Penalty Play

Penalty Play

by Jami Davenport

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Penalty Play by Jami Davenport

Single dad and veteran defenseman Matt LaRue lives for his kids and hockey. He's had one failed marriage and doesn't have any interest in going through that hell again. As conservative as they come, he can't comprehend his unexplainable attraction to a free-spirited female who changes hair color more often than his boys create new excuses not to do their homework.

Violet Strider is fleeing her haunted past. She has a new start, new identity, and is hiding a big secret. Matt and Vi are a classic case of opposites attract, but neither expects the attraction to extend beyond a few hot trysts, especially Vi. Only her heart isn't listening, and her head is following her heart down a path of no return.

As Vi grows closer to Matt and his boys, she fears her secret could rip them apart and cause irreparable damage. Relationships are built on trust, and Vi's house of cards is about to take a tumble and destroy their fragile bond.

Can Vi confront her past and finally put it behind her, while earning Matt's forgiveness?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158585852
Publisher: Cedrona Enterprises
Publication date: 11/30/2017
Series: Game On in Seattle , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,399
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary, new adult, and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Men of Tyee Series. Jami's new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple times.

Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland drool monster, and a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat.

Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. She's a lifetime Seahawks and Mariners fan, is waiting for the day professional hockey comes to Seattle, and still misses her SuperSonics. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it's the most beautiful place on earth.

