Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel

Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel

by L. P. Dover

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Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel by L. P. Dover

He knows every play in the book. But she’s calling the shots.

“An epic story of the one that got away—Maddox will totally surprise readers in a lovely, lovely way.”—Sawyer Bennett

I’m Maddox Ledger, all-star winger and the reason the Charlotte Strikers killed it in the playoffs. Yeah, the tabloids like to call me arrogant. A real hothead. All I see is a guy who plays to win. Wreaking havoc on the ice, breaking a few hearts—that’s all just part of the game. And I’m sure as hell not sitting on the bench.

When my teammate asks me to be in his wedding party, I can’t refuse. Lucky for me, the bridesmaid I’m paired with is the definition of eye candy, but she’s so much more than that. Lacey Easton is totally irresistible and she makes me want to be a better man. A glimpse of bare shoulder takes me back to a steamy, two-week Vegas tryst I can’t forget. One I’m eager to repeat.

Suddenly our one-night stand is turning into the sequel. Still, Lacey’s keeping secrets. She doesn’t trust me. And maybe I deserve it. But I know more than she thinks I do and there’s no chance I’m letting her get away—or letting another guy take what is mine. This time, I’m playing for keeps.

Praise for Playmaker

“This is a second-chance romance mixed with sexiness and sweetness. The characters are genuine and the story endearing.”—Cocktails and Books

Playmaker is entertaining, sexy, and fun. L.P. Dover brought together a really good plot, strong characters, heat, humor, conflict, family, and friendships. Ms. Dover continues to build on a great cast of characters in the players, their families, and their friends.”—Harlequin Junkie

“I love when I get completely lost in a book, and I definitely got lost in Maddox and Lacey’s story.”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews (five stars)

“Nonstop action, plenty of romance, lots of drama, and a hint of intrigue to sweep you off your feet.”—Kristen’s Book Jungle

“[Playmaker] fit well into the Breakaway series, but can be read as a standalone.”—OMG Reads

Don’t miss any of New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover’s red-hot Breakaway novels:
HARD STICK | BLOCKED | PLAYMAKER

Or these heartwarming Second Chances romances:
CATCHING SUMMER | DEFENDING HAYDEN | INTENDED FOR BRISTOL

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399180897
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Series: Breakaway , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 8,538
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

L. P. Dover is the New York Times bestselling author of the Second Chances series, the Breakaway series, the Forever Fae series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed and Dangerous series, and a standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. She loves not only to write, but also to play tennis, hike in the mountains, go white-water rafting, and sing. A Southern belle with a former life in periodontics, L. P. Dover lives in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls.

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Prologue
Maddox

“This is crazy. What the hell are we doing?”

I could still hear the sound of her voice and see the excitement on her face as I pulled her into the chapel. Every single moment in Vegas for spring break had been a whirlwind of excitement from the moment I’d met Paige two weeks ago. We’d done some crazy things, from bungee jumping at the Stratosphere to winning a few grand at the casinos. When I was with her, I couldn’t think of anything other than being with her. It was f***ing insane, but I wanted her more than anyone I’d ever wanted in my life. Closing my eyes, I lay back on my bed, replaying that last night two years ago in Vegas in my mind.

“Come on, it’ll be fun,” I told her.

“How much have you had to drink today?” I’d had two Bloody Marys at breakfast and several other drinks throughout the day, but I was nowhere near drunk. Or maybe that was the drunk part of me saying I wasn’t drunk. All I knew was that I had to have her. We’d gotten this far. We could stumble down the aisle together.

Knowing she loved it when I wore my ballcap backward, I turned it around and grinned slyly. “I’ll never tell. Now come on, humor me. Who all can say they got married by Elvis?”

I might’ve been portrayed as an egotistical douche bag and hockey’s number-one bad boy, but I wasn’t as shallow as everyone thought me to be. With Paige, I could show her who I really was. She understood me, even if I was a drunken idiot the night I met her in the bar. Drinking was the only way I could deal with the shit from my father. Paige was the only one able to get me out of that state of mind.

There was a man at the desk, dressed in a black tux. “Good evening,” he said warmly. “What brings you to us tonight?”

