#BlogTour~ Alexei (Chicago Blaze #5) By Brenda Rothert ~ #Review @BrendaRothert @inkslingerpr

Posted February 10, 2020 by Cyndi Becker in 2020, 5 Star, 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Cyndi, New Release, Our Review, Sports Romance / 0 Comments

Alexei by Brenda Rothert
Series: Chicago Blaze #5
on February 4th, 2020
Genres: 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.


I guess the party’s over—for now. When I wake up in the hospital after a DUI car crash, my new NHL team owner gives me an ultimatum – get sober or get packed for the minor leagues. So I talk the talk and go to rehab. I plan to breeze through, get sprung in 30 days or less and hit the road with my new team, the Chicago Blaze. All I have to do is charm my attractive, uptight rehab group leader into thinking I’ve changed—how hard could it be?

I see right through Alexei Petrov. My calling to save addicts from themselves before they self-destruct is deeply personal. Alexei’s hot and successful, sure. But he’s not okay, and he’s got a lot of work to do before graduating from my group. No one’s ever tested my boundaries like he does, though. I fight my desire and keep things professional, because the stakes couldn’t be higher—it’s not just my job that’s on the line, but also his life. The deeper we fall, though, the more he makes me question the mantra I live by: never trust your heart to an addict.

Alexei (Chicago Blaze, #5)Alexei by Brenda Rothert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always get that giddy feeling when I see start a new Chicago Blaze story and with Alexei, there was a frisson of excitement to see how this bad boy and self-imposed black sheep of the family would fall into the fold of the Blaze.

Alexei has hit the proverbial rock bottom, without even knowing he needed to. He’s confronted with the fact that out of a job unless he gets clean. He certain he’s not really an addict, he just likes to party. It’s only in getting clean that he can look back and see how his actions indicate there was something driving him to drink. Therapy is the best thing that could have happened to him, and meeting Greyson, his in treatment therapist, allows him to see things much more clearly and provides the opportunity to fall in love.

I loved this story for both the honest portrait of addiction and recovery, and of two people so unaware they found their person in each other. Rothert handles the scenario by injecting the story with a “forbidden” aspect as Greyson is forced to deny her attraction to her patient. But Alexei will have none of that, he’s feeling something he’s never felt before and he’s not convinced that his recovery is jeopardized by a relationship and their connection is beyond simple attraction. In fact, who could be better for him?

There’s a bit of drama in the therapy group, but there’s also incredible friendships formed as well. One thing I loved is that they were perfectly balanced to provide each other with clarity and what the other person needed. I just really liked both characters. I thought they were immensely likable and deserved happiness. Both characters experience personal growth and their togetherness made me happy.

It’s a long circuitous path for Alexei, but the second line of the Chicago Blaze just got an injection of pure heart. He ends up right where he belonged, closer to his family and in love with life. And Greyson finds a man who provides her the much needed emotional support and protection, and membership in a family that deserves her loyalty and love. 5 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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