by Brenda Rothert

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He's a hockey star with a headboard full of notches. She's a shy NHL concession worker who's never been kissed.


They don't call me Belinda Boring for nothing. It's my name, after all. And for a 23-year-old with plain brown hair who still lives at home and gets tongue tied over nothing, it's a fitting one. I'm not even one of those quiet girls with a hidden talent, unless making a mean order of nachos at the NHL arena I work at counts. My life consists of working, reading and harboring a secret crush on a hockey player who doesn't know I exist. At least, until we accidentally meet and become unlikely friends.


I'm living the dream. A poor kid who worked his way into the NHL, I'll never forget where I came from, though I try to. My past follows me, a nagging reminder that I'll never be what everyone thinks I am. As the threat of my secret being exposed looms closer, my game slips, leaving me in danger of being cut from my team--the only family I have. I'm losing my hold on everything when a new friend helps me find hope. She's nothing like the women I'm used to, but by the time I figure out that's exactly why she's right for me, I've lost my chance with her. Somehow, I have to convince a woman who thinks she's invisible that she's the only one I see.  

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BN ID: 2940161489352
Publisher: Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,521
File size: 502 KB

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Victor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 5 months ago
This will probably be one of the shortest reviews that I have written for a Brenda Rothert book, purely because I want you to experience this book yourselves. Although this is the third book in the series, it is a stand alone and it is not necessary to have read either Anton or Luca before reading Victor. However, do yourselves a favour if you haven’t read them and one click. I know I have said this before but Victor is one of my favourite books from Brenda Rothert, ever. Victor may well beat Anton and Luca in the swoon worthy department. His strength and determination in overcoming his childhood and becoming such a role model was truly inspiring, the support that he shows to those he loves is overwhelming. I freely admit to numerous snort worthy, laugh out moments whilst reading and I was riveted from the first to the last chapter. Brenda Rothert has written a caring, compassionate and hot story that was at at times an emotional roller coaster of a read. There were times I laughed and times I cried and on one occasion I do recall yelling No, you can’t do that as she shattered my heart. However through our it all there was a feeling of hope, strength, and bravery in facing down situations that might well flatten others. Belinda(Lindy) Boring was the perfect heroine for Victor, her kind, compassionate and beautiful heart was exactly what he needed and deserved. I loved Victor and am anxious to read the next book in this phenomenal series.
JWright57 5 months ago
I want to start by saying this book was everything I expected and so much more, it’s an amazing addition to the series of stand-alone books set in the world of the Chicago Blaze Hockey Team. Lindy works in concessions at the Hockey stadium where Victor plays, she see herself as just an ordinary girl that no sports star would be interested in. Victor is struggling to stay on top of his game, his past has come back to haunt him and he is at risk of losing his place in n the team so he decides to put some extra hours on Ice and that’s where he meets Lindy....... Lindy is the complete opposite to girls Victor normally dates but her openness and knowledge of hockey is just what he needs to get his head back in the game and an unlikely friendship soon forms. Friendship turns into so much more as this couple open their hearts to each other and once again this author proves she is not afraid to talk about issues so many shy away from. This book touched me on so many levels, at times I was left smiling like a Cheshire Cat and at times I was heartbroken but this book is a must read for all Hockey fans. Looking forward to more from the Chicago Blaze.
Anonymous 27 days ago
This sounded cute. It was really slow for 3/4 of the book. Then WHAM it rushed everything else the last 50ish pages. I wish it was longer and not so rushed at the end.
CoffeeGoddessTK 4 months ago
If you're a fan of not only hot hockey players, but Cinderella stories with healing and redemption, you have found your book. VICTOR, the third installment in author Brenda Rothert's Chicago Blaze series, will absolutely hit you in the feels, and leave your cheering. There is a lot packed into this book, and definitely some things that must absolutely be uncovered whist reading, so I can't really go into a lot of detail. Plus, who wants a lengthy plot rehash, when the fun and magic of reading a book are so personal to each individual person? Suffice to say that there is all of the on-ice magic that Brenda's hockey players are famous for, unexpected love, plenty of passion, and an emotional twist that shows what people are truly made of. In a nutshell, VICTOR is a melding of the steamy sports reads that we've come to know and love, with some of the angst and uncomfortable spots that Brenda has brought into her non-sports romances. All in all, a perfect pairing, and one that serves us up a couple that I was cheering from from start to finish.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Unfortunately not great. I thought it was an easy read but was missing something. Previous books were better and I will continue to read the authors books. Disappointed that Victor wasn't mentally aware that he was an innocent victim and would allow a child molester and his mother to continue to use him as an adult.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 5 months ago
I really connected with this main character. I'm totally with her on not wanting to accept what "my league" is. It sucks, but maybe I have to. I know unlike Lindy, I'll never be lucky enough to have a hot hockey player turn out to be the guy I meet and fall in love with, and who falls in love back with me. But enough about me, let's talk about how good this story was. It was a page-turner. I really liked both characters, they were just real, and while I totally connected with Lindy, Victor was a bit of a mystery, but a good guy, even with how his life had been and the way he felt about women to start. There was a death of a side character what seemed really early in the story, and not one I would have seen coming. But that character's back story ended up being an integral part towards the end, that I see how the author tied it all together. I really like that we were able to get our two main characters falling in love enough before the end that the final obstacle or issue of the book was Victor's secret/past issue coming up to be faced. I liked that it wasn't some kind of wrench in their relationship. In some romances that just seems like how the author adds that last bit of drama, and I actually like it more like this book when it happens. I really enjoyed this one, and hope to go back and read the others in the series as well.
nojomyers 5 months ago