I glanced back at Paige and winked before turning back to the man. “We want to get married.”

“Maddox,” she blurted, mouth gaping in surprise. “Are we really doing this?” The look of shock on her face when I pulled out the marriage license was priceless. Her eyes widened and her breath caught. I was serious when I signed my name on that dotted line.

I pointed to a picture of the Elvis impersonator with IT’S NOW OR NEVER written on it. “It’s now or never, right?” I said, grinning widely.

The man at the desk chuckled. “It’s one of the songs you can choose in your package.”

Pulling her into my arms, I kissed her. “What do you say, sunshine? You know you love me.”

She laughed nervously. “I do, but this is crazy. I’m all for ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,’ but this is serious. It’s probably not even legit anyway.”

I shrugged, hoping like hell it was. Then again, I didn’t know for sure. “Probably not. You’re not scared, are you?”

Gaze narrowed, she lifted her chin. “I’m not afraid of anything, Mr. Ledger. If anything, you’re the one who’s scared.”

Was I? Yeah, maybe I was, but that was the exciting part. Squeezing her tight, I kissed her again. “I’m so in love with you, Paige. I need this . . . I need you.” She shivered in my arms and her eyes glistened. I rested my forehead on hers. “I’ve never felt this way about anyone before. Please say you’ll be my wife.”

And just like that, I snapped out of the memory. We’d said our “I do’s” and went back to the hotel, where I made love to her all night. It was wild and hot, just like the entire time we spent in Vegas together. Imagine my surprise when I woke up the next morning alone, every trace of that night wiped from existence. She’d taken everything with her, our marriage license and rings, leaving me nothing. Rejection wasn’t something I was used to. I looked for her, asked the hotel manager if anyone had seen her. I felt like a goddamn fool. She’d left me and I was determined to find her.

She might’ve fooled me back then, but I was smarter than she gave me credit for. That wasn’t going to happen again. I was biding my time. I saw her eleven months ago for the first time since Vegas when she walked through the door with Callie. I knew she was at medical school in New York, but after hiring a private investigator, I found out who she really was. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I’d fallen in love with the sister of a fellow Charlotte Striker, a man who hated my guts. The shock of seeing her with Callie took my breath away. Yeah, I played it off like I didn’t know her, only because she did the same with me. Inside, I was fuming. I’d spent days afterward wondering how I was going to confront her. A part of me wondered if she left me because I wasn’t good enough. When I was growing up, that was what my father always told me. There were so many times I’d flown to New York to see her, but I could never go through with it. But now that’s changed. Whatever fears I’d had before had diminished with each passing day. I was ready.

Reaching over to my bedside table, I grabbed the marriage license my PI gave me several months ago. Her signature wasn’t the easiest to read, but it was there in bold black ink: Lacey Paige Easton. Lacey thought she was slick leaving off the ‘s’ in Easton, making me think her name was Paige Eaton.

It’s been two years too long and it was time she faced me. I wasn’t letting her go. I knew who she was.

She’s my wife and I want her back.
 
 

