Hometown Players Series Book #6
By: Victoria Denault
Releases: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours eBook; $3.99
“I don’t break hearts. I break headboards…”
When it comes to scoring in the pro hockey league, Alex Larue is crushing it—with the hot puck bunnies. He’s the life of the party, the guy with all the jokes… and the one whose Party Guy mast keeps the real him well hidden. The last thing he needs is anyone finding out about his troubled past, or the nightmares that haunt him still.
Brie Bennett is less than impressed by Alex from the moment she meets him. And even though he insists on volunteering at the charity she runs, she doesn’t trust him. He’s hiding something…but so is she. She’s not just the rich privileged New York princess he thinks she is. The animosity between them is undeniably addictive and as their worlds keep colliding it becomes supercharges with something else—attraction. But if they stop playing games and let each other in, they both might lose.
I look around at Alex’s sparse apartment. There’s a sectional, an ottoman, but no chairs, bookcases or pictures. The nook for his bedroom only contains one three-drawer dresser. His bedside lamp is on the floor beside the bed because it doesn’t have night tables. “You don’t seem to like things.”
He shrugs, and those deep blue eyes find mine. “I don’t have a lot of things from my past worth holding on to.”
Oh, this man… I reach up and gently cup the side of his face. He grasps my hand and I think he’s going to pull it away, but he doesn’t. He holds it to his face and pushes into it. He’s like a puppy looking for love, and I want desperately to give it to him. But he won’t let me.
“And you seem to want to throw away things now that are worth holding on to.” I force myself to step back and start walking toward the front door because if I don’t leave now I’ll let things happen that are going to mean more to me than they should. Than he wants them to. But his words stop me in my tracks.
“I don’t know how to be a boyfriend, Brie.” The look of pure confusion on his face would be comical if we were still talking about his inability to run a dishwasher. But we’re talking about feelings here. “The only thing I’ve ever committed to was hockey and even it tried to reject me. Hell, in a way every time I get traded, I feel like it still is. But it’s a thing, not a person. Hockey doesn’t have a choice, but you do.”
I start to walk back into the kitchen as he turns away from me to look out the window. “People who have had the choice to keep me in their lives never have.”
Thank God he’s turned away because I actually press my palm to my heart to keep it from cracking. Holy shit. I have no idea how anyone would walk away from him – the man and his big, broken heart –because what I want to do is run to him. “Give me that choice and I’ll change your track record.”
He grunts and turns back to face me. “You’re this amazing, stubborn, gorgeous woman who wants more than the one thing I know I can give. And as much as I suddenly, for the first time in my life, want to try and give more, I’m so fucking clueless as to how.”
I walk right up to him so we’re toe to toe. “You want to know how? You just do it. You let me in. You take the chance, like you do every time you step onto the ice. You don’t know if you’ll win or lose, but you play the game anyway and you take the shots on net even if you don’t know if you’re going to score. So tell me you want this. Take the shot.”
He nuzzles my hand and but then turns his face and kisses my palm. When he turns back to me he looks so serious it’s startling. “I want this.”
I smile. It’s not big, but I feel it inside me from my toes to the roots of my hair. “Game on?”
He smiles back, raw but darkly playful. “Game on.”
Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filed romance. She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French, and hockey.
Alex Larue is a master at scoring on the ice and off, he has yet meet a woman that he couldn't lure into his bed... that is until he meets Brie Bennett! The moment his eyes land on her butt in the line ahead of him, he can't help but want to cop a feel, so he turns on the charm and tries to win himself a date, but she surprises him and turns him down flat. Which leaves him completely baffled, no woman has ever resisted his smooth words, and sultry french accent... surely he isn't losing his touch! Then fate steps in and throws them together again and this time Alex is determined to win her over...
The moment Brie Bennett overhears two men behind her discussing her assets she is a little disgusted, then she meets the man behind the sexy accent and as much as she wants to say yes to his offer, she says no to save face. He can't possibly think his good looks and accent will win her affections, not to mention he has an untrustworthy air to him, so that alone should be reason enough to say no. So she takes his gifted coffee and walks away, hoping to never run into him again, but fate has other plans for them... and puts him on her doorstep... oh the nerve!!
Game On is a sexy little read that is sure to score some serious points with readers, it's loaded with steamy sexy times, feisty banter, and tons of heart!! These two were a real treat to meet, there were many times they had me smiling from ear to ear and laughing out loud, and blushing more than a few times too! I have a serious thing for hockey players, and Mr. Larue captured my attention as soon as he wandered onto the page, he was genuine, sweet, naughty, charming, and SO hard to resist!! I have met a few of the men from the Hometown Players series, and I have to say Alex may just have nudged Sebastian out of his seat as my favorite... his story was nothing short of amazing!! Highly recommend this one, Alex is sure to steal your heart from the very first page!!
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