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Peek Inside Simmering Ice

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is getting over a bad relationship, but she's been feeling the sweet, slow burn of desire for pro hockey player Alec O'Meara.  After the tragic death of his wife, Alec likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed 

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When the gloves come off, she’s worth the penalty…

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She’s just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work…that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O’Meara. She’s a touch insecure and doesn’t understand why he’s interested in her.

Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O’Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.

The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she’s not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they’ve built around their hearts.


"I love series romances where you can read more about other characters in the book. I can't wait for the next one in the series."--Happily Ever After

"This is an excellent quick read that is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Great writing and characters make this one you don't want to miss."--Bette Hansen, Goodreads

"Simmering Ice was a heartwarming romance. I loved how sweet the story was--the budding romance from the beginning and the way they interacted with the kids at the hospital."--Thoughts at One in the Morning

"It was perfect for a long summer weekend sitting on the deck and enjoying the weather."--Smut Matters

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753389
Series: Atlantic City Hustlers, Book 2
Release Date: Jul 7, 2015
Page Count: 129
Imprint: lovestruck
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy, sports romance
Tropes: friends to lovers, second chance

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By Ambur March 05, 2017

I read SIMMERING ICE in the box set of the first two books in the Atlantic City Hustlers series, called ICED, and I really enjoyed both of them!!!

Out of the two novellas, I did love SIMMERING ICE a bit more than FLIRTING ON ICE though! I loved Alec and Annie, and I felt like their story was a little ...more

By April July 08, 2015

I received an ARC copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Alec O'Meara is a professional hockey player who has had some pretty hard knocks in life- he lost the love of his life due to cancer and since then has kept a stranglehold on his heart so he can never feel that kind of pain o ...more

By BBMoreB ~ June 27, 2015

Atlantic City Hustlers’ right winger, Alec “Sequoia” O’Meara, lost his wife, Tamara, to cancer two years ago. Due to Alec’s famed talent, the media publicized both Tamara’s battle with cancer and later, following her death, Alec’s grief. Since becoming a widower, Alec, has ensured that his relations ...more

By Angie June 16, 2015

I received a copy of this story through NetGalley from Entangled Publishing for an honest review. This was a great book told from both character's points of view. At times the story was heartbreaking, warm and hopeful. Obviously my heart went out to Alec for his loss, but my it hurt for Annie's life ...more

By Diane February 13, 2016

Hockey player Alec O'Meara has not been interested in dating years after the death of his wife. That is until physical therapist, Annie Davidson, catches his eye.
I like Annie. She is smart and athletic. She is self-sacrificing, living in less than optimal conditions to help out her older landlord. ...more

By DJ March 04, 2017

Favorite Quotes:

Mikael’s always offering me tickets, with the stipulation that I bring a friend, preferably female, and preferably blonde. I don’t think he appreciated it when I brought my landlady. She’s blonde, but about seventy-five.

‘I do like your teammates, but do they come over often?’ ‘Only w ...more

By Kate July 06, 2015

I don’t really like hockey, but I think I’m going to start watching.

How sweet is it when a sports star visits sick kids in the hospital? How much sweeter is it when he accidentally makes one cry and needs to be rescued by the adorable read headed physical therapist? The passion between the character ...more

By Bette June 30, 2015

This is an excellent quick read that is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Great writing and characters make this one you don't want to miss.

Alec O'Meara, professional hockey player, and Annie Davidson, physical therapist, meet one afternoon at the hospital when Alec is visiting young hospitalized fans! ...more

By Kim Reads July 10, 2015

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by Kim

First off, Simmering Ice, the second book in the Atlantic City Hustler series is a standalone read. I read the first book, Flirting on Ice and knew Alec “Sequoia” O’Meara was special. I just didn’t know how special he truly was or what demons he carrie ...more

By Elaine June 29, 2015

Annie Davidson is a fantastic physical therapist working in a hospital, helping children recover from serious injuries. The Atlantic City Hustlers are the local ice hockey team and some of their players visit patients to help encourage them on the road to recovery. One such professional hockey playe ...more

