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Simmering Ice

(Atlantic City Hustlers #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  90 reviews
When the gloves come off, she's worth the penalty...

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She's just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work...that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O'Meara. She's a touch insecure and doesn't understand why he's interested
ebook, 162 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
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I read SIMMERING ICE in the box set of the first two books in the Atlantic City Hustlers series, called ICED, and I really enjoyed both of them!!!

Out of the two novellas, I did love SIMMERING ICE a bit more than FLIRTING ON ICE though! I loved Alec and Annie, and I felt like their story was a little more flushed out than Zac and Heather's was, but both were absolutely adorable!! I really loved the team aspects of the story, and the romance was sweet and had a really wonderful build!

What I loved
April Symes
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Alec O'Meara is a professional hockey player who has had some pretty hard knocks in life- he lost the love of his life due to cancer and since then has kept a stranglehold on his heart so he can never feel that kind of pain on his heart. While visiting some children at a local hospital, he bumps into Annie and the color of her hair shocks him completely-she reminds him of his late wife.

Annie Davidson, physical therapist,
BBMoreB ~
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Atlantic City Hustlers’ right winger, Alec “Sequoia” O’Meara, lost his wife, Tamara, to cancer two years ago. Due to Alec’s famed talent, the media publicized both Tamara’s battle with cancer and later, following her death, Alec’s grief. Since becoming a widower, Alec, has ensured that his relationships never deepen – strictly remaining in the just-for-fun stage.

Annie Davidson’s most recent relationship ended when she discovered her ex, Corey, having an affair with a medical assistant. Growing
I received a copy of this story through NetGalley from Entangled Publishing for an honest review. This was a great book told from both character's points of view. At times the story was heartbreaking, warm and hopeful. Obviously my heart went out to Alec for his loss, but my it hurt for Annie's lifetime of insecurities and criticism from the one person who should always be in her corner. They help each other to heal and build a future together. Annie's mother? Good grief, I want to drop kick tha ...more
Diane Lynch
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-romance
Hockey player Alec O'Meara has not been interested in dating years after the death of his wife. That is until physical therapist, Annie Davidson, catches his eye.
I like Annie. She is smart and athletic. She is self-sacrificing, living in less than optimal conditions to help out her older landlord. She is a bit insecure, but who isn’t at some point or another. Considering the lack of support she gets from her mother, she turned out to be a wonderful person.
My heart went out to Alec for losing h
Bette Hansen
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent quick read that is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Great writing and characters make this one you don't want to miss.

Alec O'Meara, professional hockey player, and Annie Davidson, physical therapist, meet one afternoon at the hospital when Alec is visiting young hospitalized fans! They have an immediate attraction but Annie is just out of a bad relationship and Alec hasn't been interested in anyone since losing his young wife to cancer. After spending more time together has Al
Kate Forest
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don’t really like hockey, but I think I’m going to start watching.

How sweet is it when a sports star visits sick kids in the hospital? How much sweeter is it when he accidentally makes one cry and needs to be rescued by the adorable read headed physical therapist? The passion between the characters is instantaneous and the tension builds over the course of the story. The heart wrenching backstories of Alec and Annie have the reader rooting for them to find love and happiness. The authors score
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Favorite Quotes:

Mikael’s always offering me tickets, with the stipulation that I bring a friend, preferably female, and preferably blonde. I don’t think he appreciated it when I brought my landlady. She’s blonde, but about seventy-five.

‘I do like your teammates, but do they come over often?’ ‘Only when the stubborn guy who lives here needs a kick in the ass.’ ‘So should I expect to see them a lot?’

My Review:

I adored the characters in this book, Alec was such a sweet teddy bear and a gentle giant
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
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by Kim

First off, Simmering Ice, the second book in the Atlantic City Hustler series is a standalone read. I read the first book, Flirting on Ice and knew Alec “Sequoia” O’Meara was special. I just didn’t know how special he truly was or what demons he carried around. Alec has had his perfect love story. He thinks you get only one and his story ended with the death his wife.

“She’s special. And you have a hell of a lot in common with her. Don’t go writing
Okay, right off the bat, I have to make a confession. I can't help but compare these Atlantic City Hustlers books to Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury Hockey series. There's really no comparison--Bennett's are better--but I could be biased because Bennett's books are some of my favorites ever. Anyway, it's driving me bonkers that they have the same character names. Which, is crazy because this series started before Bennett's (I think). Regardless, I read them around the same time and just can't stop co ...more
Annie Davidson is a fantastic physical therapist working in a hospital, helping children recover from serious injuries. The Atlantic City Hustlers are the local ice hockey team and some of their players visit patients to help encourage them on the road to recovery. One such professional hockey player is Alec O’Meara, who has the nickname Sequoia. When they first meet she can’t believe he’s interested in her. She knows that he lost his wife to cancer, that she had red hair like Annie and that he ...more
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

