Juicy Rebound (IceCats #1) by Toni Aleo
Chandler Moon’s career as a defensemen for the IceCats is on fire. However, his marriage has gone up in flames…literally. He’s resigned himself to the single life and being the best dog dad he can be, but he still holds out hope that one day he’ll find “The One.” So, imagine his surprise when he runs into “The One Who Got Away.”
His best friend’s baby sister.
AKA: “The One Who Is Totally Off-Limits”
Amelia is broken. The punches that life, and her ex-husband, have thrown at her have her down for the count. She’s cut herself off from her family and friends as she works to rebuild her self-esteem and her spirit. Hidden away in a small town, she never expects to reconnect with “The One She Should Have Chosen.”
Chandler is so much more than he was in college: more handsome, more muscular, more tattooed… It was supposed to be a casual fling while Amelia and Chandler worked to put the pieces of their lives back together.
But as every good hockey player knows, a rebound can turn into one hell of a goal.
Excerpt Juicy Rebound (IceCats #1) by Toni Aleo
“Do you remember Chandler? Ryan’s best friend from college?”
Anyone else, I wouldn’t ask. With Shelli, though, I tell her the deepest, darkest shit, and she still loves me.
With an appreciative moan, she says, “Oh yes, tight ass and beautiful golden eyes. Defensemen for the IceCats, number twenty-three, I think.”
“You could make a hockey fan jizz in his pants.”
She snorts. “Yup, but I want a hockey player. Rawr.”
“You mean a hockey player who plays for the Rangers and has to braid his man bun?”
“Will you leave his man bun out of this?”
“How can I? It’s awful!”
She groans. “What about Mr. Chandler Moon?”
I hesitate for a moment and then say, “He came into the coffee shop yesterday and today.”
“Is he still as fine as ever?”
I groan at the thought of him. “So much more. He has all these tattoos and a beard.”
“Girl, I don’t run, but I’d power-walk for a guy with tattoos and a beard.”
“And a man bun.”
I giggle at her exclamation.
“Didn’t y’all already hook up, though?”
I brush my hair out of my face, remembering that one night at a Bullies’ party back in college. Ryan was trying hard to get Sofia to give him a chance, and I was in the corner with Chandler. We talked about school, his major, and then I kissed him. He didn’t expect it, but he sure took over the moment it happened. If I think really hard, I can almost remember the way his lips felt. “We kissed, but it was interrupted by some drunk dude. And then Drew happened.”
“Stupid Drew,” she says, and I can just see her rolling her pretty blue eyes. I haven’t seen her in months, but I can imagine her in my head, and I miss her terribly. “So you saw him and…”
“He asked me out.”
“And you said…”
“Ugh! I knew it,” she groans, and I roll my eyes.
“There is no way I can start anything with anyone right now.”
“Why not? You’ve been divorced over a year. It’s okay to move on.”
“It’s not that. I’m just damaged, I guess.”
“Well, that’s to be expected, so maybe find a guy who wouldn’t mind mending you back up.”
I scoff. “No dude wants that.”
“No way. I wouldn’t do that to him. He’s too wonderful. Or he was. I don’t know the guy now, but I’m sure he’s amazing.”
“Who says you can’t get to know him?”
I shrug. “I don’t know.”
“Maybe hook up. It would be good to get out there, get the first relationship after that fucking dickwad out of the way. You know Chandler would be one hell of a juicy rebound.”
I balk. “Ew. You made that sound so gross.”
She laughs loudly. “You’re so weird. Juicy and moist are normal words.”
“No! They’re disgusting!”
“You’re insane. I bet he has a juicy ass and can make you moist.”
“I just puked in my mouth. Goodbye.”
As I hang up on the sound of her laughter, a shiver runs through me. Shelli’s words play over and over in my head, but they mean nothing. There is no way. I’m in no position to even try to be with someone right now. I’m too messed up. No one would understand me. Especially someone as amazing as Chandler.
When my phone vibrates in my hand, I glance down to see a text from Shelli.
Shelli: I get it, you don’t want to put yourself out there. But why not? Have some fun, get to know him. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?
I let my hands drop as I look out at the ocean. What could happen?
Simple. He could break my heart too.
End of Excerpt Juicy Rebound (IceCats #1) by Toni Aleo