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Fighting Dirty

(Ice Kings #5)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  86 reviews
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my best friend.

Like, hide the fact I’ve been in love with her for years.

Or agree to be her fake boyfriend when we have to return to her hometown for her exes wedding.

Little does Jillian know this is what I’ve been waiting for.

It’s a dream come true. I finally get to touch her and love her in all the ways I’ve been dying to show her.

For one
Published January 19th 2021
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Nadine Bookaholic
My absolute favorite of the series! I LOVE Klaus and Jillian, and watching them navigate going from friends to lovers while embarking on a fake relationship was so much fun. I devoured this book in just one day I didn't want to put it down!

Klaus has liked Jillian since they met but at the time she was in a relationship and once she was available he was safely put into the friend zone so when she needs a date to her exes wedding it's the perfect opportunity for him to show her just how perfect th
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"I love the Ice Kings series. And usually by book five the series begins to wain, but honestly this one just seems to go from strength to strength.
Klaus & Jillian’s romance covers a couple of tropes that I can never get enough of. So in saying that, some parts were a bit predictable but I honestly didn’t care as I am always looking forward to reading each individual authors take on it. As I am a huge fan of anything Stacey Lynn writes I’m going to be truthful and admit I knew I was going to love
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, friendship
After reading ‘Hooked On Her’ by Stacey Lynn a little while ago, I knew I wanted to read more books in this series. So when I saw the sign-up for ‘Fighting Dirty’ I immediately signed up and got super excited when I received the ARC. Although this is book five in the Ice King series, they are all standalones and can easily be read out of order.

In ‘Fighting Dirty’ we meet Jillian and Klaus. Jillian and Klaus have been best friend for a while now, and the last few months they have been through a l
Melena Torretta
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stacey Lynn has another great Ice Kings book with Fighting Dirty! I have enjoyed this whole series, and was excited when I found out this would be a friends to more story.

Jillian and Klaus have a great friendship, but both secretly want more. When she needs a date to an ex-boyfriend's wedding, Klaus steps up and agrees to go with her as her fake boyfriend. He sees it as his chance to show her they could be so much more.

They had so much chemistry from the beginning, and it was sweet seeing Klaus
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man, I flew through this one! And it wasn't even a short one. I just couldn't stop reading once I started reading Jillian and Klaus' story. You will fall in love with these two just like you fell in love with the previous couples😂

Jillian is invited to her ex's wedding which her parents are hosting. She didn't want to face her family and her ex alone, so Klaus volunteered to go with her and act as if they are in a relationship. They both had a crush on each other and were both clueless about each
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Klaus has been in love with his best friend Jillian for years. Unknown to him, Jillian is also crushing on her best platonic male friend. Both think the other has friend zoned them so neither has dared to make a move. That’s about to change though. Jillians ex is getting married and he’s that classy kind of guy that sends his ex an invite. Obviously she can’t go alone (I get it, I really do because I wouldn’t ) and who better to ask to be her fake boyfriend than Klaus. Could this be the chance h ...more
Becky Wise
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Fighting Dirty. I couldn't get enough of Klaus and Jillian. They have such a sweet friendship that you can feel the growth of more. I love how Klaus balances Jillian as she faces the dreaded trip home. Klaus is sweet and sexy. Jillian is just wonderful and I love how she finally opens up to her parents. Nana will have you giggling out loud. I just loved this friends to more read so much. If you haven't read any one the Ice Kings series yet you need to. ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

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When Jillian, Klaus' best friend, needs him to be her fake boyfriend while attending her cheating ex's wedding, Klaus has zero hesitation when saying yes. The weekend will be the perfect time to tell her that he's been in love with her for years. Does Jillian feel the same? Will she open up her heart again, even with the possibility of getting her heart broken and losing her best friend?

This has been such a great hockey serie
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Klaus has been her friend for a few years now and for most of that time she has wished that he could be more, but he has never given her any indication that he wants more from her. So she has kept her crush on him under wraps and settled for being his running buddy.

With her ex's wedding approaching she has been summoned home to North Carolina by her mother. Her presence is requested at his wedding and she must attend to keep up appearances, even though their history isn't so great. The past doe
Kari Hansen
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jillian has accepted that she has to attend her ex-fiance’s wedding to her ex-best friend but she isn’t prepared to face the pitying looks from all her friends and family by going alone. She needs an escort and Klaus is the perfect man for the job.

