Victor (Chicago Blaze, #3)
He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed. LindyThey don’t call me Belinda Boring for nothing. It’s my name, after all. And for a 23-year-old with plain brown hair who still lives at home and gets tongue tied over nothing, it’s a fitting one. I’m not even one of those quiet girls with a hidden talent, unless making a mean order of nachos at the NHL arena I work at counts. My life consists of working, reading and harboring a secret crush on a hockey player who doesn’t know I exist. At least, until we accidentally meet and become unlikely friends.VictorI’m living the dream. A poor kid who worked his way into the NHL, I’ll never forget where I came from, though I try to. My past follows me, a nagging reminder that I’ll never be what everyone thinks I am. As the threat of my secret being exposed looms closer, my game slips, leaving me in danger of being cut from my team--the only family I have. I’m losing my hold on everything when a new friend helps me find hope. She’s nothing like the women I’m used to, but by the time I figure out that’s exactly why she’s right for me, I’ve lost my chance with her. Somehow, I have to convince a woman who thinks she’s invisible that she’s the only one I see.

Victor (Chicago Blaze, #3) Details

TitleVictor (Chicago Blaze, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 16th, 2019
PublisherSilver Sky Publishing, Inc.
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Hockey, Romance

Victor (Chicago Blaze, #3) Review

  •  Leo (Queen of the Rants)
    January 1, 1970
    “He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.”Let’s reward the whore with a virgin so he’ll see Jesus when he deflowers her. 🥴😳🙄Fuck me sideways! 🤦🏻♀ “He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.”Let’s reward the whore with a virgin so he’ll see Jesus when he deflowers her. 🥴😳🙄Fuck me sideways! 🤦🏻‍♀️
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  • Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
    January 1, 1970
    Some people might think that a successful professional NHL player may have a lot to be happy about. Yes, money and fame changes things but it isn’t a magic wand that transforms everything in your life. Victor knows he is lucky to be doing something he loves and being paid well for it. He was not born into a life like he is living now, in fact it was the complete opposite.Victor is going through a bit of a rough patch in his career, he’s struggling with his game and getting a lot of flack for it. Some people might think that a successful professional NHL player may have a lot to be happy about. Yes, money and fame changes things but it isn’t a magic wand that transforms everything in your life. Victor knows he is lucky to be doing something he loves and being paid well for it. He was not born into a life like he is living now, in fact it was the complete opposite.Victor is going through a bit of a rough patch in his career, he’s struggling with his game and getting a lot of flack for it. Usually he would drown his sorrows at a bar, get naked with a willing puck bunny and forget his problems but that formula doesn’t seem to be working for him anymore. He needs to go back to the good habits he started his career with and reset, focus in the game and not get distracted by other things in his life.Lindy works at the concession stand at the arena, the home base for the Blaze. Ever since she was a teenager she has had a crush on Victor Lane. In fact, she had his poster on her bedroom wall for four years and his lips on it are worn through from the many times she kissed him. She has been a fan of the NHL since she was young and is very passionate about her favourite team but most of her devotion is set aside for Victor.One night, late at the rink she unexpectedly comes face to face with Victor in the flesh. They enjoy an easy conversation yet it is an encounter that will have a lasting impact on both of them. In fact, it is the beginning of a sweet friendship between them. Victor has never really had any sort of friendship with a woman he is not sleeping with and he loves how easy it is to be himself around Lindy.The more time they spend together, the deeper their connection becomes. These two are falling for each other and nothing has ever felt so right. Victor knows that if he truly wants to go all in he needs to completely open up to the woman who is quickly becoming so much more than he could have anticipated. This wasn’t a very long story but it has a lot packed into it and it was so damn sweet. Loved this latest addition to the Chicago Blaze series.
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  • M.E. Carter
    January 1, 1970
    I can't WAIT for you guys to read this one.
