Today we are celebrating the release of ANTON by Brenda Rothert. This is a contemporary romance, standalone title, and it kicks off the brand new Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. Purchase your copy now for only $2.99!
Anton by Brenda Rothert
Chicago Blaze, #1Book Blurb:
He’s known as Father Anton to his teammates—the brooding, sexy captain of the NHL’s Chicago Blaze has a reputation for…not having a reputation. Just like his diet and sleep routines, celibacy is part of Anton Petrov’s on-ice mojo. Or so they say. Anton stays mum on the subject. If the world thinks he chooses to abstain from sex, so be it. Better that than the truth getting out: there is a woman he burns for, but he can never have her. She’s his teammate’s wife, after all.
Mia Marceau is finally on her own. Now that she and her husband are living apart, she’s finding the peace she was desperate for. She spends her days in classes and late nights bartending, making her own way in the world at last. After what she’s been through, as long as her husband leaves her alone, she doesn’t plan to rock the boat. He still has the power to hurt those dearest to her, and she can’t demand a divorce with such a high cost.
A chance encounter with Mia has Anton hoping for a shot he never thought he’d get. And while she’s drawn to the intense, serious hockey center, Mia’s leery about playing with fire. That’s all Anton has ever known for Mia, though—a living, burning desire that won’t be denied—no matter the cost.
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Alright, let me talk about all the ways Anton was a win for me.
First off, this book is set in Chicago (my almost home city). I was super stoked about this aspect of the book when I read the synopsis and immediately requested an ARC. I was a tad disappointed they never brought up deep dish pizza or Italian beef, but hey not every book is perfect. Reading about Chicago and hearing about the South Side felt like being back.
Second Mia's character was biracial (half black, half white). Let me just tell you almost any time any character, let alone the main one is biracial like myself that is always a huge plus for me. I was so excited when I read that I did a little fist pump that had my husband shaking his head at me.
I am so loving on the cover. Super beautiful which is saying something for me as I'm not usually into covers with male models on it.
I loved Mia's and Anton's story. I love how they took the time to get to know each other and how despite Mia's situation she never cheated or did anything inappropriate with Anton until she legally could.
I loved Mia's story and independence. She's fierce and after going from a very terribly relationship to having no money and living day-to-day she struggles with trusting but not to her detriment. I love how caring she was to the people in her life although I wish we got to see them later in the book.
Anton was so cute. I liked that he was so sweet and caring about Mia and never pushed her into anything she wasn't comfortable with. I also liked how he was honest very early on in their relationship building process about how he felt about Mia. It wasn't one of those close friendship things and then Mia develops feelings but didn't know if Anton did. No, from the very beginning Anton is very open about his feelings for her, which made me love him all the more and make me want him to get a happy ending.
All that being said I did have some minor issues with this story that happen towards the end of the book. There's a big event that happens to both the characters that lead to a lot of sadness for Mia and Anton. However, at least in the ARC, I got Anton's POV is never seen again after this happens. During most of the book it's a steady back-and-forth between their POV's, but towards the end, it's only Mia and I don't really get why.
Along that same line, I became sad because we don't get a lot of Anton later we don't really get to see his relationship outside of Mia much and how his team is going. I'm not sure if the final copy of this book changes that, but from the book, I read not having Anton's POV towards the end of the book really takes away from the overall story and world building.