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Meeting Joachim could save his daughter’s life, but it may well cost Isaac his heart. It’s been one hell of a year for Joachim Löfgren. After a long summer in rehab, he’s been moved to a new town, one far away from the warm Florida sun he so adores, to bolster a struggling Boston defense since the departure of their beloved team captain. He hadn’t even unpacked his skates p Meeting Joachim could save his daughter’s life, but it may well cost Isaac his heart. It’s been one hell of a year for Joachim Löfgren. After a long summer in rehab, he’s been moved to a new town, one far away from the warm Florida sun he so adores, to bolster a struggling Boston defense since the departure of their beloved team captain. He hadn’t even unpacked his skates properly when fate lands another blow, and he’s told that he is dad to a gravely ill child he never knew existed. It’s an easy decision for the burly defenseman to help and he opens up his new home to his child and her guardian Isaac. He’s instantly enchanted with the preschooler as well as her uncle and decides that his life will only be complete if his daughter is part of it. Filing for custody is the only option he feels he has, but this throws his budding relationship with Isaac into utter chaos. The two men soon find themselves on opposite sides of the courtroom as they both fight for the life they feel is best for Sophia. Despite grieving for the loss of his sister, Isaac doesn’t hesitate to take on the responsibility for his newborn niece Sophia, creating a brand new family of two built on love and laughter. He has a steady income painting pet portraits during the day, but it’s the subversive and satirical cartoons he draws at night that silence his thoughts in the dark. They don’t have much as a family, but he is Sophia’s dad now, and nothing and no one will ever come between them. When a routine pediatric checkup shows that Sophia is ill, it forces Isaac to confront every one of his fears. Finding a matching donor is her only hope, and Isaac begins the journey to find Sophia’s mysterious father. There are no names or dates in his sister’s battered journal, and all Isaac knows is that he’s looking for a hockey player who was nothing more than a one-night stand. Little does he know that finding Joachim could destroy everything.


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Meeting Joachim could save his daughter’s life, but it may well cost Isaac his heart. It’s been one hell of a year for Joachim Löfgren. After a long summer in rehab, he’s been moved to a new town, one far away from the warm Florida sun he so adores, to bolster a struggling Boston defense since the departure of their beloved team captain. He hadn’t even unpacked his skates p Meeting Joachim could save his daughter’s life, but it may well cost Isaac his heart. It’s been one hell of a year for Joachim Löfgren. After a long summer in rehab, he’s been moved to a new town, one far away from the warm Florida sun he so adores, to bolster a struggling Boston defense since the departure of their beloved team captain. He hadn’t even unpacked his skates properly when fate lands another blow, and he’s told that he is dad to a gravely ill child he never knew existed. It’s an easy decision for the burly defenseman to help and he opens up his new home to his child and her guardian Isaac. He’s instantly enchanted with the preschooler as well as her uncle and decides that his life will only be complete if his daughter is part of it. Filing for custody is the only option he feels he has, but this throws his budding relationship with Isaac into utter chaos. The two men soon find themselves on opposite sides of the courtroom as they both fight for the life they feel is best for Sophia. Despite grieving for the loss of his sister, Isaac doesn’t hesitate to take on the responsibility for his newborn niece Sophia, creating a brand new family of two built on love and laughter. He has a steady income painting pet portraits during the day, but it’s the subversive and satirical cartoons he draws at night that silence his thoughts in the dark. They don’t have much as a family, but he is Sophia’s dad now, and nothing and no one will ever come between them. When a routine pediatric checkup shows that Sophia is ill, it forces Isaac to confront every one of his fears. Finding a matching donor is her only hope, and Isaac begins the journey to find Sophia’s mysterious father. There are no names or dates in his sister’s battered journal, and all Isaac knows is that he’s looking for a hockey player who was nothing more than a one-night stand. Little does he know that finding Joachim could destroy everything.

