Sticks & Hearts Series (Book #1)
Contemporary Sports Romance
Brantley Cage is a standout D-man on Great Lakes University hockey team. Now that his dream of signing with the Detroit Red Wings has come true, his goals for senior year are simple: Work hard. Score big. Stay away from love.
And then he meets her. There's just one problem. She's the sister of his best friend, and he’s been warned that she’s off-limits…
Cassie Rivers is a musician desperately in need of a do-over. Leaving the past behind, she transfers to GLU in search of something, or someone, that inspires her.
And then she meets him. Her brother's best friend and teammate. But according to the Bro Code he's supposed to be off limits…
You’ve heard what they say about forbidden fruit… One taste is more addictive than one of them is ready to admit. Will he keep skating away from love? Or has this player finally found his Jersey Girl?
Review by Jen Skewes
When I first read the blurb for this book I knew it was something that I just had to read. For one it’s about a hot and sexy hockey player which is one of my favorite sports romances. But throw in the fact that the girl he falls for is his best friend's little sister and I am a goner. That story will suck me in every time. And boy did Rhonda Jams do just that. From the moment I started reading this book I could not put it down. I was completely submerged in Brantley and Cassie’s world and I did not want to let go.
Cassie Rivers has just transferred to the same college as her brother in hopes of rekindling their relationship before he moves onto the pros. Her brother Scotty has always been there for her and they have always been close but since he went away to college they seem to have drifted apart. She is also looking to start fresh and leave the past behind. She wants to pursue her love of music and spend time with her brother. But then she meets Brantley and things change. When she first meets Brantley let’s say it was a very interesting first meeting. And from that moment you could tell that they had a connection. But once Brantley finds out who she is, he knows that she is off limits.
Brantley Cage is one of the star players at Great Lakes University and he too is on his way to the pros. Hockey is everything to him. He has had his fair share of women in the past and has even been burned before which is really his reason for not wanting a relationship again. He doesn’t want love. He’s been there and look where it got him. But then he meets his best friend’s sister and there is no denying the connection that they have. He wants her and not just in a physical way, but he knows he needs to stay away. But when Cassie needs help he cannot say no and they end up starting a wonderful friendship. But they both know that a friendship is not enough. They are falling for each other and staying away just keeps getting harder and harder. But is being with Cassie worth losing his best friend over and worth risking his heart?
I really loved this book and I specifically love Brantley. There was one moment where he kind of pissed me off and broke me a little. It was honestly a moment that I think I was waiting for but at the same time hated when it happened. It is also a big pet peeve of mine. So of course it bothered me some, but I have to say regardless of Brantley’s mistakes he had my heart. He kept redeeming himself. He was so sweet and kind and protective of Cassie and that is what I loved about him. I think there was also a vulnerable side to him as well. Being hurt in the past, wanting Cassie in a way that he shouldn’t and afraid of losing his best friend. He was such a great character who I adored.
Cassie was a strong woman especially considering what she went through before switching schools. I have to say that I really did feel for her. When it came to her relationship with her brother I wanted to punch him, I really did. He was just so selfish and he just may me mad on so many occasions. Cassie was such a loveable person and when things kept seeming to fall apart or didn’t go as expected, Brantley was the one who was there for her. And he had his own issues and a broken way about him as well. When he needed her she was there. They needed each other for comfort and friendship but you could see and feel that what they had was so much more. This is one couple that I was rooting for from the very beginning.
Rhonda James did an amazing job with this book. She definitely made me feel. As I mentioned Brantley made some mistakes and she made me feel the hurt right along with Cassie. I felt what she felt. Snd then Ms. James managed to make my heart melt yet again because of Brantley Cage. They had their ups and downs but they had the most beautiful friendship. I loved how much they were there for each other to listen and give comfort. I loved the flirting between them, the fun times that they had. But I also felt the moments that hurt as well. But aside from all that I especially loved watching their friendship turn into so much more. These two belonged together.
In the end Scotty did redeem himself and I really hope he finds a girl that is worthy of him and someone that wants what he wants. There was another supporting character who I adored and that was Davis. He was there for both Brantley and Cassie and times when they needed it and he was just one of those friends that everyone needs in their life. I cannot wait for his book. This is my first book by this author and it will not be my last.
See what other reviewers are saying about Jersey Girl
This was hands down a BEST BOOK OF 2016 for me! It was a total 5 star read that I will recommend to anyone who loves a great "friends to lovers", "older brother's best friend" or "sports" romance. - J. Hodges
I loved how the author incorporated hockey and music together.. how she gave us a play by play of the games or the music process and how impeccable she was with both subjects.. and that ending I was just seriously blown away! - Logan Hr
This is a book that is so good you have to keep going, and you will find yourself completely consumed with Brantley. OH he’s so dreamy and swoon worthy. B stole my heart and I am asking him to never return it. ~ Nikki for Saints and Sinners Book Blog
I’m a huge fan of Rhonda James, that’s no secret at all. She gives everything into each of her books and you can feel it come out of her characters and stories. I love each and everyone of her books, but I will say that this book is my absolute favorite of hers to date!! - Alpha Book Club