The Final Move (Hometown Players Series #3)

The Final Move (Hometown Players Series #3)

by Victoria Denault

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Overview

Hockey legend Devin Garrison thought he blew his shot. But his relationship with Callie Caplan just went into overtime.

Sexy, rich, and one of the biggest stars in the NHL, Devin Garrison has always been the one who had it all. That is until his marriage falls apart and he realizes he has to start over. If he's honest, there has only been one woman who ever really excited him-Callie Caplan. They shared a night that was hotter than the late-summer sun, but in an instant-Callie was gone, pretending it never happened.

Callie Caplan isn't the wild child people think she is. It's true she's avoided relationships, but only because she's seen how crazy love can be. And her messy, imperfect life is crazy enough without opening her heart to a man-even one as picture perfect as Devin. But when fate brings them back together-just as they need each other most-Devin is determined to convince Callie that what she's feeling is real. And this final play may be their chance at forever . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455564057
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: Hometown Players Series , #3
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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The Final Move (Hometown Players Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, I love hockey. Add to that a romance with a hockey God? Um, yummy!!! This book was fantastic and this author has a way of making feel like you're living this journey with the characters. Could not put this book down!!! I definitely recommend reading the rest of the Hometown Players series as you will not be disappointed. Books can be read as stand alone, but with hot athletes, why not read the series??!!
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Such a great read! It's fun, filled with sexy hot hocky players, and has such a sweetness to the nice guys in this family. I really want there to be a Garrison brother left over for me! :) Devin Garrison's happily-ever-after isn't working out the way he wanted it to. His marriage has fallen apart, and he's at a loss at what to do with himself. When it gets to the point where he files for divorce and knows it's over, he starts to lash out. Callie Caplan has always been a great friend to him and his family. She happens to move to town for a job just as Devin is needing a friend most. She whips him into shape and makes him stop feeling sorry for himself and get his game back together. As they spend time together, the old attraction they shared years ago rears it's head, but Callie doesn't do relationships. Will she make an exception for Devin? ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
The Final Move is the third and last book in the Hometown Players series and brings us another Caplan and Garrison pairing and I for one was very excited. Having been following this series from the start I was curious where Devin and Callie’s story would go seeing as they had a past but he had a wife. Well things are not well at home and when Devin’s wife decides to leave him at the same time that his close friend Callie is in town he finds a new roommate and shoulder to lean on. This is not a story of a man hopping from one bed to another but the story of a man broken by the destruction of his family and learning to love and trust through someone he has always been drawn too. Having grown up in a home without a strong example of love Callie decides that letting love lead your life is for fools and sets out to just have fun. Having had and left Devin years before she thinks she can move on esp since he did. But living with him and spending so much time starts to change her and soon she is desiring things she never thought she would want. I loved Devin and Callie. They had so many obstacles and yet it was clear the whole time that they were perfect for each other. I am a huge fan of hockey romances and hope that Victoria Denault continues to put them out as she not only captures the beauty of these gruff and rough around the edges men but also the excitement and danger of the sport itself. ~miranda
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Callie Caplan has always kept a fine line drawn between love and her relationships with men, in her eyes the two are never to mix with one another. She is strictly a one night kind of girl, she doesn't do emotions or repeats, and never ever spends the night with someone who could possibly be relationship material. After watching her father leave her mother when she was young, she decided early on that she never wanted to be that woman, the one left shattered and alone by the man she gave her heart to, so she devised a fool proof plan for dealing with men, keep them strictly on a one night basis, and never let them close enough to break her heart. And surprisingly her little system has worked like a charm...that is until she moves in her with her gorgeous childhood friend Devin. His wife has left him, and he is struggling to survive the loss of his marriage, and Callie can't bare to see him so lost, so she steps in to get him back on track, and in doing so finds herself ever so slightly crossing her strategically placed line... Devin Garrison thought he had it all, and was quite proud of being able to manage a successful hockey career and a family, but things weren't going quite as well as he thought, his wife is unhappy with their life and wants him to leave. So he moves out to give her space, but it is killing him to know that he failed her and their son, that all that he was doing for their well being, just wasn't enough, and not exactly the lifestyle his wife had envisioned for them. He is crushed and on a downward spiral, which has him doing things that are totally out of his character, and immediately catches the eye of his childhood best friend Callie. With Callie new in town, and without a place to live, he offers her a place to stay, thinking it will be nice to share all the empty space of his new home with someone, and nice to have a friendly face to come home too. But soon after she moves in, he starts to look at her in a whole new light, and begins to wonder what a life with her would be like, but realizes that it'd never work because Callie just doesn't do relationships... From the moment I started this book, I knew I had discovered something truly special, I was barely three sentences into the story and I immediately felt a connection to the characters, and felt myself being pulled into Callie and Devin's world. I was pleasantly surprised by how much their words effected me, each one was uttered with so much passion and intensity, and I could literally feel the intended power behind every one of them. This is by far one of the most memorable and highly impressive first reads that I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and I think it is safe to say that Ms. Denault is not only a truly gifted storyteller, but also has a bestseller on her hands with this one! If you have not had the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Garrison Brothers I must first tell you that you are missing out on some exceptional reading, but also missing out on meeting some truly remarkable men!