Body Checked by Katherine Stark
Publication date: August 18th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Sergei wants more than just another one-night stand. But his brother—a high-ranking member of the Russian mob—wants him to help the family business. He can use Sergei as an easy way to launder money, or to smuggle drugs on the Eagles team plane. And if Sergei doesn’t agree, he can kiss his skating career goodbye.
The FBI’s been watching Sergei. When they learn about Jael’s fling, they want her to persuade him to inform on his brother. But the more Jael sees the real Sergei, beyond the role he plays on the ice and in front of the cameras, the more she wants him in her life. How can she win his trust, though, when she’s playing a role of her own? And how can she protect him from his mobster brother when she can’t even protect her own heart?
Body Checked is a standalone HEA sports romance (m/f) in the Center Ice series of interconnected hockey athlete stories. It contains explicit language and sexual content between consenting adults.
“No.” Sergei grips my wrist, then lets go as soon as he realizes how hard he’s grabbed me. He runs his fingers through his hair, letting the dark locks scatter across his forehead. “I’m sorry. I just—You don’t understand. He’s killed people, Jael. Good cops, crooked cops. Entire families.”
“Well, that’s on the police,” I say hotly. “That doesn’t mean you couldn’t—”
“I can’t. Not if I want to keep you safe.”
His gaze is so dark, so cold. It aches inside my chest to see him looking this way.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to keep you safe. But you have to trust me when I say you can’t go to the authorities.” Sergei cups my cheeks, softly turning my expression toward his. “Please, Jael, promise me.”
My stomach feels heavy as lead. “I promise.”
But my mind rings over and over with the lie.
Meet The Author
Katherine Stark is the pseudonym for an author of novels in a variety of genres for children and adults. She can nearly always be found buried underneath a pile of story notes. If she isn't writing, she's probably reading, playing video games with her husband, watching hockey, or eating her way across the East Coast.
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