Please welcome Jeff Adams and Will Knaus with
The Hockey Player's Heart
a Dreamspun Desires title
Hi everyone! We’re excited to be at My Fiction Nook for The Hockey Player’s Heart blog tour. The Hockey Player's Heart, which is #50 in the Dreamspinner Press Dreamspun Desires line, comes out tomorrow. We’re looking forward to getting our first co-written book out to everyone.
This is a second chance love story between NHL star Caleb Carter and third grade teacher Aaron Price. Aaron tutored Caleb in high school and now, with Caleb home to recovery from an injury, the two reconnect.
Below is an exclusive excerpt from The Hockey Player’s Heart that we hope you enjoy...
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About the book:
Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?
When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser . Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?
Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.
They drove to the café, got their coffee, and settled into their favorite table, alongside the big window that looked out on Main Street.
“We got the final tally from the school carnival,” Pam said proudly. “It was the most successful fund-raiser in school history.”
“That’s fantastic,” Aaron said. He knew that Caleb’s celebrity would help their local event, but couldn’t have imagined how big of a draw he’d actually be.
“Even better,” she said, leaning in conspiratorially, “today the school received a huge check from a certain hockey player who we both happen to know. He matched every dollar we raised!”
Of course he did.
Caleb was generous and kind. Talented and irresistibly attractive.
Like a sexy knight in shining hockey gear, he’d ridden into town, all perfect and noble, seeming determined to wear down Aaron’s resolve. Aaron was no swooning damsel in distress, though if he were honest with himself, being swept up in Caleb’s muscular embrace held a certain appeal.
“You don’t look pleased.” Pam held her coffee cup in two hands and looked over the top of it at Aaron. “What’s going on?”
“What’re you talking about?” There was no way she hadn’t heard the defensiveness in his tone. Was there?
Pam gave him the look she gave to students who were sent to her office for doing something wrong. The one that said she could wait it out until he spilled the beans.
“That won’t work on me.” He looked at her, willing himself to not succumb.
After a minute or so of the staring contest, she relented. “No fair. You’ve been around me too much.”
“Seriously, though. What’s up?”
“Please don’t get mad, but I really need someone to talk to.”
“Oh my God. Are you in trouble? Did someone die?”
“No. No.” He shook his head as he laughed nervously. He took a deep breath before blurting out “I think I might like your brother.”
There. He’d said it. He’d gotten it out.
“Of course you do,” Pam said with a dismissive wave of her hand. “You’ve known him forever. You’ve been—” She stopped cold. She was never at a loss for words, so Aaron expected the worst. “Oh, wait. You like like him. That’s fantastic!” A huge smile spread across her face.
Aaron examined his coffee, trying to hide from anyone who might be looking their direction since Pam was rather loud in her proclamation.
She put her hand over her mouth as she realized it too. “Sorry,” she said, restraining her voice. “Why on earth would you be worried telling me that?”
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