by Jami Davenport

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Alexander "Rush" Markov has been given an ultimatum by his team—shape up or ship out.

Alex is celebrating his biggest season in professional hockey, and he's enjoying every minute of it—perhaps a little too much. He's been non-stop partying like a rockstar since his team won it all, and management isn't pleased. Next thing Alex knows, he's been exiled to a remote island with orders to lay low, stay out of trouble, and avoid one-night stands.

Rosalind Newcomb is the quintessential good girl, and she's fine with her role. Sure, she gets lonely and wishes for a special someone, but the choices on Madrona island are slim to none. When a panty-melting mystery man disrupts the peace and quiet in her bookstore, it's dislike at first sight. The infuriating man turns her ordered life upside down and inside out and has her thinking about hot summer nights and tangled sheets. Only Alex isn't who she thinks he is, and love isn't all hearts and roses.

As Alex battles who he pretends to be and who he really is, he also resists falling in love for the first time in his life. His intense feelings have him ready to bolt, and only he can decide if love is worth fighting for.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161288290
Publisher: Cedrona Enterprises
Publication date: 05/23/2019
Series: Seattle Sockeyes Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 11,249
File size: 925 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including the Game On in Seattle Series. A former computer geek, Jami has recently achieved her life-long dream of becoming a full-time author. She lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband and assorted animals who make guest appearances in her books.

