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Can an idealistic dog lover teach a jaded hockey player new tricks? Lilly: My life is like the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire right now. I’ve been canned, my professional reputation is shredded, and now I’m walking dogs to make ends meet. But I still believe everything will work out. Somehow. Then a dog at the park attacks my friend’s dog. At first, I’m ready Can an idealistic dog lover teach a jaded hockey player new tricks? Lilly: My life is like the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire right now. I’ve been canned, my professional reputation is shredded, and now I’m walking dogs to make ends meet. But I still believe everything will work out. Somehow. Then a dog at the park attacks my friend’s dog. At first, I’m ready to give the owner hell — but it turns out he’s in desperate need of doggie daycare. I figure, why not? I love dogs and I need the cash. Too bad his cocky bad boy attitude annoys me. He’s too damn cute for his own good. And I’m not talking about the dog. Easton: My coach is riding my ass and I’m not handling it well. When I’m saddled with an abandoned pooch, my teammate thinks a dog will keep my temper in check. I think I have enough problems already. But when my new dog gets into a tussle that leads me to meet a smoking hot chick who knows how to handle the rascal, I start to think pet ownership isn’t all bad. At least it gives me an excuse to see Lilly again... Neither of us are interested in a relationship. First they steal your bed, then they steal your heart. And I’m not talking about the dog.


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Can an idealistic dog lover teach a jaded hockey player new tricks? Lilly: My life is like the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire right now. I’ve been canned, my professional reputation is shredded, and now I’m walking dogs to make ends meet. But I still believe everything will work out. Somehow. Then a dog at the park attacks my friend’s dog. At first, I’m ready Can an idealistic dog lover teach a jaded hockey player new tricks? Lilly: My life is like the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire right now. I’ve been canned, my professional reputation is shredded, and now I’m walking dogs to make ends meet. But I still believe everything will work out. Somehow. Then a dog at the park attacks my friend’s dog. At first, I’m ready to give the owner hell — but it turns out he’s in desperate need of doggie daycare. I figure, why not? I love dogs and I need the cash. Too bad his cocky bad boy attitude annoys me. He’s too damn cute for his own good. And I’m not talking about the dog. Easton: My coach is riding my ass and I’m not handling it well. When I’m saddled with an abandoned pooch, my teammate thinks a dog will keep my temper in check. I think I have enough problems already. But when my new dog gets into a tussle that leads me to meet a smoking hot chick who knows how to handle the rascal, I start to think pet ownership isn’t all bad. At least it gives me an excuse to see Lilly again... Neither of us are interested in a relationship. First they steal your bed, then they steal your heart. And I’m not talking about the dog.

30 review for Must Love Dogs...and Hockey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    This was super cute and I loved this couple. I also loved that Otis, the dog was a big part of Easton and Lilly's story. He had a huge personality and was the glue that kept these two anti-relationship people together. Now usually the anti-realationship characters are not my favorite. However, Kelly Jamieson wrote this couple in a way that avoided what I don't like about them, mainly not getting to see them together very much. This was the opposite. We got really good couple time with these two This was super cute and I loved this couple. I also loved that Otis, the dog was a big part of Easton and Lilly's story. He had a huge personality and was the glue that kept these two anti-relationship people together. Now usually the anti-realationship characters are not my favorite. However, Kelly Jamieson wrote this couple in a way that avoided what I don't like about them, mainly not getting to see them together very much. This was the opposite. We got really good couple time with these two and they were just genuinely fun characters to read about. I also really loved how this ended. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I highly recommend this for when you are in the mood for a really cute story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    I knew I needed this book as soon as I saw the cover. I am a fan of dogs, but I mean who isn’t? I am not so much a hockey fan, but that doesn’t make this book any less awesome in my opinion. Sports in romance is one of my favorite things, even though I have no interest in sports. This book is adorable. I got witty banter, a dog, hockey, and a sweet romance. I don’t think I could ask for more. Dog park meet cute. Yes. And then they are fighting the attraction. Well, Lilly does because she sees him I knew I needed this book as soon as I saw the cover. I am a fan of dogs, but I mean who isn’t? I am not so much a hockey fan, but that doesn’t make this book any less awesome in my opinion. Sports in romance is one of my favorite things, even though I have no interest in sports. This book is adorable. I got witty banter, a dog, hockey, and a sweet romance. I don’t think I could ask for more. Dog park meet cute. Yes. And then they are fighting the attraction. Well, Lilly does because she sees him as less than great. But time and such help them to grow and learn to become closer until they are together. I must admit it take me some time to warm up to Easton, but in the end I thought he was great. Both of them have issues. And i mean nowadays who doesn’t? That’s is my thought anyway. Like, why make people perfect? We are all human and have flaws. This story shows the pain and sadness Eatson has in his past. And Lilly is dealing with some financial problems. They learn to depend on each other and help one another out, Which I adored. Not to mention, the steamy scenes are great. Awesome bonus. This was an adorable read and I finished it in one sitting. I am looking forward to more from Jamieson soon. Especially if she wants to make cats featured in her next book. That would be great. Thank you NetGalley and Random House/Loveswept for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover I did I’m not a hockey fan but I still enjoyed reading Must Love Dogs...and Hockey and with a dog on the cover. Lilly Evans and Easton Miller are good for each other and what can I say about Otis I do love dog’s. I read this in one day this book warmed my Heart a 4 1/2 star ⭐️ Happy Reading Lisa

