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Review: Victor by Brenda Rothert


Victor by Brenda Rothert is the newest book in her series, Chicago Blaze, about the Blaze hockey team. I was intrigued by the premise of this book and how Victor and Lindy meet. It proves to be a pretty great story!

Victor Lane is not exactly excelling at hockey lately. His game is far from great and now he is feeling the pressure from upper management who are talking about demoting him to third string. Victor is not exactly surprised but he is also feeling panicked. He asks his coach to give him two games to show some improvement but even Victor isn’t sure if he can truly improve.

While practicing at night when the rink is closed, Victor meets Lindy, who is pulling the 12AM to 8AM shift. She is a concession stand worker and has to make sure all the equipment is properly cleaned. She was trying to slink away from the ice rink unnoticed but, unfortunately for her, Victor does notice her.

Lindy has a big, big crush on Victor but she is not unrealistic about life either. She knows it is just a crush and would never go anywhere, especially because she has never even met him! When he sits down next to her in the rink stands and they start talking hockey, Lindy is over the moon. Victor is listening to her and responding to her enthusiasm for his hockey game. It seems unreal!

Thus begins a friendship and perhaps… something more!

I enjoy hockey romances immensely and this is another solid addition to the list. I really liked the simplicity of these two meeting and the rapport that builds between them. Victor is dealing with some heavy things in his life, things he is ashamed to even admit to. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I also feel like this is something that should be mentioned as a content warning. I don’t have a special spoiler capability so please highlight the following text if you would like to know about the content warning. Victor was sexually abused growing up and he is being blackmailed by one of his abusers who has pictures.

While this is obviously a love story, I do want to say this has to be dealt with for Victor to move forward and really focus on his new happiness with Lindy.

I really liked Lindy. She is enthusiastic about sports (hockey in particular), she is kind, she has a great friendship with her best friend and co-worker, Ari, and in general she is a woman who I was glad to see have her dream come true. Or at least part of her dream. To get to know Victor is like something out of a different world for Lindy, especially at first. But that changes the more she gets to know him and understand the man behind the “hockey star” image.

Brenda Rothert writes another satisfying and emotional romance. I haven’t read any of the other books in the Chicago Blaze series but it didn’t seem to matter. I got to know a few of the other characters through Victor’s interactions with them and that was a perfect amount to whet my interest. I was glad to be fully immersed in Lindy and Victor’s romance.

Victor is available now!

Today we are celebrating the release of VICTOR by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the third title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now!

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Victor by Brenda Rothert

Available Now | Chicago Blaze, #3

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Book Blurb:

He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.

Lindy

They don’t call me Belinda Boring for nothing. It’s my name, after all. And for a 23-year-old with plain brown hair who still lives at home and gets tongue tied over nothing, it’s a fitting one. I’m not even one of those quiet girls with a hidden talent, unless making a mean order of nachos at the NHL arena I work at counts. My life consists of working, reading and harboring a secret crush on a hockey player who doesn’t know I exist. At least, until we accidentally meet and become unlikely friends.

Victor

I’m living the dream. A poor kid who worked his way into the NHL, I’ll never forget where I came from, though I try to. My past follows me, a nagging reminder that I’ll never be what everyone thinks I am. As the threat of my secret being exposed looms closer, my game slips, leaving me in danger of being cut from my team–the only family I have. I’m losing my hold on everything when a new friend helps me find hope. She’s nothing like the women I’m used to, but by the time I figure out that’s exactly why she’s right for me, I’ve lost my chance with her. Somehow, I have to convince a woman who thinks she’s invisible that she’s the only one I see.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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Release Blitz: Victor by Brenda Rothert

Today we are celebrating the release of VICTOR by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the third title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now!

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Victor by Brenda Rothert

Available Now | Chicago Blaze, #3

Grab your copy now:

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Book Blurb:

He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.

Lindy

They don’t call me Belinda Boring for nothing. It’s my name, after all. And for a 23-year-old with plain brown hair who still lives at home and gets tongue tied over nothing, it’s a fitting one. I’m not even one of those quiet girls with a hidden talent, unless making a mean order of nachos at the NHL arena I work at counts. My life consists of working, reading and harboring a secret crush on a hockey player who doesn’t know I exist. At least, until we accidentally meet and become unlikely friends.

