He knows every play in the book. But she’s calling the shots.
“An epic story of the one that got away—Maddox will totally surprise readers in a lovely, lovely way.”—Sawyer Bennett
I’m Maddox Ledger, all-star winger and the reason the Charlotte Strikers killed it in the playoffs. Yeah, the tabloids like to call me arrogant. A real hothead. All I see is a guy who plays to win. Wreaking havoc on the ice, breaking a few hearts—that’s all just part of the game. And I’m sure as hell not sitting on the bench.
When my teammate asks me to be in his wedding party, I can’t refuse. Lucky for me, the bridesmaid I’m paired with is the definition of eye candy, but she’s so much more than that. Lacey Easton is totally irresistible and she makes me want to be a better man. A glimpse of bare shoulder takes me back to a steamy, two-week Vegas tryst I can’t forget. One I’m eager to repeat.
Suddenly our one-night stand is turning into the sequel. Still, Lacey’s keeping secrets. She doesn’t trust me. And maybe I deserve it. But I know more than she thinks I do and there’s no chance I’m letting her get away—or letting another guy take what is mine. This time, I’m playing for keeps.
Praise for Playmaker
“This is a second-chance romance mixed with sexiness and sweetness. The characters are genuine and the story endearing.”—Cocktails and Books
“Playmaker is entertaining, sexy, and fun. L.P. Dover brought together a really good plot, strong characters, heat, humor, conflict, family, and friendships. Ms. Dover continues to build on a great cast of characters in the players, their families, and their friends.”—Harlequin Junkie
“I love when I get completely lost in a book, and I definitely got lost in Maddox and Lacey’s story.”—Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews (five stars)
“Nonstop action, plenty of romance, lots of drama, and a hint of intrigue to sweep you off your feet.”—Kristen’s Book Jungle
“[Playmaker] fit well into the Breakaway series, but can be read as a standalone.”—OMG Reads
Don’t miss any of New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover’s red-hot Breakaway novels:
HARD STICK | BLOCKED | PLAYMAKER
Or these heartwarming Second Chances romances:
CATCHING SUMMER | DEFENDING HAYDEN | INTENDED FOR BRISTOL
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Review: Breakaway 3: Playmaker
Playmaker by L.P. Dover is the third standalone romance in her Breakaway hockey series. While each book stands alone with different characters and their own HEA, the timeline is sequential and would be better enjoyed reading order, but it isn't necessary.
Playmaker is told in dual POV between Maddox, cousin to Callie and sister to Dallas, both of whom we met in the last book, Blocked.
What we didn't know much about was the history that these two characters already have between them. Over two years ago they met in Vegas, spent a wonderful week or so together, got married and then the next day she split, taking the rings, the marriage license and even her real name with her. I spent a lot of time slightly aggravated with Lacey. This is often the trouble with dual POV books, we know how genuine the Hero is being but the heroine may not have a clue. I believe this was the case here.
Maddox was heartbroken and hasn't moved on, despite what he allowed the tabloids to think. Thanks to his money and a really good PI he found his wife but left her alone to finish medical school. Without a definitive plan for the future he finds himself out of town when Lacey shows up in North Carolina and turns out to be Dallas' sister.She isn't ready to trust him, thanks to the misleading tabloid photos and he is ready to give up on everything.
An emotional journey dealing with feelings of betrayal and resentment that works through them and eventually finds love and forgiveness. Well-written and well-paced. Can't wait for more - Maybe Justin's book next? Enjoy!
Sexy and Sweet!
The is the third book in the Breakaway series and it is a fun, feel good story. This is a second chance romance mixed with sexiness and sweetness. The characters are genuine and the story endearing and there are also entertaining secondary characters.
Maddox and Lacey meet, hook up and marry in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Lacey leaves without saying goodbye to Maddox and they don’t see each other again until they attend the same wedding. Maddox plays hockey for the Charlotte Strikers and he stole my heart. He is willing to do whatever it takes to prove himself to Lacey. He loves Lacey and wants the world to know she is his. It takes Lacey awhile to realize she can trust Maddox. Lacey is smart, friendly, kind and she is just finishing medical school. She knows most hockey players cheat and she worries Maddox will eventually cheat on her. Lacey has to learn to let down her guard and trust Maddox.
No one knows Maddox and Lacey secretly married in Las Vegas two years ago. They are trying to work things out but Maddox has a bad reputation. He isn’t well liked by his teammates and he doesn’t have many friends. He has to prove himself to Lacey, the guys on the team and Lacey’s family. Maddox and Lacey care about each other but have a series of misunderstandings. I found it easy to like both Maddox and Lacey, they make a great couple and have a lot of chemistry.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
What Happens In Vegas...
Maddox, a Winger for the Strikers, is loved and hated in equal measures. He plays to win, as evidenced in the Striker's recent Championship win. But, he is selfish and easy to anger. On a two-week vacation in Vegas, Maddox meets Lacey. What starts off as an one-night stand, ends up at a wedding chapel married by "Elvis". The next morning, Maddox wakes up to an empty bed, missing wedding rings, and a missing marriage license. Not knowing what he did wrong or how to find Lacey, Maddox returns home to focus on his career.
Fast forward YEARS...Fate places Lacey and Maddox as members of a wedding party. Lacey's brother is also a Striker and teammate of Maddox's. Lacey grew up around hockey and hockey players. She knows all about "puck bunnies". Lacey's fear and trust issues are what fueled her disappearing act in Vegas. Will Lacey's secrets, misplaced trust issues, and jealous best friend be too much for her to overcome?
Honestly, this is the first L.P. Dover novel I've ever read. It definitely won't be my last!!! I truly enjoyed the banter, the compromises, the romance....ALL of it! Lacey was a little frustrating at times and quick to judge Maddox without knowing the whole truth when Lacey had secrets of her own. Maddox pulls out all the stops to prove his love to Lacey. Will it be enough? I received a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.