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    I am a huge fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey series and I am sooooo excited that she is writing another one! MUST LOVE DOGS....AND HOCKEY is the first book in the BEARS HOCKEY SERIES, and let me tell you we are off to a great start! Lilly is having a tough go of things at the moment, she lost her job and her boyfriend but she's trying hard to turn things around for herself by walking dogs to help make the bills. I admire Lilly for doing what she has to do in order to keep a roof over her head, most I am a huge fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey series and I am sooooo excited that she is writing another one! MUST LOVE DOGS....AND HOCKEY is the first book in the BEARS HOCKEY SERIES, and let me tell you we are off to a great start! Lilly is having a tough go of things at the moment, she lost her job and her boyfriend but she's trying hard to turn things around for herself by walking dogs to help make the bills. I admire Lilly for doing what she has to do in order to keep a roof over her head, most in her predicament would go and live with their parents and wallow for a while. Easton, now this man instantly melted my heart and you will understand why when you read the book and find out how Easton became the hero to an abandoned puppy. Easton has been through a lot in his life and not all of it was fun and games. There is a seriousness to him because of his past but it also makes him want to live in the now. Lilly and Easton have an intense first meeting but it's quickly lightened up. Actually the majority of this book is on the lighter side which is refreshing right now. I loved the slow build between Easton and Lilly before things got hot and heavy, and their banter had me laughing out loud constantly. Kelly Jamieson is my go to for hockey romances and if you enjoy Hockey Romances as much as I do I highly recommend this book to you. Happy Reading!!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    Kelly Jamieson crafts a super fun, cute and sexy read. Lilly’s life is a mess. Ever since she got fired for doing the right thing by speak out she hasn’t been able to get another job in the hospitality industry. The only thing that’s gone right so far was getting hired to take care of the cutest dog ever. Unfortunately, his own is a gorgeous hockey player with a chip on his shoulder. Easton has lost everything and hockey is all he has left. He knows better than to get attached to people or pe Kelly Jamieson crafts a super fun, cute and sexy read. Lilly’s life is a mess. Ever since she got fired for doing the right thing by speak out she hasn’t been able to get another job in the hospitality industry. The only thing that’s gone right so far was getting hired to take care of the cutest dog ever. Unfortunately, his own is a gorgeous hockey player with a chip on his shoulder. Easton has lost everything and hockey is all he has left. He knows better than to get attached to people or pets, but he can’t abandon the cute dog who seems to adore him. And when Otis gives him the perfect excuse to keep seeing the smoking hot woman he met at the park, Easton embraces dog ownership with gusto. Except he’s not looking for a relationship of any kind. What starts as a purely professional association turns into a deep emotional connection neither expected or knew they needed. Set against a lovely New York backdrop, Lilly and Easton’s story is a fun and appealing novel of two very charming characters and an adorable puppy. Must Love Dogs and Hockey is a standalone romance by Kelly Jamieson. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending. * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Amazon -> https://amzn.to/3ontQid Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tpagirl Loves Romance

    Must Love Dogs...and Hockey was the first book in the Bears Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. Easton Millar was a professional hockey player for the NHL team the New York Bears. He was recently traded and known for his temper. Lilly Evans was in between jobs and filling in as a dog walker until she found her next opportunity. The book began with a harrowing scene with Otis - I still cringe and am near tears when thinking about it - but Easton came to the rescue and the two bonded for life. Otis, th Must Love Dogs...and Hockey was the first book in the Bears Hockey series by Kelly Jamieson. Easton Millar was a professional hockey player for the NHL team the New York Bears. He was recently traded and known for his temper. Lilly Evans was in between jobs and filling in as a dog walker until she found her next opportunity. The book began with a harrowing scene with Otis - I still cringe and am near tears when thinking about it - but Easton came to the rescue and the two bonded for life. Otis, the adorable fun loving puppy then stole the show. Jamieson introduced Lilly to Easton and Otis and the connection was immediate. The common bond was Otis but the adults had chemistry as well. Neither were looking for a relationship so it was a slow burn with the friendship as the foundation. While Jamieson developed the friendship, she simultaneously began unraveling the broken - and sometimes sad - pieces of Easton and Lilly’s lives. Although the story was fiction, there were similarities to recent events that brought real life into the storyline. Some were tragic events while others were based on having a moral compass for doing what’s right and not remaining silent. No spoilers so no elaboration, but it was both an enjoyable and thought provoking read. True to form, it was well written, well developed and Jamieson displayed her Hockey knowledge within the plot, providing additional depth and dimension to the storyline. She also provided a teaser into the next book, You Had Me At Hockey, which showed promise for another enjoyable and fun book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Another sports romance series from one of my favorite authors! YAY!! You see that cover? That cover is #winning exponentially! Want to know why? Because it tells the exact story. I am fully aware that this whole cover OCD I have is a me thing and most people don’t really even care at the level I do, but nothing scores more points with me than a cover that matches a story! Well done! The thing that stood out the most to me about this story was how easy and light it all was. That’s not only refreshi Another sports romance series from one of my favorite authors! YAY!! You see that cover? That cover is #winning exponentially! Want to know why? Because it tells the exact story. I am fully aware that this whole cover OCD I have is a me thing and most people don’t really even care at the level I do, but nothing scores more points with me than a cover that matches a story! Well done! The thing that stood out the most to me about this story was how easy and light it all was. That’s not only refreshing but also necessary these days. The world is on fire and all I want is a little escape LOL This book is the perfect escape from the dumpster fire that is life right now. A slow burn, feel good, swoony romance that I hope will follow the same trends with upcoming books. It was sweet and sexy with just the right amount of heart and emotion! Looking forward to Josh and Sara in December!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Auntee

