Thursday, December 3, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Release Blitz for DEFENSEMAN NO. 9 by Xavier Neal

  DEFENSEMAN NO. 9 (The Hockey Gods Series #4) by Xavier Neal 
Release Date: December 3rd   
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Once upon a time, the Vlasta Vipers hockey team was so incredible — on and off the ice — they were almost mythical. Back then, they were the undefeated conquerors of the rink. Coveted prizes for Puck Bunnies. Their reputation was ironclad until the wrong skates landed on the wrong feet.
Wanted titles suddenly became dreams instead of reality, while the spotlight only seemed to capture their continued failures.
Puck Bunnies...well, they never stopped treasuring that particular stick no matter what the rankings were.
It took several years, a new no nonsense head coach, and a group of players willing to work harder than they could even comprehend to grab back the notoriety.
But they did.
And just because it's summer doesn't mean the city is done watching or caring about them.
Hugo Rhinehart, the team's most famous defenseman - due to his enormous size and impressively stoic nature - is very aware of this, thanks to tickets to see him play in the volunteer league being repeatedly sold out.
As long as the attention is focused on his performance and not who he's sleeping with, he'll be fine.
As long as the crowd is more concerned about his hockey crew's off-season shenanigans and not about the overdramatic ones of his best friend-turned boyfriend, he'll cope.
As long as the gossip is about who he physically hurt in his jersey and not who's emotionally hurting him, he'll survive.
Will this big burly defenseman be able to defend his hard-earned position in both sports and romance, or will he have to give up the love of the game to keep the love of his life?

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've read and enjoyed a few of Xavier Neal's books, and I have to say that Defenseman #9 is my favorite so far. These guys are completely lovable, and they are so good together. The story is emotional, and both Hugo and Crash have some personal growth to get through - something the author brings out excellently. The book is well written, and the characters are terrific. Even the secondary characters are engaging. The only drawback for me is that the relationship angst relies so heavily on a lack of communication, but that's just not a favorite of mine in any romance. I do love a friends to lovers romance, and in that particular trope, some lack of communication or miscommunication is usually a given. What it all comes down to is this one is emotional, it's sexy, it's full of great characters, it's well written, it's just plain good. Xavier Neal is fairly new to me, having just started reading her work in recent months, but with each book, she impresses me a little more and is now firmly on my radar.

   About the Author: 
Xavier Neal is a best-selling romance author who enjoys hopping from sub genre to sub genre like a game of Hopscotch she can't resist. In between writing, she loves to read (everything from romance to self improvement books), watch movies (old and new), eat too much Tex-Mex (her Chuy's t-shirt collection is out of control), and watch AHL hockey games LIVE (preferably against the glass whenever possible). She currently resides happily in Texas with her bearded husband "Lumberjack". 

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