Started out interesting and then both backstories just dropped.... Why did she not kiss anyone until Victor at age 23? How did Victor's childhood trauma affect him growing up? Then, a text that they've arrested the blackmailer and he's all okay? NO. It's not that it has to be believable, but it has to make some sense and you need some understanding why they were right for each other. This story does not give it to us.. Deleted it, unfortunately.
RomanticReadsandSuch 5 months ago
Lindy is just your ordinary, average, every day girl who by chance meets her famous crush and it turns into an unlikely friendship.  And later into something more.  Victor had a terrible childhood but thanks to hard work he's made it to the top of his field.  While he's managed to make a family of sorts out of his teammates, he doesn't have anyone that he can really call his.  Then he meets sweet, awkward, real Lindy. This was a very fast read for me and I really enjoyed it.  The characters are appealing and it's fun watching them meet, fall in love, and handle some of life's less happy moments.  But once I had time to digest I realized that Rothert put a lot into her book that I felt really could have been delved into more - like Victor's relationship with his mom, his childhood cancer, Victor changing his mind on Lindy, how they handled the outing of their relationship with the press.  These things are hit on lightly but had potential for so much.  That doesn't even get into the past that is giving Victor so much trouble.  Rothert opens the door to make him a hero for so many and ... she lets it go.  I appreciate that she does have him come to terms with it for himself and maybe she can come back around to it in a future story but she put the possibility out there and left it.  I just wish there'd been a chance to add a little more depth to the story. Overall, though, Victor is a quick and satisfying Cinderella story that's a perfect poolside read - just don't tell Lindy I called her that! I'm looking forward to seeing more in the series and from this author. (This is the first in this series that I've read but I felt like it could stand on its own.) **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
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dsubsits 5 months ago
Brenda Rothert is on a winning streak with VICTOR (Chicago Blaze Hockey #3). In this story, hockey star Victor Lane finds himself intrigued by shy concession employee, Belinda (Lindy) Boring. She’s not his usual type, but she might be what he needs. He just has to convince her and hope that his past secret doesn’t scare her away. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult readers. VICTOR is a heartfelt read. I enjoyed the plot and characters. I thought it was clever how Lindy and Victor met, and the advice Lindy gives Victor. I love that Victor takes her suggestion. Victor is a good guy. He grew up poor and had a difficult childhood. He has some stressful stuff going on. He has never felt worthy or loved by anyone. His family is the team. He is humble. Lindy is a sweet character. She feels invisible and unremarkable. She is down to earth and funny. I love her dad and his friends. I like that Lindy and Victor appreciates each other for who they are. I love that they were friends first. They are a cute couple. Brenda Rothert did a great job writing this story. It is skillfully executed and exciting. There are interesting occurrences. The story had a sweet ending that made the book feel complete. I recommend VICTOR to people who enjoy sports romances. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
mamalovestoread22 5 months ago
When you are a professional hockey player you have to expect that every facet of your life is under the watchful eye of the media. So, the fact that Victor Lane is currently in a slump has been broadcast on every sports station... and caught the eye of his bosses. He knows he isn't playing to his potential, knows there is something in his life that is distracting him from playing his best game... but figuring out what it is is another story. He has just been issued a warning from management, either he start to play the way they know he can, or he will lose his starting position, and that just can't happen. So he decides to get in some extra practice time at the rink and see if he can work the kinks out of his game... but little does he realize he is about to meet a woman who will not only get him back on track, but also work her way into his closed-off heart! From the very first page Victor and his "game fixing angel" Lindy will lure you into their world and have you never wanting to part ways with them. Their beautiful story will mesmerize you, make you swoon, and put a healthy squeeze on your heart. I loved this newest installment in the series, it had an innocence to it that was really touching, and their relationship had a natural progression to it, making it feel quite real. I liked that Lindy didn't give Victor any passes, she didn't let him use his status to gain ground with her, she forced him to be accountable, and work for her time and attention. These characters played so well off of each other, coming from similar background they were able to bond over that, and thought along the same lines. I have to say this might just be my favorite installment in the series yet, it really got me good in the feels department, and the characters were perfectly suited for one another, a very believable pairing. Highly recommend this one, it's got feels, a sexy hockey player that'll make you swoon, and a feisty heroine that'll inspire! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Jennifer_e911 5 months ago
This book was as fun as it was serious. There were parts I wanted to cry, parts that brought out anger, and parts where I laughed until I had tears. I just plain enjoyed this story. It reminded me of a fairy tale. About hockey! How can it get better than that?!? Lindy is just a girl, who works concessions for the Blaze organization. A Chicago girl, born and bred, she was raised by her father, to love sports of all kinds. But she's got a special spot for Victor, of the Chicago Blaze. Victor, on the other hand, didn't have such a happy childhood. And now the horrors of his childhood have come back to haunt his current life, and it's affecting his game. He's got to step it up or loose his spot. When his eyes land on Lindy, he can't get her out of his mind, even though he thinks he just wants friendship. I loved how perfect Lindy and Victor fit together. And while there were some tears, and some sadness, the story had an overall feeling of hope. This latest story in the Chicago Blaze world was fun, and I couldn't read it fast enough! This was a definite must read for hockey lovers!
HeatherLM 5 months ago
I think Victor is my favorite of the Chicago Blaze hockey stories. Victor is off his game and needs to get it together before he loses his position on the team. Lindy is a young girl working concessions who has crushed on Victor for years. A chance meeting has her giving him some advice on his game play. They quickly form a wonderful friendship before realizing their feelings for each other run deeper than friendship. I really enjoyed reading their story. Both characters were very likable and their relationship felt real to me. I highly recommend this story to everyone who enjoys a well written, realistic, hockey romance.