaving behind the girl he fell in love with. She needed to finish her degree and fulfill her own dreams.
The distance between them is hard to handle for the both of them.
Taylor has a admirer that doesn't seem to understand that she is just not interested.

The poor girl can't seem to catch a break. She is put through a horrible ordeal and left destroyed. Kian being so far
Anna Marie
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story continues for Taylor and Kian. They made it over the hurdle of getting to know each other and their lives have moved forward. Kian is moved from a minor league team to the NHL but in another city. Taylor continues as college student with a strong desire to reach her own goals. Of course all is not well as they try to navigate through a long distance relationship. They both find themselves willing to sacrifice for the other and not allowing the other to sacrifice for them self. Taylor f ...more
Heather Way
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a continued book from book One. Kian is in the Major League Hockey Team now is Seattle. Moved away from his Girlfriend Taylor.
Their relationship is still going strong even know they miss each other a lot. Then one Night something Horrible happens. Which puts Taylor's mental state not so good. This book was even more hard for me..
It was so hard to read a book that hits close to home. you know when its a good book when it pulls tears from you and every other emotion that is pos
FS Meurinne
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, reviews
This is the next book into the series of Fire and Ice, and Kian and Taylor’s relationship is at stake. Kian has been called top lay in the NHL with Seattle, and Taylor still has her studies to complete in Arizona. Being appart is compromising their future, and they are trying to be together but is not easy. Then a fateful night shatters everything they have worked so hard for. They must try to overcome the difficulties but will their relationship survive all of it, knowing the past that both had ...more
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing new adult, love in midlife, and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds. Dakota also wr ...more

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