The Fall we Fell by Victoria Denault

4.5 STARS

Release Date: May 24, 2021

SYNOPSIS: I thought proving myself worthy of her love would be the hard part. If only… When I left my childhood small town, I had a lot to prove. Now, I have a lot to fix. Namely, my relationship with my best friends’ little sister.We were just kids when I rejected Terra. Even then, I knew I was nowhere near good enough for her. I was sure I’d eventually forget her. But a decade later, working as a firefighter, the one flame I can’t put out is the one I hold for her. So I’m back in Ocean Pines, but Terra’s moved on with someone who doesn’t have my history of bad decisions and impulsive behavior. And as if all that wasn’t enough, she’s sick. I’ll give her a kidney, my heart, the last breath in my lungs…anything she wants. I’ll do anything to save her life, even if it means watching her live it without me.


The Fall We Fell, book one in the Ocean Pines series, is a sexy, angsty, friends-to-lovers contemporary romance featuring a firefighter who’ll do anything to win the smart, strong heroine of his dreams. Happily ever after and no cheating guaranteed.


REVIEW: Holy bad decisions. This one was a damn emotional roller coaster. I just love Second Chance Romances so much. And it’s funny, because ones that start when they’re teenagers usually make me want to smack both the characters for a variety of reasons. The main one being that the teenage decisions usually cause the characters so much grief that could have been avoided. This one definitely starts off like that, so I really wanted to get to the second half. I just knew all the goodness was coming! It was definitely a journey for both of these characters. I felt all the emotions, because there was a lot going on. By the end of the book, I was ecstatic for these two and their story left me with a smile. Victoria did exactly what she needed to do with this book. I really like her writing and the way she brings a lot of different elements to the story that challenge the characters and show their growth. I would really like to see more about some of the characters in this book! I don’t know if she has a plan for that yet, but I would be here for it! As I learned more about this family, I totally fell for them! 



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Victoria’s debut novel, One More Shot, was released June 2, 2015. Between 2015 and 2019 she has had 10 novels published with Forever (Hachette) in two standalone series – The Hometown Players and The San Francisco Thunder. Victoria’s love of books began at 12 when she picked up her first Sweet Valley High and grew from there. Her favorite childhood gift remains the 1930s typewriter her parents found at a garage sale which actually wasn’t a gift for her. It was meant to be a display piece in their front hall but Victoria snuck it into her bedroom and it was on that typewriter she first began pounding out her own stories. When not writing books Victoria can usually be found on a beach somewhere. Her favorite beaches are La Concha in San Sebastian, Spain, Zuma Beach in Malibu California and Ocean Park, Maine. Check more about her here!

Blindsided by Victoria Denault

5 STARS

Release Date: February 15, 2021

SYNOPSIS: What if Romeo wore hockey skates, and Juliet was raised on a farm next door?
As a life-long Vermonter, there are three beliefs I’ve always held true:
1. Our family farm is everything
2. Hockey is a close second
3. The Todds next door are our sworn enemies

But this season will test everything I stand for.  I have an illicit side job that could cost me my hockey scholarship. And now Maggie Todd knows my secret. She’s waiting for the right moment to use it against me. But every time I face off against her, I learn things I shouldn’t want to know. Like how deeply her competitive streak runs, and how sexy that is. And how easy it is to make her blush… everywhere. An Adler and a Todd cannot be lovers. Breaking that rule is like pulling a pin on a grenade–everything in my life could blow up. Can we surrender to these feelings… or will our families’ feud make us its next casualty?


This is book 1 in the new Moo U series that takes place
in Sarina Bowen’s True North World!


REVIEW: I first discovered Victoria Denault from her San Francisco Thunder Series which I sincerely loved. I’ve also read almost every Sarina Bowen book including the True North series, which is the world where this book takes place. Obviously when I saw that Victoria Denault was writing in this world, I knew I had to have it. Were my expectations super high for this one? Yes! Did I completely and utterly hype this book up in my head? Yes, again. Did this book meet all of those expectations and all the hype? You better believe it!