  • Lisa Mandina
    January 1, 1970
    I really connected with this main character. I'm totally with her on not wanting to accept what "my league" is. It sucks, but maybe I have to. I know unlike Lindy, I'll never be lucky enough to have a hot hockey player turn out to be the guy I meet and fall in love with, and who falls in love back with me. But enough about me, let's talk about how good this story was. It was a page-turner. I really liked both characters, they were just real, and while I totally connected with Lindy, Victor was a I really connected with this main character. I'm totally with her on not wanting to accept what "my league" is. It sucks, but maybe I have to. I know unlike Lindy, I'll never be lucky enough to have a hot hockey player turn out to be the guy I meet and fall in love with, and who falls in love back with me. But enough about me, let's talk about how good this story was. It was a page-turner. I really liked both characters, they were just real, and while I totally connected with Lindy, Victor was a bit of a mystery, but a good guy, even with how his life had been and the way he felt about women to start. There was a death of a side character what seemed really early in the story, and not one I would have seen coming. But that character's back story ended up being an integral part towards the end, that I see how the author tied it all together. I really like that we were able to get our two main characters falling in love enough before the end that the final obstacle or issue of the book was Victor's secret/past issue coming up to be faced. I liked that it wasn't some kind of wrench in their relationship. In some romances that just seems like how the author adds that last bit of drama, and I actually like it more like this book when it happens. I really enjoyed this one, and hope to go back and read the others in the series as well. Review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature.
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  • Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
    January 1, 1970
    Victor is a star player for the Chicago Blaze but if he can’t get his head back in the game his first line position is in jeopardy. It is speculated that his break-up from his most recent celebrity girlfriend has him tied up in knots, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Victor is hiding something dark from his past. After an adorable meet-cute Victor tried to friend-zone concession seller, Lindy, but soon can’t seem to get her out of his mind and dreams. “...our happiness can’t be conta Victor is a star player for the Chicago Blaze but if he can’t get his head back in the game his first line position is in jeopardy. It is speculated that his break-up from his most recent celebrity girlfriend has him tied up in knots, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Victor is hiding something dark from his past. After an adorable meet-cute Victor tried to friend-zone concession seller, Lindy, but soon can’t seem to get her out of his mind and dreams. “...our happiness can’t be contained in words. It’s in the warmth of his touch and the gleam of his eyes. It’s in the beat of my heart,”This story is low angst, but deals some sensitive subjects that will have your heart going out to these characters. Victor is book three and a standalone in the Chicago Blaze series. -4 Stars!-
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  • Laura ~Passion flower
    January 1, 1970
    Victor (Chicago Blaze, #3) (ARC) was graciously provided to me by Inkslinger PR for an honest review. I have voluntarily read this book and have provided my honest opinion.   "A Heart-Breaking, Gripping, and, Heart-Warming Read"       A sweet, heart-warming, squeal-worthy, yet absolutely gut-wrenching, addicting read has the emotions of this reader vying for attention as the after-affects of this new read vary between greatly stunned to a desperate needy state of warmed loving goo that teeter ba Victor (Chicago Blaze, #3) (ARC) was graciously provided to me by Inkslinger PR for an honest review. I have voluntarily read this book and have provided my honest opinion.   "A Heart-Breaking, Gripping, and, Heart-Warming Read"       A sweet, heart-warming, squeal-worthy, yet absolutely gut-wrenching, addicting read has the emotions of this reader vying for attention as the after-affects of this new read vary between greatly stunned to a desperate needy state of warmed loving goo that teeter back and forth as a result of a recent read of a particular hockey team once again..      WHOOP!  WHOOP!  "He passes the puck to Anton..to Luca..and..what's this??  What's happening sports fans??  The lightening fast missile goes right back to Victor and he..he...SCORES!!!"  *fans cheer loudly*  This is what it feels like when I read a new story from one of my most favorite tropes..Hockey!  Pure excitement fueled by high-levels of adrenaline..YES!!  *fist pump*    For this, I may have screamed just a wee bit upon discovering the next release from the Chicago Blaze Series was due to come out because each of my reads from this series has been a great one..    