Brenda Rothert
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Silver Sky Publishing
Release Date
January 2019
Book 1 of Chicago Blaze
Contemporary Romance

He's known as Father Anton to his teammates—the brooding, sexy captain of the NHL's Chicago Blaze has a reputation for…not having a reputation. Just like his diet and sleep routines, celibacy is part of Anton Petrov's on-ice mojo. Or so they say. Anton stays mum on the subject. If the world thinks he chooses to abstain from sex, so be it. Better that than the truth getting out: there is a woman he burns for, but he can never have her. She's his teammate's wife, after all.

Mia Marceau is finally on her own. Now that she and her husband are living apart, she's finding the peace she was desperate for. She spends her days in classes and late nights bartending, making her own way in the world at last. After what she's been through, as long as her husband leaves her alone, she doesn't plan to rock the boat. He still has the power to hurt those dearest to her, and she can't demand a divorce with such a high cost.

A chance encounter with Mia has Anton hoping for a shot he never thought he'd get. And while she's drawn to the intense, serious hockey center, Mia's leery about playing with fire. That's all Anton has ever known for Mia, though—a living, burning desire that won't be denied—no matter the cost.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Mar 28, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
37 people found the following review helpful
A chance encounter in a bar sets Anton's feelings a blaze. Walking into the Lucky 7 with his brother, he's surprised to see Mia Marceau working as a bartender. Why is the wife of one of his teammates here? Working? When Mia sees him, she panics; cautioning him not to tell her husband where she is. Immediately, Anton is concerned and a bit hopeful. Piece by piece, Anton soon gets the story behind what's going on and what ensues is a slow burn that for Anton, is years in the making. But can Mia really take the chance? She's finally away from Adam and she'll be damned if she ever allows herself to become that dependent on another man. Bad things happen when you lose your freedom AND self-worth.

The storytelling for ANTON caught me by surprise. I found it thoughtful, well put together, and the characters were all engaging, making it easy to become emotionally invested in the story. As I said above, the story is a slow burn and it's perfect that way. So often we read stories where characters fall into bed almost immediately, and while I do enjoy a bit of insta-attraction at times, Ms. Rothert did a great job building the different relationships (Anton and Mia, Uncle Dix, Anita and Dre) to the point that they almost seemed like friends. At the very least, making it easy to be #TeamAnton. When Mia and Anton do finally get together, their scenes burn as bright as their growing love for each other.

While this is both a sports romance and an interracial romance, it's also very much a contemporary romance with some very real relationships that will leave you with that all important feel-good feeling when they do get their happily ever after.
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