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On the Line
     

On the Line

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by Victoria Denault
 

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He had total control of his game--until she changed all the rules . . .
As one of the best players in the NHL and the "golden boy" of the league, Avery Westwood knows he has to keep his cool--on and off the ice. His whole life is a carefully constructed image of perfection for the media and his brand sponsors. Of course, that means he can never let his

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He had total control of his game--until she changed all the rules . . .
As one of the best players in the NHL and the "golden boy" of the league, Avery Westwood knows he has to keep his cool--on and off the ice. His whole life is a carefully constructed image of perfection for the media and his brand sponsors. Of course, that means he can never let his true feelings show. But when it comes to the sexy sister of his former teammate, Avery might be willing to make an exception . . . even if it means breaking all his own rules.

As far as Stephanie Deveau is concerned, having a thing for Avery is the equivalent of psychological napalm. Très bad idea. Then he moves in next door, all sexy smiles and a deliciously hot body that she can't resist. Something's happening between them--it's intense, a little (a lot) out of control, and real. Only Avery doesn't know everything about Stephanie's past. And the one exception to his rule might just be the one girl who could destroy his career.

MORE IN THE HOMETOWN PLAYERS SERIES:
One More Shot
Making a Play
The Final Move
Winning It All

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455541263
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/06/2016
Series:
Hometown Players Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
346,702
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French and hockey.

