Series: Hometown Players #5
Published by Forever on 12/06/2016
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.
Denault writes fantastic characters. They feel very open and real and it feels like I’m hanging out with a big group of my own friends. The banter is always witty, the conversations organic, and nothing ever feels forced.
And that’s one of the things that I loved most about Avery and Stephanie’s relationship. It began as a friendship that never felt forced and evolved from there. Avery is a significantly talented hockey player obsessed with image and success. Stephanie is just an average woman who made some mistakes as a teen and wants to move on from them.
I liked their individual characters but it was the two of them together that I really couldn’t get enough of. And there really is something special about the way Denault writes that I can’t quite put my finger on. It has something to do with her characters’ chemistry though that makes me swoon in an extra special way.