30 review for Back Check

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    Back Check was a heartwarming family story that hit me right on the right spot. On how much Isaac and Joachim fought for their baby girl's life and how they fought each other for whose the right one to raise her. I can see that Joachim was clueless about this kind of thing, but I admired his determination to pay for his past faults. As for Isaac, he needed to be cool about it, though I do understand about how much he loved his daughter. Back Check is about being family and acceptance. The epilogue Back Check was a heartwarming family story that hit me right on the right spot. On how much Isaac and Joachim fought for their baby girl's life and how they fought each other for whose the right one to raise her. I can see that Joachim was clueless about this kind of thing, but I admired his determination to pay for his past faults. As for Isaac, he needed to be cool about it, though I do understand about how much he loved his daughter. Back Check is about being family and acceptance. The epilogue made me very happy for them. I finished this book in one sitting, says a lot about how much I enjoyed this romance. I'm not a fan of sport romance, I was glad Back Check wasn't focused on the technical details about the game, so I can enjoyed reading every page of this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Oh, this one was cute as hell! On one corner, we have Joachim, a recovering alcoholic who believes he can do no right. On the other, we have Isaac, a single dad who believes he's always on the edge of losing everything. And in the center is Sophie, the toddler with leukemia who'll join them together. It was sweet and heartwrenching all at once. And as a cherry on top we have an Arou-Kalinski cameo! Oh, this one was cute as hell! On one corner, we have Joachim, a recovering alcoholic who believes he can do no right. On the other, we have Isaac, a single dad who believes he's always on the edge of losing everything. And in the center is Sophie, the toddler with leukemia who'll join them together. It was sweet and heartwrenching all at once. And as a cherry on top we have an Arou-Kalinski cameo!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5* I'm not sure what happened here, one minute it was shaping up to being my favourite in the series and the next it went in to some serious dramady all out of nowhere. Honestly, it was a bit bizarre how the plot went pear-shaped but I think a lot of it may be because, for me at any rate, things between Isaac and Joachim developed way too fast for the subsequent fall-out. Usually RJ and Vicki build up such real depth, even over relatively short time periods, that I absolutely get with the progra 3.5* I'm not sure what happened here, one minute it was shaping up to being my favourite in the series and the next it went in to some serious dramady all out of nowhere. Honestly, it was a bit bizarre how the plot went pear-shaped but I think a lot of it may be because, for me at any rate, things between Isaac and Joachim developed way too fast for the subsequent fall-out. Usually RJ and Vicki build up such real depth, even over relatively short time periods, that I absolutely get with the program of two guys falling in love and being utterly committed. Here it was all mixed into the wider and more serious narrative about Sophie's leukemia, the fears Isaac had over losing her like he had every other member of his family, and Joachim's alcohol addiction. So when Joachim presented Isaac with the papers to formally submit to become recognised as Sophie's father, and everything kicked off, I was left with whiplash. Isaac's overreaction, even given his fears, was just too dramatic for me. He never stopped to listen to what Joachim was trying to say - that he wanted both of them in his life. Then, conversely, Joachim's presentation of the documents left a whole load to be desired too, and the story seemed to utterly combust at this point. Fortunately, it did get back on track, there was some intervention from everyone's favourite red-headed Pole and his lovely husband, a bit of hard talking from the Rebels owner, and thankfully some good old fashioned conversation between the two men. There were other great bits too, the team bonding over playing Dungeons and Dragons made me laugh, it was good to see the other guys still living their happy endings and a quick trip to Harrisburg gave a catch up with Ten and the gang. The Epilogue takes place some 16 years later, which was really lovely and very much full of happiness. The next book in the series has an interesting premise, so I'm looking forward to reading that one. #ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    In the first few pages of the book we realize that Isaac has dead parents (hurricane), dead grandparents, a dead sister (childbirth), and a niece with cancer. Five seconds later we learn that the other MC - he of many incredibly stupid nicknames - also has dead parents and a problem with alcoholism. The tragedy porn here is a little much, don't you think, authors?! Honestly, I should have listened to my gut and stopped reading right then. But I didn't. I love books that include athletes as main c In the first few pages of the book we realize that Isaac has dead parents (hurricane), dead grandparents, a dead sister (childbirth), and a niece with cancer. Five seconds later we learn that the other MC - he of many incredibly stupid nicknames - also has dead parents and a problem with alcoholism. The tragedy porn here is a little much, don't you think, authors?! Honestly, I should have listened to my gut and stopped reading right then. But I didn't. I love books that include athletes as main characters. I love books with cute kids in them. So I ignored the read flags and ended up suffering through 150 pages of the most mediocre writing and storytelling. Lesson learned.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Veronica of V's Reads

