by Brenda Rothert

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I only have one love now—the home furnishings business I'm building into an empire. Maybe money and success can't love me back, but they keep what's left of my heart safe. One-night stands are my way of scratching the occasional itch I get for something more. And no one's better for that than a sexy as sin hockey player I'll never see again after one very hot night together.

I used to love two things: hockey and women. But now my nieces and nephew are my top priority, because I'm raising them after tragedy stole their parents. Somehow I balance single parenthood and my career as a forward for the Chicago Blaze. There's no time for women, until I get knocked on my ass by Abby Daniels. She's everything I've ever wanted, but her devastating past may end us before we even get started.

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BN ID: 2940161171103
Publisher: Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Series: Chicago Blaze , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 837
File size: 1 MB

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Luca 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 24 days ago
Although this is the second book in the series, it is a stand alone and it is not necessary to have read book one, Anton before reading Luca. However, do yourselves a favour if you haven’t read Anton and one click. One of my favourite books from Brenda Rothert, ever. Now, on to Luca. Luca is just as swoon worthy as Anton. His love of family, his strength and the support that he shows to those he loves is overwhelming. There are also many truly snort worthy, laugh out moments whilst reading and I was riveted from the first to the last chapter. Chicago Blaze is fast becoming one of my favourite series and I cannot fathom how Ms. Rothert can top the two books she has written so far in this series. Emotional reads that will get your feelings going, this is a book you do not want to miss out on reading. Abby is the perfect woman for Luca and I am so pleased that these two got together. Both have experienced so much tragedy in their pasts that they truly deserved to find happiness. This is an emotional roller coast of a read that I highly recommend. I laughed, I cried but throughout it all I loved Luca and Abby, both separately and together. Not going to say anymore other than do yourselves a favour and one click this one on release. You won’t be disappointed and I cannot wait to read more in this series.
JWright57 27 days ago
I’m not sure I have the words to describe how much I loved this book but here goes...... Luca has found himself the soul guardian for his two nieces and one nephew in the most sad and unfortunate circumstances but he is determined to give these adorable children everything they need whilst juggling his NHL career. Abby is a woman who comes across as a strong personality who knows what she wants and it’s only as the story unfolds do we find out about her tragic past. If ever a couple are perfect for each other this couple are it, they had an uphill journey before they accepted their feelings for each other and together they just became stronger. The children had the best one liners even through their sadness. This book may be an emotional roller coaster but it’s a ride you will want to get on and never get off because this story will give you all the feels you would expect in a truly 5 star read. Book 2 in the Chicago Blaze but Luca can certainly be read as a stand-alone and all that’s left to say is THIS IS A MYST READ for every lover of romance . Can’t wait for book 3
SaraBetty less than 1 minute ago
Read Anton First... This is book 2 of the series and though I know little about hockey, the game... I have a real thing for hockey players it seems... Read so many books about the games, the players and the people associated with them... This was a very good book but a favorite author land I enjoyed the story,the characters and the "fun" from page 1 till done... Recommend...
CoffeeGoddessTK 13 days ago
When Chicago Blaze player Luca Campbell crosses paths with businesswoman Abby Daniels, the attraction is immediate and mutual. Abby is strong, successful in her own right, and knows what she wants. But the Abby that Luca meets and falls for is not exactly who she seems to be. Because Abby has dealt with unimaginable loss and heartache, and she will keep that part of her life hidden, no matter how close she and Luca grow. As book boyfriends go, it would be hard to find a better one than Luca Campbell. Sexy, nice, and a famous athlete, yes, but first and foremost, he's a family man, dedicated to making sure that his nieces and nephew can experience normalcy, security, and, above all, unconditional love. Having dealt with heartbreak of his own, Luca knows that Abby is keeping a part of herself closed off, and he is determined to break down her barriers and know the "real' her. Proving that she knows her stuff, Brenda Rothert has scored big with LUCA, the second book in her Chicago Blaze series. These characters and their stories are more than just another sports romance. There are back stories here that add depth and interest, and make for an emotional and satisfying reading experience. LUCA is definitely a romance book, but it is the emotion and heart that makes it more for me. Already a big fan of the first two books, I can't wait to meet the rest of the Blaze players because Brenda has done such a masterful job with these characters and their stories. Victor is next up, and I'll be anxiously waiting to see what Brenda has in store for him. If hot hockey players with heart that get their HEAs are your thing, these books are for you, so add them to the TBR and enjoy.