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Playmaker: A Breakaway Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
Playmaker is the third book in the Breakaway series and it is the story of Maddox Ledger and Lacey Easton. These two have met before, they even had a little fling before but neither one of them acknowledges it the first time that they see one another afterwards. Maddox is a hockey player, who happens to play on the same team as Lacey's brother. When that brother gets married they are both in the wedding party and that is when they realize that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. This is a great second chance at romance book, and has all the feels. I loved Maddox, but sometimes didn't like Lacey, she didn't trust him very much but sure expected him to trust her. You will just have to read it to find out what I am talking about. This book is like all the other books I have read by L.P. Dover, it pulled me in from the first page and held my interest to the last page was turned. Can't wait to see what is next in this series!!
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Sports Romance, especially hockey romance novels are my absolute favorite to read. L.P Dover is one of the best sports romance authors out there and she does not disappoint with her latest novel Playmaker. If you have read the books in the Breakaway series, you will fall in love with this latest release. I absolutely loved the character Maddox as he is hot, sexy and talented. Maddox is a character who there is more than meets the eye and goes after what he wants. What he wants now is his wife – Lacey Easton, who he met with one drunken night in Vegas and married her that same night. It is not hard to figure out what drew Lacey to Maddox, as she is a strong-willed, smart an beautiful women who goes after what she wants. Lacey is not easily swayed and acted in what she felt was in the best interest for her. It was easy to love her character and root for her. I loved the backstory of Maddox and Lacey, the secret they kept between the two of them and her friendship with Maddox’s teammate and the hatred they had for one another. It created great drama and a wonderful storyline that had the readers captivated. I could not put this book down and cannot wait for the next book in the series. I love the way that L.P. Dover writes and she is one of my most favorite authors. If you are looking for a great read, a sports romance novel and something to keep you warm at night, then Playmaker is the book for you. Make sure you add this book to your To-Be-Read bookshelf.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
This one was pretty different.. Maddox was in Vegas and marries a lovely gal without even knowing who she is... Fast forward two years and they reconnect at her brothers and his cousin's wedding... Let the fun begin!!!! She lives in NYC and is doing her residency to become a doctor and he is a hotshot pro hockey player playing on the same team as her brother.... Lots of fun in this one so Read and Enjoy!!!!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Playmaker by L.P. Dover is the third standalone romance in her Breakaway hockey series. While each book stands alone with different characters and their own HEA, the timeline is sequential and would be better enjoyed reading order, but it isn't necessary. Playmaker is told in dual POV between Maddox, cousin to Callie and sister to Dallas, both of whom we met in the last book, Blocked. What we didn't know much about was the history that these two characters already have between them. Over two years ago they met in Vegas, spent a wonderful week or so together, got married and then the next day she split, taking the rings, the marriage license and even her real name with her. I spent a lot of time slightly aggravated with Lacey. This is often the trouble with dual POV books, we know how genuine the Hero is being but the heroine may not have a clue. I believe this was the case here. Maddox was heartbroken and hasn't moved on, despite what he allowed the tabloids to think. Thanks to his money and a really good PI he found his wife but left her alone to finish medical school. Without a definitive plan for the future he finds himself out of town when Lacey shows up in North Carolina and turns out to be Dallas' sister.She isn't ready to trust him, thanks to the misleading tabloid photos and he is ready to give up on everything. An emotional journey dealing with feelings of betrayal and resentment that works through them and eventually finds love and forgiveness. Well-written and well-paced. Can't wait for more - Maybe Justin's book next? Enjoy!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. I loved Maddox. He's come a long way since he first entered the league. It's truly beautiful the way he wants to be a better man for Lacey. She brings out the best in him and gives him the unconditional support he deserves. Only problem Lacey doesn't trust him not to break her heart. She knows the track record hockey players have with the ladies. She doesn't count on Maddox determination to prove he's the one for her. This book had the perfect combination of heat, humor, and heart. The last part of the book is super sweet and just the perfect way to end this book. If you're a fan of hockey romance do not pass this one up because you'll be missing out on a great read.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
