Alexei (Chicago Blaze #5) by Brenda Rothert
I guess the party’s over—for now.
When I wake up in the hospital after a DUI car crash, my new NHL team owner gives me an ultimatum – get sober or get packed for the minor leagues. So I talk the talk and go to rehab. I plan to breeze through, get sprung in 30 days or less and hit the road with my new team, the Chicago Blaze. All I have to do is charm my attractive, uptight rehab group leader into thinking I’ve changed—how hard could it be?
I see right through Alexei Petrov.
My calling to save addicts from themselves before they self-destruct is deeply personal. Alexei’s hot and successful, sure. But he’s not okay, and he’s got a lot of work to do before graduating from my group. No one’s ever tested my boundaries like he does, though. I fight my desire and keep things professional, because the stakes couldn’t be higher—it’s not just my job that’s on the line, but also his life. The deeper we fall, though, the more he makes me question the mantra I live by: never trust your heart to an addict.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I think the thing I enjoy the most about the books by this author, is that her characters aren’t perfect. They have real problems, and that makes them seem more real, easier to relate to. That’s the case with this book, with Alexei and Graysen. To me, I think it makes this a much better book, than the ones whose characters seem so absolutely perfect!
From the outside, Alexei seems to have the perfect life. I mean, he is a player in the NHL. But underneath, he has a problem, even if he can’t see it as one. And his problem has caught up with his real life and it’s now destroying everything he has worked so hard for. Except, he has one last chance. Even if he doesn’t think it will change anything, he is going to try, even if he has to fake his way through.
Graysen is a helper. Her entire life is dedicated to trying to help the lost ones find their way back. She knows that everyone has problems, and it’s her job to help them find safe, productive ways of coping, instead of ways that destroy lives. But who helps Graysen? Who makes sure she is taking care of herself and coping with everything that is thrown at her on a daily basis?
This book took what could have been a hopeless situation and made it into a HEA. It took what could have been a bleak end for Alexei, and made it into something he could be proud of. And as amazing as his recovery was, he also found love and happiness, and to me, that was just amazing! This was a book that dealt with some serious topics, but in the end, it was a sweet love story, one that healed a lot of hurts, and mended the bridges broken by addictions! I think the author put a lot into this book, and came out with a definite winner!