#BlogTour ~ Victor ( Chicago Blaze #3) by Brenda Rothert ~ #Review @BrendaRothert @InkslingerPR

Posted July 21, 2019 by Cyndi Becker in 2019, Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Cyndi, New Release, Our Review, Sports Romance / 0 Comments

Victor by Brenda Rothert
Series: Chicago Blaze #3
on July 16th, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



They 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.


I’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.

Today we are celebrating the release of VICTOR by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone, and it is the third title in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series.

He’s a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She’s a shy NHL concession worker at who’s never been kissed.

Victor (Chicago Blaze, #3)Victor by Brenda Rothert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 interesting

This 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.

~Review by Cyndi

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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