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Forever-Grand Central Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Hometown Players series. This book most certainly can be read as a standalone. I just advise against it, since the characters and continuing story may be spoiled for those that have not read it in order first. This series is worth it! Devin and Callie have history that goes back to when they were children. They grew up basically together and their siblings all played with them on the playground and the ice. Devin and Callie also have a personal history that only one other person knows. Now, Devin is an NHL hockey player for a New York team. Callie gets a job working nearby and he offers to have her stay with him. She is one of the few people who know he is separated from his wife. Callie is also fantastic with his son. Callie is doing well in her career too. She is one of the youngest in her field to be in charge of costumes on a TV show set. While she plans to have a family one day, she does not really do anything to make it a priority. Devin and Callie are really good together. The book nearly smokes it is so hot! I found the honesty and the tenderness just so amazing to read! ***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review only.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
The Final Move (Hometown Players #3) by Victoria Denault NHL star Devin Garrison’s marriage falls apart; meanwhile his childhood friend, Callie Caplan’s, job relocates her to his area. She helps him cope with starting over. Victoria Denault scores a hat trick with The Final Move, the third book in the Hometown Players Series! I love the Hometown Players Series and everything about it: The Garrison boys, the Caplan girls, hockey, romance, humor, drama, you name it. Devin is the most competitive of the Garrison boys; failure is not an option. Therefore, going through a divorce hit him extremely hard. While he comes from a loving family that would always support him, I get why he would not want to tell them about his situation. I’m glad fate had Callie come back into his life at this time. She is great with his son, Conner, and helps him manage. Callie is Devin’s opposite. No picket fence for her, she never wants to get married. She is a one-night-stand kind of girl. She has been let down by her parents and grandmother. Despite having a wonderful relationship with her sisters and being taken under the wing of the Garrison family, she does not have faith in relationships. She has a great personality. I adore that she loves “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey. It is such a great song. She clearly has excellent taste. The plot is realistic and heartfelt. I appreciate that the past characters play a vital role in this story. While you could follow The Final Move on its own, I would definitely read the books in order. You will not get lost, but the story will mean more. The Final Move is a great book for anyone who loves contemporary sports romances. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "I'm your final move." Stars. I didn't think there was another Garrison I could love more than Jordan, but Devin took his brother's cheekiness, charm and sexiness and upped the ante by adding a whole other level of yummyness in the way he dealt with the dissolution of his marriage, his adorable son, and the re-emergence of his feelings for Callie Caplan. "I'm done feeling." I have a feeling this is potentially going to be a book that a lot of people will either love or hate. Callie has come across in the previous two books in this series as a confident, take-no-shit, devil-may-care woman, and whereas her sisters have allowed the men they love to break and then rebuild their hearts, she has kept hers firmly closed off, locked away and has stuck firmly to the one-and-done ethos. "You're still the only girl I take cold showers with." That all changes when she starts living with Devin, albeit supposedly temporarily, it becomes glaringly obvious very quickly that he is a man struggling, with the break-down of his marriage, and what he perceives as failure to provide a stable and loving home for his son. Very close to going completely off the rails, Callie steps in and offers him the support and no-nonsense advice he needs. This couple have a past, yes it was short, but it left them both with a lot of 'what ifs' hanging between them, and stuck in such close proximity with each other it is not long before things turn sexual. "Last night was about the past... Tonight is about the future." Its not difficult to see what direction the juggernaut that will cause the relationship car crash between this pair, is going to come from, and I was prepared for it as soon as things took a turn towards the bedroom between them. I suppose you can say that Victoria did her job a little too well, in that at around the 75% mark where the inevitable collision happens, Callie sticks to previous form (and then some) and I was left almost loathing a character, that I had come to, over the course of the book, hold a begrudging respect for. "You should be pitied, not admired." You are given enough of a back-story to understand Callie's reaction and motivations but I think what made it particularly hard to swallow was the fact that Devin didn't actually give her any reason to go off the deep end in the first place. And I think the deep end is an understatement, this woman took everything that he offered her and pretty much set fire to it, stomped all over it and left it in an alley for random drunks to piss all over. It really was a struggle to see why, after having his heart broken by his wife, to then give it to someone else and have the self same thing done again to him, that he would want her back in his life afterwards. "I'm not your mistake... I'm the best thing that ever happened to you." As I said this isn't a bad book in relation to the writing and story-telling, my issues are purely with characterization. I think it takes an author with balls to offer up a female character that she knows is potentially put her readers on the fence, and Victoria did that. I was prepared for it, and to be honest the rest of the story was strong enough too keep me reading it, but I will be honest and say that although I loved Devin Garrison, Callie Caplan lived up to every expectation I had of her, and not in a good way. Still a stellar ending to an absolutely outstanding series.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Victoria Denault takes a complicated relationship and creates a story of shelter, heartbreak and true love. I was first introduced into this world of hot men and the women who love them through Making a Play. I am not a hockey fan and that was almost a draw back for me but the concept of the story was so amazing I was caught up in it all. Ms. Denault creates a world full of characters that are big names in the sport of hockey but when needed know they can return to the place that started it all. Home. The understanding and experiences gained in the most vulnerable of places helps center these strong men and along the way leads to a little self-discovery and healing. These books are love stories but they are also inspiring life lessons. I received an ARC of The Final Move by Victoria Denault in exchange for an honest review.