I have always enjoyed the whole romance world, being a hopeless romantic it’s expected but then I discovered that there were hockey romances and my heart exploded. Honestly.
Big, rough, rugged guys throwing their hearts on the ice for a woman to have?UGH YEAH! SIGN ME UP!
But before I get to those sexy men, let me start from the beginning. I haven’t always been a hockey fan. Growing up, I was really into music and singing, things like that. I did do my stint in softball but that was only to keep my sexy girlish figure. When my husband and I seriously started dating when we were 17, I gave up softball (along with my girlish figure) and decided that the only thing I needed was his sexy butt but he wasn’t the only thing I got. Along with his heart, two kids and a bull dog, I was given the love for hockey.
My husband not only plays, but he is a diehard Red Wings fan (Yes. I was a Red Wings fan. I admit it. It was all I knew but that changed when the Predators and Shea Weber walked into my life!) and taught me everything I know about hockey today. It is our thing. We love being together while watching the greatest game ever. It is the most amazing thing in the world, and I couldn’t thank him enough for introducing me to such a great sport.
Now, like I said, when I discovered hockey romances, my heart exploded. The book I read was, See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson and it was pure magic. I hadn’t been a romance reader for a very long time, but she soon had me reading all her books and then every other hockey romance that was out. I LOVE IT! Along the way, I started to write more than I had before. I was writing about peach farmers, cowboys and all kinds of other stuff and then, like out of the blue, I was like ‘what if I wrote about a hockey player?’
It was that silly moment when the light bulb goes off.
It worked, and Shea Adler was born. I have made this world of hot amazing hockey players that make girls swoon something fierce! I get to live in this world and man, what a world to live in. Now to make my world believable I get to do research on hot hockey men and let me tell you, it is the BEST part of my job. I get to go to Galas where I talk to these men and pick their brains. I get to sit on the bench and listen to guys talk. I get to go through play by plays with my husband and make this world I have created, more real. I also get to meet other female hockey fans and man, is it a rush.
That is why being a hockey romance writer rocks my socks.
Toni AleoAuthor of the Assassins series.