in the latest breakaway novel, playmaker we learn more about lacey's past with maddox ledger. a past we only just got a taste of in blocked. i'll be honest, maddox was not my favorite character and i wasn't sure how it would be possible to redeem his incurable jerkiness from the earlier books. but, actually having his perspective helps. because honestly, dude was dealt a terrible hand. it still doesn't actually make sense why lacey ran away from him in vegas. even having some of the background on lacey from the previous novel, it still doesn't make sense that she is so afraid of maddox hurting her. especially given all the other details of their vegas weekend. so anyway, poor maddox (you see how completely i switched my loyalties there?) has to do sooooo much wooing. and it's a little exhausting. because by the time everything comes out into the open, the bizarre thing is that there is no big blow up. nothing terrible happens. and that's fine. i actually hate big blow ups between my leads. i like that after so much time spent not believing him, lacey mostly recognizes that she is being irrational. i guess they do have one final argument, but it lasts less than a day and even while it's happening lacey is acknowledging that her instinct to run away and hide makes things difficult for maddox. anyway, point is, once maddox and lacey get on the same page, i really enjoyed seeing their relationship deepen and grow. i wonder if there are more books planned in the series? because braeden and justin are definite contenders for more. **playmaker will publish on february 27, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (loveswept) in exchange for my honest review.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC at not cost to author on behalf of netgalley. This is the third book in series, it is about Maddox and Lacey. In the first book we did not like Maddox, he came off as cocky and arrogant and worse a manwhore. We got too know him a little better in the second book and he wasn't as bad. But in this one, you understand why he was the way he was, and it is sad. Then you find the real him. Lacey is Dallas's sister, Dallas is from second book, in the ending of the last book, you find out that Lacey married Maddox in Vegas, and then left him with no word and now she is acting as if she does not know him. Now what happens, does Maddox go after her? Does she really have a relationship with Braeden..Well my friends read and find out.
Mgrabeel More than 1 year ago
Lacey Easton ran when she realized there was no way her impulsive marriage would work. Logistics, medical school and his reputation kept her away from him. Maddox Ledger was stunned to find himself alone the next morning but not as much as when he found who she really was. Now that he knows where she is, nothing will stop him from claiming his wife. The story's introduction was captivating and hooked me from the get-go. I was intrigued by how it all unfolded and very happy with the ending. I feel the descriptiveness of it all was complete and allowed for me to picture it as it was unfolding. I liked how real the heroine's feelings were portrayed. I loved how devoted the hero was to her and willing to do anything to make it work. They were the best possible fit for each other. This is the first book I've read by this author but I will definitely be reading more. I would highly recommend this book to a friend.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
LOVED THIS SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE!!!! I love when I get completely lost in a book, and I definitely got lost in Maddox and Lacey’s story. Lacey and Maddox were only supposed to be a part of a wedding party, but that turned into much, much more. Fast forward years later, and the feelings on both sides are still there. Now, that they are thrown together for another wedding, Lacey’s brother and Maddox’s cousin, they will have to confront their past and deal with it. I liked both characters. Each had their own faults and issues that impacted their relationship. At first, I was frustrated that Lacey left Maddox without giving him a chance. However, knowing his reputation with the ladies, I could understand her trust issues with him. He has always felt like he was ever good enough, and this caused some missteps in his relationship with her. Luckily, Maddox doesn’t give up. He is a man who knows what he wants, and he wants Lacey. He stops at nothing to show her he is worthy of her love even working hard to improve his relationship with her brother, who doesn’t know about their relationship. How could I not love him? Lacey is great at being Maddox’s biggest supporter, and she can reach him when know one else can. It is a bumpy road for them, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two get to know one another and fall even deeper in love with one another. One of my favorite aspects of this book was that it was a relationship that started backwards. That made it a book I will remember! It is also one in which the characters are different people by the end of the book. Not only did Maddox and Lacey have their relationship issues to work through, but they also had personal issues to work through before they could find their happily ever after. I hated telling them good-bye, but I know they will be back. I will be waiting to catch up with all the guys and the women who love them! ***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3 in the Breakaway series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to better understand this great series, I recommend reading this series in order. Maddox and Lacey have a sexy but secretive history. He had tried to find her, but with no luck. Then fate intervened. Now, he has to show her what she means and where the future can go. Lacey is afraid to believe in her relationship. During their time apart, and every time she checks online, someone is posted pictures with her man. How can she trust that he is only for her? This story was stunning as well as exciting. It has something for everyone. I love the history that unfolds between them. The heat is always there. The compelling storyline carries the book through and the characters are fantastic. I loved reading their story. This is an amazing series. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Maddox, a Winger for the Strikers, is loved and hated in equal measures. He plays to win, as evidenced in the Striker's recent Championship win. But, he is selfish and easy to anger. On a two-week vacation in Vegas, Maddox meets Lacey. What starts off as an one-night stand, ends up at a wedding chapel married by "Elvis". The next morning, Maddox wakes up to an empty bed, missing wedding rings, and a missing marriage license. Not knowing what he did wrong or how to find Lacey, Maddox returns home to focus on his career. Fast forward YEARS...Fate places Lacey and Maddox as members of a wedding party. Lacey's brother is also a Striker and teammate of Maddox's. Lacey grew up around hockey and hockey players. She knows all about "puck bunnies". Lacey's fear and trust issues are what fueled her disappearing act in Vegas. Will Lacey's secrets, misplaced trust issues, and jealous best friend be too much for her to overcome? Honestly, this is the first L.P. Dover novel I've ever read. It definitely won't be my last!!! I truly enjoyed the banter, the compromises, the romance....ALL of it! Lacey was a little frustrating at times and quick to judge Maddox without knowing the whole truth when Lacey had secrets of her own. Maddox pulls out all the stops to prove his love to Lacey. Will it be enough? I received a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
MAustinreviewer More than 1 year ago
Playmaker was a good 4 star read. We start with Maddox meeting and falling for a woman in Vegas and they tie the knot. They have a great wedding night and when he wakes up she’s gone. After 2 years he has the answers he was looking for and is surprised to find out the woman he married is the sister of a fellow teammate. It’s been two years too long and it was time she faced me. She’s my wife and I want her back. When fate brings these two back together they have some issues to work out. Lacey was shocked that Maddox didn’t recognize her (however he did). Lacey knew that Maddox was a player but there was something about him that drew her in. Can these two work through their issues and get a HEA? Or will it all end before it begins again? This was a great second chance romance. There were some things about Lacey that annoyed me but she grew on me. Maddox of course is a hot as heck hockey player that you can’t help but love. The sexy scenes these two have were very hot and steamy. L.P. Dover does a great job of pulling you in and you won’t want to stop until your done. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. Reviewed by MAustin from Alpha Book Club
bookreader1TP More than 1 year ago
Maddox was a man who knew what he wanted-his wife. After getting married in Vegas, Lacey up and left Maddox. He searched for her and found her. He knew who she was, but let her believe he didn't. She knew he was her husband, but didn't want to admit why she left him and that she still loved him. When he decides he wants her and isn't going to to let her go, he pulls out all the stops. I actually liked Maddox more than I liked Lacey. While I understood her reasoning for leaving him the morning after, I also felt like she didn't give him a fair chance. Then, when he came back and told her that he never stopped loving her, she basically didn't give him the time of day, even though she still loved him as well. Some of the things he said and did had me swooning like none other. I absolutely love this series. I think it is getting better by the book. Maddox is by far my favorite so far, until I re-read the other books. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest, voluntary review.
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
When I decided to read Playmaker by LP Dover, I didn’t actually realize that this is the 3rd in a series. It’s part of the Breakaway series, which is about the Charlotte Strickers, a team that’s high on the NHL. So, while this is a standalone, there is a lot of chatter from the previous two books, that had me scratching my head as I didn’t know who or what it was about. This was kinda confusing for me and put me off a little bit. Don’t get me wrong. It was a good story, and had I read the previous books, one I no doubt would have enjoyed it even more. If you’re a fan of hockey romances and 2nd chances then you’ll like this. If you’re a fan of the Breakaway series, you’ll love it.
AmyNMusselman More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much from this author and I didn't realize that this would be the third book of the series but from what I could tell I didn't need any info from the other books. (That's not to say I wont be purchasing the other books because HOLY HOTNESS!) My feelings for these characters were a little crazy because of the excitement of what was going on. Vegas can bring the mistakes to the forefront of your life or it can bring meaning to your life. ***I am not sure at all what to say without giving away some of the story*** Maddox seems like a hothead and one who will run over the little people to get what he wants or maybe that's what he wants us to believe... Lacey is smart, beautiful and best friends with one of the hottest hockey players ever but is that all he wants them to be....friends. So many secrets throughout this book between friends, family and teammates things really heat up and you know I love a good punch to the stomach surprises!! I am definitely in love with this group of friends and I can't wait to go back and catch up on what I missed in the first two books! Congrats on this soon to be best seller LP!!
AmyNMusselman More than 1 year ago