Victor..oh sweetheart Victor..I have waited not-so-patiently, ever since the first book of the series, to read about this mysterious yet very intriguing character.  And, boy, it has not been easy to wait as there have been tiny snippets throughout the previous books as to the character's great potentiality.  But..BUT...once his story presented itself, it's overall storyline was so incredibly mind-blowing and beautiful and one of those that had me needing to squeeeze hug not only Victor but also sooo many other characters of this story.        Victor, by Brenda Rothert, was quite the read.  This friends-to-lovers story was such an endearingly heart-warming read that I actually didn't mind it's slow pace and slight steam.  But, one thing I can attest to are the shocking blast-in-the-face kind-of-moments that are typically rare for this reader and for this are generally avoided whenever possible.  This story has major triggers that were beyond shocking that blindsided this reader like a quickly moving intermittent and painful storm.  Moments filled with childhood abuse and illness, death, and, extortion were severely difficult to read.      I loved the overall theme of this story.  Victor, is a strong, gorgeous and mighty hockey player on the exterior.  But, on the interior, a deeply hidden tortured individual as he is a product of an indescribable childhood filled with pain, isolation, and abuse.  He is someone who, understandably, has spent his life looking for some sort of validation that he is actually worth more than what he had experienced.  In his quest for that security blanket kind of love, comfort, and success, he runs into Lindy.  As a walking encyclopedia of hockey knowledge, this hard-working, multi-talented, humble, kind concession stand worker, Lindy turns into this Florence Nightingale of warmed-comfort for Victor just at the right time, as the beginning of the end for him, in more ways than one, was quickly approaching.  As discussions at the rink turn into dinner and movies, as both seemingly different individuals begin to unearth actual similarities, quiet insecurities and hidden fears turn into a strengthening loving bond for them both..      Throughout this story, there were plentiful cameos from characters from previous books, and, it was no surprise how much I continue to squishy-love the main and secondary characters from this series.  They are all wonderfully realistic and unique that it is super easy to quickly become addicted to their lives as well.      Therefore, like a frigid blast to the face during a blizzard, as I read through this story, full of so many sub-plots, some that were massive and heart-breakingly brutal, it was difficult for this reader to completely understand the purpose of some of them and their connection to the main plot as that which was indicated was slight and limited.  With a need for more depth and development to some of the sub-plots as well as the actual main plot, a true connection between the main characters as well as an overall storyline connection would be more clear.  It is also in this reader's opinion that to have the actual moments described in detail rather than glanced over would be beneficial for that overall well-rounded connection between the characters and the actual storyline as well.         Despite the shocked confusion of this storyline, in the end, it was truly an intrinsically beautiful, gripping, and, heart-warming story.  There were so many uplifting and encouraging security-blanket type-of-support, that these loving times had me gushing all over my kindle.  I adore the main characters from this series and am glad to have read more of their hockey world..:)*star rating: 4.30 'I really liked it" stars*
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  • Andrea Fleury
    January 1, 1970
    Victor and BelindaVictor is a NHL hockey player. Belinda ( lindy ) is a sweet girl who works at a concession stand at the arena. She has a secret. Victor has been her favorite hockey player. She even had a poster of him on her bedroom wall. One night lindy works over night cleaning machines. During a break she walks down to the rink and Victor is there alone. Next thing she knows they start chatting. This is there story..
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  • JudyAnnLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Full Disclosure time - I am a huge fan of hockey romance novels (HUGE FAN) and this is my first Brenda Rothert book. Victor and Lindy are adorable. Their first meeting is in an empty hockey arena. She floors him with her hockey knowledge and he surprises her by being down to earth and approachable. They become friends and eventually more. This is a very sweet romantic book and I look forward to reading more from this series.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I'm so tired of manwhores and virgins, is there no other combination to write about? Its 2019 *bangs head on wall*
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, I devoured this book in one sitting. It was amazing! Second of all, I don’t know if I have ever loved a heroine more. Lindy is a huge sports fan who meets her crush, who is even better in person. Hello, it’s my ultimate fantasy come to life!
