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Anton by Brenda Rothert
Chicago Blaze, #1
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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.
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This was my first book from this author and for the most part I enjoyed it. Of course what caught my eye first was the cover, I mean how could it not? Lol When I realized it was a sports romance, Hockey, I was ready to start reading! I love sports romance. Something about the adrenaline mixed with chemistry within the characters is always a go to for me.
With Anton, the first book in the Chicago Blaze series, it revolves around how Anton has this long time secret infatuation with Mia, who just happens to be his teammates wife. The big catch is that he finds out there has been a separation between Mia and her husband so finally it's Anton's time to disrobe his true feelings that he's been harboring and comes in to sweep her off her feet. For Mia, she has a lot of obstacles she needs to overcome and a transformation she wants to desperately achieve. Finally finding out about Anton's true feelings for her and his desires to help and protect her, she struggles to navigate through the next phase of her life.
Plot - I was invested in the story. A few character traits kind of annoyed me, but I think it was just who the type of people I vibe with in the real world spilled over into my overall experience so I do believe I may be in a minority pool.
Chemistry - The anticipation was on point!! Anton and Mia were downright HOT at times, some scenes made me snap my head back like WHOA lol but trust me it will be enjoyable when you get to those parts to say the least!
Overall - Being a sports romance (or a romance that centers around a certain sport) book I wish I had more time on the ice. I felt as if the hockey life was glossed over but again I think that falls to personal preference. The writing was good, the flow I think steady. And I am definitely interested to see how the series goes with book 2 of The Chicago Blaze.