On the Line by Victoria Denault
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Publisher: Forever Yours
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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. Très 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.
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I have become a huge Victoria Denault fan. Her Hometown Players series has won my heart! The combination of sports ( hockey ), romance, and emotional angst makes this series a must read. The strong dynamic characters from all walks of life with different personalities and experiences makes this series work. Victoria’s gift for creating a great story is the icing on the cake.
Each book in the Hometown Series can be read as a stand alone novel or in series order. I would highly recommend reading them in order because the reader gets to know all of the characters better.
Going into this book I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like Avery Westwood. Readers briefly met Avery, the team captian, in previous books. Avery came across as very self serving individual rather than a captain dedicated to the game and the team members. He has been conditioned from early childhood to be an all star player to gain promotional and business opportunities that come with being a professional athlete. His focus on his professional career makes him a bit stand offish as a team member. He’s created an image but lost the real man beneath the fake smiles and great hockey performances. Stephanie Deveau has been the only person to look beneath the surface and see the man he’s hiding.
Stephanie Deveau has worked very hard to get her life to where it is today. Her past struggles have left scars. When she met Avery Westwood, the captain of her brother’s hockey team, she secretly crushes on him. She knows a relationship with him would be impossible because her past secrets could ruin his image. She’s willing to settle for a lasting friendship.
Avery signed with the San Diego Saints NHL team. His move to San Diego has put him closer to Stephanie. He finally has taken control of his life and has the freedom to make his own choices rather than being controlled. He’s elated and high on life. He can finally pursue the things he really wants out of life. He wants Stephanie!
Stephanie and Avery were meant to be together. Can Avery handle Stephanie’s secrets from the past? Can Avery handle a black mark on his image? Can Avery take control of his life and keep Stephanie by his side? Can he let go of the image and be the man he truly wants to be?
Victoria Denault did a wonderful job with this book. She wrote the book from duo points of view and layed the groundwork for this couples budding friendship to a passionate romance. On The Line is another winner for Victoria Denault.
About the Author:
Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. Before focusing on writing novels, Victoria was a journalist and a stand-up comic. She’s also an avid hockey fan who cheers more than one team and has a thing for play-off beards. Victoria grew up in Montreal, Canada but has lived in many major cities across North America. She spent her childhood summers in Maine and adult summers in Spain. She’s now happily settled in Los Angeles with her husband and their two chubby Chihuahuas.