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  • Cyndi Becker
    January 1, 1970
    Brenda Rothert delivers yet another wonderful book in the Chicago Blaze series. Her heroes ( hockey players) and heroines ( the women that love them) are complex and we see this deftly in Victor and Lindy's story. Their meet cute centers around Victor Lane is doing a late night skate at the Ice Arena where Belinda or "Lindy" Boring works in the concessions area. While the two may have shared the same air space, it's not until this moment where things get interestingThis was a great read on so ma Brenda Rothert delivers yet another wonderful book in the Chicago Blaze series. Her heroes ( hockey players) and heroines ( the women that love them) are complex and we see this deftly in Victor and Lindy's story. Their meet cute centers around Victor Lane is doing a late night skate at the Ice Arena where Belinda or "Lindy" Boring works in the concessions area. While the two may have shared the same air space, it's not until this moment where things get interestingThis was a great read on so many levels. I love that Lindy is an everyday girl who is focused on work at the stadium where her favorite team plays. She does live a simple and somewhat sheltered life. At twenty-three she mostly just works and watches sports with her father and his friends. There is nothing glamourous about her but she is such a genuinely good person. Her innocence makes her endearing and an easy heroine to root for. Victor is a player facing a bit of a slump, one that jeopardizes his role on the team. When he and Lindy finding themselves becoming fast friends it's clear they have a connection. But at what level? Could either of them hope for more? He's not exactly in a place to explore this, and I love how he recognizes her as his first female friend. Her influence on him is both strong and yet subtle. He has some demons to face and in Lindy I think he finds the person who can show him the way. Seeing the transformation of Lindy and Victor as individuals, and as a team, is heartwarming.I don't even know if there are more books planned for this series but if so, I'll be reading them. I've really enjoyed getting to know this community of players and friends and I look forward to reading more by Brenda. 4 Stars and recommendation.*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I went into Victor, not having read the previous two books in the Chicago Blaze series and can attest that it can be read as a standalone. I think most women have felt like Lindy at some point in our lives and can appreciate her character. I applaud Breanda Rothert in writing about an athlete with a past like Victor. I've read less than a handful of books with the male lead that is the one and not the female. It wasn't the focus, but did affect the story and relationship in a realistic way. This I went into Victor, not having read the previous two books in the Chicago Blaze series and can attest that it can be read as a standalone. I think most women have felt like Lindy at some point in our lives and can appreciate her character. I applaud Breanda Rothert in writing about an athlete with a past like Victor. I've read less than a handful of books with the male lead that is the one and not the female. It wasn't the focus, but did affect the story and relationship in a realistic way. This may be my first book I've read of hers, but won't be my last.
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  • Diane plourde
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this amazing 5 star story that consumed me from the very first page read to the very last one. Victor is a professional hockey player that is struggling to maintain the first line status. Lindy works in concessions at the arena. This is like a modern Cinderella kind of story. I loved this amazingly written sports romance. These characters were just perfectly lovable. Lindy was a fierce and strong heroine. Victor had all kinds of facets. He had deep and heartbreaking secrets. This stor I devoured this amazing 5 star story that consumed me from the very first page read to the very last one. Victor is a professional hockey player that is struggling to maintain the first line status. Lindy works in concessions at the arena. This is like a modern Cinderella kind of story. I loved this amazingly written sports romance. These characters were just perfectly lovable. Lindy was a fierce and strong heroine. Victor had all kinds of facets. He had deep and heartbreaking secrets. This story was addicting and captivating. Highly entertaining. Bottomline is this is a must read. This is the third book in the Chicago Blaze series. Although it can safely be read as a standalone. For better enjoyment, read them all in order. Told in a dual POV with an HEA. I strongly recommend this story.
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  • Jenifer
    January 1, 1970
    In a sea of bad books, Brenda Rothert is always my life raft. Opening one of her books is comforting knowing I'm going to get top-notch quality writing, a great cast of eclectic characters with a hero and heroine you love to root for, and a story that is engaging, emotional (there's usually a gut punch or two in there), unique, and generally hard to put down followed by a book hangover. And her hockey writing is always on point. I don't have enough words of praise for Victor! Victor & Lindy In a sea of bad books, Brenda Rothert is always my life raft. Opening one of her books is comforting knowing I'm going to get top-notch quality writing, a great cast of eclectic characters with a hero and heroine you love to root for, and a story that is engaging, emotional (there's usually a gut punch or two in there), unique, and generally hard to put down followed by a book hangover. And her hockey writing is always on point. I don't have enough words of praise for Victor! Victor & Lindy are the most unlikely couple that fit together perfectly. They've both overcome past hurdles (some of average size and some of very unusually large size) to get to where they are today. They both can help each other without even knowing they can. Their story is awesome! I've read almost all of Brenda's 30+ books and Victor is definitely close to the top of my list of favorites from her!
