Nicklas Ericsson is an addict. He’s also a star goaltender with the NHL’s Portland Storm, or he was until his addiction changed everything. Now he’s throwing himself into doing all the necessary things to pave his path to a comeback, both in his personal life and on the ice. Nicky’s run out of options, and now his sister and her children are in Portland. They need help he has no clue how to provide, though, and figuring it out might derail all the progress he’s made.
For a few years now, Jessica Lynch has been running the Portland office for the Light the Lamp Foundation. Between her work and several people from her past, she knows more than she’d like about addicts. One lesson she’s learned is that even when addicts try to turn their lives around, more often than not, they fail. That’s why she takes a hands off approach, keeping her heart well away from the addicts she works with, like Nicky Ericsson.
Nicky’s recovery efforts put him directly in Jessica’s path, and she can’t ignore his very real need for help. Where Nicky is concerned, she can’t separate her emotions. His niece and nephews further complicate her efforts to guard her heart. The attraction between Nicky and Jessica is instant and mutual, but she’s misplaced her trust too many times before. Can he prove that he won’t fall back into old habits in time to complete the perfect comeback?
Aaaah. This book. These characters. This author.
Once again, we are introduced to another of the Portland Storm athletes. If you’ve read the previous novels, you will be aware of Nicky and his demons. Here, we are introduced to them as well. And they are not restricted to addictive substances.
An atypical sports romance, with genuinely tender and tear jerking moments. I embraced the journey which Nicky and Jessica took. And, whilst I am absolutely sure that not all such stories would have a happy ending, I found this to be a touching and well observed tale, with characters I came to care about. A winning addition to the series in my book.