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Penalty Play 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 star Review Penalty Play: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On In Seattle #9) by Jami Davenport This is book 9 in the series and another winner for Jami Davenport in my humble opinion. This is the story of single dad and star defenceman Matt LaRue and free spirited Violet Strider. Where do I start? This book had me hooked from the very first page. I absolutely loved Matt and Vi, two complete opposites on the surface but oh how they melded together. Matt is a totally conservative man, with a failed marriage behind him, his only focus is his two young boys and being the best dad that he can to them; Vi is hiding a past full of secrets. Neither of them expect their smoking hot “dates” to lead any further but oh how wrong they are. From the star of Penalty Play I wanted these two to get together and remain that way, so much so I had everything crossed that Matt would forgive Vi when her world starts crashing down around her, but can Matt trust Vi? Can they each work through the troubles of their pasts and in doing so find a love that is strong enough to face any test? Can Vi earn back Matt’s trust or is she fated to lose the man and his sons that she has come to love so deeply? The chemistry between Matt and Violet is scorching and despite being such opposites they really do gel together. This was one of those books that I simply didn’t want to put down. I love that Ms.Davenport’s characters are not perfect, they are flawed and the situations they find themselves in are easy to relate too, her characters are strong and her stories well written. Although it is book 9 in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
Book 9 in the Game On in Seattle Series but as every book in this series is about a different player each can be read as standalones, you would think it’s impossible for each book to be better than the last well not so for Jami Davenport for me Penalty Play is the best book I have read by her, I was hooked from the first page and there was no stopping until I had read the final page. Matt is a straight laced hot hockey player who also happens to be a single dad and his life revolves around his two little boys, Vi is the tattooed free spirit with purple hair but as they say Opposites Attract and that’s excatly what happens here. The chemistry between them is sizzling and what starts off as enemies with benefits turns into so much more, this isn’t just a story it’s a journey and it’s about two people falling in love and learning that the past can’t dictate the future sometimes you need to let it go and open up to others. Matt’s two little boys had some really funny one liners and the antics they got up to make this book just perfect, a beautifully written love story that’s centred around family values, can’t wait for the next in this series.
KaraS More than 1 year ago
Gotta love hockey! This is an entertaining series to read and I love the interconnections with all the characters. But you don’t have to have read them all to enjoy them. Matt is a very set in his ways conservative single dad and Vi is very much neither conservative nor family oriented. Vi and Matt have some undeniable chemistry even if they do try to deny it. However, neither is looking for a long-term relationship, at least with each other. Matt wants a straight-laced conservative woman to help him raise his boys and Vi’s past and current profession prevents her from settling down with a family man. However, casual turns into real feelings. But then Vi’s past comes back to haunt her and reality sets in. Matt’s ex doesn’t help matters either. I was a little frustrated at Vi’s naïveté with rationalizing about not revealing her past. Matt was also a little dense. Overall - I would have liked a little more story at the end, but the epilogue at least provided a quick wrap-up. I’m sure there is more to come. I voluntarily requested and reviewed an uncorrecdted advance reader copy.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Opposites attract ... and steam up the house!! It's always a pleasure to start a new Seattle Sockeyes book, but this one was even a little more sweet than usual. It has the forbidden aspect of having him fall for a bad girl type instead of the straight-laced wholesome woman his head wants hime to like, it has adorable kiddos that simply make the story and it has a wounded soul that got the short end of the stick from the people who should have protected her most ... and all of those aspects rolled into one make for a great story!! It's intriguing, it's sweet, it's super sexy and overall it's really heartwarming. A little light on the hockey side of things, but overall a really great read! When star defenseman Matt LaRue finds himself in desperate need of temporary help looking after his kids, he turns to his former nanny for suggestions. He's not thrilled with her suggestion ... her best friend, wild child Vi! He has nothing against her personally, but she's most definitely not the type of person he wants around his impressionable boys ... purple haired, pierced, tattooed ... but what's a guy to do when he has no other options?? Violet Strider can't explain why she finds extremely irritating Matt LaRue attractive, he's a jerk in the highest form who is always looking down his nose at her with a sneer on his face ... but man does he tickle her fancy! Close quarters lead them to come to a temporary arrangement ... hot sex, nothing more! When their steamy trysts lead to them feeling more than either of them ever expected, it makes for a dangerous situation when hearts become involved just as Vi's secrets could tear Matt's world apart.
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This was an enjoyable story in the series with Matt, the single dad hockey player and Vi, the best friend of Amelia from the last book in the series, who is also a wild, tattooed and pierced woman. Matt and Vi are in heavy lust but Matt is looking for a tame woman and well Vi is as wild as it gets. Matt  has it rough and you understand why he is looking for someone who is predictable and stable and Vi is none of those things. She is not only wild and sexy but also an ex con and a stripper in this story. But lust is lust and in this story Vi does the chasing until she gets her man. I LOVED how into her Matt becomes and he really doesn't let anything stop him from having Vi and that's what I loved about him. Even though she is nothing like he said he wanted, he falls hard for her and I loved that he never lets her wild reputation stop him from what he wants. This book is a great part of the series and also easily stands alone. If you like lusty hockey players then you will love this book.
BkfanCO More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and Love this author! Matt and Vi are the definition of opposites attracting but prove that what makes us different can make us stronger. Jami delivers AGAIN!
CChimni More than 1 year ago
What a great addition to the series! At first glance Vi and Matt seem like complete opposites ho hate each other and can’t deny their chemistry. As they spend more time together the tables turn on them and they discover not all things are as they seem. I loved the way the group of characters came together to support each other. This story was filled with painful pasts, hopeful futures, exciting presents, passion, love, and family! Can’t wait for more from the series!
MJBrown67 More than 1 year ago
