Anton (Chicago Blaze, #1) by Brenda Rothert
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love hockey romance. I think it’s my favorite out of all of the sports romance genres. I’m not sure what it is, but the books just seem to have so much energy to them. And I’m always on the look out for something new. This author is one I’ve not read before, but I’ve heard a lot about. The blurb sounded interesting, and I have to admit, that cover jumped at me! I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this one!
Mia is a strong woman that has been beaten down by life. Even though she was raised in a rougher part of Chicago, she was brought up in a loving home with her grandparents. She has watched her grandmother die, and her grandfather’s health deteriorate to the point that he doesn’t know who she is anymore. The one person that she should have been able to count on, tried to destroy her mentally. And he almost succeeded. But Mia is slowly pulling herself out from under the pile of garbage that he has buried her under. She is making her way in the world, despite his continued verbal assaults.
Anton is a NHL player. He has worked tirelessly to get where he is, devoting his entire life to the game that he loves. But the past few years something else has kept his mind equally occupied. Mia. He wants her, but knows that he can’t go there. Until he realizes that things aren’t exactly how they seem. He just has to be patient and wait for things to play out in his favor.
This book was amazing! The chemistry between Mia and Anton was fiery, and their devotion to each other and doing things the right way was beautiful! I was captivated from beginning to end. (And even though Mia was married in this book, there is no cheating!)