Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Drive by Brenda Rothert

Years of training are about to pay off for hockey player Nikola Vereshkova. A call to play in the big league means he can finally come through for those who need him. His relocation to Chicago comes with built-in friends – and one gorgeous enemy who was less than impressed with him after their first encounter. 
Sadie Alexander knows all about the drastic measures men will take just to get laid. She’s not only experienced it first-hand, but lived to tell about it in her online column, Sadie Says. And even though she’s a die-hard independent woman on the outside, the recent marriage of her best friend has her secretly feeling more alone than ever. 
Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected. Could something that started out wrong end up being just right?

4.5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Drive is the fourth installment in the Fire on Ice series by Brenda Rothert.  This can be read as a stand alone, but this series is just amazing and therefore I highly recommend that you read all of them.  This is Niko and Sadie’s story, two people that we met in Edge.  I love this series.  And yes I am a complete sucker for a sexy hockey player both in the world of books and real life but I just love the characters that Ms. Rothert creates.  The males are just hot and sexy but at the same time just loving and caring and all around the perfect guy.  And Niko is no different.

When we first met Niko he was playing hockey in the minor leagues, hoping to one day make it to the big leagues so he can help out his family back in NY.  Well his time has come.  He has been called up to play in the NHL on the same team as Luke and Ryke.  Niko needs to concentrate on his game, to play hard so that he can secure his position on the team.  His family needs him.  Hockey and his family are what matters to him the most.  He has had his share of women in the past and now that he is playing in the NHL he can probably have any woman that he wants.  But right now Niko cannot afford any distractions.  His mind is on his career and his family.  Oh and the woman that he met the night of his friend’s rehearsal dinner.  Ever since he met Sadie he cannot get her out of his mind.  She has suddenly become the distraction that he didn't want or need. 

Sadie is Dell’s best friend and has moved to Chicago to continue writing her column and be Dell’s part time nanny.  Sadie lost her whole family in a tragic accident and has had issues with getting close to men.  She knows all about the dating scene and decides that she wants to write a column about what it is like to be man free for sixty days.  She knows she has no problem being without a man for that long and she plans on sticking to her plan and writing about the experience.  But meeting Niko throws a wrench in said plan.    When she meets Niko she cannot deny the attraction.  But their first meeting did not go so well and Sadie swears no matter what that she will never give in to the sexy Russian hockey player.  Yeah, how long will that last?

Niko is such a wonderful hero in this story.  When first meeting him he seems like a jerk but when you really get to know him you see what an amazing, caring and loving man he really is.  Seeing what he came from and how much he wants to do right by his family will just melt your heart.  He sets out to prove to Sadie that he is not the man she thought he was.  

I loved Sadie and at times my heart broke for her.  I felt what she went through and why she had her reservations.  They both had these walls up but they also both managed to break the wall down that was between them.  Their were obstacles in their way but they were both very strong individuals.   They formed a beautiful friendship that turned into more.  There was a moment in which Niko needed Sadie and her being there for him they way he needed her to be was so emotional and  so real.  I loved everything about his story.  They way it made me feel inside.  The chemistry between them was evident but so was the feeling of love. 

What I really loved about this book was that we got to see the other couple that we love from this series, Ryke and Kate and Luke and Dell and of course little Kyler.  They are such a great group of friends.  You felt like you were a part of their little circle.  I absolutley love this series and once again Brenda Rothert has managed to capture my heart.  And Niko will completely melt yours.  Another fantastic job!

Brenda Rothert is a proud indie author who loves writing stories that make readers laugh, cry and occasionally, yell at their e-readers. Her Contemporary New Adult Romances include The Now Series – Now and Then, Now and Again and Now and Forever; and The Fire on Ice Series – Bound, Captive and Edge. Brenda lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.

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