If you like a good opposite attract story you will love this next installment in the Seattle Sockeyes series. Vi and Matt were fun to see together. I liked the story and the chemistry of these two. Neither thinking they want a future with the other, but finding out that what they both need is each other. Matt thinks he needs to live the straight and narrow, with no fun or adventure. Vi lives each day as they come and has some secrets that could mean trouble for Matt if they are ever revealed. I enjoyed Matt’s family, especially his Mom, she has a wild streak that she has been hiding from her son. Matt’s boys were adorable and I loved how they loved and accepted Vi, just the way she is. It was fun to get a visit from some of the other characters in the Seattle Series. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Matt LaRue is about as straight laced as they come, he has certain expectations for how his life should be and he doesn't do anything that's deemed risky or wild... it just isn't his style. But then free spirited Violet Strider comes around and suddenly "wild" has a whole new appeal, she is his complete opposite and he shouldn't find her attractive since everything about her is everything he is not... but he does and it's unsettling as hell. The moment she bounds into his world and starts shaking things up he is ready to send her packing, but then they share a kiss and it shakes him to his core... he has to have more no matter how wrong it may seem!! The moment Violet Strider's eyes land on Mr. Uptight, Matt LaRue, she can't help but be taken with him, there is something about him that draws her in and makes her want to taste every delectable inch of him... even if he annoys the crap out of her. He is her total opposite, he has certain expectations for his life, the women he dates and Vi doesn't seem to see where she fits into any part of it... but damn if she doesn't want to in some way, shape or form! He is beyond gorgeous and wants to explore whatever is brewing between them, but Vi doesn't do relationships, their too risky, so they agree on a little strings free fun... but she soon begins to wonder if that will ever be enough!! Penalty Play is a sexy and heartwarming opposites attract love story that is sure to score a special place in the hearts of romance readers, and leave them craving more! The instant I met these two I found myself growing quite attached to them and hoped they would be able to overcome their differences and make a love connection. I also enjoyed meeting Matt's boys, you couldn't help but feel for them and the situation they were in, they had plenty of love around them, but they also craved to have a little motherly love too, and thankfully they found that in Vi. This was one of those story lines that you couldn't help but get invested in, there was so much at stake and so much to love about it.. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it tugged on my heartstrings, and had me swooning throughout!! Highly recommend you pick this one up, I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what you find!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I love these Sockeyes!! One of my favorite romance tropes is a single dad or mom and because sports romances are also my favorite, this book totally fit the bill for me. Add in the fact that Matt & Vi are as about as opposite as it comes, and I was loving every minute of this story. As always Jami takes us on quite a ride filled with emotion, heat, humor and intensity; and what an enjoyable one it was. Moral of this story, never judge a book by it’s cover as Matt & Vi learn that their exteriors say nothing about who they are inside. Matt & Vi’s relationship is messy and complicated and you can’t help but root for their HEA. They are combustible between the sheets but can that evolve into more?? Will Matt still want her when he learns everything about her? Matt’s boys, Andy & Joey, are adorable little hellions and I love how they end up chipping away at the hard shell around Vi’s heart. She was very nervous and uncomfortable around them at first and it was so nice to see that change almost daily as she spent more time with them. All of the characters in this story are so well developed and both Matt & Vi grew so much as people, expanding their views on things they didn’t really understand before. I absolutely loved this book!!
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
Opposites attract always makes for a fun read and this one is loaded with fun. The sparks fly between Matt and Vi in more ways than one. Their personalities clash like oil and water, but the sexual chemistry between this pair is steaming hot. The book is well-written and the banter between Vi and Matt is nothing short of hilarious. With an arrangement that is sure to be more complicated than it sounds, a couple of adorable, health-food rebelling boys, and plenty of steamy fun, plus Vi's secrets that she'd like to keep buried to add just the right amount of angst, this one is a winner. This was my first read by Jami Davenport, and the perfect combination of wit and sexy has won this reader over.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** Penalty Play is book nine in Jami Davenport's Game On in Seattle series. While it is part of the series, it can be read as a standalone and enjoyed without issue. Matt LaRue is a defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes and a single dad to two absolutely adorable boys. Matt's ex has always been about the money and the appearances and could care less about relationships and unfortunately that includes her boys. Matt is doing his best to raise the boys with his mother's help and he's also on the more conservative side and isn't much into taking chances. Hence one of the reasons he hasn't jumped back into the dating pool. Violet "Vi" Strider is the exact opposite of Matt. She's a free spirit, does what she wants and is as independent as they come. She's also had a tough life. She is running from things that happened in her past that have shaped who she has become and the choices that she's made. When her friend Amelia, introduces her to Matt, she's intrigued, but knows she doesn't want anything beyond sex and she's pretty sure he would want a lot more. As Matt and Vi spend time together, it's clear that this is going to be about a lot more than sex. Not only is this a case of opposites attract, Matt's boys are taken with Vi too. Will the secrets that Vi is keeping end this new set of relationships before it really gets going? Or will someone finally see Vi for the great person she really is? I was invested in Matt and Vi's story from the outset. I liked the flow, the vibe between them and I liked the relationship that Matt had with his sons and also how Vi ultimately fit into those relationships too. I think this is one of Jami Davenport's best and I would highly recommend it!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Jami Davenport is on a winning streak with PENALTY PLAY the ninth book in the Game On in Seattle series. NHL defenseman/single dad Matt LaRue is conservative as it gets, but he can’t fight his attraction to tattooed covered Violet Strider. Meanwhile, Vi is worried her past could hurt them. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences. I enjoyed PENALTY PLAY. The story was thought-provoking and clever. Matt and Vi are a classic example of opposites attract, although fundamentally they have similarities. They are both good people that put their loved ones ahead of themselves. Both characters had a lot of depth and grew through the novel. They learned from one another becoming more well-rounded. My heart went out to Vi and what happened to her in her past. I like that she became a better person for it, instead of a becoming bitter. Matt’s ex-wife is a piece of work, especially where their kids are concerned. I’m glad they found Vi. I like that she was uncomfortable around the kids at the beginning. It was realistic considering her background. The story was well-written and fits in nicely with the rest of the series. As an animal lover, I appreciated how the story ended. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Single dad meets mysterious free spirit and sparks fly. Jami Davenport is an expert at displaying the complexities of love in all it's forms. Through the eyes of a devoted parent and the dedication of a star athlete, we tackle the every turning curves of life, love and second chances. Matt and Vi are opposites in every way except when it comes to matters of the heart. Penalty Play makes realism spicy and feisty.