Sunday, 4 March 2018

Review ~ Playmaker (Breakaway, #3) by L.P. Dover

Title: Playmaker
Series: Breakaway #3
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2018

He knows every play in the book. But she’s calling the shots.
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.

My Opinion

I think this has to be my favourite book in this series so far. I'll be honest and say I did consider not requesting it. Although I enjoyed the last two books, I haven't connected with LP's hockey players as much as her other characters. They aren't my favourite books by her, but since she is one of my favourite authors I couldn't resist ... and I'm glad Maddox pulled this series back for me.

Playmaker kept me up until 1:30am. I didn't realise how much time had gone by while I was reading it. I would have kept reading too had by kindle not died with three chapters left!

Anyway, the story kept me hooked and Maddox and Lacey were two people I could easily read about. Maddox wasn't what I expected, but I liked his tender side. I could also feel the connection between the two of them.

The only small complaints I have are sometimes things happened and decisions were made too quickly. I enjoyed the plot but sometimes it felt rushed. Also, I spent the majority of this book waiting for a dramatic big reveal only to have it fizzle out and not even show everyone's reaction to the news (I know that's vague. It'll make sense of you read this book). Normally, I wouldn't mind not being shown, it was just the book spent a long time setting up this drama between Maddox and Dallas. It was slightly disappointing.

I'm also not a fan of the covers. They don't seem to tie together or match, but that's not the author's issue and it doesn't affect the contents.

Overall though, I enjoyed this more than the previous two books. It kept me hooked and now I need to catch upon my missed sleep!


“And we’ll be right back,” Maddox announced, grabbing my wrist.
He pulled me away, and I went willingly with him. I glanced back at Braeden and he started toward us, but I shook my head, stopping him midstep. Maddox turned the corner, his eyes burning like fire.
“I thought I could get through this, but I can’t. I’m so fucking tired of the lies. I know who you are, Lacey.”
My heart stopped. I pretended to be stupid. “Of course, you know who I am. Stop being silly. We need to get back to the wedding.”
He stepped closer, caging me against the wall, with his lips so close to mine. “No,” he growled low. “I mean, I know who you are . . . Paige.” Keeping his eyes on mine, he glided a hand down my bare back and reached inside my dress, circling his fingers around my strawberry birthmark. My whole body broke out in chills. “Did you seriously think I wouldn’t recognize you?”
“Took you long enough,” I snapped.
“Oh, I knew who you were right after you left me in Vegas.” My mouth dropped. “Yeah, that’s right, sunshine. A well-paid private investigator can find out anything.”

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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