    Isaac is in his middle 20s, living in Tampa and raising his deceased sister's daughter as his own. He could never get his sis to reveal the name of her baby daddy, though he tried. And when she died in birth, well, Isaac took full custody and did his very best. Problem is his little sweetheart, Sophie, is gravely ill with leukemia, and Isaac is not a donor match. And, he has no remaining family to test and see if they could help with a bone marrow transplant to save poor Sophie. Scouring his sis Isaac is in his middle 20s, living in Tampa and raising his deceased sister's daughter as his own. He could never get his sis to reveal the name of her baby daddy, though he tried. And when she died in birth, well, Isaac took full custody and did his very best. Problem is his little sweetheart, Sophie, is gravely ill with leukemia, and Isaac is not a donor match. And, he has no remaining family to test and see if they could help with a bone marrow transplant to save poor Sophie. Scouring his sister's old journals, Isaac gets a hint that Sophie's dad is potentially a hockey fan, so he gets a babysitter and makes a spectacle of himself outside of the arena, hoping to catch some viral buzz and raise awareness of Sophie's plight. Record numbers of strangers go and get tested as a result, and though Isaac had tried to keep his hope in check, he's astounded that a match is found. Unfortunately, it's also Sophie's biological dad, and he's a pro hockey player now playing for the Boston Rebels. Joachim Löfgren is a disgraced professional hockey player newly traded to Boston from Tampa Bay now that he's out of his fourth stint in rehab. He's long since spent his signing and endorsement money, though he still makes a good bit of coin as a defensemen. He isn't sure if he'll get along with his teammates, but they seem like genuinely nice guys and he's got few friends. So, he's pretty stunned to learn that his blood isn't just a match to helps save a young girl with leukemia--he's her daddy. Week's out of rehab, this kind of shock is nearly enough to send Joachim searching for some alcohol, but this time he's determined not to mess up his life again--or that of his apparent daughter. The Boston Rebels want to play this as a heart-wrenching story of amazing triumph, but Joachim and Isaac are both wary. It's not a good look that a pro player didn't even know he fathered a baby--too drunk to even remember having relations with the mom. Still, Joachim has a nice house and he wants, begs, Isaac to stay with him, so he can get to know his daughter. Having lost his parents recently, Joachim is desperate for a familial connection, and he's definitely attracted to Isaac. Though his AA sponsor reminds him it's best not to jump into a relationship while still managing his recovery. Isaac is terrified Joachim won't help, then, he's afraid of how much help he is giving. And well, he's also afreaid of how attracted he is to Sophie's bio father, which is how he thinks of Joachim because Isaac is her daddy--no matter the paternity. It seems like it could be a good situation, if Isaac and Joachim do fall for one another, but neither man is expecting a lasting connection. Isaac is planning a full return to Tampa with Sophie once the treatments are done, with visitation for Joachim if he wants, while Joachim wants full custody with Isaac released to regularly-scheduled-pre-baby life. Their diametrically-opposed goals do not become apparent to one another until pretty late in the story, once they have both grown significantly close, and Sophie has begun to bond with Joachim. I liked this one. It had good, squirmy tension, with the family issues that both men are dealing with. Their mutual love of Sophie, and budding attraction for each other, keeps the story moving ever forward, and it was fun to see these relationships grow. The loneliness is palpable, as is the drama of Sophie's worsening health condition. There isn't a lot of hockey in the book, mostly just how the schedule was impacted for Joachim--and, well, how he goes bananas when the fit hits the shan between him and Isaac. Still, there was a great team dynamic here, and I loved how the Rebels all supported Joachim, Sophie and Isaac. When Isaac and Joachim do make it to sexytown, it felt pretty authentic, as they'd been house-sharing for going on two months and had a strong rapport. Expect a superbly happy ending, and a slow-burn, pseudo-enemies-to-lovers romance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series, and although it deals with a new pairing, it would be easier to understand the team dynamics if you had read the first book. A new Boston Rebel, Joachim is in town to find somewhere to live and to recognise that this time he has to stay sober. Just out of his fourth stint in rehab, this really is his last chance. This was an interesting plot line as we tend to read about sportsmen w ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series, and although it deals with a new pairing, it would be easier to understand the team dynamics if you had read the first book. A new Boston Rebel, Joachim is in town to find somewhere to live and to recognise that this time he has to stay sober. Just out of his fourth stint in rehab, this really is his last chance. This was an interesting plot line as we tend to read about sportsmen who treat their bodies like temples, or who have a problem with pain killers. I felt that it worked throughout the book, it was consistently referenced, but not always by him. When he discovers that he has a child, who is sick, and who's mother is dead, and he can't even remember her ... that is both sobering and also tempts him to seek out oblivion. As he gets to know Isaac, Sophie's de facto father, and her actual uncle, there is another complication of attraction. The layers in this story are dealt with very carefully, and cleverly. There is constant motion, even when we are waiting to see if Joachim will behave well, or Sophie is in isolation. The hockey elements help with the flow, but so does the too and fro between the two men - not always in congruence. I will not reveal more, but I can assure you that it is a well penned tale, which has a range of dramas, plenty of love, and in time understanding. Enjoy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book has so many great parts, two completely opposite guys who meet under very stressful circumstances, a cute little girl who needs a miracle, and those hockey players from the Boston Rebels. Isaac lost his sister during childbirth to become a father unexpectedly. Then to learn cancer might take his little girl away. He will do anything to find a donor match, trying to find her biological father is like a needle in a haystack. Joachim was traded to Boston, he needs to get his head straight This book has so many great parts, two completely opposite guys who meet under very stressful circumstances, a cute little girl who needs a miracle, and those hockey players from the Boston Rebels. Isaac lost his sister during childbirth to become a father unexpectedly. Then to learn cancer might take his little girl away. He will do anything to find a donor match, trying to find her biological father is like a needle in a haystack. Joachim was traded to Boston, he needs to get his head straight, maintain his sobriety, play good hockey. With all that he finds out he is not only a match for a little girl to help save her life but he is also her biological father. It is a fabulous story, heartbreak, staying strong for one another, friendship, hockey and falling for one another until things get complicated and ugly. I loved Vic helping Joachim with his sobriety, I love the Rebels helping one of their own, the advice given to fight for what you want. These two guys and little girl are a family made from heartache, hope and love!! I loved, loved the epilogue…all the happiness and feels!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Patterson

