Fire and Ice (Sticks & Hearts, #2)by Rhonda James Published 15 Nov 2016
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They call me the #DirtyGentleman.
My reputation precedes me.
I’m forward on the ice and in the bedroom
With a filthy mouth and impressive moves.
I always get the job done.
I have my future all planned out:
Get laid often.
Land the job of my dreams.
Sounds easy. Right?
It was until Delaney Dixon burst into my life.
Eyes as warm as melted chocolate.
A sexy smile.
And a pair of Double-Ds that sends men to their knees in gratitude.
She’s broken, hiding from a secret past, and refuses to let me in.
But just like my game, I never quit.
She gave me one night.
But I want forever.
"Fire and Ice (Sticks & Hearts, #2)" Reviews
This #DirtyGentleman has me all wound up.
Rhonda James has once again nailed it with this second book in the Sticks & Hearts series. I swear each book I read from her just gets better and better.
Laney needs an escape from a wedding she is attending and while in an elevator sees Derek who is in town for a job interview. She decides to follow him and barges into his room. The two have a flirtatious conversation over some tequila, there are some glances exchanged, then some touching. They get interrupted by a call and when Derek turns around Laney is gone. It becomes a game of cat and mouse which eventually ends up in a night that neither one can get off their mind.
They both return to their lives and eventually start to exchange text messages and phone calls.
As I read this book I found myself wanting so desperately for these two to meet up again. I loved the relationship that formed between the two. We also discover that Laney has secrets and they will pull at your heart strings. She is a strong and determined woman so completely brave. At times I found myself saying FUCK this girl has had such a tough go I just wanted to make it all better for her.
DERRICK DAVIS !!!! Oh my, he was one swoony #DirtyGentleman. So damn sweet he will make your heart go pitter patter while at the same time get your blood flowing with his damn sexiness. You will want a dose of Vitamin D regularly.
I am not going to say too much more as I don't want to spoil this book. But man there were some moments where I wanted to cry, scream, and even a few moments where I wanted to fucking slap a few people.
I will say that this is a book that everyone should read if you are looking for a great heartfelt romance.
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Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
It doesn't happen often but sometimes I start a book and I think I'm not going to be able to finish it, but then something integral happens and I find myself completely caught up in the story and that's exactly what happened with Fire and Ice by Rhonda James. This was the first book I read by this author although as soon as I finished it, I immediately went back and one-clicked Jersey Girl, the first book in the series. A well off college hockey player, a woman struggling to get by, one explosive night neither can forget all begins this endearing and emotional romance.
Derek Davis knows he should be thankful for the opportunities he's given because of his family name, but Derek wants to blaze his own path and while he knows professional hockey is not in the cards for him, he hopes his years playing the game and his degree in communications will land him a job in sports broadcasting, one he hopes to get on his own merits. In Atlanta on a job interview set up by his father, Derek is trying to forget the job he has no intention of taking when a young woman pushes her way into his room.
All Delaney "Laney" Dixon can think about is getting away from the man who broke her heart and while she's not sure why she pushed her way into a room with a man she doesn't know, she'll admit he takes her breath away with his beauty.
I love when couples meet under unusual circumstances and their meeting was highly unusual, but what really impressed me was Derek tracking Laney down and proving to her that he appreciates all of her. There was much I loved about this book, but I don't want to spoil all the surprises within its pages for other readers. So, I'll just say that I was impressed with Laney's strength and conviction to be her own woman and to take care of herself and her burdens were not easy and were not all her own. Despite his privileged upbringing Derek was pretty down to earth and I absolutely loved that nothing Laney told him fazed him. While at times her unwillingness to accept any help from anyone got a bit on my nerves and drove Derek crazy, I could also understand where it was coming from and why she insisted on standing completely on her own two feet.
A smart, sassy and driven heroine, a hero bound and determined to be her special kind of super hero, lots of friendship, enough conflict to make it interesting, and love that knows no bounds made Fire and Ice an engaging and very special romance.
