Cannon West left his hockey playing days behind to care for his dying wife but has since found success on the other side of the bench. Now, as the youngest head coach in league history, he’s hoping to lead the Pittsburgh Titans to a winning season. The last thing he’s looking for is a relationship, but life sometimes takes us in another direction.
The Pittsburgh Titans are still working to move on from the tragic plane crash that forever changed the landscape of their organization. Having lost my wife, I know all about grief and the guilt of survival which makes me uniquely equipped to take this team to the next level. From the very first time I stepped inside the Titans’ arena, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be.
New to town, I’m still establishing my routine, but I have the most important aspect under control—the coffee shop where I stop on my way to the arena every morning. A strong cup of java and the gorgeous manager who I can’t help but chat up is quickly becoming my favorite way to start the day. But no matter how much I enjoy the blush that stains Ava Cavanaugh’s cheeks with my admittedly awkward attempt at flirting, I know it will never be more than brazen banter with a new friend. My job consumes almost all my time, and I know firsthand what that level of commitment can do to a relationship.
That doesn’t mean I’m not open to some fun. My career comes first, but Ava understands my boundaries. The only problem is that once I give into her temptation, the rules I set for myself become blurred, and my mixed signals hurt Ava—the one thing I promised I wouldn’t do. I’ve put myself in what seems to be an untenable situation, but I’ve faced those before. Now I need to find the strength to move past my fears, or risk losing my second chance at love with the woman who has stolen my heart.
At one time, Cannon West was a superstar NHL hockey player, but all that came to an abrupt end when his wife was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. He left hockey to care for his wife until she passed. After grieving the lost of his first love, he was offered the chance of a lifetime—to become the youngest head coach of an NHL team. He readily accepted and put ALL of his time into being the best coach a newly assembled team could have, sometimes to the detriment of his personal relationships. Coaching ALWAYS came first, until Cannon meets Ava…
Ava Cavanaugh works as the assistant manager of a little coffee shop that Cannon frequents. They flirt, it’s awkward, but cute. Then Cannon finally decides to ask Ava out on a date. While Ava has enjoyed flirting with Cannon, she is NOT looking for a relationship! She is barely getting by, was recently homeless, and jobless. She moved to Tennessee with her then boyfriend. They moved in together and even worked for the same company, different departments, until Ava caught him cheating on her. He got her fired and kicked her out at the same time. So Ava is looking to prove her family wrong and make it in Tennessee and NEVER be dependent on a guy again! That is, until Cannon…
Both Ava and Cannon’s past relationships have tainted what could possibly be a forever kind of love. They love the easiness of just BEING together and being able to talk about anything. Ava accepts Cannon and his past and encourages to share stories about his first love, while not feeling threatened. Cannon loves Ava’s determination to make it on her own. While Ava barely has enough money to buy groceries, Cannon is a millionaire. Their passion, love, and caring is what most people strive for. I know I wish I had a Cannon! I also loved that Ava knew nothing about hockey, but fit right in with all the other gals. But all their combustible moments get pushed aside when Cannon’s ex mother in law shows up and makes Cannon feel so guilty for moving on, that he pushes Ava away. I LOVED this novel! It was deeper than the other novels in this series, but very relatable. I highly recommend this novel. I read a gifted copy of this novel and all opinions stated are my own. Excellent read!!!
Least of the Titans stories
Not sure what it was about this book, but seems a bit off from the others. Looking forward to the next one though.
Cannon is everything!!
OMG this series just keeps getting better and better which I didn’t think was possible since I have loved each and every book so much so far. But this one with Cannon West just really pulled me in emotionally from beginning to end. I love the relationship between Cannon and Ava especially how Cannon grows emotionally and relationship-wise with and because of Ava. He is so strong to have gone through what he went through and how that changed his life and to see him come through it all and open his heart to love again with Ava is just so satisfying. Ava is amazing. She had nothing when Cannon meets her because of her rotten ex but she had spirit and wasn’t letting it get her down. She had a hard time at first letting Cannon take care of her but they just fit and things progress nicely with them. They hit a bump there for a short while but luckily they didn’t give up on each other. My heart is so full from their emotional, sweet, and steamy love story. Another Stanley Cup winner with this one Sawyer Bennett!!!