Victor

I’m living the dream. A poor kid who worked his way into the NHL, I’ll never forget where I came from, though I try to. My past follows me, a nagging reminder that I’ll never be what everyone thinks I am. As the threat of my secret being exposed looms closer, my game slips, leaving me in danger of being cut from my team–the only family I have. I’m losing my hold on everything when a new friend helps me find hope. She’s nothing like the women I’m used to, but by the time I figure out that’s exactly why she’s right for me, I’ve lost my chance with her. Somehow, I have to convince a woman who thinks she’s invisible that she’s the only one I see.

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Purchase LUCA Now:

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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Cover Reveal: Fake Date by Monica Murphy

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Fake Date by Monica Murphy

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publishing date: September 17, 2019

Cover Designer: Hang Le

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Working at Bliss Lingerie, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life.

But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can’t stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party.

Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course.

Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and HarperCollins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Release Blitz: Plan B by Jana Aston

 

Plan B by Jana Aston
Release Date: July 2nd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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Blurb
Mistakes were made, okay?

The moment I laid eyes on Kyle Kingston I knew he was a mistake. A satisfying, toe curling, hair pulling, best night of my life mistake, but a mistake all the same. I didn’t yet know his name, or who he was, but I knew he was a bad idea.

I take comfort in that, because it means my instincts are still good. Too late, but it’s something.

Because, FYI, I’m pregnant

… and did I mention my baby daddy is both heir to a retail empire and impossible to get ahold of?

I do what any girl would. I break into his Grandfather’s retirement gala by telling the prissy gatekeeper Kyle’s my fiancé. It was a halfway decent plan at the time, trust me.

But it blows up in my face, disastrously so. You see, Kyle Kingston is all about representing the family values his family’s retail empire was founded on. At least in public. In private- well I’ll tell you about that later.

He proposes – a marriage of convenience.

Convenient for everyone but me, because while I’m falling in love with my convenient husband, he’s keeping a billion-dollar secret. From me.

 

 

Excerpt
A credit card.

With my name on it.

“What is this?” I fan the card in front of him, pinched between my fingers. “Are we doing a Daddy thing now? Like, ‘call me Daddy,’ instead of baby daddy? Because I’m not into that. And that’s really something you should talk about beforehand.”

“What?” Kyle looks confused about my outburst, then he looks pissed off. “No, don’t call me Daddy. For fuck’s sake, Daisy. It’s for expenses. For the baby,” he adds, before I can interrupt. “You mentioned shopping the other day and I want to pay for whatever the baby needs. If that’s okay with you.” He says that part sarcastically, as if I’m being ridiculous.

“Oh.” Well, sure, that makes more sense. Did I mention that I’m cranky? “I guess. I don’t know. Maybe we could split the expenses?”

“We could.” He nods. “But it’s hardly an even split. I can’t help you gestate. I can’t help you breastfeed. I’m kinda behind the eight-ball here in terms of doing my share, so helping financially seems like the least I can do.”

“Hmm.” He’s not totally wrong. He should be in charge of breastfeeding, but biology means I’m responsible for everything so I guess I can use his card to buy a pink astronaut cat blanket for Tubbs. “They do need a lot of stuff,” I agree, thinking about that kid on the plane and the gate-checked stroller and the diaper bag and Colechester the stuffed kitten. “Hey, do you know anyone who can implant a tracking device?” I had the worst nightmare last night that I lost the baby’s favorite stuffed thing. There’s got to be a way to ensure that never happens, right?

“A microchip only works if you scan it. Anything with GPS tracking would require a cellular receiver and a battery so it’s not really ethical. Or possible, even.”

“Oh, my God, you weirdo, I wasn’t talking about for the baby. I was talking about their teddy bear. Or stuffed dog. Or whatever their favorite stuffed thing is that we can never ever lose.”

“Right. That’s what I meant too.” He tugs on his ear and I don’t think that’s what he meant at all, but I’m mollified that it’s not technologically possible to embed a GPS tracker so I drop it. I’ve got other things on my mind right now.

 

 

 

About the Author
Jana Aston likes cats, big coffee cups and books about billionaires who deflower virgins. She wrote her debut novel while fielding customer service calls about electrical bills, and she’s ever grateful for the fictional gynecologist in Wrong that readers embraced so much she was able to make working in her pajamas a reality. Jana’s novels have appeared on the NYT, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, some multiple times. She likes multiples.

 

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