Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Jaci Burton, author of the Play by Play series.
I saw my first hockey game—in person, that is, at the St. Louis Blues arena when I was in my twenties (this was quite a few years ago). I had watched hockey on television, but I hadn’t realized until I went to see a game in person how different it is seeing a game live. The action was nonstop. I held my breath the entire time, watching the players skate from one end of the ice to the other, the players fighting for possession of the puck only to see it slide away from their sticks. There was aggression, testosterone, fighting…yum.
It was there that my true love of hockey was born. Watching it on television had been fun, but seeing a game live? Nothing like it. To feel the energy as the players slam against the boards, all the power they as they rattle the glass in front of you—it was truly a sight to behold. I’ve never forgotten that first game, and I never will.
There’s something so inherently sexy about hockey players. I don’t know if any of you have ever ice skated before. Likely there are many of you out there who are really good at it. Me? Not so much. I apparently lack the ankle strength to remain upright on ice skates. Which makes me sad, because I love to watch people skate. There’s something so fluid and elegant about sailing along the top of the ice, skates skimming the surface as if you’re barely touching it. (Can you tell figure skating is one of my favorite Olympic sports?).
And then there’s hockey, which takes skating to a whole new level, because not only do you have to stay upright on skates, you have to skate forward and backward, while holding a stick and trying to maneuver a puck, fighting with one or more opponents while trying to get the puck into a net that someone’s guarding. That takes some skill, people. (Especially to someone like me who can’t even stand on a pair of skates).
Maybe that’s why I find hockey so sexy, because these guys can do what I think is seemingly impossible, all the while making it look so effortless, when I know it isn’t effortless at all. It takes skill and stamina, and we all know a man with stamina is hot.
And speaking of hockey, stamina and all things hot and sexy, I can’t wait for you to meet Ty Anderson, hockey stud extraordinaire and hero of TAKING A SHOT, the next book in my Play-by-Play sports series. Ty is cocky, confident, and knows exactly where he is in his life. He loves his caereer, and he’s got his eye on a woman. He usually gets what he wants. Except this time, the woman in question, Jenna Riley, wants nothing to do with him. Fortunately, Ty is relentless when theres a goal in view, and Jenna is someone worth playing for.
Are any of you sports fans, and if so, what is your favorite sport? If you’re not a sports fan, just tell me your favorite type of book to read. I’m offering up a copy of either THE PERFECT PLAY or CHANGING THE GAME, the first two books in the Play by Play series. Winner’s choice.
Open to: US residents only. You have until end day March 10 to enter, winner will be announced soon after.
Giveaway sponsored by: Jaci Burton
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