Kat Mizera lights the lamp with HOLDING HAILEY, the second book in the Alaska Blizzard series. I was anxiously awaiting reading Hailey Dobson and Kane “Hattrick” Hatcher story after discovering them in book one, DEFENDING DANI. Hailey was on the US Women’s Olympic hockey team with Dani. Kane is Sergei’s teammate on the new NHL expansion team, the Alaska Blizzard. Hailey and Kane are introduced to each other in book one. They become online friends after Dani and Sergei virtually introduced them. Then they finally meet each other at the Olympics.
In book two, Hailey should be on top of the world after winning a gold medal. However, she encounters a bunch of bad luck and less than desirable situations. Kane surprises Hailey with a visit and talks her into spending the summer with him. Hailey has a hard time relying on others. It makes it difficult for her to accept Kane’s help. Kane had a tough transition with his new team. He is frustrated professionally. The two have multiple issues to face. Kane and Hailey are good for each other. They trust and understand each other.
The two had difficult childhoods. I’m glad that Kane had his billet mother, Nancy Fillmore, for support. She is a wise woman who gives Kane and Hailey excellent advice.
Kat Mizera does an amazing job with this story. I love how she puts snippets into her stories that end up as relevant issues in her next book. I enjoy her writing style. It flows well and is easy to read. I did not want to put the book down because I had to know what was going to happen next. I love the characters. Hailey and Kane are relatable and compelling beings. They are people viewed as stars by others but are human and have their own set of insecurities. The story had a great ending. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.