It's rare to find a story where the relationship starts off the story. Annie and Alec meet while she's at work. Both of them have a past--her with a cheating ex and him losing his wife--but they would like to move on. They spend time together flirting and then dating. Everything is wonderful between them, but Annie has some insecurities about the relationship. Her mother doesn't help matters with her unkind words that m
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
What an excellent Novella. I loved so so so many things about this beautiful story. First of all the hero is a hockey player, and really does it get any better than that? Although Alec has a tragic past, his first wife died from cancer, his and Annie's story is very heartwarming. Annie comes from a family of over achievers and her mother has done a wonderful job of making her feel like she doesn't measure up. Annie is a beautiful and successful physical therapist, but her self esteem has taken a ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This is the first I have read from Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley and have to say WOW. I loved that Annie is your average woman yet secretly just wants to be loved. I hated the way her mother treated her like she wasn`t worth anything unless she was pretty on the outside. The attraction that Alec and Annie have is purely genuine to the point where I wanted to kill of the mother. I mean Annie is beautiful inside and out and for her to doubt that a
Sharon Redfern
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is a sweet story of two people who have had tough times and are able to go beyond the hurt to find love. Annie is a successful physical therapist who was dumped by her cheating boyfriend. Add to that a lifetime of negative reinforcement from a hypercritical mother and Annie has a pretty low opinion of her ability to attract and keep a man. Alec is an ubersexy hockey player whose wife died after a battle with cancer. When the two meet they are instantly interested but their ...more
Christine Woinich
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to this story since I read Flirting on Ice. I love the characters and hope to read more in this series. This story is about Alec. It has been a while since he lost his wife and he is not really looking to settle down. His teammate Zac introduces him to Annie. Their attraction is almost instant, but their insecurities and doubts make them question their feelings. Annie has issues with her mother that make it hard for her to believe someone like Alec could like her the ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have read another in this series so I was excited when I received this one to review. This was such a sweet story. I loved it! This is about Alex and Annie. I loved Alex he was so sweet and just wanted to give Annie everything. Annie was kind of annoying at time because she just always believed the worst about herself. She needed to have a little bit more self respect. Other than that I enjoyed this novella ...more
4 stars

Simmering Ice was a sweet romantic read.

I enjoyed seeing Annie and Alec fall in love. They were likable, relatable and had amazing chemistry.
From the first page I was drawn into this story, it was heartwarming seeing them come together and not letting fear or insecurities keep them apart.

I highly recommend Simmering Ice and the Atlantic City Hustlers series. I've enjoyed both books and can't wait for the next book. I'm hoping we get Mikael's story next =)

Thank you Entangled Lovestruck vi
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A heartwarming story about a man who lost his wife and a woman who has her own set of insecurities, falling in love. I really enjoyed their story a lot. Alec was such a sweetheart and I definitely understood Annie's insecurities. If I were in her shoes, I would probably feel insecure about my looks compared to the "model-looking" women too. I love series romances where you can read more about other characters in the book. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
Veronica Forand
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited for everyone to read Sequoia's story. He's not looking for love, but Annie sort of crashes into his life. There's plenty of hockey fights and even Zac and Heather from "Flirting on Ice" make an appearance. Enjoy.
I read Simmering Ice & Flirting on Ice as a box set called ICED which was kindly provided to me by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review and I enjoyed both of these novellas a lot.

They were both sweet and easy reads with likable characters and each had a couple of hot moments.

Out of the two novellas I enjoyed Flirting on Ice more. As i felt Zac and Heather had more of a connection and the story drew me in more. That's not to say though that Simmering Ice didn't draw me in. It
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-romance
Very romantic hockey jock falls hard for a nurse looking just like his deceased wife. Her mother is an odd duck putting Annie down because she reminds her of the husband that left. Taking that in Annie can't help but think she would be replacing Alec's wife. The two are perfectly matched in every way but it takes a round of poor communication to challenge it all. Annie is a smart and confident woman, aside from her weak mother, and Alec compliments her perfectly. Flirting on Ice is a companion n ...more
Brittany (The Crafty Engineer's Bookshelf)
Simmering Ice is an adorable story about Alec and Annie. Alec is a star hockey player who is still struggling with his wife's death when he meets Annie. Annie looks a lot like his deceased wife and she can't help but wonder if he's trying to replace her. It doesn't help that her mom keeps telling her she isn't good enough. The chemistry between these two grows stronger every time they are together. This is a quick read that is well written and I'd highly recommend it.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Two good characters and a story with potential, sadly this novella didn't quite deliver.

I really had high hopes for Alec as this started but the character and his love story didn't materialise.

The ending was too contrived for me, and there was no real resolution within the wider story.

Thanks to net galley for a copy of this novella in return for an honest review

Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book i just loved it and could not put it down read it in one go.This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster my heart just broke at times for Alec and you cant help but feel for Annie too.This was a super read and i cant wait to read more.
Lori  Wertz
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Iced. I am a huge hockey fan so getting my 2 favorite things combined, hockey and romance, I could not ask for anything more!
C bond
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

an ok read.
Char (1RadReader59)
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alec O’Meara plays hockey for The Hustler’s he’s good at his job yet when it comes to his personal life he has issues. You see Alec was once married to a beautiful red-head named Tamara. She met a tragic death known as cancer. Alec has really never gotten over it. He loves beautiful women but he’s only looking for a one nightstand. Not a forever kind of girl at least not anymore. He already had that and lost it. So you could say he has commitment issues.
Well, he’ll have to take a number behind
Smut Matters
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Heather's review from Smut Matters

Simmering Ice was a light, fun novella in the Atlanta City Hustlers series. Annie Davidson is a physical therapist who has pretty much given up on love after a string of terrible relationships. She’s pretty focused on her work and her clients when she meets Alex O’Meara, a professional hockey player, through a common acquaintance. Alex’s wife Tamara died a year or so ago, and while he’s gotten through his grief and dated some since then, he hasn’t really been lo
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Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense.

She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

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