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For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee - and self-medicating to keep skating on it - is all part of the game. That the painkillers he's eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He’s worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest - a girlfriend would only complicate matters.
High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she’s intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long term is out of the question, though - the pills she finds in Scott's house indicate he's struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man's game.
When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside of the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules - until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove - especially to himself.
©2015 Lynda Aicher (P)2015 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Rusty on 07-26-15

30 Something Gritty Drama

At first I was engrossed by the story of Scott (34), a professional hockey player with a drug problem who meets Rachel (35) a high school teacher. Their budding romance was complicated by his addiction and geography (they live in different states), emotional baggage from previous relationships. While the plot began with some humor and hot sex, the book soon turned gritty, complicated and weird.

Scott was basically a goodhearted man, who cared about his family & friends but was blinded by a relentless desire to keep playing a sport his body could no longer handle. Rachel wanted to get married and have children but quickly realized that Scott was not ready to give up his career.

In spite of the drugs, Scott was mostly gentle and loving. There was one scene where he slaps Rachel, which she accepted without protest - very weird. Scott was close to his sister and her children and otherwise seemed to like and respect women. Likewise, Rachel didn't seem like the wimpy type who would allow a man to hit her.

In another weird twist, Rachel's brother Rock acted extremely protective of her, threatening Scott with violence if he hurt his Rachel. Ironically, Rock worked at a BDSM club where he assists other men in beating, torturing and degrading women for thrills. Evidently he didn't care that those abused women were someone else's sister, daughter, mother or friend.

p.s. The narration was excellent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 03-25-16

Excellent read

I really like the character development, twists in the plot, real life struggles and of course incredibly hot sex scenes!! Another winner by Lynda! I really like the Glaciers characters and The Den characters overlapping to!

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5 out of 5 stars
By vicki on 08-12-16

Great book 2

What did you like most about Back in Play?

that just because they are professional hockey players doesn't mean they can't get an addiction

What was one of the most memorable moments of Back in Play?

Scott went to rehab

Which character – as performed by Cooper North – was your favourite?

Rachel she is a very strong character

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes..... Scott smashing his home up

Any additional comments?

great book

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