This time, he’s playing to win, and the prize he’s looking to score is me.
It was a three-week fling. Nothing more than a couple of college kids having some fun, but then I did the stupid thing and fell for Jude Taylor quicker than he can score a goal on the ice. And after one beautiful night together, he left for the pros before I could make my first cup of coffee.
I thought I’d put him behind me. I thought I’d moved on. Then he hobbles into my physical therapy office and I realize how absolutely wrong I’ve been – there’s no getting over Jude Taylor.
But now things are complicated. Jude lives half a country away and his career is in direct opposition to my need for stability. Most of all, getting involved with him could mean losing my job and everything I’ve worked so hard for.
Jude doesn’t seem to mind one bit and he’s all in. He might be a patient in my office, but he’s no longer the patient guy I remember.
Terrific Story & Narration🎧 Captivating & Heartfelt!
This is a terrific sports romance, it is my first book by Stacey Lynn and it will not be my last. She has a wonderful writing style, she created interesting storylines that are captivating from start to end. Her characters are realistic and easy to relate to. I adored the two lead characters, Jude Taylor and Katie Carter. Jude, a right wing for the Carolina Ice Kings, he sustained what could be a career ending injury while playing. He goes back to Chicago for surgery and PT, his family is close by and he could use some time away. Katie and Jude have history, they had a fling while in college, just before he was drafted for team. Katie finished her studies and internship and is currently working at one of the best physical therapy practices in Chicago. When Jude walks in he is surprised to see her, she is the one who got away, the one he always thinks about and none of the woman he has been with since compares to her. After Jude left for training camp Katie deleted and blocked him, she had her reasons. Can she open her heart to him again, will it jeopardize her career if she does? I loved how everything played out in this book, the story is beautifully plotted and there is plenty of drama, a touch of angst, a whole lot of heartfelt emotions, some hot loving all leading to a great second chance romance. Stacy Lynn, thank you for this great story and the emotional rollercoaster ride.
I listened to the Audible edition, Liam DiCosimo and Stella Hunter are terrific narrators and voice artists. They were perfectly casted to bring the character to life. They did a great job portraying the characters, humanizing them, giving each their own voice and personality. You could hear how much heart they put into their work as they capture the characters emotions and project them into their performance. They are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this great listen🎧
Cindy Andrews –
Playing to Win is a sweet second chance hockey romance. Katie and Jude had a brief relationship in college but haven’t seen each other in a few years. When they meet again, sparks fly as their chemistry is hot and heavy. This book is a great start to what I expect will be an awesome series. Liam and Stella both did an amazing job bringing this story to life.
JoAnn Thompson –
Loved This Story!! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this second-chance romance story and highly recommend it. The plot line was interesting with a bit of suspense built in. You’ll love swoon-worthy Jude—he’s such a thoughtful romantic who never forgot his love for and the heartache caused by Katie. Katie has a lot of self-doubt and issues to overcome for this excellent story to have a happy ending. The dual narration is excellent as Liam and Stella bring this story to life.
Patricia Reichardt –
I love hockey romances, so when I saw this coming out, I knew I had to listen. Jude and Katie had a brief college fling but never got over each other. Now years later, Jude finds himself in physical therapy where Kate works, and the sparks are flying. The question is, will they ignite? Second chance romances are so much fun! The history behind the couple really enriches the story and I love rooting for the couple to find their groove. Stacey Lynn gets it. She writes with fun, flirty lines, but also captures the vulnerability of both Jude and Katie.It’s a feel good romance, including family teasing, witty banter and a romance that makes your heart warm. I can’t wait to meet more of the team!
Liam DiCosimo and Stella Hunter are fabulous together. These up and coming narrators have their voices in sync and emulate the characters perfectly. They are great at story telling and I really enjoyed their performance.
chantelle bouffanie –
Amazing! I love to read or listen to books from Stacey Lynn. Playing to Win is the first book in a new series called Ice Kings. I had the audio version of this story. You will just love Jude and Kate. They had something back in college. Then Jude left to play in the NHL. Now it’s five years later. Jude, a right wing for the Carolina Ice Kings. He sustained what could be a career ending injury while playing. Katie works at one of the best physical therapy practices in Chicago. Where Jude is doing his physical therapy at. Can Katie trust Jude to not break her heart again? If you love reading about a second chance romance then is the PERFECT one for YOU! I can’t wait to read/listen more from this author. I found that Stella Hunter did an wonderful job with the voices.
This is the first book in the Ice Kings Series, a Sports Romance. Jude and Katie’s story is a sweet and romantic second chance to love. Stella Hunter did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listen to the next book in the Series, Scoring off the Ice.
Christi Fowler –
Title: Playing to Win
Author: Stacy Lynn
Narrator: Stella Hunter, Liam DiCosimo
Genre: Romance, sports (hockey), second chance
Part of a Series: book 1 of Ice Kings
POV: Kate and Jude
Steam Level: steamy
I love both second chance and sports romance tropes so Playing to Win was right up my alley. Playing to Win is both sweet and funny, especially Jude’s parents. This is my first book by Stacey Lynn and I’ll definitely be reading more of her.
I received this audiobook for free from Audiobooks Unleashed. This is my honest and voluntary review.