Book Title: Winning It All (A Hometown Players Novel, #4)
Author: Victoria Denault
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Forever & Forever Yours | Grand Central Publishing
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
All’s fair in love and hockey. . .
As his team’s enforcer on the ice, Sebastian Deveau is America’s favorite fighting Frenchman. But he’s just as likely to get into trouble off the ice–especially when it comes to women.
Shayne Beckford is so over hockey. It ruined her parents’ marriage. It spoiled her brother’s dreams. And let’s not even talk about her college boyfriend . . . So when Sebastian Deveau walks into her brother’s gym, she has no idea who he is. All she knows is that he’s one gorgeous man with the sexiest accent she’s ever heard. And since she never has to see him again, she lets him give her the best orgasm of her life right on top of the gym’s dryer.
But Sebastian isn’t going to let this one-night stand get away so easily. He fights for what he wants, even if it takes fighting a little dirty . . .
Shayne is a good girl. She is independent, stubborn, and happy on her own. And she hates hockey players. Sebastian is a good guy. He is strong, stubborn, and looking for love. And he is one of the leagues top hockey players.
A chance meeting through friends of friends, a one-night stand. Soon the two strangers find they are together more and more. Just as Shayne is willing to forgive Sebastian for being a hockey player, issues from her past bring up issues of trust. Sebastian is used to fighting on the ice, but ghosts from Shayne’s past are opponents unlike any he has faced before. Are the feelings they have for each other enough to make it?
Winning It All is book #4 in the Hometown Players books. It is a standalone, so no need to read the others before reading this one. However, I can see readers wanting to read the first three after reading this book. I really liked Sebastian, aka Frenchie. I could definitely see why Shayne made exceptions to her “rules” for being with him. I can’t say that there was much to Shayne that I liked other than her sass. I do enjoy sassy women to the damsels in distress. Overall it was a good read.
I am nothing if not competitive and I will not let this man – this delectable stranger – feel like he’s won some kind of Flirt Off. I don’t pull back far from the kiss, just enough to break our contact. My eyes flutter open at the same time his do and any hint of that smile on his lips is gone. I see the debate flickering behind those unreal crystal blue eyes and dark, heavy eyebrows. I feel the hesitation. His hand on my jaw gets looser. His thumb lifts up like it’s going to sweep my lips again, but it doesn’t. He stops because I pulled back and it’s made him uncertain. Good. I don’t want to be the only one off-balance here. But he doesn’t want to stop – I can sense that, feel his desire radiating off of him. I can see the debate in his head dancing behind those light eyes. Does he play it cool and wait for me to make another move, or does he just go for what he wants, admitting to himself and to me, that he can’t resist just as much as I can’t?
He tightens his grip on me and I smile for the briefest second before it’s forced from my face when he leans in and captures my lips again. This time he’s the one who gave in. Now we’re even.
Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French and hockey.