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Chicago Blaze #3
by Brenda Rothert
He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.
They don’t call me Belinda Boring for nothing. It’s my name, after all. And for a 23-year-old with plain brown hair who still lives at home and gets tongue tied over nothing, it’s a fitting one. I’m not even one of those quiet girls with a hidden talent, unless making a mean order of nachos at the NHL arena I work at counts. My life consists of working, reading and harboring a secret crush on a hockey player who doesn’t know I exist. At least, until we accidentally meet and become unlikely friends.
I’m living the dream. A poor kid who worked his way into the NHL, I’ll never forget where I came from, though I try to. My past follows me, a nagging reminder that I’ll never be what everyone thinks I am. As the threat of my secret being exposed looms closer, my game slips, leaving me in danger of being cut from my team–the only family I have. I’m losing my hold on everything when a new friend helps me find hope. She’s nothing like the women I’m used to, but by the time I figure out that’s exactly why she’s right for me, I’ve lost my chance with her. Somehow, I have to convince a woman who thinks she’s invisible that she’s the only one I see.
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Lindy is just your ordinary, average, every day girl who by chance meets her famous crush and it turns into an unlikely friendship. And later into something more. Victor had a terrible childhood but thanks to hard work he’s made it to the top of his field. While he’s managed to make a family of sorts out of his teammates, he doesn’t have anyone that he can really call his. Then he meets sweet, awkward, real Lindy.
This was a very fast read for me and I really enjoyed it. The characters are appealing and it’s fun watching them meet, fall in love, and handle some of life’s less happy moments. But once I had time to digest I realized that Rothert put a lot into her book that I felt really could have been delved into more – like Victor’s relationship with his mom, his childhood cancer, Victor changing his mind on Lindy, how they handled the outing of their relationship with the press. These things are hit on lightly but had potential for so much. That doesn’t even get into the past that is giving Victor so much trouble. Rothert opens the door to make him a hero for so many and … she lets it go. I appreciate that she does have him come to terms with it for himself and maybe she can come back around to it in a future story but she put the possibility out there and left it. I just wish there’d been a chance to add a little more depth to the story.
Overall, though, Victor is a quick and satisfying Cinderella story that’s a perfect poolside read – just don’t tell Lindy I called her that! I’m looking forward to seeing more in the series and from this author.
(This is the first in this series that I’ve read but I felt like it could stand on its own.)
Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.