He had total control of his game--until she changed all the rules . . .
As one of the best players in the NHL and the "golden boy" of the league, Avery Westwood knows he has to keep his cool--on and off the ice. His whole life is a carefully constructed image of perfection for the media and his brand sponsors. Of course, that means he can never let his true feelings show. But when it comes to the sexy sister of his former teammate, Avery might be willing to make an exception . . . even if it means breaking all his own rules.
As far as Stephanie Deveau is concerned, having a thing for Avery is the equivalent of psychological napalm. Tres bad idea. Then he moves in next door, all sexy smiles and a deliciously hot body that she can't resist. Something's happening between them--it's intense, a little (a lot) out of control, and real. Only Avery doesn't know everything about Stephanie's past. And the one exception to his rule might just be the one girl who could destroy his career.
Entertaining & Angsty Friends to Lovers Sports Romance
On the Line was an entertaining and angsty friends to lovers sports romance. It is book 5 in the Hometown Players series, but can be read as a standalone.
I loved that the story is told from the points of views of both main characters, Avery and Stephanie. Both characters were likeable and relatable because they were perfectly imperfect. They each had history and emotional baggage that influenced their decisions for better or for worse. The chemistry between them was fantastic and the will they or won't they kept me turning the pages way past my bedtime. I especially liked that Stephanie, though nervous about her past, stayed true to herself and made no excuses about it. Her past was firmly in the past and although painful, had shaped who she had become. Avery also, was so conflicted about what he had known all his life versus following his heart. The struggles and angst rang true to me, even though I have no first hand experience with what they went through. I became invested in these characters and couldn't help but root for them to get their HEA.
Of course, there was the inevitable push and pull, and even a bit of a love triangle, but only barely since the Hero very clearly did not want any further relationship with the other woman. I felt it added just the right amount of angst and I liked that there wasn't unnecessary drama, besides what the main characters brought upon themselves. I devoured this book and found it was the perfect blend of humor, steam, and angst. Definitely recommend it!
On my heart
This is book # 5, from the Hometown Players series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and enjoyment of the story, I recommend reading the series in order.
Stephanie & Avery met when he worked with her brother on a hockey team in Seattle. Now he is a free agent moving to a new city. Where? Right by her.
Avery is done with other women. He knows what he wants is Stephanie, so now he must go to her and find a way to his future. Can he win her over?
This series is just getting better and better. I feel like with each book, we learn so much about these characters.
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
A crush on you!
Sexy, sweet and explosive! With the next in her Hometown Players hockey series, Victoria Denault brings us golden boy Avery Westwood’s story. There’s a sweet side to him that comes out only for Stephanie, and watching them fight their attraction and then fall hard is so much fun! Great group of main and supporting characters. Love these guys!
Avery Westwood is the league’s golden child and can do no wrong in the NHL, but he has worked long and hard to make and keep that pristine reputation! For once, he just wants to let his guard down and enjoy being his true self … and he knows just who brings that feeling out in him!
Stephanie Deveau is the sister of one of his former teammates and good friends, so setting his sights on her is dangerous, but she really gets him! Stephanie feels the pull as well, but she knows she is far from the type of girl Avery’s reputation dictates he be with, so she tries to hold back her feelings … but it’s impossible to resist him!
When secrets come to light, will there be a future for these two?