    ARC received from the authors for an honest review. Isaac has been raising his niece Sophie since her birth, due to his sister passing away. When she becomes critically ill he has to resort to desperate measures to find a donor or he'll lose her too. Through a series of events he finds Sophie's biological dad and he's willing to help save Sophie. Off to Boston Isaac and Sophie go hoping for a miracle. Joachim is a recovering alcoholic that has been traded to the Boston Rebels. He's living day to d ARC received from the authors for an honest review. Isaac has been raising his niece Sophie since her birth, due to his sister passing away. When she becomes critically ill he has to resort to desperate measures to find a donor or he'll lose her too. Through a series of events he finds Sophie's biological dad and he's willing to help save Sophie. Off to Boston Isaac and Sophie go hoping for a miracle. Joachim is a recovering alcoholic that has been traded to the Boston Rebels. He's living day to day trying to make a better life when he finds out he's a father. He's definitely willing to help save Sophie and he's ready to be a dad. Isaac is overprotective of his dad status and Joachim is trying to take over out of the blue. Will they be able to work things out so Sophie has a future with both of her dads? This is a really good low angst romance. I definitely felt the chemistry between Isaac and Joachim because it's a little bit of an insta love situation. The medical part is in the background so it doesn't bring the story down and there's not too much medical jargon to muddle the story. It does feel authentic and believable. Again the authors have written a book that flows seamlessly and I'm really looking forward to reading the next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    EQUUS

    A beautiful heartwarming, well written story. A story about right and wrong decisions, past and present and about making them right. About two strangers connected by dire circumstances and one common goal. Full of misunderstandings and miscommunication. One fighting for the only thing that's left of his family and one fighting his own demons and trying to make things right. The one reason I'm rating this book 4 and not five stars is that Joachim and Isaac had more than two months to address the A beautiful heartwarming, well written story. A story about right and wrong decisions, past and present and about making them right. About two strangers connected by dire circumstances and one common goal. Full of misunderstandings and miscommunication. One fighting for the only thing that's left of his family and one fighting his own demons and trying to make things right. The one reason I'm rating this book 4 and not five stars is that Joachim and Isaac had more than two months to address the elephant in the room and they failed, so their fallout feels a bit forced and hard to believe. The other is that we get physical descriptions for almost all the characters in the book except Isaac. We get that his eyes are blue and that's about it. When I read there's a movie going on in my head, so I need to know from the start how the authors are picturing characters in the book. Otherwise I'm just waiting the whole time for the "other shoue to drop" because I've started picturing the charather in my own way (for example as a blonde) and halfway through the story I randomly find out he's darkhaired. I hate that especially when I'm truly invested in the story. I loved all the supporting characters and epilogue put a smile on my face.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase

    Getting traded and starting over in a new city is the least of Joachim's issues. The hockey player finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he finds out a drunken one night stand turned into a daughter Sophia he never knew. What makes it even worse is not just that the little girl is being raised by her uncle since her mother died right after she was born but that Sophia is fighting cancer and Joachim is the only one who can save her. But when Isaac and Joachim come together sparks fly Getting traded and starting over in a new city is the least of Joachim's issues. The hockey player finds himself between a rock and a hard place when he finds out a drunken one night stand turned into a daughter Sophia he never knew. What makes it even worse is not just that the little girl is being raised by her uncle since her mother died right after she was born but that Sophia is fighting cancer and Joachim is the only one who can save her. But when Isaac and Joachim come together sparks fly and passion ignites. Will the two work together to help save Sophia? Or will the relationship be doomed to fail once Joachim decides he wants to take over Sophia's care? With heartbreaking and emotional interactions this was a fabulous read. Finding love in the mist of the hardest journey any parent will ever face had me wiping tears from my eyes. Another awesome read from the dynamic duo of Scott and Locey that should not be missed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    kathleen

