Brenda Rothert started her writing career as a print journalist. She now writes Romances, some Contemporary and others with a twist of dystopian society and adventure. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.
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Book 3 in Fire on Ice Series
One bad hit has left the career of young NHL Center Luke Hudson in question. When he arrives for rehab with a minor league team, his injury has robbed him of the edge that made him great.
Team trainer Adella Price’s job is to help Luke get back in peak condition. But their one on one sessions shake her resolve to remain unattached. Dell is hands-off to all hockey players, even one as charming and successful as Luke.
As Luke starts to get ahold of his game again, he loses his grip on his heart. Helping Luke get his edge back brings to light what Dell is missing from her life. But those who want them apart are relentless, and with their careers on the line, Luke and Dell must decide if their love is worth risking it all.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
I first fell in love with Brenda Rothert's writing with the initial book of the Fire on Ice series and I couldn't resist getting my hands on the final (? Please, I hope not!) installment, Edge. Luke has been around since that first book, always as Ryke's kooky sidekick, the comic relief, the best friend. He's an irrepressible flirt and has one female or the other hanging onto him. And can't forget how he loses his temper to the almighty x-box!
Then Luke gets hurt during a game and it's just time and treatment that can help him get back. Playing NHL is out, of course, so he has to do rehab with the minors. There's one tiny happy spark there, though. He meets Dell.
Dell loves the game; while she is content to be a trainer and play through her team, she has hockey in her blood and it shows. She's sworn to remain unattached, and has a really tough time fighting her attraction to Luke.
Hockey is definitely a main character in this installment. While the previous two books do talk about it, it's backdrop, conversation piece, and, well, life here. I'm sure it's because Dell is part of a team (compared to Kate who is just married to a player) and that makes this book stand apart from the other two. I enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes view of the game.
I can't say more without giving away the plot, but I will say that Luke is all the man I hoped he would be, even if he has two characters to deal with in this relationship. Dell is very real, down to her insecurities and striving for perfection with her parents. There's some romance bits that seemed totally unreal, but hey, this is a fantasy after all. It just came together perfectly and I have another book added to my permanent Brenda Rothert collection.
By the way, you did say vote for the next book? It's a yes for me, but two books, not one. Niko, of course. And one more for Sadie. The thought of Sadie meeting Harmony gives me a giggle. Please!
Edge is the third book in the Fire on Ice series but can be read as a standalone.