    Whoa. Finished this in a few hours because I just couldn't put it down. It was sweet, with some hot moments of course! I loved hockey player Easton and dog walker Lilly--two mature, likable characters that needed something good to happen in their lives. But they were so much more than that. Neither wanted a 'relationship '--each had their reasons but by God you knew they would end up together because they were perfect for each other. And Otis the dog was the glue that held them together! I also l Whoa. Finished this in a few hours because I just couldn't put it down. It was sweet, with some hot moments of course! I loved hockey player Easton and dog walker Lilly--two mature, likable characters that needed something good to happen in their lives. But they were so much more than that. Neither wanted a 'relationship '--each had their reasons but by God you knew they would end up together because they were perfect for each other. And Otis the dog was the glue that held them together! I also liked how the author wove into the story a couple of real life incidents that happened in the hockey world that affected Easton tremendously and caused me to understand all the pain he had bottled up inside. Way to bring an unexplainable tragedy, racism, and abuse into a well thought out story. Easton was a lucky man to have such a caring, understanding partner in his life. I want to read more about them! The book ended on a small cliffhanger---I'm hoping Kelly Jamieson picks up where she left off...? 5 stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Jamieson

    NOW AVAILABLE!  MUST LOVE DOGS...AND HOCKEY!I'm so excited because readers are loving this book.  I'm seeing all the buzz on social - you need to grab this book now! "sweet and sexy with just the right amount of heart and emotion!" ~OMGReads  Only a few more days! Advance readers are loving MUST LOVE DOGS...AND HOCKEY! Yay! *** Two weeks away! Add MUST LOVE DOGS...AND HOCKEY to your Want to Read list -- or pre-order! Check out some of the early reviews if you' NOW AVAILABLE!  MUST LOVE DOGS...AND HOCKEY!I'm so excited because readers are loving this book.  I'm seeing all the buzz on social - you need to grab this book now! "sweet and sexy with just the right amount of heart and emotion!" ~OMGReads  Only a few more days! Advance readers are loving MUST LOVE DOGS...AND HOCKEY! Yay! *** Two weeks away! Add MUST LOVE DOGS...AND HOCKEY to your Want to Read list -- or pre-order! Check out some of the early reviews if you're curious - I'm so thrilled readers are loving it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I’ve been reading Kelly Jamieson for a decade and she’s never written a bad book, seriously she hasn’t. She’s written some I’ve loved greatly and she’s written some that didn’t resonate with me, but she’s never written anything I couldn’t finish. That being said, Must Love Dogs…and Hockey got off to a really slow start for me. I struggled through the beginning of this book, but there was enough in it to keep me going and I’m so thankful that I did. I enjoyed this book; the characters were quirky I’ve been reading Kelly Jamieson for a decade and she’s never written a bad book, seriously she hasn’t. She’s written some I’ve loved greatly and she’s written some that didn’t resonate with me, but she’s never written anything I couldn’t finish. That being said, Must Love Dogs…and Hockey got off to a really slow start for me. I struggled through the beginning of this book, but there was enough in it to keep me going and I’m so thankful that I did. I enjoyed this book; the characters were quirky and interesting, the plot had many layers, and while it dealt with the serious issues it still contained many light hearted and fun moments as well. Lilly’s life is in an uproar; her father decided to “find himself” and left her mother to travel, she was just fired from a job she really didn’t like but paid the bills, she’s embroiled in a lawsuit from a previous employer for wrongful termination and ostracizing her in the industry, and her boyfriend left her when she was let go from that job. Her roommate and friends have been there for her even loaning her money, but she also feels responsible for her grandmother losing part of her retirement savings because of the company she’s suing. As she says “My life is like the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire right now.” Despite all of that Lilly is a fairly upbeat, optimistic woman who is trying to decide a direction for her life. The last thing professional ice hockey player Easton wants or needs is a dog, but after saving a puppy it seems like he has one. Easton has no idea what to do with a puppy but he can’t turn the little guy over to just anyone because it’s evident the puppy has issues sort of like him. After being traded last year, he knew he needed to keep his head down and just play his heart out, but his coach is a nightmare that he feels is ruining the team. He’s miserable, his teammates are miserable, but he doesn’t feel there’s anything that can be done about it without tanking his career. Lilly and Easton meet under unusual circumstances and with the help of a couple of determined dogs. Lilly is not impressed with Easton, but he perseveres and hires her to take care of Otis (the puppy that really isn’t his) while he’s out of town. Over time their relationship grows and as they share bits and pieces of their lives, they both begin to see their own future a bit better as well. They are a good sounding board for one another, I found it interesting out easily they shared things about themselves that they hadn’t shared with others. They were often very open and candid with one another in what they were thinking and feeling especially Easton who made no bones about the fact he wanted to in fact bone Lilly. While this was a slow burn romance, once they hit the sheets it was anything but; this author never disappoints in her sex scenes and Lilly and Easton find they are extremely compatible in the bedroom and out. There was so much I enjoyed about this book once we got past the slow start, but what I had problems with was Lilly’s attitude towards Easton when he was facing a huge crisis with his coach. I felt like she really didn’t understand what could happen if Easton proceeded with a complaint and she should have considering she was shut out in her own field, especially since he shared with her what hockey meant to him and why. Must Love Dogs…and Hockey was a fairly low angst romance with serious themes, yet it was filled with humor, interesting characters (both main and supporting), and an adorable puppy. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    After being rescued, a dog is abandoned in Easton's building. Though it was supposed to be a temporary situation, Easton could not resist this dog and knows he cannot not handle him alone. Fate brings him into contact with Lilly, a down on her luck dog walker, and though Easton wasn't looking for romance or a dog, he found both to be welcomed additions in his life. I am well known in these parts as a hockey romance lover, but Jamieson went and sweetened the deal by working an adorable pup into t After being rescued, a dog is abandoned in Easton's building. Though it was supposed to be a temporary situation, Easton could not resist this dog and knows he cannot not handle him alone. Fate brings him into contact with Lilly, a down on her luck dog walker, and though Easton wasn't looking for romance or a dog, he found both to be welcomed additions in his life. I am well known in these parts as a hockey romance lover, but Jamieson went and sweetened the deal by working an adorable pup into the story. Could things get any better? Well, they actually did, because I found this to be quite a fun, sweet, and heartwarming romance. Lilly and Easton were fantastic together. Lots of chemistry and great banter made them easy to ship, but in each other, they also found the encouragement and support they had been missing. Lilly was still recovering from losing her job and her ongoing whistleblower case. At the same time, she was trying to blaze her own path with a new dog-walking-day-care type business. Not many people believed she could make this work, but Easton did. Jamieson ripped my heart out with Easton's backstory. Wow! Utterly heartbreaking. I don't want to go into detail with this. It ends up being something really important in this book, and I want you to uncover it all as intended. Needless to say, Lilly was a gift for him. She was someone to give him the love and affection he had gone without for so long. She helped him process a lot and encouraged him in many areas of his life. As with all her novels, Jamieson assembled an interesting group of players to inhabit this world, and I am eager to learn more about them. I watched them play, on and off the ice, and enjoyed the camaraderie they shared. The family vibe was alive and well, and that's something I love seeing. I need to mention the dog, Otis. Nothing like some 6 foot 5 man being handled by a pup. Watching their bond grow was something that melted my heart. And, we all know dog antics can add a fun element to any story. Otis definitely earned all his page time, and he was just the sweetest thing. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Lilly, Easton, and Otis. That epilogue has me chomping at the bit for the next book too! I anticipate a feels tsunami based on what was revealed at the end there, and I can't wait! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Woof Woof Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review Kelly Jamison has a knack of combining smart romances, sports, and complete characters. This time we even get an adorable dog, Otis. The Sport is Hockey, the conflicts are issues that are current in real life, and are looked at with a clear eye. And There are DOGS! Must Love Dogs...and Hockey https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... You Had Me at Hockey (Bears Hockey #2) For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways 3.5 Woof Woof Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review Kelly Jamison has a knack of combining smart romances, sports, and complete characters. This time we even get an adorable dog, Otis. The Sport is Hockey, the conflicts are issues that are current in real life, and are looked at with a clear eye. And There are DOGS! Must Love Dogs...and Hockey https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... You Had Me at Hockey (Bears Hockey #2) For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    I am a huge fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey series and I am sooooo excited that she is writing another one! MUST LOVE DOGS....AND HOCKEY is the first book in the BEARS HOCKEY SERIES, and let me tell you we are off to a great start! Lilly and Easton have an intense first meeting but it's quickly lightened up. Actually the majority of this book is on the lighter side which is refreshing right now. I loved the slow build between Easton and Lilly before things got hot and heavy, and their banter had m I am a huge fan of Kelly Jamieson's hockey series and I am sooooo excited that she is writing another one! MUST LOVE DOGS....AND HOCKEY is the first book in the BEARS HOCKEY SERIES, and let me tell you we are off to a great start! Lilly and Easton have an intense first meeting but it's quickly lightened up. Actually the majority of this book is on the lighter side which is refreshing right now. I loved the slow build between Easton and Lilly before things got hot and heavy, and their banter had me laughing out loud constantly. You can read my full review and enter a giveaway here: https://bit.ly/NBReviewMLDaH **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Easton's girl sometimes has to slow his breaks down, "she gives me a tap. “Not that. Well, not yet. Hold on, you horny hockey player.” I liked this book, I loved Easton. Easton's girl sometimes has to slow his breaks down, "she gives me a tap. “Not that. Well, not yet. Hold on, you horny hockey player.” I liked this book, I loved Easton.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Three Chicks