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  • Happily Mary After
    January 1, 1970
    Victor is the third, standalone book in Brenda Rothert’s Chicago Blaze Hockey series, and this sports romance is utterly endearing and deeply moving. Full rec on Frolic to follow soon.
  • Michella
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this friends to lovers storyline. Victor and Lindy’s chemistry is a slow burn and so worth the wait. It’s definitely a great addition to this Blaze hockey series.
  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    Readers looking for a sweet and carefree read will get just that with the unexpected romance between star hockey player Victor and the easily forgettable Lindy. They start out as friends in a slow and steady journey to become more in a tale that warmed my heart and put a smile on my face as Ms. Rothert took her time in making them a couple, letting their connection grow organically with very little angst along the way. Along the way readers get an update on past couples while being introduced to Readers looking for a sweet and carefree read will get just that with the unexpected romance between star hockey player Victor and the easily forgettable Lindy. They start out as friends in a slow and steady journey to become more in a tale that warmed my heart and put a smile on my face as Ms. Rothert took her time in making them a couple, letting their connection grow organically with very little angst along the way. Along the way readers get an update on past couples while being introduced to new players that promise to melt the ice as I greedily count down the days until we revisit this team.Victor Lane came from humble beginnings with a past he’d like to keep in the past. He’s reached the top of his sport and should be thrilled, but there’s something clearly missing. There’s something affecting his game that’s bringing his past back to haunt him while he desperately tries to keep it hidden. Threatened with losing his starting position he finds an unexpected ally in the one woman everyone ignores and as they spend more time together he finds himself unable to forget her in a sweet and sensual connection. On a whole Victor’s an immensely appealing hero, one that’s down-to-earth, and who’s a great match for Lindy as the two of them find much common ground. He enjoys being with her though and doesn’t want to jeopardize their friendship, but with their time together empowering her he’ll have to step up to keep her by his side.Lindy Boring is easily forgettable, at least to others. Her life doesn’t lend itself to boldness as she lives at home, works behind the counter at the arena, and doesn’t speak out...and oh yeah, she’s a virgin. She’s the exact opposite of Victor but one late night at the arena has her words of wisdom helping his game and from there their connection only grows. Lindy’s a delightful heroine who’s had a crush on Victor for years but never felt able to do anything about it. For now she’s content with just being friends as their unwavering support of each other drives their connection and gives her the courage to go out with someone else. It’s a choice which leads to an endearing decision by Victor that warmed my heart and wrapped this story up with a bow.Much about this book is familiar, many of the interactions and the overall storyline readers have seen before, but what’s here is well-crafted with charming encounters and endearing banter. Victor and Lindy are a delightful duo with a slow-burn connection that drew me in completely. Action on the ice was nicely balanced with time off the ice too to make fans of sports romances and contemporary romances both happy. Surrounding this likable main couple was an equally likable cast of secondary characters to keep me turning the pages with delight. Lindy’s father was a true gem and their interactions warmed my heart while making me laugh a time or two. I also loved seeing the other Chicago Blaze players, loved getting an update on Anton and Luca, and look forward to seeing new players in the future in a series that continues to satisfy!
