For Oilers fans, winter means one thing: it’s time to hunker down and get ready for all the action on the ice.
But back in ‘88, Edmontonians’ attention turned from Northlands Coliseum to St. Joseph’s Basilica, where hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky wed Hollywood starlet Janet Jones. Their hockey romance and fairytale nuptials captured our hearts.
If you’re a fan of stories where things turn from icy to steamy, then try (cross-)checking out these hockey romance novels.
5 Tantalizing Hockey Romance Books
1. Maybe this Time by Jennifer Snow
Who better to write about love and hockey than one of our own? Jennifer Snow is an award-winning, contemporary romance author who writes for Harlequin, Grand Central and Berkley/NAL. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and son.
Maybe This Time and the rest of her Colorado Ice novels feature single mom Abigail Jansen who is starting over in her hometown of Glenwood Falls, Colorado and hoping to have nothing to do with hockey after her NHL player husband cheated on her. But then her daughter Dani develops a passion for the sport and Abigail is thrown back into the world of hockey—whether she likes it or not.
2. Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen
Sarina Bowen’s novel is the steamy story of hockey player Leo Trevi and the girl who broke his heart, his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington. On Leo’s first day with the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, he takes hits from both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long-standing grudge against him—and then by his ex.
3. Alex by Sawyer Bennett
For those who like some heat with their ice, the story of hockey star Alexander Crossman—who has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the ice—is a perfect choice. When Alex pushes his luck one too many times, he’s given a choice: fix his public image through community service or sit out the season on the bench. Though he opts to give back, Alex has no real intention of giving up his bad boy ways. That is, until he’s assigned to assist social worker Sutton Price.
4. Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson
Georgeanne Howard can’t do it—she can’t marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, even if he is ridiculously rich. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky comes to her rescue and sparks fly.
Unbeknownst to John, he’s just helped his boss’ fiancé leave him at the altar. Simply Irresistible picks up the story seven years later, when Georgeanne meets up with the man who saved her from marital doom.
5. One More Shot by Victoria Denault
Jordan Garrison knows he’s lucky. When he’s drafted into the NHL at age 18, he can’t imagine sharing his success with anyone other than Jessie Caplan, the woman he’s helmet-over-skates in love with.
The two share an incredible night and everything is perfect… until it isn’t. Six years later in this hockey romance, Jordan’s got a second chance at winning the heart of the woman of his dreams and he plans to stop at nothing. But will a still heart-broken Jessie be open to taking a shot?
Find more great romance novels—hockey-themed and otherwise—at EPL.