Klaus is more than happy to escort Jillian to the wedding, but he isn’t about to let the opportunity go to waste. He has always thought of Jillian as more than a friend and he is planning on using this time to convince her to make their fake relationsh
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided in exchange for honest review ~

This is the first book that I've read by Stacey Lynn and basically, I decided to read it because the blurb caught my attention and surprisingly, it was very enjoyable. I'm a sucker for unrequited love & best friends to lovers trope, so this book is a major win for me.

Now, this book is about a hockey player named Klaus who has been in love with his best friend Jillian for years. Same goes to Jillian where she also developed the same feeling for him. How
Jessica Alcazar
First, can be get a standing ovation for these covers please? *clap* *clap* *clap* They have been #lickable from the start and they continue to make my girlie parts smile!

Now, this.story! A more incredibly fun friends to more story I have not read in quite some time. It was delightful! These two had spark! Their friendship sparked and when it moved along to more, it sparkled! If you enjoy reading friends to more stories, this is one you will not want to miss!

Available NOW! Grab your copy today!
Marlene Brown
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I really love this series, this is book 5 and all the books are standalones. This is the story of Klaus and Jillian. Friends for years, in relationships with other people, they found themselves single at the same time and Jillian needs a favor from her friend, and Klaus is more than happy to oblige. They spend a life changing weekend together where family secrets are revealed, friendships reexamined and sparks fly.
There were funny mo9ments, heartbreaking ones that made me gasp, and loving, sexy
Danielle Cordsen

Fighting Dirty
By: Stacey Lynn


Better together!

In book 5 of Stacey Lynn’s Ice Kings series we get a beautiful friends to love book. Klaus and Jillion have been friends for years. He watcher her go through a cheating ex and parents that are less than loving. Will she ever give him the chance he wants to be so much more?

The author writing is flawless, and the words are so captivating, the plot had so many twists and turns and none that I was expecting, and many shockingly intimate I h
Jolanda Gelissen
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sports
I always enjoy a good friends-to-lovers romance, and this book does not disappoint.

Jillian and Klaus have been friends for years. There has always been a more than friendly attraction, but they never entertained the thought, because Jillian was in a long-term relationship, and Klaus was keeping busy with casual dalliances. She has now been single for a while, but neither of them has found the courage yet to take their friendship further.

Jillian is pressured by her parents to attend the wedding
Trish (Beautiful Chaos Reviews)
I do love a good hockey series, and Klaus is one of the swooniest of hockey heroes I have come across in a while. Fighting Dirty is one of those books that brings all the sighs. Jillian is a wonderfully strong woman to get to know who is also bound by those southern traditions that still rule in society.

But let's start at the beginning, holy hockey team, they are in Charlotte!! I do love finding an author who is here in my town and writes about things happening here. So Jillian's marketing firm
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Klaus, a member of the California Ice Kings, has been best friends with Jillian the last several years. They have several of the same friends, interests, etc. Klaus has also been in love with Jillian since the day they met, but the timing was always off. It didn’t change his feelings though. When Jillian is backed into the corner and expected to make an appearance at her ex-fiancé’s wedding, she asks Klaus to be her “fake” boyfriend. He jumps at the chance to finally show Jillian that they could ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fighting Dirty is the fifth book in the Ice Kings series by Stacey Lynn. Each book is a stand-alone, so you can just immediately jump into this one. Personally, I would recommend starting the series from the beginning because all books are good and I wouldn't want you missing the fun.

Friends to lovers is one of my top genres and I had a blast with this book. Our main characters are Klaus and Jillian. They have been friends for a while and they had feelings for each other before this book began
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has a little bit of everything - best friends, fake relationship, and sports romance. I love Klaus and Jillian. They have a great friendship, an easygoing camaraderie, and off the charts chemistry that they try to keep under wraps. Klaus agrees to play Jillian’s fake boyfriend at a family wedding. He thinks this may be the time to make his move. Even though Jillian keeps her walls firmly around her heart after a bad breakup, he believes he is man enough to break them down! I was rooti ...more
Carol | tilthelastpage
I am completely in love with this book. Despite it being the first time reading from Stacey Lynn, I was completely enamored with her story. This is a light, fun, and sweet sports romance about two best friends to lovers who pretend to date for an ex's wedding. They were already half in love with each other in the first place so the story revolves around them realizing their true feelings for each other.