KaraS 23 days ago
Luca is just about perfect! "Don't push me away, and I promise you I won't go on my own." So first of all - I absolutely love the covers of this series. Each one seems to top the other one - Luca is positively dreamy - both on the cover and in the story. Luca and Abby have an instant connection and what should be a one night stand. But afterwards - they both start thinking...well maybe more than just one night! Abby definitely has some baggage and incredible tragedy in her past that have warped her. She is definitely not in the market for a relationship - let alone a family. Luca's life changed to go from bachelorhood to instant family. He is doing remarkably well considering the tragedy that is also in his past. They are both heartbroken souls who can heal each other. What I really loved and is probably my true favorite for a male lead - is no angst, no drama, just a real man who means what he says. Luca is all that and so much more...again did you see that cover?!? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I did not anticipate all the plot elements which I am learning is part of Brenda Rothert's skill as a writer. I can't praise this book more! You won't be disappointed!! I voluntarily requested and read an advance reader copy.
Lit_Litehosue 24 days ago
What an emotional ride. Brenda Rothert tells a story that will pull at your heart and take you through all the feels... Abby's story will break your heart but when she and Luca are together the healing is something beautiful and touching to read. I loved reading about the relationship that develops between Abby and Luca's neices and nephew. Overall I loved this story and can't wait to read more of the Chicago Blaze Series.
dsubsits 24 days ago
4.5 of 5 Stars Brenda Rothert’s LUCA is a game-winner. Hockey player, Luca Campbell and entrepreneur, Abby Daniels have a one-night-stand that turns into more. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult readers. LUCA is a touching and heartwarming read. Brenda Rothert does an exceptional job with her character development. Abby is an admirable character. After losing her family, she throws herself into opening Cypress Lane, a successful home furnishing business. Luca is an amazing guy. He took custody of his nieces and nephew (Cora, Jake, and Emerson) after his brother and sister-in-law died. Along with the kids, they understand loss and are the perfect people to help heal each other. There are a lot of emotions and rebuilding that takes place. I enjoyed the plot. There is a quote in this book that sums up the story seamlessly, “Sometimes, the curve balls life throws at you end up becoming home runs.” Yes, it is a baseball reference in a hockey romance, but it is accurate. LUCA is a worthy addition to the Chicago Blaze series. It is skillfully written and hard to put down. I recommend this story to people that enjoy touching sports romances. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Anonymous 26 days ago
An emotional roller coaster and worth the ride. Great read, I hope the next book is Victor and Percy?!
HeatherLM 26 days ago
I Loved Luca and Abby. Luca is a professional hockey player for the Chicago Blaze. He is raising his late brothers three young children. He was so stinking cute with those kids. He treats them like they’re his world and I loved it. Definitely made me swoon. One night out at the bar he meets Abby. Abby is a workaholic who isn’t interested in a relationship, but she is interested in a hook up with the sexy man she meets while at the bar. I loved watching their story play out and I can’t wait to get the next book in the series. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a well written swoony love story.
