On the Line (Hometown Players #5)

Author: Victoria Denault 

Publisher: Forever

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

Provided by Publisher 


Blurb: 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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Review: This is one of my very favorite series. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I’m prone to loving my hockey players. I know there may be teams here in Texas, but somehow for me, living in the land of football, hockey is an exotic sport. These stories are my crack.

The plotline in this series is a well-known one –or it should be. Avery has played hockey for a long time, and he’s held onto his control for a long time too. His dad’s his manager and insists that Avery toe the line, maintaining his affable, even-keeled persona so he can continue to get his endorsements. While we all appreciate that he’s got someone looking out for him, it’s become a stranglehold at this point. Avery feels like his life is so limited and he’s ready to start doing what he wants, not just what’s good for his image.

There’s got to be a middle ground.

Stephanie’s got a big secret that she doesn’t want to tell Avery about. I mean, seriously, she’d never ever imagined hooking up with Avery–he was such a priss. But somehow they’ve gotten together. Now, she’s got to tell him. She’s terrified that when he finds out about her past, he’ll dump her. For sure  the old Avery would.

Avery is so stinking tired of his dad up in his business. When it affects his relationship with Stephanie, who will he chose? His old life that he never really lived? Or the new one he’s got with Stephanie?

Great sexy read with a man that’s impossible to resist! Thanks Victoria!

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