The Final Move (Hometown Players #3) by Victoria Denault
Released: December 8, 2015
Genre: Sports romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
Reviewed by Sarah
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 . . .
This story left me feeling really in the middle. I mean obviously we’ve read bits and pieces about them throughout the series but with the focus on Devin and Callie you get a whole different perspective.
Callie has many issues with letting people get too close for fear of them leaving, voluntarily or not. It has driven every decision she’s ever made, from moving across the country for a job or having a string of one-night stands. By doing it her way, she thinks she can prevent herself from ever getting hurt.
Married to his high school sweetheart with a kid, a successful hockey career, Devin has had it all…or so he thinks. When his marriage implodes he doesn’t deal well with all of the changes thrust upon him. As he starts to spiral downward, Devin finds comfort in his friendship with Callie. A combination of a brief romantic history and now spending so a large amount of time lends to a quick re-kindling of feelings between the two.
After reading and processing this story, I’d say I’m mixed about the whole thing. The cons: Sometimes the coupling seems rough and a bit contrived. I didn’t get the natural chemistry or feeling of “this works”. The interactions between Devin and the soon to be ex-wife also quasi bothered me; I tried to overlook that because I know everyone can act or react differently in those situations. The pros: There are bits of dialogue which get nice and spicy. For me, I thought this book also included more titillating scenes than I’ve read in the past from Denault. Ultimately, this is a decent read but not hugely memorable.
Rating: 3 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.