Title: Cross Checked
Author: Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: Shots On Goal Standalone Series
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 02-23-2017
Genre(s): Sports Romance, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 145
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
One accident – a freaking car crash. That’s all it took to send my life into a tailspin.
Little did I know that out of the wreckage, everything would fall into place. I would get everything I had ever worked for.
Little did I know that I would find the woman who would cross check my life, flipping everything upside down.
Even though she’s melting the ice that surrounds my heart, I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will I ever be able to find my footing or am I destined to stay pinned against the boards?
Note: Cross Checked is the second book in the Shots On Goal Series. It can be read as a standalone, has a happily ever after, and does not have a cliffhanger. There are character crossovers from Hat Trick (book one in the series) which is also a standalone with a HEA and no cliffhanger.
This is the second book in this series but can be read as a standalone. This is Karla and Brayden’s book. Brayden is Myla’s brother. I wanted to read this book because I love a family man and hockey. I got both but felt it was missing something.
This is was short quick read. The pace is fast and there is a drastic time jump.To me, this is two stories in one. You get Karla and her life, then you get Brayden and his life separately, then when they meet again.
Brayden loves hockey and his family. Hockey is his love and he loves his sister. He wanted to do whatever he could for his sister to make her life better. This book opens with Brayden having to care for his sister after a tragic accident, and while in the hospital the nurse is Karla. They exchange numbers so she can text him, after making him leave because of hospital policy. Karla, as I said is a nurse and has two best friends. She gets to leave work early and goes home and sees the unthinkable. Her boyfriend cheating. She breaks up with him then things for her go from bad to worse.
Then we time jump to two years later. Karla had a horrible ex as I said, and went through a lot. She has great friends and support from them. Brayden has been moving forward with his career and still has Myla with him. As both our main characters are out, it’s the last thing both expect is to run into each other. He decides to ask her out since, get this, he still has her number.
It feels like things are left out and rushed or glossed over. I would have liked more of all of them, including the friends. In this book, we get to see Myla and Gavin as well.
This was not a bad book. It was, all in all, a cute story with likable people. I just felt it was like I was wanting more and didn’t. It just felt a bit rushed. I won’t let this deter me, I will read more from this author.