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Backhand

Gold Hockey, Book 2
Series: Gold Hockey, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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Mike Stewart is a bad boy.
 

Sleeping around. Boozing. Fighting with teammates. Name a bad behavior and he’s done it - done it so well, in fact, that he almost tanked his career as a starting defense man for the NHL’s San Francisco Gold.
 

But Mike is done with all that. He’s starting with a fresh foot forward and putting his past behind him. That is, until his past quite literally reappears before his eyes.
 

Sara Jetty is just as beautiful as she was a decade before, but Mike hasn’t seen her since she left for the biggest winter international competition and scored a gold medal in women’s figure skating. Now something has put shadows in her eyes, a familiar type of hurt he is all too well versed in. This Sara wants nothing to do with him. Their easy friendship is gone and in its place is a hardened woman who’s nothing like the girl from his past.
 

Still, Mike hasn’t become a top defensemen in the NHL by being afraid of hard work, and he isn’t about to let Sara push him away. Come hell or high water, he’s going to crack her tough outer shell and find the sweet, innocent woman he’s lusted after and loved, in equal measure, for more than 10 years.

©2018 Elise Faber (P)2019 Elise Faber

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  • Amanda S
  • 25-05-2020

Excellent book 2

Love Mike and Sarah's story! Excellent short listen and excellent addition to the series!
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  • Trisha C.
  • 27-02-2020

loved it

Sara and Mike were childhood friends. Both would go to the ice rink daily. Mike for hockey, Sarah for ice skating. Both achieved their goals , Sarah an Olympic Skater and Mike plays professional hockey. Until a scandal forced Sarah from the Olympics. 10 years later, he saw Sara. Mike could never forget the young happy girl he was with daily. But she was different now from the young girl he knew and loved. What happened to her? Lacy Laurel and Gregory Salinas show the love and emotions in this story. I enjoyed listening to this story.
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  • Christi Love4Books.me
  • 21-02-2020

Great Addition to this Series

Title: Backhand
Author:Elise Faber
Format: Audio
Narrators: Lacy Laurel and Gregory Salinas
Genre: Romance Sports (Hockey and Ice Skating), Second Chance, Friends to Lovers
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 2 the Gold Hockey series
POV: Sara and Mike
Steam Level: Toasty Warm
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I've read this book before I liked it then. Listening to it after listening to Blocked I loved it even more since I loved Brit and Stefan (the couple from Blocked) who are secondary characters in Backhand, If you read Blocked first, then you see Mike starting his redemption and this is his story. Emotional, suspenseful, and funny, Backhand has it all and is a a great addition to hockey romance.

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  • Natalie Haigler
  • 24-01-2020

Hot Alpha Quick Read

Love Mike’s Growlin growing all alpha caveman routine! This is a quick listen to help pull you out of a funk! Has just enough twist to keep you entertained and booming! Narration was spot on!!

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  • Jennifer K.
  • 05-01-2020

Backhand

After 10 years apart Mike finds Sara drawing by the water. They both have a past to over come. The twist was crazy. Loved them getting their happiness

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-12-2019

Hockey Romance - Second Book

This is my favorite of the three Gold Hockey books I've listened to so far. Mike and Sara's story just pulled me in and kept me engaged from the beginning. I loved how their romance played out. I look forward to the next book!

Gregory Salinas and Lacy Laurel, once again, were excellent narrators. The have great voices that keep the story running through your head like a movie.

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  • Dawn Fuhrman
  • 15-04-2020

second chance romance

I think what really hooked me in this story is the realistic approach to sports that Elise Faber wrote. This story had a little feel of "The Cutting Edge". Mike is a troubled hockey player, but he is ready to get serious and turn things around. When his friend returns home from chasing her Olympic dreams, Mike takes notice. Sara has changed. Their friendship is not what it once was and Sara is colder. Mike has to fight to get Sara. This struggle is felt throughout the story. It was hard to imagine them ever getting together. Sara really was stone cold and hard to break, even hard to like. I felt pity for Mike and hoped he would get his girl, eventually. This struggle, kept me guessing and hooked on this story. I look forward to the next in the series.

