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Phoenix77 | 346 comments After we buy some food we make out way down to the best seats in the world. "Wow," I gasp as we get out first view of the warmup skate.

"Wow," Jenny echoes, her eyes widening as out idols whip past on their blades. We're so close to the action we can hear the scrape of steel against the ice. "This is as close as I've come to having a religious experience."

"You said that when we saw U2 last year."

"But Bono wasn't stretching his powerful thighs ten feet in front of me." Jenny sighs happily as big forward Player One glides past the glass with a smile. Then he blows a kiss right at us. No - right near us.

"Love you, baby!" someone calls from two feet behind me.

Turning around is merely instinctual. A pretty blonde waves Player One off, and I glance at the man sitting beside her.

Then, ever so casually, I turn back around, my heart thumping. "Jenny!" I squeak as soon as we're standing for the national anthem. I risk a whisper into her ear because another occupant of the row right behind us is singing "O Canada" at a volume unmatched by most humans' lung capacity. "We're sitting in front of the player's families. Including one half of Nickname."

Jenny's eyes widen, and I see her sneak a glance back at Husband, who's famous for marrying star player Player Two.

"These are incredible seats," she hisses. "You'd better keep walking that dog, missy. I want to come back next week."

That's when I spot Hero, and my pulse jumps several notches. He skates out with Two and One, and the three of them get into position for the face-off. His attention is focuses entirely on the puck, a serious expression on his rugged face.

I'm tense as the puck drops, and I don't even know why. Then they're off like a shot as Two wins the pick and passes to Hero. A little shriek of excitement escapes me as I lean forward in my seat.

I am a City girl in her element tonight. Hear me roar. "KILL THEM, HERO!" I holler.

"Ow!" Jenny complains, covering an ear. "Pace yourself. U2 wasn't this loud."




"Wow," Jenny says, eyes wide. "I knew you were a fan, but I didn't know-"

The sentence goes unfinished because City charges the net. Two passes to Hero, who shoot and it's... My blood stops circulating.

Denied. The Dallas goalie makes a highlight-reel save off the top of his glove, and a defenseman flicks it away.

"GOOD TRY!" Jenny screams, getting into the fray.

For the next twenty action-packed minutes, we forget everything except the game. The first period is fast and furious. Our boys don't manage to score, but they're giving Dallas a hard time.

"We have seventeen shots on goal," Jenny grumbles, draining her beer after the buzzer. "Their goalie must have been to church this morning or something."

"Doesn't matter," I growl, my voice hoarse. "We're winning tonight, I can just feel it."

We hit the ladies' room and then buy two more beers. The kiss cam does its thing, and I don't watch the jumbotron. Tonight I'm not the girl who got divorced at twenty-seven. Tonight I'm the party girl with coveted seats to the best game on earth.

And for once the universe is with me. We score three times in the second period and twice in the third. Hero gets a goal and an assist. I scream my head off for him both times. Dallas can't keep up, and the score is 5-2 when there are only three minutes left on the clock.

I'm tired and sweaty as my heroes line up for one more face-off. They know they're going to bring this victory home, and the whole stadium is excited. "Wow." I sigh, fanning my flushed face. "This is very invigorating. It's been over a year since I..."

"Had sex?" Jenny finishes.

"...saw a hockey game in person," I correct, even though that other thing is also true.

"Whoa!" Jenny says, drawing my attention back to the ice. Naturally my gaze gravitates to my favorite player. "Hero's going to get a penalty for tripping."

Sure enough, the announcer calls for a two-minute bench minor. And suddenly my celebrity crush is skating right toward me, his handsome face creased with displeasure. I've never been so close to him before. The way his broad shoulders move with each stride makes me strangely hungry.

Is it weird to have a shoulder fetish? Get a grip, I tell myself as he sits down. You're only ogling his padding, anyway. But that just makes me more curious to see what's under it.

That's when he turns his head and looks right at me.

"Omigod," Jenny squeaks.

My thoughts exactly. I'm sort of frozen now. Like one of Mr. Freeze's victims in those comic books Jackson collects. I can feel myself staring, and it's possible my jaw is hanging open a little. But those gray eyes! So sexy. This man's press photos don't lie.

There's a scramble at my left as Jenny does something. I don't look. Still frozen.

But then - I swear to God - a flicker of a smile crosses his sensual mouth before he turns back to watch the action on the ice.

And the spell breaks. I turn to Jenny, opening my mouth to say something. She's holding her sign. No - she's holding a different sign. "Omigod. What did you do?"

"It's just a funny little joke," she says, trying to tuck it back down below her chair.

"Jenny!" I gasp, grabbing her wrist and taking a second look.

HOTTIE IS SINGLE! the sign shouts.

"What... oh. God. You didn't!" My whole body flashes with the heat of embarrassment.

She grabs both my wrists with a ninja move. "Breath, okay? He said you were cute. He calls you Hottie, for heaven's sake. I just gave him a little push."

"He's a client"

"I don't care! This is your life Heroine. The only one you get. The old Heroine was the most confident woman I knew.
She was always hustling to get what she wanted. Bring her back, okay? Stop moping around like a kicked puppy and have a fling with the man. I'm begging, here. Even if he gives you a raging case of the flutterstutters, it's still worth it."

"The...what?" Jenny likes to invent words, but I'm too shaken up to understand them tonight.

"The nerves. The butterflies. You practically had an aneurysm when he looked at you."

"I didn't," I lie. "Not until I saw your stupid sign."

Jenny only grins. And then the buzzer sounds, and fifteen thousand fans stand up to cheer.

Well. Even if I die of embarrassment the next time Sniper87's name appears on my computer screen, at least we beat Dallas.

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Manda Collins (manda_collins) | 1917 comments Mod
I ❤️ this one!

message 3: by Stacey (new)

Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1278 comments I love this one too. Great choice!! :-)

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Dls | 2094 comments Mod
Pretty sure I know this one—been meaning to read it

message 5: by Irisheyes (new)

Irisheyes | 896 comments Good one! One of my favorites!

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Janga | 1070 comments Mod
I haven't read it, but I'm fairly certain I know the author. I have an educated guess at the book.

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Leigh-Ayn | 1186 comments OOh i have no idea but i want to read it!!!

message 8: by Susan (new)

Susan (shaydock) | 709 comments What a great way to start the morning. Never read anything with a hockey theme. Looking forward to the reveal.

message 9: by Nicole (new)

Nicole (nikanne) | 222 comments I have no clue and I can't wait for the reveal! Sounds like just the type of read I need right now.

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Dls | 2094 comments Mod
Just read it and yep. Light hearted but with characters you care about

message 11: by Phoenix77 (new)

Phoenix77 | 346 comments As most of you already guessed, the book is Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy.

I really love this series and hope it continues.

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Dls | 2094 comments Mod
They have said that they want to do a book for Will, presumably with the new figure skating coach.

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Stacey (staceyissassy) | 1278 comments Dls wrote: "They have said that they want to do a book for Will, presumably with the new figure skating coach."

I can't wait for that one. :-)

message 14: by Leigh-Ayn (new)

Leigh-Ayn | 1186 comments ooh i will have to check it out. I'm not sure i have read any of the SB hockey books!

message 15: by Dls (new)

Dls | 2094 comments Mod
They are excellent but be patient with Blake Riley. He is shallow and crude and it takes a while to see he has a heart of gold and chooses to be shallow to avoid pain.

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