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  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    I like this series a lot and I was excited for this book. Victor has always been Lindy's crush and idol. So when she finally gets a chance to talk to him she helps him out with his game. I liked Lindy off the bat, genuine, authentic and down to earth. No pretense. She's always been labeled boring no pun intended but for Victor she's different and he sees more to her. This was like a dream scenario who has had athlete crush noticing the normal girl. This had a a lot of game play too and hockey ta I like this series a lot and I was excited for this book. Victor has always been Lindy's crush and idol. So when she finally gets a chance to talk to him she helps him out with his game. I liked Lindy off the bat, genuine, authentic and down to earth. No pretense. She's always been labeled boring no pun intended but for Victor she's different and he sees more to her. This was like a dream scenario who has had athlete crush noticing the normal girl. This had a a lot of game play too and hockey talk which is always good. Victor used to be a womanizer but his change felt gradual and he learned about himself more. The whole inexperienced thing from Lindy didn't feel too cliche it fit her. Victor was a good guy actually he came from nothing and got to where he is on his own. He had a painful past that spotlights abuse which hot handled smoothly. My onky gripe here was the sudden death of a secondary character as a plot device for the guy to get a book. While it did play into the story it was just so out of blue. The ending wrapped up quickly with a good happy ending after all the tough they went through that was nice and sweet. Brenda Rothert always has engaging books this no different I was hooked from the start and enjoyed it a lot. Pretty easy reading too. If you like hockey romance check this series out, hockey players with heart and skills.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Loving this Chicago Blaze series by Brenda! 5 hockey pucks for this one!Meet Victor, Canadian hockey player on the Blaze. He's in a bit of a slump, he's got things on his mind that he can't shake, and no it's not the very public breakup he just went through! After a conversation with his coach, who's basically threatening to put him on the third line instead of the first that he plays on, he decides to give his all and practice extra on his own. One late night he's doing just that at the arena, Loving this Chicago Blaze series by Brenda! 5 hockey pucks for this one!Meet Victor, Canadian hockey player on the Blaze. He's in a bit of a slump, he's got things on his mind that he can't shake, and no it's not the very public breakup he just went through! After a conversation with his coach, who's basically threatening to put him on the third line instead of the first that he plays on, he decides to give his all and practice extra on his own. One late night he's doing just that at the arena, when he see's a girl sitting in the stands behind the bench watching him.Lindy works the concession stand at the Blaze arena, always working extra shifts cleaning out the machines. She's had a crush on Victor forever, and one night when she takes her break and goes down to the ice, she's caught off guard when said crush comes out on the ice and skates around. She's praying he doesn't see her but when he does, he comes and sits next to her and finds out she's a die hard Blaze fan and he gets her opinion on whats going on with his game.Follow their story as they become fast friends, and their relationship develops. That's all your getting out of me, read this book and follow their story, you will not be disappointed! Grab this asap, and if you haven't read the first two, catch up now before this releases!
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    This will probably be one of the shortest reviews that I have written for a Brenda Rothert book, purely because I want you to experience this book yourselves.Although this is the third book in the series, it is a stand alone and it is not necessary to have read either Anton or Luca before reading Victor. However, do yourselves a favour if you haven’t read them and one click. I know I have said this before but Victor is one of my favourite books from Brenda Rothert, ever. Victor may well beat Ant This will probably be one of the shortest reviews that I have written for a Brenda Rothert book, purely because I want you to experience this book yourselves.Although this is the third book in the series, it is a stand alone and it is not necessary to have read either Anton or Luca before reading Victor. However, do yourselves a favour if you haven’t read them and one click. I know I have said this before but Victor is one of my favourite books from Brenda Rothert, ever. Victor may well beat Anton and Luca in the swoon worthy department. His strength and determination in overcoming his childhood and becoming such a role model was truly inspiring, the support that he shows to those he loves is overwhelming. I freely admit to numerous snort worthy, laugh out moments whilst reading and I was riveted from the first to the last chapter. Brenda Rothert has written a caring, compassionate and hot story that was at at times an emotional roller coaster of a read. There were times I laughed and times I cried and on one occasion I do recall yelling No, you can’t do that as she shattered my heart. However through our it all there was a feeling of hope, strength, and bravery in facing down situations that might well flatten others. Belinda(Lindy) Boring was the perfect heroine for Victor, her kind, compassionate and beautiful heart was exactly what he needed and deserved. I loved Victor and am anxious to read the next book in this phenomenal series.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Victor. A bit of a sweet romance with a hint of sexy, we get to see Victor face his past and find someone who truly loves him unconditionally.The last person Lindy ever thought she would come to face to face with was Victor, her long-time crush and Pro Hockey Player for the Chicago Blaze. Working concessions are the arena where the Blaze play, she's never really had the chance to watch her favorite team and player play. But on a late-night shift, she finds herself face to face with Victo I loved Victor. A bit of a sweet romance with a hint of sexy, we get to see Victor face his past and find someone who truly loves him unconditionally.The last person Lindy ever thought she would come to face to face with was Victor, her long-time crush and Pro Hockey Player for the Chicago Blaze. Working concessions are the arena where the Blaze play, she's never really had the chance to watch her favorite team and player play. But on a late-night shift, she finds herself face to face with Victor and giving him a little hockey advice.Victor needs to get himself together and quick. His first line position is being threated by not being about to get his past and the emotions with it under control. But when he finds Lindy watching him late one night, he feels a certain ease to talk to the natural beauty - who actually has some sound advice. Over the next couple of weeks, he can't get her out of his mind. Although Lindy seems to be the perfect person for him, he decides she's just too nice and innocent to be more than friends with.Having the confidence to talk to Victor has given the shy Lindy a little confidence to accept other things in life.... like dating. But once Victor finds out, jealousy rears its ugly head and he starts to rethink this friends only scenario.I love the ease of Lindy. She was genuine and kind. Victor was sweet with her and I loved the two of them together. Another GREAT Chicago Blaze Romance!
