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New Release Review! JONAH by Brenda Rothert (Chicago Blaze #7)

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The newest Chicago Blaze title from Brenda Rothert, JONAH, just went live!  


I don’t do relationships. A federal agent whose life revolves around rescuing kidnapped children, I’ve got no interest in catching any man who’s not a criminal. So when my new assignment in Chicago requires me to get closer to a VIP Chicago Blaze fan, Blaze goalie Jonah West is the perfect cover. Like me, he’s too focused on his career to make time for love, dates or even hookups.


I had my great love, and I lost her. No woman will ever compare to the blond ray of sunshine who left me half a man three years ago. And even though I help out my police officer brother by pretending to be head over heels for Reyna, it’s just a farce to put an evil man behind bars. Reyna is a fierce, raven-haired cop with steely eyes and a foul mouth—not my type in the slightest. But when lines get blurred, my fake feelings for Reyna become more real than anything I thought my beat-up heart could ever feel again.

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Another fun Chicago Blaze story! Hockey and hot guys–I don’t know what more we need… 😉

While reading Jonah and Rey’s story, the pages practically turned themselves! A fake relationship story with a hint of suspense (it’s the reason why they’re in the fake relationship, but the focus here is really on Jonah and Rey falling in love, not Rey’s mission) I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent with this story from their we’re-not-getting-off-on-the-right-foot first date to their OMG-she’d-better-pull-this-off-because-she’s-killing-me-with-this-let’s-go-back-to-our-previous-lives-BS HEA!

And did I mention the hockey players? Yes? 😉

(Rey’s roomie/new BFF was a fabulous character as well–I seriously didn’t want to leave Kai behind when I finished the book.)

I loved that widower Jonah was able to (finally) find love again with Rey without vilifying his first wife or diminishing the relationship they had–one of my biggest pet peeves in romance. He was conflicted about it of course, but it felt like exactly the right amount of angst was involved without drawing things out too much or making him suffer too much. And giving us a small glimpse into the teammate whose story is next? Definitely whetted my appetite!

As with the other Chicago Blaze books, Jonah would work just fine as a standalone. If you’ve read any (or all) of the other books, you’ll love the glimpses you get of the other players and their significant others, but you don’t have to have read their stories to enjoy this one. (You *should* read them of course, but you don’t *have* to!)

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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About the author:

Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.


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