ARC provided with no expectations.
Fire and Ice by Rhonda James is a sexy love at first sight romance between a college hockey star and a feisty dance major which reads like a fine red wine - allowing it to breathe and savor it. Derek Davis knows as college is coming to an end so is his hockey career. Making plans for his career brings Derek to Atlanta for an interview but he never thought a sexy brunette would barge into his life and his heart. Delaney Dixon has guarded herself from everyone since losing her family. Classmates snub their nose at her choice of employment and rumors are spread like wildfire across the campus. For one night Delaney lets her guard down and lets in the sexy as sin blonde in the Armani suit who's blue eyes she gets lost in but it's for only one night right?
I love this series and Fire and Ice stands as a excellent follow up to Jersey Girl (one of my favorite reads of 2016). The chemistry between Derek and Delaney is off the charts and no one can deny these two are meant for each other. Following our #DirtyGentleman realize he's falling for the girl was refreshing. Delaney has had a couple of horrible years and is struggling to hold on to anything that reminds her of a time when her family was together. Reading this struggle was heartbreaking and painful but watching her allow herself to be loved was refreshing. Getting a glimpse of the rest of our GLU favorites was fantastic. Seeing B and Cassie so in love is infectious and you see why the boys are wanting what these two have. I really thought how do you top B, we all loved him but I knew Davis has something different and itched for his story. Rhonda did not disappoint and gave us something with a different feel but with the same world we fell in love with in Jersey Girl. I love me some #VitaminD. 4.5 Stars for Fire and Ice by Rhonda James
*** Reviewed for Sweet & Spicy Reads - ARC provided for a honest review ***
Fire & Ice (Sticks & Hearts book2)
* I was given an ARC for an honest review *
I hope this review will have people racing to get this book. Rhonda James never disappoints. I love everything she's written but The Sticks & Hearts series has become my favorites by far.
Derek Davis is a hotter than hot hockey player who is at GLU in communication studies because he knows he won't be going pro.
Delaney Dixon is a dance major at GLU and works at "The Library" a strip club as a stripper.
The two first meet and sparks fly from the beginning. Laney wants him but has a whole lot going on in her life not to mention an ex who threw her away when he learned of her secrets. The secrets she keeps from everyone else are tragic and she is afraid they will leave her too.
Derek wants her and after their first run in can't stop thinking of her. Texting and video chat have upped the flirting and he's ready for another weekend with Laney. When she agrees they meet again unexpectedly the night of his birthday bash. She is his entertainment....
I devoured the pages until my eyes were straining. I laughed, I swooned, I had tears and I was angry. So many feels in this book all perfectly combined into an amazing book you don't want to end.
"I was Fire and He was Ice. And together we fucking sizzled"
I really enjoyed book 1, but I loved this one! Derek and Delaney are both such loveable characters, and I fell head over heels for both of them.
Derek is a player and doesn’t plan on settling down anytime soon. Although B has warned him to guard his heart because the right girl will eventually break threw his walls, Derek isn’t concerned and doesn’t plan on changing his ways. That is until Delaney knocks him off his feet and leaves him wanting more. “The Dirty Gentleman” is about to get his heart tied up in knots, but is Delaney ready for commitment?
Delaney has had a rough life. She has lost so much along the way, and has to take a job that others don’t approve of to save the only piece of her past she has left. Just when Delaney is about to lose everything, she meets Derek and he completely turns her world upside down. But is Delaney ready for everything Derek has to offer?
These two… OMG I love them both so very much. Delaney is such a sweet, loving, and caring person. And of Derek is pure male perfection in every way. He is also a complete sweetheart when it comes to Delaney. Throw in a little drama, a few surprises and this book, and getting to see Cassie and B as well and it’s the perfect combination. I adore Ms. James’s writing, and I can’t wait too see what she brings next.