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Publisher Description

From the author of the Hometown Players series comes a"sexy, sassy" (Library Journal) second chance romance between a playboy hockey star and the one woman who got away.
Jude Braddock. Hockey god. That's how everyone sees him now. But when they were teenagers, Zoey knew him as the kid who didn't have enough nerve to make a move on their one and only disastrous date. Seems he doesn't have that problem anymore, though. According to the rumors, he's with a different woman every night. After a rough divorce, the last thing Zoey needs is more heartbreak. But Jude's cocky, playful attitude is mighty hard to resist.
Jude knows he isn't built for long-term relationships. But he's getting sick of women pounding on his door in the middle of the night looking for a rematch. When Zoey comes back into his life, it's like fate has given him a second chance. He'll do anything to make her happy again. Is this what love looks like? He has no idea. All he knows for sure is that this time, he's playing for keeps.
San Francisco Thunder Series:ScoreSlammedWhen It's Right Now or Never

May 9
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

EK8010 ,


I found this author by accident but so far I’ve enjoyed all of her books. I will say that I prefer the characters in the Hometown series but I’ll read the next one in this series 😀

Lynn B888 ,


A great kick-off to a new hockey series by Victoria Denault! I enjoyed the characters and the plot a lot … there was a slight disconnect occasionally, but overall a solid book . I look forward to more in the series!

Jude Braddock is one of the “it” guys in hockey right now. They’re coming off a Stanley Cup win and he should be flying high, but he’s just not feeling it. Life is getting old. He’s getting a little worn down on life in the fast lane with a different chick every night and living up to his player reputation. He knows he’s not cut out for a relationship, but as crazy as it sounds, it’s lonely out there!

Real estate agent Zoey Quinlin is coming out of an unexpected and discouraging divorce when Jude steps back into her life again. She can’t believe the childhood summer fling that she has never forgotten about is here in front of her .. sexy as all get out! She knows she shouldn’t, but she has never been able to resist the pull that Jude seems to have on her. He’s a great guy, even if he has the love ’em and leave ’em reputation these days … and she finds herself unable to walk away.

Is another heartache in her future, or will she be just what Jude needs to make him see that there’s love out there for him … love that is worth all of his devotion … love that will last … love that will set him free.

gbrieger3 ,


This is the first book I have read by Victoria denault and I was impressed. From the first page to the last, this story has great flow and it grabbed me and never let me go. It has wonderfully written dialogue, a delicious story, the characters feel genuine and the interactions between them are fun and flirty. I loved every minute of this charming and fun story which is told from alternating POV’s, so I always knew what the characters are thinking and feeling.

Jude Braddock is a professional hockey player with the San Francisco Thunder. Everything in Jude's professional life is going well and he is excited his team has won the Stanley Cup, but things in his personal life are not going as well.

Zoey Quinlin’s life is in turmoil after undergoing a messy divorce. She is starting over with a new job in residential real estate and her ex husband enjoys giving her a difficult time. She misses the carefree person she used to be. She would like to have some fun after her marriage ends and she decides Jude is the perfect person to do that with.

Jude and Zoey knew each other when they were teenagers and haven't seen each other in eleven years. Jude is a womanizer and assumes he isn't meant for long term relationships, until he sees Zoey again. I enjoyed watching their relationship build slowly and realistically. I liked Jude and Zoey together. They have fun and trust each other and also have lots of chemistry. Jude stole my heart. He is sweet and vulnerable and he wants to be a better guy for Zoey but he also worries he may hurt her. I love the way Jude grows into the man he is meant to be. He helps Zoey feel more confident and Zoey helps Jude feel better about himself, too.

Jude's three sisters are hilarious and add a lot of humor to the story. He and his sisters are always bantering back and forth. They love to give Jude a hard time, they constantly tease him and don't let his head get too big. SCORE is a mix of sexiness, sweetness and laughter.

I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.

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