I haven't read much from this author and I didn't realize that this would be the third book of the series but from what I could tell I didn't need any info from the other books. (That's not to say I wont be purchasing the other books because HOLY HOTNESS!) My feelings for these characters were a little crazy because of the excitement of what was going on. Vegas can bring the mistakes to the forefront of your life or it can bring meaning to your life. ***I am not sure at all what to say without giving away some of the story*** Maddox seems like a hothead and one who will run over the little people to get what he wants or maybe that's what he wants us to believe... Lacey is smart, beautiful and best friends with one of the hottest hockey players ever but is that all he wants them to be....friends. So many secrets throughout this book between friends, family and teammates things really heat up and you know I love a good punch to the stomach surprises!! I am definitely in love with this group of friends and I can't wait to go back and catch up on what I missed in the first two books! Congrats on this soon to be best seller LP!!
Stalker2014 More than 1 year ago
Maddox is one hot man. Lacey is one complicated woman. Loved all the twists in this story. Lacey sure ran Maddox through a bunch of heart ache. In the end Maddox was able to show Lacey what she needed to see.Love this series of books. What a blast to see the characters from previews books. Great love story.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
5 PLAYMAKER STARS!! Loved this book and this series continues to get better. This story has a hot sexy bad boy, hockey players, sexy times and a whole lot more. Maddox and Lacey were fun to watch there story play out and perfect characters. These two have a story to tell you. L.P. Dover is one of my favorite authors and she always gives me five star reads. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
I finished this second chance, sports romance with mixed feelings. On the surface, the story is a bit different than most of the genre in that Maddox and Lacey are married when they get their second chance, and there are some interesting characters throughout the book. So, while the bones of the story are good, what started as a promising story line came up a bit lacking. I loved Maddox. He's a little broken but knows what he wants and is willing to do the work to get there. However, Lacey is an irksome combination of hot and cold. Throughout most of the book, she bounces back and forth between wanting to make the relationship work and having no faith in Maddox whatsoever. Several times, she would say that it wasn't going to work while her actions would completely negate those words. While Maddox has some self-worth issues, most of the angst for this pair comes from Lacey's continuous back and forth along with a couple of outside sources that were more distraction than anything else. About fifty percent of this romance is Lacey pulling away while Maddox chases and jumps through hoops to show her how he feels. We do eventually see some character growth with Lacey and things start coming together, but in the end, it just didn't have that stand out something to make me want to root for this couple, making it just an okay read for me.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Maddox and Lacey met in Vegas, had a great time together and at the end of the holiday they got married on a whim. The next morning Lacey disappeared because she knew what hockey players were like ... they had a girl in every city and all one-night stands ... because her brother played on the same team as Maddox. Two years later they meet again at her brother's wedding and the sparks are still there. Will Maddox be able to convince Lacey to take a chance on him? The teaser for this book just confused me ... the book was quite different from it. Maddox was a lot more into wanting a relationship than Lacey was ... he kinda melted my heart with how sweet his was. But I didn't feel sorry for Lacey at all ... make up your mind girl, you want him or not? Was she really that afraid of what her brother would say, that she placed her relationship with Maddox in jeopardy? I found the beginning of the book to have quite a few cheesy lines, but the got much better towards the end. Remember ... this is just my opinion. I received an ARC courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars!! Another great read in the Breakaway series by LP Dover! I have been looking forward to Maddox and Lacey’s story and it definitely did not disappoint! I love hockey and I love second chance romances so this is a win-win for me! This is a sweet story with a likable hero and heroine and great supporting characters too! Although not without struggles to get to their eventual HEA, they clearly loved each other when they married in Vegas two years prior and seeing each other and spending time with each other again and learning to trust, proves to them that their love has not gone anywhere.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Maddox Ledger met the girl all men dream of finding, had an amazing time with her in Vegas, and then Poof! she was gone and it hurt a little more than he cared to admit. When she left she took a little part of him and he has yet been able to fully move on, she just completely vanished from his life without so much as a goodbye and he just doesn't understand why... he thought he had finally found something good in his life. But he's about to have the opportunity to ask her that question, because they just so happen to be attending the same wedding and he isn't about to let her getaway this time without a goodbye... and maybe a little more! The moment Lacey met Maddox she knew he was trouble, but she just couldn't help herself and she had to know more about hockey's biggest badboy. One look at him and she is completely