By Jessica July 09, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

It's rare to find a story where the relationship starts off the story. Annie and Alec meet while she's at work. Both of them have a past--her with a cheating ex and him losing his wife--but they would like to move on. They ...more

By Sarah June 20, 2015

What an excellent Novella. I loved so so so many things about this beautiful story. First of all the hero is a hockey player, and really does it get any better than that? Although Alec has a tragic past, his first wife died from cancer, his and Annie's story is very heartwarming. Annie comes from a ...more

By Christine January 24, 2016

I have been looking forward to this story since I read Flirting on Ice. I love the characters and hope to read more in this series. This story is about Alec. It has been a while since he lost his wife and he is not really looking to settle down. His teammate Zac introduces him to Annie. Their attrac ...more

By Melinda June 30, 2015

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This is the first I have read from Veronica Forand and Susan Scott Shelley and have to say WOW. I loved that Annie is your average woman yet secretly just wants to be loved. I hated the way her mother treated her like she wasn`t worth anything unless she was p ...more

By Sharon July 05, 2015

I loved this book. It is a sweet story of two people who have had tough times and are able to go beyond the hurt to find love. Annie is a successful physical therapist who was dumped by her cheating boyfriend. Add to that a lifetime of negative reinforcement from a hypercritical mother and Annie has ...more

By Brittany June 30, 2015

I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have read another in this series so I was excited when I received this one to review. This was such a sweet story. I loved it! This is about Alex and Annie. I loved Alex he was so sweet and just wanted to give A ...more

By Irene July 08, 2015

4 stars

Simmering Ice was a sweet romantic read.

I enjoyed seeing Annie and Alec fall in love. They were likable, relatable and had amazing chemistry.
From the first page I was drawn into this story, it was heartwarming seeing them come together and not letting fear or insecurities keep them apart.

I hi ...more

By Julie June 20, 2015

A heartwarming story about a man who lost his wife and a woman who has her own set of insecurities, falling in love. I really enjoyed their story a lot. Alec was such a sweetheart and I definitely understood Annie's insecurities. If I were in her shoes, I would probably feel insecure about my looks ...more

By Veronica June 17, 2015

I'm so excited for everyone to read Sequoia's story. He's not looking for love, but Annie sort of crashes into his life. There's plenty of hockey fights and even Zac and Heather from "Flirting on Ice" make an appearance. Enjoy. ...more

By Mags March 06, 2017

I read Simmering Ice & Flirting on Ice as a box set called ICED which was kindly provided to me by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review and I enjoyed both of these novellas a lot.

They were both sweet and easy reads with likable characters and each had a couple of hot moments.

Out of ...more

By Anima February 28, 2017

Very romantic hockey jock falls hard for a nurse looking just like his deceased wife. Her mother is an odd duck putting Annie down because she reminds her of the husband that left. Taking that in Annie can't help but think she would be replacing Alec's wife. The two are perfectly matched in every wa ...more

Simmering Ice is an adorable story about Alec and Annie. Alec is a star hockey player who is still struggling with his wife's death when he meets Annie. Annie looks a lot like his deceased wife and she can't help but wonder if he's trying to replace her. It doesn't help that her mom keeps telling he ...more

By poppy February 11, 2017

This was a great book i just loved it and could not put it down read it in one go.This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster my heart just broke at times for Alec and you cant help but feel for Annie too.This was a super read and i cant wait to read more. ...more

By Lori July 09, 2017

I loved reading Iced. I am a huge hockey fan so getting my 2 favorite things combined, hockey and romance, I could not ask for anything more! ...more

By C February 16, 2017


an ok read. ...more

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Susan Scott Shelley

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Susan Scott Shelley

Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. For as long as she can remember, she has been in love with Love and all the sweeping grand gestures, heart-sighing moments, and quiet comforts it entails. In addition to writing romances, she is also professional voiceover artist and enjoys lending her voice to a wide range of projects. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies. An unapologetic optimist, she believes life should be lived with laughter and a sense of wonder. She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. Susan is represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency.

Veronica Forand

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Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. She's lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate.

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