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn’t love to see great things happen to good people? I know I do! And I loved to see Lindy and Victor find their happily ever after!But it wasn’t easy. Not at all. Lindy needed to move out of her comfort zone—to embrace life more. To enjoy living in the moment versus just living. And Victor helps with that—he’s larger than life, and also her secret, long time crush. Which is something Victor doesn’t let her forget. LOLAnd Victor. Man, he’s hiding in plain sight. Hiding his true self, that Who doesn’t love to see great things happen to good people? I know I do! And I loved to see Lindy and Victor find their happily ever after!But it wasn’t easy. Not at all. Lindy needed to move out of her comfort zone—to embrace life more. To enjoy living in the moment versus just living. And Victor helps with that—he’s larger than life, and also her secret, long time crush. Which is something Victor doesn’t let her forget. LOLAnd Victor. Man, he’s hiding in plain sight. Hiding his true self, that is. And also hiding from his past—or so he thinks. He’s afraid of losing himself and his family—his chosen family—if his secret is revealed. But with Lindy, he finds hope and acceptance and love. And it’s awesome. I loved how Victor and Lindy’s relationship grew from friendship initially to something so much more. I loved how they loved each other, and how much they realized how much their family and friends truly supported them and loved them too. Victor is a bit more emotional, a bit deeper than the other books in this excellent Chicago Blaze series, but it’s a fantastic addition. I can’t wait for more! ~ Missy, 4.5 stars
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Your covers are so hot!!! I'd buy the poster!!This was the sweetest book I've read in a long time. This young lady was such a real every day Chicago Southsider living with her widower father. They are a great family.Victor is an elite NHL player but came from single mother who was drug/prostitute. He even took bus home from his chemo treatments as a young kid. Despite all his background he excelled in hockey by working hard.We like these characters. Lindy is innocent and while Victor dated actre Your covers are so hot!!! I'd buy the poster!!This was the sweetest book I've read in a long time. This young lady was such a real every day Chicago Southsider living with her widower father. They are a great family.Victor is an elite NHL player but came from single mother who was drug/prostitute. He even took bus home from his chemo treatments as a young kid. Despite all his background he excelled in hockey by working hard.We like these characters. Lindy is innocent and while Victor dated actresses and models plus slept casually with groupies he has a good reputation for hard work until he starts a decline in his stats.He accidentally meets Lindy who is on break from her concession job at hockey arena. She sweetly encourages Victor with the areas she sees him needing improvement. He enjoys her candor. This book has some depth with a teammate losing his wife at age 28 and Victor also has a past that he's got to deal with. This book was a true joy to read. I'm putting it in my favorites of 2019 for a possible second read!!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    How the H E double hockey sticks does Brenda keep doing it?!?!?I've moved on from Anton and Victor is now my favorite hockey man!He. Is. Mine.Such a dreamy man!So needless to say, I absolutely loved this one!Victor and Lindy are such a sweet couple. Individually, I enjoyed these two and then once they became friends, I loved them even more. I can so picture these two in my head. And her father and his friends.... yep, loved them as well. I am happy these characters were added them into the story How the H E double hockey sticks does Brenda keep doing it?!?!?I've moved on from Anton and Victor is now my favorite hockey man!He. Is. Mine.Such a dreamy man!So needless to say, I absolutely loved this one!Victor and Lindy are such a sweet couple. Individually, I enjoyed these two and then once they became friends, I loved them even more. I can so picture these two in my head. And her father and his friends.... yep, loved them as well. I am happy these characters were added them into the story. And let's not forget Ari. I enjoyed her as well. I was kinda hoping she would get her own book but I'm guessing she won't. This story can be read on its own, but I highly recommend reading the series in order so you can officially meet Victor before getting to his story. You will not have any regrets. P.S. Brenda, you gutted me with one part. I know you know which part I'm referring to in this book. It's going to be a few days before I forgive you. Just saying!