lenorewastaken 26 days ago
4 stars — This was a strange one for me, b/c I loved both Luca and Abby’s individual stories, and their eventual together story, but it took me a bit to be invested in their romance…but I was still satisfied in the end. I was so intrigued by Luca and his situation when we met him in Anton’s book, and he didn’t disappoint. He was a hero who was so easy to fall in love with. He was kind, honourable, easy-going, with a deliciously dirty mouth. I LOVED the way he was with his nieces and nephews. From the first chapter in his POV, I was hooked by him. I felt his grief, his struggle, his concern over how well he was doing raising these kids. He was what I love in heroes: a GENUINELY good guy. And while I’m usually not a big kid person, you couldn’t help but fall in love with Cora, Jack & Emerson. They were unique, delightful, but also realistically kids (so not delightful all the time). I loved the family he had created with them. Abby took me a bit longer to glom onto, because we got her story in bits and pieces. The Abby we first meet I had nothing in common with, and while I liked her, I didn’t connect with her as well. But as we got to know what made her tick, I did empathize with her past and how that had shaped her. I particularly LOVED her friendship with Percy. I sincerely hope we see more of Percy in this series, because she was easy to love. As for Luca and Abby together…well, they were hard to become invested in at the beginning, since they started as a genuine one night stand. Sure, the steamy chemistry was good, but I find I tend to be less invested if I don’t get the feelings first. I actually didn’t really feel the growth of their feelings for one another…it just sort of happened. It wasn’t believable for me. BUT, if I just accepted that part, I loved where their relationship went once they sort of stepped things up. It’s kind of a conundrum, but I decided to just go with the flow. As I mentioned above, there were some great secondary characters in this one, from the kids and Percy to Luca’s teammates. I think normally the misstep in the relationship would have had me marking this one a 3.5 stars or lower, but I really loved the individual stories, so I decided to go with my gut. Luca’s story alone was worth the time reading. Can’t wait to see who Victor’s going to match up with!
mamalovestoread22 27 days ago
After suffering a devastating loss Abby has closed herself off from feeling, she has no desire to open her heart or life to anyone else. She prefers to be alone, in her little self-controlled bubble, where she can keep a handle on everything that enters. She gives everything she has to her work, sometimes to the point of complete exhaustion. Her trainer is always encouraging to work less and have a little fun, which she has serious doubts about. But then she meets a sexy stranger at the bar, and suddenly a little fun doesn't sound so bad at all... Luca doesn't have time for relationships or love, between his career on the ice and caring for his nieces and nephews he has very little time left for anything else. But then he wanders into a bar one night, meets a woman with undeniable beauty, and she has an offer he can't bring himself to refuse. What starts as one night of fun, quickly turns into something else entirely... The instant Luca wandered onto the page I found myself completely enamored with him, every word he spoke, every movement he made, had me completely entranced. He had alpha-like tendencies, serious swagger, and often acted serious and in total control. But every now and then, a softer side that he reserved for his nieces and nephews would make an appearance, and that is the side that had my heart in trouble. Both of these characters carried so much hurt with them, it shaped the way they were living, only allowing them to live half a life. Once they met and chemistry took hold though you could see the healing start to take shape, and it was quite beautiful to watch unfold. I absolutely loved everything about this one, it's words were beautifully penned, and it's characters were mesmerizing, their story is one I won't soon forget. Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Jennifer_e911 27 days ago
This book was an absolute total emotional roller coaster! From the highest high of an immediate connection, to the lowest lows of sharing a past full of devastating hurts, this book had me smiling one minute, and crying my eyes out the next. Abby is a strong woman, one who has built her own business from the ground up, but there is also a vulnerability to her, which she hides behind her work. She has a past that she shares with no one, and she holds herself apart from everyone. She is alone, and has no intentions of changing that. Luca's life is crazy busy, and he has little time to add anything to it. But a chance meeting on a night out with the guys leads him to an amazing woman. A single night together, that's all that she wants, all that she can give. But he still hopes to hear from her again. This book was one that will stick with me. The emotional upheaval experienced by the characters was heart wrenching, and left me in tears at times, but their story was one of harsh experiences and renewal, acceptance and moving past the hardships. This was an amazing read, one that I'd recommend to anyone!