This enemies-to-lovers, Romeo and Juliet type story hit the spot. I loved every moment, from seeing Magnolia and Tate interact as enemies in the beginning, as well as falling for each other throughout the story. While falling, they’re also questioning the family feud that started before they were even born. There are so many layers to what’s going on, because it’s not just them and their relationship. It’s college, their families, and the success of their farms. This book touches on what the next generation can bring when the older generation is willing to work with them. It touches on some really valid biases that people in the older generation can carry and how that impacts progress. I really enjoyed seeing Magnolia and her sister Daisy work together to figure out what they could do to help the farm that wasn’t doing so well. Overall, I just really love this book. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the other authors do with the other hockey players that were Tate’s friends in this world!

Thank you to Heart Eyes Press and Victoria Denault for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Victoria Denault

Victoria’s love of books began at 12 when she picked up her first Sweet Valley High and grew from there. Her favorite childhood gift remains the 1930s typewriter her parents found at a garage sale which actually wasn’t a gift for her. It was meant to be a display piece in their front hall but Victoria snuck it into her bedroom and it was on that typewriter she first began pounding out her own stories.

When not writing books Victoria can usually be found on a beach somewhere. Her favorite beaches are La Concha in San Sebastian, Spain, Zuma Beach in Malibu California and Ocean Park, Maine.


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Check out my reviews of some other Victoria Denault hockey romances!


 

 

Slammed by Victoria Denault

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: Forever

SYNOPSIS

Not every goalie plays it safe… As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy’s kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catches them together, she’ll lose her job faster than any slapshot.
Eli Casco is on the brink of having everything he ever wanted. He’s finally been called up from the minor leagues to play on a championship team. And he just had the most mind-blowing night with the woman of his dreams. But now that he’s an official Thunder player, Dixie is determined to keep her distance. None of the fame and fortune means anything to him without her to share it. If he truly wants Dixie in his life, it’s time to throw down his gloves and put everything on the line.

REVIEW

I am here for the sassy banter! I mean, HOLY CRAP! These two characters are the most fun. Dixie is smart, driven, and hilarious. Eli’s lines will make you literally laugh out loud. But the best part is that both of these characters are dealing with some very real and very deep shit. It’s just so realistic. Bad things happen, life throws us some real curveballs, but we have to keep going. The humor makes it all the more bearable.

I read this series out of order, which was totally okay, but man I wish I had read this one sooner. I just love the strength of the characters so much. And I sincerely love the Braddock’s! I’m a real sucker for family romance series. I’d highly recommend this book, and whole series!!

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Now or Never by Victoria Denault

4.5 Stars!!

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Release Date: January 15, 2019

Publisher: Forever Yours

Synopsis:

All Winnie Braddock wants is a quiet place to be alone and time to heal her battered heart. But the refuge she’d hoped for in her family’s summer cottage is destroyed when she gets there to find Holden Hendricks literally camped out in the driveway. He made her life hell when they were kids, and despite what he says, it doesn’t look like much has changed. She doesn’t care if her brother hired Holden to renovate the house this winter; she wants him gone.

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Holden knows that hockey saying all too well. After all, he could have gone pro if he hadn’t messed up so much as a kid. But now he’s desperate to prove he’s changed for the better, especially to Winnie Braddock. As the two work together to fix the cottage piece by piece, they realize that perhaps they can give each other the new beginning they’ve both been waiting for-if they’re just willing to take the shot.

The San Francisco Thunder series: 
Score
Slammed
When It’s Right

Review:

I read this book in one sitting. The prologue pulled me right in when it showcased Winnie as a teenager I would have loved to be friends with. She encounters Holden Hendrix, who seems like a complete jerk, but what Winnie’s father says to her after the “incident” is this:

“But the thing is, which I only know now because I’m older, kids your age are usually mean or aggressive for a reason. It’s rarely because they want to be that way. It’s usually a reaction, a defense mechanism or coping skill, for something they can’t handle themselves.”

This is the line that told me I was going to love this story. When people judge adults strictly on their teenage years, they are discounting a person’s ability to grow, change, and be resilient. Also, this is the fiction rendering of a trauma-informed care lens. I love when fictional stories expose readers to such relevant topics!

This is a story of redemption and understanding the motivations behind one’s actions. Winnie is experiencing so much loss, and Holden is battling his own demons, but they go through a journey together that you just know is going to take them to a better place. This book will give you all the feels, and also make you think about how you perceive the actions of others. Not to mention Winnie’s family are just people you want to know–which means I will need to read books 1-3!

Special thank you to Forever Yours and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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