ARC Review – One More Shot (Hometown Players #1) by Victoria Denault

A beautiful romance filled with a little bit of everything to keep the readers engaged, entertained, and hoping for love everlasting. ~ Rhayne, Guilty Pleasures 

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They say you only get one shot at making your dreams come true.

Jordan is determined to take two.

Drafted by the NHL at eighteen, Jordan Garrison was headed for fame, and there was only one person he wanted to share it with—Jessie Caplan. He was crazy in love with her, and had finally told her so. They shared an amazing night . . . and then everything fell apart.

Jessie tries not to think about the night she gave herself to Jordan—or how he broke her heart. She tries not to think about it, but she does. Especially now, when she’s staring into his sky-blue eyes for the first time in six years. After so much time and torment, she can’t tell if she loves him or hates him. But Jordan has learned enough to know a connection like theirs is rare. He was lucky to find Jessie once. No way will he lose her again.

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One More Shot is book one in the Hometown Players series. It is a beautiful romance filled with a little bit of everything to keep the readers engaged, entertained, and hoping for love everlasting.

I was blown away by the writing style of Ms. Denault. It looks like this is her debut novel and debut series and you would never know it. I think a second chance romance is one of the harder styles to write and write well. There needs to be a precise balance between past and present story. She absolutely nailed it. I was given enough of the past to understand what the history was, but it mingled with the current story well and was tangled throughout the book, not simply chapter after chapter of the past. I loved that mix. It kept me engaged and craving to know everything.

The plot line was original and leaves the door wide open with many options to carry this series on. The chemistry between Jordan and Jessie was explosive. You could feel their love flowing off the pages and there was definitely a mystery element that really made you wonder if they would ever find their way back. Add in the family dynamic and it just increases the love I have for this series tenfold.

Hockey is the underlying them, but there isn’t a lot of actual game time. Jordan is hurt and recovering from an ankle injury. With that being said, I really didn’t miss it. And trust me; I rarely say that about hockey, whether it’s fictional or real life. The story was strong enough to keep me engaged in their story and not miss what wasn’t there.

I really hope you give One More Shot a shot of your own. I love it when I find a new author to fall in love with. Denault has earned her a spot on my auto buy list and I can’t wait to read more.

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