    Review by Trinette Dungee Easton needs a dog sitter; Lilly needs a job…. Perfect combination! Perfect combination in more ways than one. Easton saves a dog from certain death in an elevator and suddenly becomes his owner. With no knowledge of how to take care of him and a hockey career that has him more than a little busy he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Lilly is out of a job, again, and she’s up to her eyeballs in debt. The way she sees it, her life is pretty much in the toilet. Her d Review by Trinette Dungee Easton needs a dog sitter; Lilly needs a job…. Perfect combination! Perfect combination in more ways than one. Easton saves a dog from certain death in an elevator and suddenly becomes his owner. With no knowledge of how to take care of him and a hockey career that has him more than a little busy he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Lilly is out of a job, again, and she’s up to her eyeballs in debt. The way she sees it, her life is pretty much in the toilet. Her description, “You could say my life is like the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire”. Yeah, that gave me quite a giggle too. While she’s in between jobs she finds herself walking a few dogs which she finds she actually enjoys. These days, the animal species is more enjoyable than the human species. So, I’m going to age myself with this but growing up there was commercial, that went like “Hey, you put your peanut butter in my chocolate! Hey, you put your chocolate in my peanut butter! Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, two great tastes that taste great together!” I swear this kept running through my head the entire time I was reading this book. From the moment these two got tied up together I loved them, and they fit perfectly together! The chemistry between these two was phenomenal. The connection to Easton and Lilly was instantaneous and I laughed out loud more than once. Naturally these two are insanely attracted to each other but as the saying goes, “never mix business with pleasure”, so it’s decided that a relationship between then won’t work but of course they fight the attraction every step of the way. I like animals but I don’t typically need them to be a part of a storyline but this one was great. Otis was like a third character in the book and he showed up in just the right places. It’s like he was the glue to the story. He was their little “Jiminy Cricket” giving the little pushes and nudges they needed. The funny part for me was the more Easton became attached to Otis (cleverly named due to the elevator), the more I liked him! Aside from fighting their attraction both Easton and Lilly have personal issues that also plague them. Lilly is in the midst of a lawsuit involving her former employer and the backlash from that has her blacklisted in the industry she worked. She’s sharing an apartment with one of her best friends who supports her but also thinks Lilly might have bitten off more than she can chew. Her father is experiencing a mid-life crisis and has left to explore his dreams while leaving her mother behind to pick up the pieces. Easton is dealing with his own issues. He has a bit of reputation in hockey, but he now has a coach that is a complete A-hole. He’s verbally abusive to his players and the team morale isn’t the best right now. While he knows he needs to keep a low-profile Easton is finding it harder and harder to keep his keep his head down. Easton and Lilly find support in each other with everything each is going through which makes this “hands-off’ agreement harder and harder. This is the first book in a new series and I’m anxious for the next books. In my head I have affectionately renamed this book “Must Love Dogs, and Hockey, and sunburn”, because that what I got when I was pulled into this love story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    CW: (view spoiler)[grief, death of loved ones (hero's father and brother died in a motor vehicle accident), depression (hero's mom after accident) (hide spoiler)] Must Love Dogs...and Hockey is a decent romance. On the plus side, there's very little hockey bro-ness to it. There are some references to the hero having been a player, but there's no evidence in book. There's a cute scene at the start where the hockey guys discuss contraceptives with oral, which admittedly made it weird when that was CW: (view spoiler)[grief, death of loved ones (hero's father and brother died in a motor vehicle accident), depression (hero's mom after accident) (hide spoiler)] Must Love Dogs...and Hockey is a decent romance. On the plus side, there's very little hockey bro-ness to it. There are some references to the hero having been a player, but there's no evidence in book. There's a cute scene at the start where the hockey guys discuss contraceptives with oral, which admittedly made it weird when that was considered with Lilly. But still, I liked that that conversation happened. Otis is definitely the star of this, though. Lilly and Easton are...fine. It drove me up the wall that Lilly starts a business that is apparently cash-only and not in any way legit. Like, I was just sitting there wondering if she would pay her taxes, and I doubt it. The writing feels a bit amateurish or perhaps just under-edited. Expect a lot of exclamation points, for example. I was entertained but also didn't like it enough to be planning to read more Jamieson, unless I hear really good things from readers I trust. I received this book for free from Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This is a lovely romance, good characters with dogs added in for a bonus. A great read for a holiday.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pelusa Rivera

    I love Hockey, so tend to go grab a book when a book comes out, especially Kelly's books. I thought this book was so adorable, this couple cracked me up and I loved their chemistry and you just can't forget the most adorable dog, otis by his antics. I love Hockey, so tend to go grab a book when a book comes out, especially Kelly's books. I thought this book was so adorable, this couple cracked me up and I loved their chemistry and you just can't forget the most adorable dog, otis by his antics.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    4 Star review of Must Love Dogs & Hockey (Bears Hockey #1) by Kelly Jamieson I was intrigued with the premise of this book and couldn’t wait to dive in to Must Love Dogs & Hockey. This was a well written romance which had me invested in the story from the first to the last chapter. The chemistry between Lilly and Easton sizzles and as the intensity grows you could feel the heat. Neither of them were looking for a relationship and yet that is what happens. I loved Easton, this bad boy is swoon wor 4 Star review of Must Love Dogs & Hockey (Bears Hockey #1) by Kelly Jamieson I was intrigued with the premise of this book and couldn’t wait to dive in to Must Love Dogs & Hockey. This was a well written romance which had me invested in the story from the first to the last chapter. The chemistry between Lilly and Easton sizzles and as the intensity grows you could feel the heat. Neither of them were looking for a relationship and yet that is what happens. I loved Easton, this bad boy is swoon worthy, he made me laugh and smile and ticked the boxes for me. I also loved how Lilly gave as good as she got; she was sassy and feisty and even when the chips were down, she stepped up. The banter was witty, add in hockey, a dog and you have an entertaining story. They both have baggage and this book is about confronting the past, accepting it and learning to trust in one another. Their journey is a rocky one but the love they will find at the end is worth it. I loved Otis, he really brought Lilly and Easton together and they became a family. If you like dogs and hockey,then Must Love Dogs & Hockey is the book for you. I received a copy of this book, through the publisher via NetGalley

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy [Book Addict Reviews]

