Sleeping around. Boozing. Fighting with teammates.

Name a bad behavior and he’s done it—done it so well, in fact, that he almost tanked his career as a starting defensemen for the NHL’s San Francisco Gold.

But Mike is done with all that. He’s starting with a fresh foot forward and putting his past behind him.

That is, until his past quite literally reappears before his eyes.

Sara Jetty is just as beautiful as she was a decade before, but Mike hasn’t seen her since she left for her first Olympics and scored a gold medal in women’s figure skating. Now something has put shadows in her eyes, a familiar type of hurt he is all too well versed in.

This Sara wants nothing to do with him. Their easy friendship is gone and in its place is a hardened woman who’s nothing like the girl from his past.

Still, Mike hasn’t become a top defensemen in the NHL by being afraid of hard work, and he isn’t about to let Sara push him away. Come hell or high water, he’s going to crack her tough outer shell and find the sweet, innocent woman he’s lusted after and loved, in equal measure, for more than ten years.

My Review:
Genre: Romance – Sports (Hockey, figure skating), Friends-to-lovers, Second-chance, Comedy, Suspense
Stand-Alone: Yes
Part of a Series: Yes – Book 2 of Gold Hockey I haven’t read book 1 but I really want to 🙂
POV: Sara and Mike
Steam Level: Quite Warm

This is the second book by Elise Faber that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. Backhand is a perfect mix of humor, suspense, and heat. I adored Mike with is alpha ways. And the fact that he was a romantic sap and didn’t care how much crap the guys of the team would give him about it. I could relate to Sara and her stubborn independence. I found myself smiling throughout the book. What made Backhand unique was the nature of Mike and Sara’s relationship. I liked how strong they are as a couple and that the drama around them brings them closer rather than pushing them apart. This made their relationship seem real rather than fiction. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like romance with a hint of comedy and suspense, the friends-to-lovers or second-chance romance, and/or sports romance. Backhand has something for everyone and I cannot wait to read more of Elise Faber’s work.

I received an advanced copy of this book for free from NetGalley. This is my honest and voluntary review.

Favorite Quotes:
She could be a feminist and still like the growly way the man ordered her around. Didn’t mean she was going to obey, though. Except maybe in the bedroom, or against the building…

He was an ankle guy. Which was weird as fuck…But something about the little glimpse of skin beneath the cuff of a woman’s pants, the hint at was was hiding beneath, turned him on.

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