    Back Check is full of all the good stuff I have come to expect from R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey. There is such a deep river of emotion throughout this story. As a reader you will not be able to stop yourself from becoming attached to Joachim, Isaac and Sophia. These authors have the ability to handle very sensitive subjects with grace, dignity and compassion. Seeing both men struggle with life yet not give up is amazing. Watching them open themselves up to love and a future is wonderful. I was blown Back Check is full of all the good stuff I have come to expect from R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey. There is such a deep river of emotion throughout this story. As a reader you will not be able to stop yourself from becoming attached to Joachim, Isaac and Sophia. These authors have the ability to handle very sensitive subjects with grace, dignity and compassion. Seeing both men struggle with life yet not give up is amazing. Watching them open themselves up to love and a future is wonderful. I was blown away with how beautifully this story was woven together. Loved the epilogue!!!!! Now I can't wait for the next in this Boston Rebels series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Perry

    Such an emotional and heartbreaking read. I cried so much. Both of those men would do anything for their baby girl and fought so much, so sad… I was Team Issac all the way! I’m so happy Sophie got healthy again and her Dad & Papa finally stopped fighting and figured stuff out together for themselves and Sophie being both their daughter.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tammi

    I am a Scott fan. I did love this one, mostly. The main issue between the characters had a fairly obvious solution, so I was frustrated with her characters for the first time. Still, I cared about these characters from the start, so it was worth the read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Smith

    When a book starts out with angst, you know you are committed to reading it through.. and Back Check starts with the worst kind of angst - a child with cancer... luckily you know that all romance books have a HEA... Read my full review here: http://www.mmromancereviewed.com/2021... I received an ARC to facilitate my review When a book starts out with angst, you know you are committed to reading it through.. and Back Check starts with the worst kind of angst - a child with cancer... luckily you know that all romance books have a HEA... Read my full review here: http://www.mmromancereviewed.com/2021... I received an ARC to facilitate my review

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This book is just.... WOW! The authors take us on a wild ride, right from the start. Isaac needs to find a bone-marrow donor for his daughter Sophie. The problem is he's not the father, he's the uncle who became an instant single dad when his sister passed shortly after delivering Sophie. The search brings him to Joachim Löfgren, newly traded to the Boston Rebels after rehab for his issues with alcohol. It is a tangled web and the wild ride has many ups, downs and a few sideways tosses that will This book is just.... WOW! The authors take us on a wild ride, right from the start. Isaac needs to find a bone-marrow donor for his daughter Sophie. The problem is he's not the father, he's the uncle who became an instant single dad when his sister passed shortly after delivering Sophie. The search brings him to Joachim Löfgren, newly traded to the Boston Rebels after rehab for his issues with alcohol. It is a tangled web and the wild ride has many ups, downs and a few sideways tosses that will pull at your emotions (there were more than a few tissues!). Suffice it to say that this author duo did not disappoint and it is hard to put this book down! One of the best books I've read this year! ***RECOMMENDED***

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Looney

    Wow simply wow. No words to describe how much I loved Back Check. Loafy and Isaac are amazing. You feel so bad for both of them. They have both been through so much. They “found” each other when they needed each other the most. The love they each have for Sophie is the love that every parent should feel. This story was simply beautiful. Thank you both for sharing this beautiful story with us. Can’t wait until the next one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I have to admit two things, first, I love the books by these two authors, and second, that I’m drawn to stories about 2 men and a child so this book was like catnip to me. I fell in love with Isaac and his adorable niece, Sophie, from the first page. To Isaac, Sophie is everything, the last link to the family he has lost and someone he has loved unquestioningly, raised and given his all to from the moment she was born, but she is very ill and needs the father Isaac hasn’t been able to find. Joac I have to admit two things, first, I love the books by these two authors, and second, that I’m drawn to stories about 2 men and a child so this book was like catnip to me. I fell in love with Isaac and his adorable niece, Sophie, from the first page. To Isaac, Sophie is everything, the last link to the family he has lost and someone he has loved unquestioningly, raised and given his all to from the moment she was born, but she is very ill and needs the father Isaac hasn’t been able to find. Joachim, a recovering alcoholic who is doing his best to deal with and own up to the less than stellar life he led, discovers that during that time he fathered a child and can now save her life. I admired him for owning up to the past, forging a new sober future and doing his best for Sophie but I just wanted to swat him sometimes! In his drive to make everything right and make what he thought was the best decision for everyone, he didn’t stop to think about Isaac’s feelings. Together they want the best for Sophie but they both needed to be honest with each other and share their feelings instead of being, understandably, scared of loss on Isaac’s side or Joachim’s wanting to take over everything. It was lovely to catch up with the other members of the team and while I didn’t like the self-serving team owner this time, he did redeem himself some, they all added depth to the story and it was great the way they accepted Joachim and made him part of the team. This was another tremendous story from these wonderful authors and a first-class addition to the Boston Rebels series. Full of emotion, steam and some angst it should definitely be on your must-read list. I was gifted an ARC of this book to review and this is my honest and voluntary opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Relly