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    Victor by Brenda Rothert may be my favorite in the series so far, though I have enjoyed every single one. A fun friends to lovers romance with very little angst and characters I really liked. Lindy is a quiet and reserved woman. She works as a concession worker for the Chicago Blaze stadium. Victor is living his dream of playing for the NHL. They should probably never meet and much less become friends, but they do.I loved seeing Victor and Lindy become friends and them more. Their story was fun Victor by Brenda Rothert may be my favorite in the series so far, though I have enjoyed every single one. A fun friends to lovers romance with very little angst and characters I really liked. Lindy is a quiet and reserved woman. She works as a concession worker for the Chicago Blaze stadium. Victor is living his dream of playing for the NHL. They should probably never meet and much less become friends, but they do.I loved seeing Victor and Lindy become friends and them more. Their story was fun and light, with a bit of a bit of emotion and a great connection. A quick story that will keep you engaged and leave you smiling! Read and reviewed for Sultry Sirens Book Blog. Happy reading!
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  • Becky Claxon
    January 1, 1970
    I love Ms. Rothert’s hockey stories. This was special since Lindy was no big star or something. She was someone most of us can relate to. I did not like Lindy’s boss, but loved her best friend Ari who works with her. Victor had issues from his youth he needed to figure out, but he is a super nice guy who looks at Lindy and sees her for herself— beautiful, kind, and loyal. Lindy’s father was a hoot with his friends. This is a book that will make your heart feel good. I strongly encourage you to r I love Ms. Rothert’s hockey stories. This was special since Lindy was no big star or something. She was someone most of us can relate to. I did not like Lindy’s boss, but loved her best friend Ari who works with her. Victor had issues from his youth he needed to figure out, but he is a super nice guy who looks at Lindy and sees her for herself— beautiful, kind, and loyal. Lindy’s father was a hoot with his friends. This is a book that will make your heart feel good. I strongly encourage you to read the book. I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    I think Victor is looking for that ride or die kind of friend, "I think maybe we need to be friends. Good friends, who hang out and do **** for each other, like water your plants when you’re out of town or come bail you out of jail." Victor just enjoys embarassing his woman, “are you looking at my crotch?” Victor raises his brows, amused. My face flames..." I liked thia book, I fell in love with Victor.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    I love a book that can combine serious issues with romance and not make things so heavy it wears me down as I'm reading. This book did just that. Victor has some issues off the ice that are affecting his play. Lindy helps him see what he can do, and believes in him enough to make him realize he deserves to be loved just as he is. This book is beautiful, heartbreaking at one point, and hopeful. And yeah, it's also romantic and sexy too. I just love it so very much.
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  • Darlene Avery
    January 1, 1970
    Victor by Brenda Rothert took me by surprise. And I’m not sure why, because we’re talking about Brenda Rothert here. She always pushes the boundaries and surprises her readers.I love Victor and Lindy. I love that as different as their lives seem, they both have similar backgrounds.But most of all, I love that Brenda has the strength to tackle a very difficult subject with gentleness and a warriors spirit. This will impact so many.A phenomenal and full of feels read!“There’s a balance to us. She Victor by Brenda Rothert took me by surprise. And I’m not sure why, because we’re talking about Brenda Rothert here. She always pushes the boundaries and surprises her readers.I love Victor and Lindy. I love that as different as their lives seem, they both have similar backgrounds.But most of all, I love that Brenda has the strength to tackle a very difficult subject with gentleness and a warriors spirit. This will impact so many.A phenomenal and full of feels read!“There’s a balance to us. She likes and accepts me exactly as I am.”4.5 Stars
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  • Jill M
    January 1, 1970
    My downfall is a great hockey romance and Victor checked off everything for me. This book was everything I needed. The slow burn. The chemistry. The sexy hockey player. The innocent sweet girl. Brenda wrote a sweet slow burn romance to fill any romantic heart.
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