    I loved everything about this book. The characters had great chemistry, there is hockey and of course, dogs! Easton is a professional hockey player and quickly becomes the caretaker of an adorable dog named, Otis. He runs into Lilly and offers her a job to watch Otis while he is gone for games or to take Otis out for walks. Lilly is in need of the money and the recommendation for her new dog walking business so she takes him up on his offer. They have a business relationship, however, there is a I loved everything about this book. The characters had great chemistry, there is hockey and of course, dogs! Easton is a professional hockey player and quickly becomes the caretaker of an adorable dog named, Otis. He runs into Lilly and offers her a job to watch Otis while he is gone for games or to take Otis out for walks. Lilly is in need of the money and the recommendation for her new dog walking business so she takes him up on his offer. They have a business relationship, however, there is an attraction between them that they can both feel. Easton also is falling in love with Otis and loves having him around. I loved seeing their relationship progress from just business to something more. I love how some tough issues were tackled throughout this story and how both Easton and Lilly handled them. This is a great introduction to a whole new hockey team, as well and I can’t wait to get to know more about some of the other Bears players! Must Love Dogs…and Hockey is a fun, adorable hockey romance that has some depth to it. A MUST READ!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Love, laughter and happily ever after has gone to the dogs. Jamieson steps up her sense of humor and it aptly steals the show. Must Love Dogs...and Hockey, gives emotion a bit of a breather from the seriousness of life and puts reader in touch with the lighter side of heart that needs a reason to smile.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I liked the plot and start,.however in the end heroin been too annoying, so thats my point for now

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    MUST LOVE DOGS …AND HOCKEY is the first instalment in Kelly Jamieson’s contemporary, adult BEARS HOCKEY erotic, hockey, romance series focusing on the members of the New York Bears professional hockey team. This is professional hockey player Easton Millar, and former hotel hospitality manager Lilly Evans’ story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Lily and Easton) MUST LOVE DOGS…AND HOCKEY follows the building romance and relationship between professional hockey player Easton Millar, a MUST LOVE DOGS …AND HOCKEY is the first instalment in Kelly Jamieson’s contemporary, adult BEARS HOCKEY erotic, hockey, romance series focusing on the members of the New York Bears professional hockey team. This is professional hockey player Easton Millar, and former hotel hospitality manager Lilly Evans’ story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Lily and Easton) MUST LOVE DOGS…AND HOCKEY follows the building romance and relationship between professional hockey player Easton Millar, and former hotel hospitality manager Lilly Evans. Easton Millar has no idea what to do with the dog he rescued from a near elevator mishap until coming face to face with a woman who is willing to dogsit…for a price. Lilly Evans is struggling to make ends meet in the aftermath of being fired for blowing the whistle on a business scam but when professional hockey player Easton Millar begs Lilly to look after a stranger’s dog, our heroine discovers that doggy daycare may be the career path she never knew she wanted. When no one comes to claim ‘Otis’, Easton finds himself falling for both woman and dog, a fall that is threatened as Easton’s professional hockey life slowly spirals out of control. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Easton and Lilly, and the potential fall out as the past threatens to overwhelm our story line hero. Not all is well in Easton’s professional career as his team endures the physical and emotional abuse of a coach who is unable to see beyond the almighty ‘win’. Pulling from recent real-world accounts in both professional and junior A hockey, Kelly Jamieson weaves a heart breaking tale of loss, betrayal and abuse as Easton must come to terms with what happened in the past, and take the first step in stopping the racism and abuse in both amateur and professional sport. Lilly Evans’ own life is on a downward spiral: her wayward father is embroiled in a midlife crisis; her grandmother got caught up in a time-share scam; Lilly is currently suing her previous employers; she is in debt with the possibility of losing her home; and she has been blacklisted from the hotel hospitality industry. The relationship between Lilly and Easton begins as a business arrangement when Easton hires Lilly to look after Otis, the dog he rescued from a potential accident. Lilly doesn’t want to mix business with pleasure but a few afternoon lunches and coffees quickly grows into something more. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. We are introduced to Lilly’s roommate Carlin, and several members of the Bears Hockey Team- Jamal Jordan aka Jammer, JBo, Owen Cooke aka Cookie, Goose, Larry, Russ, Igor Barbashev aka Barbie, Wendell aka Wendy. MUST LOVE DOGS… AND HOCKEY is a story of family, friendships, relationships and love; of loss and acceptance; of racism and abuse. The premise is emotional, heart breaking and captivating; the romance is seductive and flirty; the characters are energetic, colorful and fun. Copy supplied by Netgalley www.thereadingcafe.com