    good 3.75 stars I’ll be honest I was worried how I would like this one due to the whole custody battle aspect, but surprisingly I enjoyed it. I did find it hard to connect with Joachim at times. I liked him and really appreciated that he took responsibility for his mistakes. He knew he was the one who messed up, and understood that he had wasted a lot of both money and sponsorship opportunities due to his alcoholism. It was good to see him work so hard at staying sober. There were a couple of time good 3.75 stars I’ll be honest I was worried how I would like this one due to the whole custody battle aspect, but surprisingly I enjoyed it. I did find it hard to connect with Joachim at times. I liked him and really appreciated that he took responsibility for his mistakes. He knew he was the one who messed up, and understood that he had wasted a lot of both money and sponsorship opportunities due to his alcoholism. It was good to see him work so hard at staying sober. There were a couple of times that he could have fallen off the wagon and I would have understood but he fought through it. The part that I found hard to connect with him was his interactions with Isaac concerning Sophie. I understood that he was trying to do what in his mind was the right thing, but he was absolutely oblivious to Isaac’s relationship with her, and he showed no care for the bond they had. By brushing it off and relegating him the Uncle, so he could have a life without Sophie, did he not think for one second that if she had never gotten sick, he never would have know about her? I was impressed by the introspection he did when it all blew up and how he understood how selfish he was being. I loved Isaac and connected with him easily. I totally understood his actions in defending his relationship with Sophie. I can see both sides and understood both sides of the argument but I was on side Issac. I think knowing it was coming was worse, as we watched them getting closer and then waited for the explosion. Nick the owner made up a little ground for me in this one and I really can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was an emotional and heartwarming story which covered the sensitive subject of a seriously ill two year whose only hope of survival was a bone marrow transplant and the anguish and the lengths her uncle, her daddy, who had looked after her since the day his sister gave birth to her and died would go to to save her. All he had to go on was a journal his sister kept, returned to him by an old housemate, who referred to someone she slept with around the time of Sophie’s conception known only as This was an emotional and heartwarming story which covered the sensitive subject of a seriously ill two year whose only hope of survival was a bone marrow transplant and the anguish and the lengths her uncle, her daddy, who had looked after her since the day his sister gave birth to her and died would go to to save her. All he had to go on was a journal his sister kept, returned to him by an old housemate, who referred to someone she slept with around the time of Sophie’s conception known only as HG. When he finds mention of hockey he assumes HG is hockey guy and sets about appealing to fans and players of the local Tampa NHL and this appeal goes out to all NHL players. When Joachim finds he is a match and offers to donate his stem cells he then finds out he is actually Sophie’s father. He has been traded to Boston from Tampa owing to his alcoholism and arranges for Isaac to bring Sophie to Boston for treatment. The book tells the story of Sophie’s ordeal, Isaac and Joachim’s pain and fear and how Sophie brings them closer together and how it all blows up when Isaac finds out that he could lose Sophie but not to cancer. There are misunderstandings, a lack of communication and trust and a lot of anger. Can Isaac and Joachim reach a solution that gives all three of them a HEA? I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    Fans of Locey’s Victor Kalinski and Dan Arou rejoice; the couple make a beautiful cameo in this book. Readers who haven’t before read these men, you’re ok — this novel totally can stand on its own merit. But you’re missing so much goodness if you miss a single hockey book from these authors. This tale comes with a whole lot of seriousness, courtesy of baby Sophie’s cancer. But Scott/Locey’s trademarks are still all over this one: from Vic’s snarky dialogue through Sophie’s adorable innocence, str Fans of Locey’s Victor Kalinski and Dan Arou rejoice; the couple make a beautiful cameo in this book. Readers who haven’t before read these men, you’re ok — this novel totally can stand on its own merit. But you’re missing so much goodness if you miss a single hockey book from these authors. This tale comes with a whole lot of seriousness, courtesy of baby Sophie’s cancer. But Scott/Locey’s trademarks are still all over this one: from Vic’s snarky dialogue through Sophie’s adorable innocence, straight on to the heat between these two men and the chemistry they exhibit - wowsers. Isaac’s love for Sophie (biologically his niece; his daughter in every way that matters) is heart-warmingly real. The loss he experienced when her Mom Ashley (his sister) died changes him permanently. Joachim, a recovering alcoholic with a big heart (when sober) and a serious hatred of yellow ceilings, winds up being the answer to all of Isaac’s prayers. Even as the two initially meet, sparks fly. But the can of worms is being inexorably opened and the story that tumbles out is raw and real and so full of love. Admittedly, I’m a die-hard fan of Scott and Locey’s hockey books, but this one may be my favourite yet. With it’s tender treatment of childhood cancer and its realistic yet sensitive renderings of life in recovery, the authors pulled every heartstring I possess.