I love Klaus and Jillian's relationship in this story, there's nothing they wouldn't do for ea
Tara Peters
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Klaus and Jilly-Bean were great as friends, but they were superb as more. When she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend so she doesn’t have to go to her ex-fiancé’s wedding alone, he vows to use the weekend to finally get her for the rest of his life. Little do either know, they both are in love with each other already.
When they get to her parent’s house, things are strained. She has never felt like her parents love her and they always side with her ex. The banter and romantic moments between
Cate at Fiction Beer & Cupcakes
I received an ARC for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jillian Stearns is heading back to her family home for the wedding of her ex-fiancé and ex-best friend. However, she isn’t heading back home alone. She is going with her best friend and professional hockey player Klaus Newman.

Klaus Newman realizes this is the opportunity he has always wished for, the chance to prove to Jillian that they can be together as a couple. Things won’t get weird between and that they may be each other’
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friends to lovers romance that has hockey players in it? Sign me up. Playing Dirty is the fifth book in the Ice Kings series. It can be read as a stand-alone.

We meet Klaus and Jillian who have been friends for years. Nothing has ever come from their friendship because Jillian had been in a relationship. When she finds her boyfriend cheating on her with one of her friends, they’re done. And to really stick it to her, they invite her to their wedding. Her best friend convinces her to bring Klau
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
This is book 5 in the series but it easily stands alone. I have not read this entire series, just a few books in it when a couple intrigues me. I really was attracted to this story because it features a best friends to more storyline with the heroine going to her exes wedding and a fake romance relationship with her bestie.

Jillian and Klause have been really great friends for 4 years. They run together, hang out, even have sleepovers but have never even kisses romantically. When they met she wa
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun friends to lovers read! I loved Klaus and Jillian and the Ice Kings series is one of my all time favorites.

Klaus and Jillian have been friends for a while. When they first met, Jillian was in a serious relationship while Klaus was playing the field. But as the years progressed Jillian broke up with her fiancee and Klaus started to realize that he really like Jillian more than just friends. But he stepped back letting Jillian take the reins as far as where their relationship was go
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fighting Dirty by Stacey Lynn is the 5th book in the Ice Kings series and tells the story of Jillian and her best friend, Klaus. Jillian is invited to her ex-fiancée’s wedding, where he is marrying her ex-best friend and decides to ask Klaus as her date for the weekend. He agrees as he has feelings for Jillian and is hoping that the weekend will turn things in a new direction for the two of them.

Due to Jillian’s issues with betrayal as a result of her ex’s affair, she struggles with losing a fri
Leslie Ooten
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Diane Lynch
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey-romance, ebook
Stacey Lynn wins with FIGHTING DIRTY (Ice Kings #5). In this story, Carolina Ice Kings NHL player Newman Klaus has been in love with his best friend Jillian Stearns for years. He cannot believe his luck when she asks him to go home with her for the weekend and pretend that he is her fake boyfriend at her ex-fiancés wedding. Now he must get her to see him as more than just a friend. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult readers.

FIGHTING DIRTY is a heartfelt and fun story. Klaus a
Jackie Wright
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love friends to lovers romances or hockey tales look no further than Fighting Dirty by Stacey Lynn, this is book 5 in the Ice Kings Series but I believe Klaus and Jillian’s story can certainly be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone, although I’m sure once you pick up one of these Ice Kings books you will be chomping at the bit for more.
I was captivated from the first page to the last line as I watched Klaus do what was needed to help his best friend Jillian get through the wedding of her ex
Reva Parks
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I agree with Jillian, too! Klaus is my 'favorite': so brawny, so focused on his goals, so polite! Jillian, a marketing maven, and Klaus, a hockey pro, have been best buds for months. Klaus knows he has fallen for her, but Jillian is reluctant, not wanting to ruin her friendship and not sure about love anyway after catching her ex-fiance kissing her best friend! But new bud Becca talks her into inviting Klaus to her ex's wedding as her pretend boyfriend and he jumps at the chance to 'live his lov ...more
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Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, a

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