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anne Morgan

    There are times when you just want to get lost in a good book, knowing that whatever troubles the characters get into, by the end it will have all worked out the way it should. They'll be happy, you'll be happy for them, and maybe you'll feel just a little bit better about the people and the world around you. If you're feeling the need for a happy ending and absorbing read to transport you for a day, Kelly Jamieson's new hockey romance Must Love Dogs . . . and Hockey is for you! Lilly's life is c There are times when you just want to get lost in a good book, knowing that whatever troubles the characters get into, by the end it will have all worked out the way it should. They'll be happy, you'll be happy for them, and maybe you'll feel just a little bit better about the people and the world around you. If you're feeling the need for a happy ending and absorbing read to transport you for a day, Kelly Jamieson's new hockey romance Must Love Dogs . . . and Hockey is for you! Lilly's life is currently like "the love child of a train wreck and a dumpster fire." She's been fired from a crappy job, no one in her field will hire her, and she's trying to make ends meet by dog-walking. Easton is a hockey player with a coach who is verbally and emotionally abusive, he's dealing (by which I mean, NOT dealing) with lots of emotional baggage, and he seems to have accidentally acquired a dog he doesn't know how to take care of. Neither of them want to open their hearts or trust others for fear of being let down. But there's undeniable chemistry between them and as things heat up, Lilly and Easton will have to decide if they are brave enough to get past their insecurities or if the past will put them in the penalty box for good. Anyone who's read Jamieson's Aces Hockey series (Playing Hurt, Slap Shot) knows that she's a writer who takes hockey as seriously as romance. Which makes her the perfect author for people like me, who enjoy both. In Must Love Dogs . . .and Hockey, Jamieson gives us a new team, the New York Bears, and new players to love- starting with Easton Millar. He comes off as a bit of a cocky jerk jock, but start getting to know him and you find a man who feels like he's lost everything but hockey, and is willing to put up with pretty much anything to hang on to what he sees as the only thing left in his life. He's afraid to get close to teammates, afraid to get attached to the dog he rescues, and afraid to look too closely at his feelings for Lilly- until it all comes to a head and he has to force himself to look at his life and who he really wants to be. The more I got to know Easton, the more I hurt for him, and the more I hoped he could make himself be brave enough to try for love. What can I say about Lilly? When she sees people doing something wrong, she acts- even knowing what the consequences to her life could be. She tries to see the good in life, and how she can help make that happen for someone, while at the same time not having an annoying Pollyanna complex. She's the person I hope I would be in her situation. In Must Love Dogs . . . and Hockey Jamieson gives readers an emotionally satisfying story of love, friendship, bravery, and dogs. Well-written and full of three-dimensional characters you come to love, this was a great book that left me thinking about it long after I'd finished. I hope we see more of Jamieson's Bears hockey team and its players in the future. A must-read for any sports romance fan, dog lover, and everyone in-between. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Kelly Jamieson's hockey novels are some of my favorites out there. I was excited to learn that we have a whole new team to love now as well, the New York Bears! This is the first in the new Bears Hockey series and it was a great way to start! Easton has recently been traded to the New York Bears, so while he's trying to settle in to a new city and deal with all of that, he's also learning his new teammates and how to navigate his coach, who is causing Easton all sorts of headaches. On his way bac Kelly Jamieson's hockey novels are some of my favorites out there. I was excited to learn that we have a whole new team to love now as well, the New York Bears! This is the first in the new Bears Hockey series and it was a great way to start! Easton has recently been traded to the New York Bears, so while he's trying to settle in to a new city and deal with all of that, he's also learning his new teammates and how to navigate his coach, who is causing Easton all sorts of headaches. On his way back to his apartment one day, he ends up saving a dog and in the meantime the woman who was with the dog, abandons him and Easton is left to care for him. Needless to say, Easton's life doesn't exactly lend itself to easily caring for a dog, but he's drawn to the little guy that he calls Otis. Lilly is trying to rebuild her life. She's recently been fired from her job, and while it wasn't her fault, she knows it's better to move on and try to start again. She's been through a lot in the last few years and she doesn't have the support of her family and friends that she wishes she did. She decides she'll try her hand at a dog walking business and hopes that this will start her on a new path. When Easton and Lilly meet at the dog park, it isn't the greatest first meeting since Otis isn't the most well behaved of dogs and he isn't very nice to the dog Lilly is walking. After learning that Lilly walks dogs, Easton pleads with her to take Otis when he goes on his next road trip. She agrees and it turns into a a more regular thing. Not only that, but Easton and Lilly start to feel a pull toward one another. They've both had their share of loss and neither are looking for a relationship, but will their connection be too much to overlook? I really enjoyed these two characters and I liked how they supported one another and were there for one another. They seemed to really understand the other person and while they were both scared, they decided the leap was worth it. They both found exactly what they needed in the other and in little Otis! I'm looking forward to what's to come in this series if the end was any indication! **I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

  26. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review With my beloved Canes out of the Cup finals (sad face) I am having to get all my hockey love from my books. And hockey and dogs? Let me at it! Lilly and Easton's story is just cute from word one to the last. An if the hockey hottie isn't enough to keep you keen, then add some adorable pooches, and if you are like me, you will find yourself smiling throughout. It's been a while since I have read a hockey book by Ms Jamieson, however I knew what I was Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review With my beloved Canes out of the Cup finals (sad face) I am having to get all my hockey love from my books. And hockey and dogs? Let me at it! Lilly and Easton's story is just cute from word one to the last. An if the hockey hottie isn't enough to keep you keen, then add some adorable pooches, and if you are like me, you will find yourself smiling throughout. It's been a while since I have read a hockey book by Ms Jamieson, however I knew what I was going to get a cocky player and a feisty leading lady. And she did not disappoint. I am looking forward to more of the Bears in the future. Please don't make me wait too long.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets

    Author Kelly Jamieson is one of my favorite hockey writers...but then throw in a rescue dog and an incredible slow-burn romance and...HAT TRICK! The dog park "meet cute" where Lilly and Easton meet is great! Easton's backstory is heartbreaking and tragic, yet makes him the focused and infuriating hockey player he is. Lilly has some craziness in hers as well, but again...they wouldn't have met if it weren't for what she went through. Both characters are admirable and strong and it was perfect the Author Kelly Jamieson is one of my favorite hockey writers...but then throw in a rescue dog and an incredible slow-burn romance and...HAT TRICK! The dog park "meet cute" where Lilly and Easton meet is great! Easton's backstory is heartbreaking and tragic, yet makes him the focused and infuriating hockey player he is. Lilly has some craziness in hers as well, but again...they wouldn't have met if it weren't for what she went through. Both characters are admirable and strong and it was perfect the way Author Kelly Jamieson blended them together. I LOVED Otis! He added so much to this romance. The other characters (friends, hockey players, family members) were perfect additions as well, and I enjoyed the relationships and side-storylines about them. The humor was so "in real life" type humor, which made me feel a personal connection to this dual POV read. The “life lessons” in this read were wonderful as well… “I always wanted to travel and learn new things. But real life got in the way. And then one day you realize…if you don’t do it now, you never will. And in the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” The beginning of the book moved a little slowly, but nothing that would turn me away. It was still very enjoyable, just slower paced. However, it really picked up and when I realized I was getting to the end of the book, I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to see how it ended, but I wanted to put it down because I didn't want it to end! I loved the epilogue and can't wait to see what the next book in the Bears Hockey series brings! 4.5 puppy paw prints!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    I love dogs, hockey and this story! This author’s hockey reads are terrific so a new series had me at the front of the queue. Otis, Lilly, and Easton were the perfect mix of love that we all need more of… Not sure who rescued who but Otis was the center of Lilly’s and Easton’s relationship. Lilly was funny and positive even as she wrestled with money problems and an overwhelming need to not disappoint those she cared about. Easton was trying to keep his head down, not wanting to lose any more than I love dogs, hockey and this story! This author’s hockey reads are terrific so a new series had me at the front of the queue. Otis, Lilly, and Easton were the perfect mix of love that we all need more of… Not sure who rescued who but Otis was the center of Lilly’s and Easton’s relationship. Lilly was funny and positive even as she wrestled with money problems and an overwhelming need to not disappoint those she cared about. Easton was trying to keep his head down, not wanting to lose any more than he already had. When teammates, and Lilly, point out what could make him improve himself (and his life) he still wasn’t afraid to man up… Waffling between business-like and friendly friends was funny and sweet in turn as the puppy opened up Easton’s eyes to what he was missing and Lilly realized men (Easton of course!) could be the one who stayed… Flirty banter, lots of doggy talk and a whole lot of soul-searching had them falling in love… Whether there were problems on and off the ice, family struggles or wrestling with their own sense of right and wrong, they were each other’s sounding board and moral compass… If uncertainty could tear them apart, maybe honesty could fix it all. Full of emotion and understated drama, this was a great story full of romance and all the puppy love! If you didn’t love dogs and hockey before, I think this will change your mind…

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacie R.

    I absolutely loved this story, as it combines some of my favorite things, hockey and dogs! The chemistry between Easton and Lilly was off the charts! Their pasts have not been kind to them, both Lilly and Easton are just surviving right now. A chance run in morphs into a tenuous friendship between the two. Lilly is adamant that she is just there to take care of Otis, but slowly Easton begins to chip away at her resolve. As the two spend time together with Easton’s dog, they realize that sharing a I absolutely loved this story, as it combines some of my favorite things, hockey and dogs! The chemistry between Easton and Lilly was off the charts! Their pasts have not been kind to them, both Lilly and Easton are just surviving right now. A chance run in morphs into a tenuous friendship between the two. Lilly is adamant that she is just there to take care of Otis, but slowly Easton begins to chip away at her resolve. As the two spend time together with Easton’s dog, they realize that sharing a bed might not be a hardship. Neither is looking for a relationship, but they can’t deny their attraction to each other, but when Easton is faced with a difficult decision will he cling to Lilly or push her away? I’m really hoping that this book will turn into a series with the ending that we were left with! I didn’t feel like it was incomplete by any means but definitely has me wondering if there could be more! Kelly Jamieson is one of my favorite hockey authors, and this book just solidified that even more! From beginning to end I was pulled into the story and didn’t want to put it down. The back and forth not only between Lilly and Easton, but also Easton and his fellow hockey players was hilarious. I really enjoyed Easton and Lilly and how they supported each other and what they wanted. Absolutely amazing story, and I’m definitely hoping for more!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    After getting fired for doing the right thing Lilly’s life has been a battle as she tries to figure out what direction she wants to take in the future. As a way of paying bills she decides to follow her heart and has begun walking dogs which is how she meets Easton when their dogs interact. Easton is a professional hockey player with a painful past. He is trying to adjust to the new team he has been traded to when he finds himself the temporary caregiver to a dog he named Otis until he can locate After getting fired for doing the right thing Lilly’s life has been a battle as she tries to figure out what direction she wants to take in the future. As a way of paying bills she decides to follow her heart and has begun walking dogs which is how she meets Easton when their dogs interact. Easton is a professional hockey player with a painful past. He is trying to adjust to the new team he has been traded to when he finds himself the temporary caregiver to a dog he named Otis until he can locate his owner. Due to his game schedule hiring Lilly seems like a win-win for both of them as he has someone to look after his dog when he isn’t able to and it gives Lilly the financial support she desperately needs. Lilly wants to maintain a strictly business relationship however the more time they spend together the more difficult that becomes but between the status of their careers and their pasts things are about to become complicated. I really enjoyed Easton and Lilly together. Lilly allows Easton to open his heart to not only her but to his teammates as well while Easton understands and respects the decisions that Lilly has made which has brought her to where she now finds herself. Although their journey had a few setbacks the way they support each other is what makes their love so special.

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