Sunday, July 21, 2019

Blog Tour Review: Victor (Chicago Blaze #3) 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

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Book info:
Genre:  Adult contemporary sports romance
Release Date:  July 16th, 2019
Publisher:  Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
Source:  E-galley from Inkslinger PR which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  5 stars

He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.
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.
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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My Review:
I really connected with this main character.  I'm totally with her on not wanting to accept what "my league" is.  It sucks, but maybe I have to.  I know unlike Lindy, I'll never be lucky enough to have a hot hockey player turn out to be the guy I meet and fall in love with, and who falls in love back with me.  But enough about me, let's talk about how good this story was.  It was a page-turner.  I really liked both characters, they were just real, and while I totally connected with Lindy, Victor was a bit of a mystery, but a good guy, even with how his life had been and the way he felt about women to start.  There was a death of a side character what seemed really early in the story, and not one I would have seen coming.  But that character's back story ended up being an integral part towards the end, that I see how the author tied it all together.  I really like that we were able to get our two main characters falling in love enough before the end that the final obstacle or issue of the book was Victor's secret/past issue coming up to be faced.  I liked that it wasn't some kind of wrench in their relationship.  In some romances that just seems like how the author adds that last bit of drama, and I actually like it more like this book when it happens.  I really enjoyed this one, and hope to go back and read the others in the series as well.   

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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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