weak in the knees, and doing things completely out of character, and it scared the crap out of her, especially for someone to have that much power over her... so she runs. She knows leaving him in their shared hotel room without so much as a goodbye is wrong on so many levels, but she isn't about to be the on the receiving end of a hurtful goodbye, so she will just be the one to end things first. But unfortunately for her it hurts just as much, and the months following don't seem to ease the ache in her heart, if only she had a chance to make it right... Between the pages of this wonderfully crafted tale you will find two people who are scared to admit to themselves that they belong with one another, their chance meeting in Las Vegas brings about a sneaky little affair that gives them both far more than they bargained for... and it leaves them both a little unsettled. Neither of them were looking for love, more so just a fun night or two between the sheets, but they found it in that hotel room, and then in a blink of an eye it was gone, lucky for them fate is willing to give them a second shot at capturing it all over again. Playmaker was such a enjoyable read, it had a sexy hockey star willing to lay his heart on the line to swoon over, a ballsy heroine who pushes his buttons and puts him through the ringer a time or two to root for, and a steamy little love affair that spawned some seriously hot scenes that had my tablet overheating!! I have to say this one is definitely one of my favorites from this author, it was a well rounded emotionally rich read that left my heart overflowing, and put a unshakable smile on my face!! Highly recommend this one!! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Playmaker is the third book in the Breakaway Series from this author but it can easily be read standalone. You will love the writing and characters in each of these books. We met Paige aka Lacey, and Maddox in the previous book and now we get their story! This is a great second chance story that proves that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. There will be times when you want to head slap each of these characters but you can't help but want to see them find their happy. I highly recommend this one.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars--PLAYMAKER is the third instalment in L.P. Dover’s contemporary, adult BREAKAWAY erotic, hockey romance series focusing on the men and women of the professional hockey team the Charlotte Strikers. This is left winger Maddox Ledger, and twenty seven year old physician Lacey Easton’s story line. PLAYMAKER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Lacey is Dallas Easton’s sister, and Maddox is Callie Davis’ cousin (Blocked #2). Told from dual first person points of view (Lacey and Maddox) PLAYMAKER follows the acrimonious second chance relationship between physician/intern Lacey Easton, and the Charlotte Strikers resident left winger and bad boy Maddox Ledger. Two years earlier, while on vacation in Vegas during spring break, Lacey aka Paige and Maddox spent two wild weeks together that culminated in a Vegas wedding only to have our heroine disappear the next morning with no forwarding address or personal information. All Maddox knew was that his new wife’s name was Paige but had no idea her connection to the team or the man who despised his very existence. Hiring a detective Maddox goes in search of his wayward wife only to come face to face, not once but twice, wherein our heroine refuses to acknowledge his existence or their prior relationship. What ensues is the rekindling romance between Lacey and Maddox, and the potential fall-out as Lacey struggles to trust a man she considers nothing more than manwh*re, and the threat of other suitors who have no idea that Lacey and Maddox have tied the knot. Lacey and Maddox’s marriage must be kept on the down-low as Lacey’s brother and fellow Charlotte Striker’s teammate Dallas Easton despises the very ground upon which our hero walks. Lacey has known all along the who and what of Maddox Ledger but our hero had no idea about the woman to whom he married or her connections to the Charlotte Strikers. Maddox’s reputation as a womanizer continues to dog our hero in the face of his changed ways and newfound love but keeping their marriage a secret is far more difficult than they could have imagined. The relationship between Lacey and Maddox is one of mutual attraction, mutual disdain, and mutual love that requires our couple to remain hidden from view and the professional paparazzi. Lacey fears her brother’s wrath when her relationship with Maddox is exposed but Maddox is desperate to claim Lacey for the world to see. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense. PLAYMAKER is a bit of a frustrating read in the face of our heroine’s attitude and two year disappearance. Her flight from Vegas and subsequent refusal to acknowledge their marriage forces Maddox to remain on the side lines while those around him fell in love. For a smart woman Lacey is oblivious to her best-friends advances and attempts for something more; and her treatment of Maddox Ledger is questionable on so many levels. The premise is entertaining; the characters are colorful and charismatic although the heroine is exasperating for most of the story; the romance is provocative but struggles in the face of Lacey’s inability to trust, and her need to control our story line hero –a similarity she has in common with the previous story line heroine. Saying that, if I am unable to get past the main characters’ negative qualities, I have a difficult time with my enjoyment of the overall premise.
MomLovesToRead More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars. A hot misunderstood hockey player wants a second chance. What happened in Vegas....