  21. 4 out of 5

    deborah lawson

    I struggled getting into this story, likely because it took a while to get to the hockey. But then, somewhere around chapter 10, I found the book I’d been expecting. A book where playing hockey competes with another passion, and the characters must decide what’s important and how to make it work. Once the litigation plotline got going and we played a little hockey, I was hooked. Back Check captured my world beautifully. It includes the stupid decisions that people make when thinking they are hel I struggled getting into this story, likely because it took a while to get to the hockey. But then, somewhere around chapter 10, I found the book I’d been expecting. A book where playing hockey competes with another passion, and the characters must decide what’s important and how to make it work. Once the litigation plotline got going and we played a little hockey, I was hooked. Back Check captured my world beautifully. It includes the stupid decisions that people make when thinking they are helping someone out and making a grand gesture, rather than asking the other person what they want/need. It even includes the attorney covering his ass, but then admitting that cutting out the lawyer keeps costs down and really is the best thing for everyone involved in a family suit. And it captures the difficulties faced by a family that can’t always be together because of a job that requires time on the road. I love how RJ and VL work in characters from the other books, which always reminds me that I still need to catch up on the original series. And sometimes it makes me realize that I’ve forgotten something about a book I’ve read, and perhaps I need to reread it. But most of all, I love the way that RJ and VL share their love of the game with their readers. That’s what keeps me coming back. (Well, hockey and the 80’s pop culture references….) And Renco is such an enigma…whatever will we find out about him next….?

  22. 5 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    Tore me up but it was worth it. <3 RJ Scott and V.L. Locey know just how to set my emotions on a roller coaster and I love them for it. Back Check is a single-daddy story with all the best elements of this trope including one of my favorites: unknown baby daddy. Note: one of the MCs is a recovering alcoholic. The blurb is very comprehensive so I’m going to focus on how much I loved this story. I felt great sympathy for both Isaac and Joachim. Isaac has no one left in his family except Sophia, his Tore me up but it was worth it. <3 RJ Scott and V.L. Locey know just how to set my emotions on a roller coaster and I love them for it. Back Check is a single-daddy story with all the best elements of this trope including one of my favorites: unknown baby daddy. Note: one of the MCs is a recovering alcoholic. The blurb is very comprehensive so I’m going to focus on how much I loved this story. I felt great sympathy for both Isaac and Joachim. Isaac has no one left in his family except Sophia, his dead sister’s baby. Joachim battles alcohol addiction that nearly cost him everything. This is not an insta-love story but when Isaac and Joachim do get together – look out! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 These two have a lot of issues to resolve before they can claim their HEA but it was so worth reading to get there. I LOVED the epilogue for this story. I’m not sure I’ve read any other books where the epilogue takes place so many years after the end of the story. This one was truly wonderful. Thank you, RJ, and V.L. 💕 P.S. I’m not going to give anything away but fans of V.L. Locey’s hockey books might wanna read this just to get another taste of a beloved character. 😊 A copy of this book was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the authors. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

  23. 4 out of 5

    LeeAnn

    As I read the first few pages, I felt like I had been hit by a truck full of feels. But that is what I have come to expect when reading any book by these authors , and I have never been disappointed. The characters in this book are so well formed and loveable that you can't help but root for them and hope that, if they need to, they can get out of their own way. There is a character that ticked me off , you'll discover who and..if he redeemed himself or not. I fell in love with Isaac, Joachim and As I read the first few pages, I felt like I had been hit by a truck full of feels. But that is what I have come to expect when reading any book by these authors , and I have never been disappointed. The characters in this book are so well formed and loveable that you can't help but root for them and hope that, if they need to, they can get out of their own way. There is a character that ticked me off , you'll discover who and..if he redeemed himself or not. I fell in love with Isaac, Joachim and Sophia . I am sure you will as well. In this story you experience their fear, anger, happy sexy times and moments of head -to-desk. The humor of visiting characters is awesome as well . I have always enjoyed having characters from previous books come into the current one. Not going to say who but.......you will NOT be disappointed!I I highly recommend this . 😉😉 Shout out to B-Bear...always there to comfort. 💓💓 I received an Advanced Readers Copy for my honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Ziegler

