Series: San Francisco Thunder #4
Published by Forever Yours on 01/15/2019
All Winnie Braddock wants is a quiet place to be alone and time to heal her battered heart. But the refuge she'd hoped for in her family's summer cottage is destroyed when she gets there to find Holden Hendricks literally camped out in the driveway. He made her life hell when they were kids, and despite what he says, it doesn't look like much has changed. She doesn't care if her brother hired Holden to renovate the house this winter; she wants him gone.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Holden knows that hockey saying all too well. After all, he could have gone pro if he hadn't messed up so much as a kid. But now he's desperate to prove he's changed for the better, especially to Winnie Braddock. As the two work together to fix up the cottage piece by piece, they realize that perhaps they can give each other the new beginning they've both been waiting for -- if they're just willing to take the shot.
I’ve been a fan of Victoria Denault since her debut novel. Not only does she write great romances, but I also love that they are hockey-centric, since I’m a big hockey fan myself. And while Now or Never is technically in a hockey series, I was sort of confused when I realized that it actually had very little to do with hockey. I say that only to inform you of what I didn’t know going in. That’s why I called it a “pseudo-sports” romance. This one is more of a straight up romance, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Denault really has a way with developing her characters, especially the supporting characters. In every one of her books, they’re always so well-developed and dimensional. They’re memorable, their relationships are well-developed. Nothing is on accident. Her character building is all very good and this book was very much the same.
I really enjoyed Holden’s character in particular in this book. I enjoyed the fact that he has somewhat of a checkered past and is still paying for those mistakes and has to try to learn how to overcome his own notoriety. It’s a slightly different second chance story. I just liked seeing the person he became and watching him prove to everybody that people change.
There were a lot of emotions in this book on many different sides. It was very well rounded, many solid plot lines that drove the story and ultimately drove the relationship between Winnie and Holden. I really enjoyed this book and their love story.
As I’ve said with pretty much every other “hockey” romance, you do not have to be a hockey fan to enjoy this book, and that is most especially true with this one. I definitely recommend giving Victoria Denault’s books a try though. She’s a talented author and writes great love stories. I can always count on her for a good, solid book.