For Minnesota Glaciers captain Scott Walters, skating on a bum knee--and self-medicating to keep skating on it--is all part of the game. That the painkillers he's eating prevent him from having meaningful relationships is just one more sacrifice in a lifetime of them. He's worked too hard to let his image be ruined by injury or dependency, so he hides the pain and fakes the rest-a girlfriend would only complicate matters. High school teacher Rachel Fielding never needed a man in her life, but she also never intended to grow old alone. When she meets Scott while visiting her brother, she's intrigued to find herself wanting him in her bed. For hours at a time, as often as possible. Scott is a giver, and just the memory of his attentions is enough to drive her crazy. Anything long term is out of the question, though-the pills she finds in Scott's house indicate he's struggling with a lot more than growing older in a young man's game. When what starts out as a what-the-hell weeklong fling turns into Scott and Rachel exploring each other outside of the bedroom, Rachel hesitates. But Scott asks for her support to break his addiction, and hearing him admit his secrets has her ignoring her own rules-until he breaks her heart. With the Glaciers refusing to renew his contract and his future with Rachel uncertain, Scott has some big decisions to make and a lot to prove-especially to himself.
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