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On the Line 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bookbruin 21 days ago
4.5 stars On the Line was an entertaining and angsty friends to lovers sports romance. It is book 5 in the Hometown Players series, but can be read as a standalone. I loved that the story is told from the points of views of both main characters, Avery and Stephanie. Both characters were likeable and relatable because they were perfectly imperfect. They each had history and emotional baggage that influenced their decisions for better or for worse. The chemistry between them was fantastic and the will they or won't they kept me turning the pages way past my bedtime. I especially liked that Stephanie, though nervous about her past, stayed true to herself and made no excuses about it. Her past was firmly in the past and although painful, had shaped who she had become. Avery also, was so conflicted about what he had known all his life versus following his heart. The struggles and angst rang true to me, even though I have no first hand experience with what they went through. I became invested in these characters and couldn't help but root for them to get their HEA. Of course, there was the inevitable push and pull, and even a bit of a love triangle, but only barely since the Hero very clearly did not want any further relationship with the other woman. I felt it added just the right amount of angst and I liked that there wasn't unnecessary drama, besides what the main characters brought upon themselves. I devoured this book and found it was the perfect blend of humor, steam, and angst. Definitely recommend it!
Anlenhart1 3 months ago
On the Line is a contemporary sports romance that features two complex characters that have realistic problems and wonderful sports romance. Stephanie is the little sister of hockey star Sebastian from Winning It All and has overcome a lot to find her current happy spot. She was recent moved to San Diego and soon her friend, Avery, the golden boy of hockey is transferred to the local hockey team. Steph and Avery have been friends, but have never hooked up. He ends up renting the unit next door to Steph and their relationship begins to go to the next level. Avery begins to pursue Steph and soon they are dating. Will their relationship when all of Stephanie's secret are exposed? Victoria Denault has a real talent for writing characters that capture my attention and stories that are entertaining. She and Sawyer Bennett have become my go to authors for hockey romances. If you like a quick paced romance with a great balance between sports and steam, this is the book for you! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
2kasmom 3 months ago
This is book # 5, from the Hometown Players series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and enjoyment of the story, I recommend reading the series in order. Stephanie & Avery met when he worked with her brother on a hockey team in Seattle. Now he is a free agent moving to a new city. Where? Right by her. Avery is done with other women. He knows what he wants is Stephanie, so now he must go to her and find a way to his future. Can he win her over? This series is just getting better and better. I feel like with each book, we learn so much about these characters. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
nelriv 4 months ago
Received an ARC for an honest review with netgalley. Enjoyed book, every now and then you did want to knock out Avery, but then you had to remember that he was used to being that way. Enjoyed seeing him and Stephanie's relationship progress, also liked the fact that they did not just jump into a sexual relationship, as most books tend to do. Loved secondary characters, Alex was hilarious, he was the life of the party, and sweet when he needed to be, would not mind a book on him. You just had to love Seb, what a great brother, he was always there for her and showed her how much he loved her. One of my favorite scenes was his phone call with Avery warning him not to hurt Stephanie because would hurt Avery if he did, showing his priority for his family. I was truly disappointed in Avery when everything came to light, but I was proud of Stephanie for sticking up for herself. Of course it was fantastic how quickly Avery realized his error and wanted to fix it. As he saw he was losing her, and was truly heartbroken, he tried to do everything within his power to fix it, and he should have she deserved it. Again I will say, how could you not love Seb when he came at Avery on the ice in defense of his much beloved sister, it was heartwarming, and heartbreaking at the same time reading Avery suffering, thankfully it all got resolved, including things with the obnoxious dad. Enjoyed book, hope you do too!
dsubsits 4 months ago
Victoria Denault’s ON THE LINE is an amazing addition to the Hometown Players series. I loved this book. Avery Westwood is the "golden boy" of the NHL and very concerned about his image and brand. Stephanie Deveau is his ex-teammate’s sister. She should be off limits but he can’t fight his feeling for her. Little does he know, she has a secret that could tarnish his stellar image. This contemporary sports romance primarily takes place in San Diego. It is suitable for new adult and adult audiences. I must admit, I was annoyed with Avery in book 4, WINNING IT ALL. He gave his over baring father too much control over his life, causing him to be extreme about maintaining the proper image. My opinion of him changed in ON THE LINE. Avery really is a sweet guy. Some of the things he does to be with Stephanie go above and beyond what most people would do. Stephanie is good for him. She tells him exactly what she thinks and doesn’t bow down to him, like pretty much everyone else. She brings out his fun side. He feels like he can be himself and relax around her. Stephanie had a difficult past that she keeps hidden. She has understandable reasons for not wanting to confide in Avery. However, she knows she needs to tell Avery but never seems to have the right opportunity. It ends up causing controversy in the story that the couple needs to overcome. Sebastian is a wonderful brother to Stephanie. He is justifiably over protective. He loves her and would do anything for her. There are some issues that arise after he discovers the couple relationship. Victoria Denault does an amazing job with the plot. There are many details and situations throughout the novel that make the story interesting. The book is well-written. Even though it is over 300-pages long, I felt like it was a quick read because it flowed perfectly and I could not put it down. The story was well resolved and had a great conclusion. However, I fell in love with the characters and didn’t want their story to end. Victoria Denault is good about mentioning previous characters in her current books, so I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of them. I loved Victoria Denault’s ON THE LINE. I could easily see this as a book I would re-read because I enjoyed it so much. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
LynnB888 4 months ago
Sexy, sweet and explosive! With the next in her Hometown Players hockey series, Victoria Denault brings us golden boy Avery Westwood’s story. There’s a sweet side to him that comes out only for Stephanie, and watching them fight their attraction and then fall hard is so much fun! Great group of main and supporting characters. Love these guys! Avery Westwood is the league’s golden child and can do no wrong in the NHL, but he has worked long and hard to make and keep that pristine reputation! For once, he just wants to let his guard down and enjoy being his true self … and he knows just who brings that feeling out in him! Stephanie Deveau is the sister of one of his former teammates and good friends, so setting his sights on her is dangerous, but she really gets him! Stephanie feels the pull as well, but she knows she is far from the type of girl Avery’s reputation dictates he be with, so she tries to hold back her feelings … but it’s impossible to resist him! When secrets come to light, will there be a future for these two?
Lashea677 4 months ago
Avery was a definite bad boy. Sexy, confident with a dirty mouth and an over inflated ego. Although his personality was off putting at times, he was much deeper than what showed on the surface. Stephanie is his Kryptonite. She gets him in a way that no one has before and gets under his skin at the same time. Stephanie has complication written all over her. Bad decisions in her past have left her doubting herself. A cocky playboy with a wicked smile and a rep is the last thing she needs in her life. Ms. Denault manages to execute some surprise maneuvers of the tempting variety but still appeal to the emotional aspect as On the Line goes for the win and scores big. Well done.