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Deflected 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JWright57 26 days ago
Book 2 in the Madrona Island spin off from Game On in Seattle and this is Alexander “Rush” Markov’s story. This like all the other books in this series can be read as a stand-alone but I’m sure once you pick up one of these stories you will want to learn more about these hot Seattle hockey players and their partners. Alex and his team have just won the Stanley Cup and that’s means and lots of partying and plenty of wild nights for the man nicknamed Rush but the team owners have other plans and if he wants to keep his contract he needs to spend a month on the remote Madrona Island. Rosalind Newcomb is the owner of the bookstore on the Island and on the face of it is the quintessential good girl but at times she gets lonely and finds herself wishing for that special man to arrive on the Island. Alex may be a swoon worthy hockey player but he also loves to read so the bookstore is his first point of call when he arrives on Madrona but when he disrupts the peace and quiet of her store its hate at first sight for the pretty store owner, will Alex be able to win her over.. Alex and Rosalind are meant to be and I found myself hoping and wishing for a HEA for this adorable couple but Alex is not a relationship man and Rosalind may not like the man he was before he met her so is it possible for love to win the day I guess you need to read the book to find that out. I love the chemistry this couple share, I love the banter and I love everything about Madrona Island and it’s residents who all seem to have a part to play in match making for the locals and team players from the Seattle Sockeyes. Looking forward to who’s next in this great series.
MaimeosAngelsEL 27 days ago
Alexander “Rush” Markov plays professional hockey, hard, fast and parties even harder. Alex is also a closet reader and he often escapes into the world of book. After over celebrating his teams Stanley Cup win, he knows he needs to ease off his partying ways. When management decides he needs an intervention, Alex is packed off to Madrona Island with instructions to keep a low profile and to get his life and his future back on track. Rosalind Newcomb owns a book shop and she is annoyed when Alex begins to turn her life upside down. Alex really is the quintessential bad boy, hot, alpha and so sexy that women find him hard to resist until he meets Rosalind. She wants nothing to do with him at first but as she gets to know the real Alex, walls begin to tumble and the chemistry builds although she has no idea who he really is. From the start of Deflected I wanted these two to get together and remain that way. However lies told, even by omission can pollute and destroy a relationship before it can become established. What will happen when Rosalind finds out the truth? Will Alex take a chance on love or will he run before he can get to involved?
BlowPop 7 days ago
This was, I believe, the second book of Jami's I've read. And honestly, an out of country hockey player who essentially taught himself English from reading books? My heart burst in heart eye emoticons. Rosalind is my ideal type of person I wish I was (except the not a fan of hockey part because I love hockey too much). I adored this book to pieces. It's one of the few that I've read that is 100% completely in the off season for hockey. Was definitely different than what I'm use to but not in a bad way different. As I said, I adored this book. If you like hockey players and bookish bookstore owners and lovely descriptions of the island it's set on. Which, not sure if the author knew this or not, but Madrona Island is a real island in Vancouver, British Columbia between mainland Vancouver and Vancouver Island. But I'm weird and like to look things up like that because it doesn't change my viewpoint on the book just makes me go "huh. interesting". But yeah, this will definitely become one of my re-reads.
SaraBetty 16 days ago
Cute, Quirky and a lot of Fun... Yet a lesson to be learned here.... I have recently had a "thing" for sexy hot hockey players and Rush only added to the "thing"... I have not read this author before but hats off... An excellent book that kept me interested and laughing too.
2kasmom 16 days ago
This is book #2, in the Madrona Island series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to understand the characters and the series better, I recommend reading this series in order. Alex AKA "Rush" is temporarily banished to an island to learn to calm down. His team is concerned that he cannot stop his partying ways. His drinking and playing around is catching up to him. Rosalind meets Alex for the first time when he comes into her bookstore. As a sheltered good girl, she does not recognize the Stanley Cup wining player. They clash and hate one another almost instantly. But there is still a serious attraction on both sides..... I enjoyed this story. From start to finish you felt the tension and heat between these two. I loved the banter and the fact that they truly had a lot in common once they took the time to find out. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
LynnB888 19 days ago
Hockey's bad boy is getting tamed! With the next book in the beloved Seattle Sockeye's hockey series, we're getting Rush's story. He's been quite the partying playboy in past books, so it's great to get to know the real guy underneath all of the masks. There's no hockey in the book since it's the off-season, and there were a few plot holes that could have been tweaked a bit, but overall I really enjoyed the story and look forward to more in the series! Professional hockey player Alexander Markov AKA Rush is at the top of his game now that his team brought home the Stanley Cup. He's celebrating non-stop with parties, booze and women ... until team management brings it all to a grinding halt! They want him to prove that he can handle more responsibility with the team by spending the rest of the off-season lying low and cutting out the booze and womanizing. Rosalind Newcomb can't believe her bad luck when the biggest player in hockey shows up in her bookstore on Madrona Island. She instantly dislikes him, and isn't going to fall for his smooth talker flirting that has most women falling at his feet. Try as she might, she can't stop starting to soften towards the guy when the mask that he's always shown the public starts to crumble and let's her see the real guy underneath the surface.
lexiesmomma_32 19 days ago
I have been absolutely hooked to all of these Sockeyes players and their stories. I anticipate the next ones story after finishing each one and I just knew that Rush's was going to be good. In the small island town after getting in trouble with the Sockeyes for his behavior he comes across a bookstore and an owner that instantly has him attracted. One problem with that…she isn't falling for his charms. In fact it seems as if she can't stand him and the more the see each other the more the feeling is mutual except the attraction is still there. Alex is determined to win Rosalind over. The more time he spends around her the more he finds he likes her and the more it seems like he is breaking down her walls. The problem with all this is he hasn't been entirely truthful why he there. He also doesn't open up about his past so when things progress he may lose any chance he could have with her. The banter and chemistry between Alex and Rosalind is one that will have you sucked in. You will be hooked and eager to see how it will all play out. What happens when secrets are revealed? What happens when his exile is over? Will he go back to his party ways or will he finally admit that he has let someone mean more to him than he expected? You don't have to read the other books in this series to enjoy this book so don't let that keep you from opening this book. I highly recommend this one and the others as well. They are all really entertaining and enjoyable reads!
mamalovestoread22 26 days ago
Alexander “Rush” Markov is the bad boy of all bad boys, on the ice and off, which has earned him a reputation... one that his boss would like him to shed in the off season. He has issued Rush an ultimatum, clean up his act or he will be playing for another team. This ultimatum comes with a trip to an deserted island, and strict instructions to keep his nose clean... and hands off of random women! It all sounds easy enough, but then he crosses paths with good girl Rosalind Newcomb... and suddenly keep his hands off becomes a lot harder than he ever anticipated! Deflected is a uber steamy sports romance that will have you smitten from the very first page, nothing is more captivating than a sexy, smooth talking athlete determined to win the heart of a woman! Rush's sexy one liners, caring demeanor, and charming personality totally won me over and had me swooning over him from start to finish!! These two set the pages on fire with their scorching chemistry and passionate banter, my fingertips felt the heat with every swipe. As much as these two tried to resist temptation, and their attraction to one another, the harder it became, the anticipation darn near killed me. Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it had it everything you could want in a story; an addictive story line, dynamic characters with explosive chemistry, and heart squeezing emotion. I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
heater_28 27 days ago
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review** Alexander "Rush" Markov plays hockey for the Seattle Sockeyes and after finishing his most rewarding season yet, he's been partying hard. Probably a little too hard, at least that's the stance from team management. He's notorious for partying and liking women and when he starts making headlines, the team steps in. Alex is sent to Madrona Island and told that he needs to keep a low profile and clean up his act, otherwise he might be sent packing all the way off the team. Rosalind Newcomb is a Madrona Island native and she runs the book shop on the island. She's very much the good girl and she definitely is a romantic. She really wants that special someone in her life, but she hasn't found that person yet. When Alex finds his way into the bookshop to feed his joy of reading, Rosalind is immediately on the defensive because this handsome, alpha male is peaking her interest, yet he also drives her crazy. When an omission occurs, Roz throws walls up faster than you can say go. Will Alex be able to crumble the walls that Roz has built around her heart? And, will Roz be able to bring out the real Alex in the process? There is no doubt these two have chemistry and when they are able to get past their own insecurities, they are amazing together. It was great to see how they were able to bring out the best in one another. I wanted things to work for them as soon as the book started. This is definitely worth adding to your summer TBR pile!
Lashea677 28 days ago
He's a bad boy on and off the ice. She's a good girl, all year round. Can she tame the bad boy or will he bring out her wild side? Davenport uses sports as a metaphor for real life. Deflected is drowning in depth of character and heartbreakingly, beautiful romance. Alex and Rosalind takes readers beyond the surface noise and into an emotionally, captivating battle of hearts. Davenport makes it easy to get caught up in real life drama with stunning romance.