Lacy Laurel and Gregory Salinas worked great together. They brought Mike and Sara to life. Lacy narrated Sara exactly as I imagined her. That coldness that Sara had, Lacy brought it out to the extreme. Gregory brought Mike to life. Gregory really made me feel for Mike through his narration. He was able to bring out all the emotions and make me feel them along with Mike.

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  • Dektolia
  • 10-03-2020

More than I expected from a second chance romance

You don't have to read Blocked before Backhand, however since the characters feature prominently in both stories it would be better to read them in order.

The set up to the story seemed to have a lot of holes in the back story, but it had an interesting twist at the end and I liked it. I thought it was strange that Mike was a good guy growing up but spent 10 years being a jerk and not having any idea what had happened to a close friend before suddenly deciding to turn over a new leaf. If you set all of that aside though, I did like the story.

Lacy Laurel and Gregory Salinas did a solid job with the narration.

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  • 💜SarahBookNerd💜
  • 17-01-2020

great

i am loving this series! this story gave me all the feels!!! same narrators as book in which threw me at first as it was different characters but i got over it quickly!

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  • PATRICIA
  • 26-12-2019

Second chance sports romance

Backhand is all you can want in a second chance sports romance. Elise Faber's second book in the Gold Hockey series, we are given Mike and Sara. We had met Mike in book 1, the bad boy, but in this story, we are seeing his transformation. We do like it when the men find their way and mature. Sara is an Olympic ice skater accused of cheating. Whether or not guilty or innocent, this has tarnished her career and she can no longer skate. Luckily she has other talents as well. Mike and Sara were friends when they were younger, and this translates through to their new budding relationship. I love when there is some history, it really adds a layer to the characters. These two do have some chemistry, but I did find it hard at times to feel it. Mike is very likeable, tries really hard and I found it easy to fall for him. My frustration was with Sara, as her character is a little colder. OK, so a lot colder, more reserved, hesitant. But with that being said, I think that is what made the story so good. Relationships aren't easy, and I struggled right along with these two as they tried to find their way. The ending is what caught me though. That layer of suspense, the thrills always get me and my heart beat, and Elise definitely was making mine go. It's a great listen, we get to engage with other characters we know and we grow right along with the team.

The narration is what really brings it all to life for me, and this team is amazing.Lacy Laurel and Gregory Salinas have their own chemistry and it comes right through their narration. They have similar styles and I find listening to them exciting and fun. I can't wait to grab book 3 and keep going with this series!

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  • serenechaosnyc
  • 20-12-2019

Fun sports romance about the bad boy

I really liked this story about Mike, the bad boy on the Gold hockey team. He was bad but did end up redeeming himself a bit at the end of the first book and in this book, I thought he was a great character, especially with how he treated Sara. Sara was a mystery too- she was a professional figure skater who was accused of cheating and lost her career. When they meet again, there is obviously a past and they need to remember the good and overcome the issues to find their HEA.

All the characters were really great, including the supporting cast. I'm loving the world that the author is building because the people are good and helpful towards each other and there are chuckles to be had. While in the first book, there was so much world building it was a little confusing (too many names), this book was just right. I look forward to the next book in the series.

The duo of Lacy and Gregory narrated the prior books and they are great. Good team, great narration, great pacing and overall, a strong performance to support the story.

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  • Msl Loves Audio
  • 20-12-2019

Love Lacy Laurel and Gregory Salinas

Oh man. I'm just enjoying this team of narrators. I don't know what it is, but they are really bringing the story to life for me... giving voice to these characters. Mike and Sara's story was done really well. I enjoyed the writing it's a good series so far. I love how different Mike has become in this story.


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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 13-12-2019

These characters are brilliant

I’ve really enjoyed seeing how these characters grow with these books. They are so likeable. I’m not really into hockey but I get that part of the storyline as Elise has written it so well. Great narration.
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