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 . . . More in the Hometown Players series: One More Shot Making a Play The Final Move
Could this book whore be in any further heaven? Another hockey romance for me to review this week! Winning It All can be read as a standalone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous three books. This review is actually going to be pretty short and sweet. If you are a fan of hockey romances, I think you will really enjoy Winning It All. While at times Shayne will make you want to bitch slap her, Sebastian, for me at least, made up for what she lacked. *Sigh* Sebastian, I would love to play with his stick, I mean play hockey with him. Winning It All was a winner for this blogger, I don’t want to give anything away that is why I am ending it with the following. Winning It All is the perfect way to pass a soon to be fall day while waiting for the hockey season to begin.
Sebastian and Shayne have great chemistry and the time they spend together is a lot of fun. You can feel the attraction between them, the appeal and the interest. They were well developed, with passions and interests outside of one another, which is always nice. They felt like complete people, with actual personalities, which allows you to engage with them as couple.
The characters are consistent and well written, overall. But there were some issues that I had with the character development and the story ARC. These issues, I think, created difficulty for me with the pacing.
I had issue with the continual issues that she presents throughout the book, her determination not to date a hockey player. I thought this got old, and it got to the point where it started to mess up the pacing of the story. I was never able to fully invest in their relationship as I was constantly waiting for her to bring up this issue. I could understand the reluctance, but at the same time, I was never convinced he would be willing to trust in her getting over the issue and actually being able to commit to Sebastian. In fact, her determination to not have anything to do with hockey has led her to having distance with her family and to make some fairly harsh life choices.
For me, as I was not able to really believe she was past the issues, the story sort of stalled for me in the middle, and I was not as full engaged at the end. I think, for me, I needed a little more time with her being ok with him playing professional hockey, or I needed her to be a little less vehement in her unwillingness to have anything to do with a hockey player. The 2 together lessened the believability for me.
Overall, I do recommend this, but with the caveat that the 2nd act is little less compelling than the first.
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About the Author:Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. Before focusing on writing novels, Victoria was a journalist and a stand-up comic. She's also an avid hockey fan who cheers more than one team and has a thing for play-off beards. Victoria grew up in Montreal, Canada but has lived in many major cities across North America. She spent her childhood summers in Maine and adult summers in Spain. She’s now happily settled in Los Angeles with her husband and their two chubby Chihuahuas.