Rough Riders Hockey Series – Book 1
By Skye Jordan
Infamous Rough Riders’ playboy Grant Saber has been sidelined for a bum shoulder. If he has to be off the ice for three weeks of recovery, he‘ll do it on his back—breaking in a new wanna-be cowgirl every night. But pressure from the team’s owner and Grant’s parents land him in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina instead. Things look up when he learns the hometown beauty who was once so out of his league is now single, and sexier than ever. Determined to slip in a night with her while he’s in town, Grant is shocked to discover one will never be enough.
Faith Nicholas has no interest in the newest Saber-son gossip. After losing her father just months before, she is now on the verge of losing their family hardware store—which is also her home. She couldn’t care less about the Saber’s big money or flashy toys. But she can’t seem to keep Grant out of her store–or her dreams. His magnetic charisma is impossible to ignore, and the longer he stays in town, the more she finds to love about a man who isn’t as superficial as he’d like others to believe.
With a struggling store, four-hundred miles and a rigorous hockey season looming between them, Grant will have to pull out his very best moves if he’s going to make this quick trick last forever.
Quick Trick by Skye Jordan Excerpt 1:
But he turned and pushed her up against a wall. Her laughter died, and heat sparked in her eyes. She lifted her hands, pressing them against his chest, but didn’t push him away. He leaned in until their hips met and their thighs brushed. Her breath quickened. Her pupils dilated. And the look on her face… She wanted him just as badly. She just didn’t know how to jump. But Grant couldn’t keep playing this game with her. He didn’t do games at all, yet she’d dragged him into this one. And as enticing as it might be, Grant didn’t have enough time. Or enough patience.
She needed a push.
He slid an arm behind her and drew her in with a forearm at the base of her spine. Her softness pressed against his growing erection, and pleasure washed through the lower half of his body. He moaned softly and rocked against her until she made the same sound. Until her lids grew heavy. Until her fingers curled into his shirt. Until she murmured his name in that voice that said make me come. “Grant…”
“Is this what you want, Faith? If you want me to take control, I will. But if I lead, I’ll do it my way.”
Her gaze jumped from his mouth to his eyes. “What’s… your way?”
For a split second, he considered lying. He thought about telling her what she wanted to hear just to get her into bed. He wanted her that badly. And that reality— more than anything else— pushed a very harsh description from his mouth.
“If I did it my way, I’d do you right here, right now, up against this wall.”
Her breathing picked up. Her eyes sparked with surprise and lust.
“I’d cover your mouth with my hand and drive into you until you snapped in a screaming climax. All while the whole store, the whole fucking town of Holly, was just six inches away. And it would be our sweet little secret.
One you’d think about every time you walked into this room.”
She made a sound in her throat. Her lids dipped. She licked her lips.
“You like that idea,” he said, “don’t you?” And wasn’t that the biggest fucking surprise and the hottest rush?
Her gaze darted away. “I… I don’t know. I can’t think…”
“Then imagine”— he told her, pushing harder, half hoping she shoved him off and walked away, half hoping she told him to take her right then—“ because I talk as dirty as I fight, and I fuck as hard as I play.”
She breathed a moan, and her eyelids slid closed.
But it was the feel of her body softening, of the way she started moving with him, not against him, that finally blocked his ability to think.
I love sports romance books. I love Hockey themed books. I love small town romance books. I love Skye Jordan’s books. Combine all these together and you get Quick Trick by Skye Jordan, a delightful reading experience that left me wanting more in the new Rough Riders Hockey Series.
Grant Saber has not been home to Holly, NC in many years. His busy hockey schedule has been a great excuse not to visit home. After a shoulder injury that put him out of play, he’s ran out of excuses. He purposely stayed away because of his dysfunctional family and tormented past. He was bullied throughout school. His only escape was playing hockey. A sport that his parents discouraged and most of his peers could care less about. Their small town was on perpetual Christmas mode. It celebrated Christmas 365 days in the year. When the holiday season was finally in full swing, the town went out with a festival that attracted tourists from near and far.
Grant’s first day home is anything but pleasant. His cold hearted parents are anything but welcoming. His two brothers, who are just as unpleasant, have not arrived home yet. Without his brothers as a buffer he’s forced to do his parents bidding. Their social status within the community is their prime concern. They have volunteered him to judge an ice sculpting contest with a social climbing woman he can’t stand. The only reason he would even consider judging would be for the high school hockey team. The funds from the festival go to the local sports programs.
His mother has also sent him on a mission to pick up the family christmas tree from the local hardware at closing time. Rather than finding the store still open, he has to hunt down the owner at a local bar to get his tree. He couldn’t believe that Faith Nicholas now owns the store. The girl who was the head cheerleader, the most popular, and the most blind to him in high school is holding the christmas tree hostage. With a little bit of charm that fails more than seduces, he finally convinces her to open the store to get his tree.
Grant is intrigued with Faith. She’s not the same girl she was in high school. She’s an independent woman struggling to keep her father’s hardware opened. He creates new fixer upper tasks daily just to visit Faith at the store and keep his parents off his back.
The past eight years have been very hard on Faith. She gave up college when her father became ill. She has spent those years taking care of him and trying to keep the hardware afloat. She was lost when he passed away. She goes through the motions everyday just trying to survive in Holly,NC. She has to find a way to make this small store thrive.
Faith and Grant begin a shaky friendship that turns into more. Just as things start looking bright in Faith’s future, Grant is pulled back into his world of fame and super stardom. A world where Faith doesn’t fit and has no chance of belonging to.
I absolutely loved this book. Grant and Faith both had personal journeys they had to go through in Holly, NC. They had to let go of the past and look to the future. While traveling that road , they found each other.
I can’t wait to see what comes next for the Rough Rider Hockey team.
Skye Jordan is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling romantic suspense author Joan Swan. Skye’s novels are about enjoying that little wild streak we don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we rarely get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, and maybe even acting a little naughty. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance. And, yes, even love, because while wicked-great sex is good, happily ever after with wicked-great sex is even better.
When she’s not writing, Skye loves to read, knit, craft, row, ride, and dabble in photography.