    Joachim just got traded to the Boston Rebels and is trying to get his life in order. Not only with hockey but with getting sober. When he and the team find out about a young girl in Florida needing bone marrow to fight leukemia they all get tested. Shocker to him he is not only a good match he is her biological father. Isaac has been raising Sophie since the day she was born. Losing his sister could have destroyed him but he vowed he would raise Sophie as his own. He has no idea who her dad is a Joachim just got traded to the Boston Rebels and is trying to get his life in order. Not only with hockey but with getting sober. When he and the team find out about a young girl in Florida needing bone marrow to fight leukemia they all get tested. Shocker to him he is not only a good match he is her biological father. Isaac has been raising Sophie since the day she was born. Losing his sister could have destroyed him but he vowed he would raise Sophie as his own. He has no idea who her dad is and she is sick and needs help. When a crazy stunt not only finds a match for her but her biological dad will his life be thrown and even larger curve? These two embark on a journey of not only saving and being there for Sophie but falling in love with each other until everything falls apart. Can they work it out for everyone? The epilogue was cute

  25. 5 out of 5

    Edga

    Emotional read  An emotional romance about 2 people who, unbeknownst to them both, have a history which will link them for the rest of their lives. The story is so good, as it covers quite a lot of topics on its way to romance. There is a good plot that we only get to see fully at the end. Although I read it in a few hours, it has good character development,and it was easy to see everything in my imagination as I read. It gets unnecessarily heavy part way through, but it's romantic, hopeful, and Emotional read  An emotional romance about 2 people who, unbeknownst to them both, have a history which will link them for the rest of their lives. The story is so good, as it covers quite a lot of topics on its way to romance. There is a good plot that we only get to see fully at the end. Although I read it in a few hours, it has good character development,and it was easy to see everything in my imagination as I read. It gets unnecessarily heavy part way through, but it's romantic, hopeful, and so much more. I so loved Joachim. Absolutely loving this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Osborne

    An absolutely beautiful story about two men who met to save a young girls life. Isaac is raising his niece Sophie and has been given some horrible news on her health. He reads some old diaries from his sister is hopes to find who fathered little Sophie. Joachim is getting clean after years of alcohol abuse. He finds out he has a little girl in need and he wants to do everything for her. He does make some mistakes with Isaac but together with communication they both find they want the same things An absolutely beautiful story about two men who met to save a young girls life. Isaac is raising his niece Sophie and has been given some horrible news on her health. He reads some old diaries from his sister is hopes to find who fathered little Sophie. Joachim is getting clean after years of alcohol abuse. He finds out he has a little girl in need and he wants to do everything for her. He does make some mistakes with Isaac but together with communication they both find they want the same things. I did receive an Arc for a review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Gray

    A great romantic book between Isaac and Joachim. It's low angst, sweet, family feel-good book. Isaac has been taking care of his niece since she lost her mother. She's diagnosed with cancer and needs a donor to help save her life. Isaac finds her biological father and together they fight to save their little girl. The book is so emotional because Joachim is dealing with his addiction to alcohol and being traded to another team. We get to see the previous MCs and they see the instant love and sex A great romantic book between Isaac and Joachim. It's low angst, sweet, family feel-good book. Isaac has been taking care of his niece since she lost her mother. She's diagnosed with cancer and needs a donor to help save her life. Isaac finds her biological father and together they fight to save their little girl. The book is so emotional because Joachim is dealing with his addiction to alcohol and being traded to another team. We get to see the previous MCs and they see the instant love and sexy times these have together. Overall, it's a great book and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Cox

    Amazing!!! This was such a lovely heartwarming story. These 2 characters both have a hard backstory and go through some angst, love, and tears find their way to their HEA. These two ladies did a wonderful job with this one and I can't wait to see what comes next. And that epilogue was one of my absolute favorites of all the ones I have ever read. Amazing!!! This was such a lovely heartwarming story. These 2 characters both have a hard backstory and go through some angst, love, and tears find their way to their HEA. These two ladies did a wonderful job with this one and I can't wait to see what comes next. And that epilogue was one of my absolute favorites of all the ones I have ever read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Johnson

    This is the second book in the Boston Rebels, hockey series. This one had me in tears and then laughing in the same day. The author deals with some really difficult situations in a wonderful manner. The characters are wonderful, and the pace is fabulous. I can’t wait for the next installment in this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Ovalle

    I loved seeing old book friends back again. I enjoyed Joachim and Isaac, but love the periphery characters just as much. Back Check has an intricate and sticky storyline, keeping me rooting for Joachim and Isaac despite their self sabotage. I truly enjoyed Back Check, well worth the read for any hockey fan. https://sslyblog.com/2021/08/31/revie... I loved seeing old book friends back again. I enjoyed Joachim and Isaac, but love the periphery characters just as much. Back Check has an intricate and sticky storyline, keeping me rooting for Joachim and Isaac despite their self sabotage. I truly enjoyed Back Check, well worth the read for any hockey fan. https://sslyblog.com/2021/08/31/revie...

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