The Warm Up


By Xio Axelrod

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Originally published in the USA Today Bestselling HOT ON ICE: A Hockey Romance Anthology, this edition contains a bonus chapter!

Subzero. That's what folks around the league call Constantine Zimin, hockey's best defenseman. He's unflappable. Stoic, even. No cracks in all that ice, not until he meets Suji Meriwether. The pediatric nurse has no time for bad-boy jocks who want to use her patients as props. But as soon as they meet, temperatures rise and their defenses fall.

4 stars!

"The Warm Up features two really great characters who are, despite their dedication to helping people, different as night and day. At first I thought Suji seemed a bit too bitter and cynical for this kind of story. I get where she was coming from, but early on she was so abrasive that I wondered what Zim saw in her beyond her beauty. But I slowly warmed up to her while I pretty much loved Zim from the start. Hockey star, hot as sin and potty mouth...what's not to love? Theirs was a quick romance, but Xio Axelrod penned a fun and engaging story that will make you into a hockey fan!"

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The Warm Up