Review: Victor by Brenda Rothert

Cover for Victor by Brenda Rothert

Title:  Victor

Author: Brenda Rothert

Series: Chicago Blaze #3

Pages: 238

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

Belinda “Lindsy” Boring is a shy NHL concession stand worker who has never been kissed. Her life consists of working, reading, and crushing on a hockey player who will never know her. But when they accidentally meet everything changes for both of them.

This book was both heartbreaking and heart pounding. Victor has worked hard to be in the NHL and he doesn’t like that his game is slipping. He is being blackmailed and it is starting to affect his game so much that they are talking about removing him from first position. Victor is a hardworking man who has had a terrible past that won’t let him go. It takes meeting Lindsy to make him realize that he wants a family and to get over his past. I really liked Victor, especially since he was so sweet and supportive of Lindsy and her choices. He never pushes her to do things that she isn’t ready for. 

Lindsy is a shy woman who loves sports. She is a huge Chicago Blaze fan. I loved how supportive she was when Victor told her about his past abuse and that she didn’t push him to talk about it before he was ready. Nor did she push for physical contact until he was ready for it. She was just the perfect partner for him. I also really enjoyed the relationship she has with her father. They were so close and you could just feel the strong family bond between them. Also his friends were great as well. 

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was Lindsy’s friend Ari. She just kept pushing Lindsy to have sexual encounters with people she wasn’t even attracted to. She wasn’t supportive of her friends’ feelings to wait for someone who she actually wanted to have sex with. Ari just felt like an abusive friend who is trying to pull others down into her negative atmosphere, which is why I didn’t like her. Luckily, she doesn’t have a lot of page time with her. 

Rothert really knows how to write emotional stories that really tug at your heartstrings. I felt both sadness and love throughout this book and I can’t wait to read the next one. 

Trigger Warning:

  • Child abuse, discussed
  • Sudden death of a side character
  • Grief

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Previous books in the series:

  1. Anton
  2. Luca

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