A retired athlete meets the daughter he never knew—along with the woman who reignites his passions—in this powerful standalone romance from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.
Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.
At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.
Julie's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
What a lovely, but emotional love story. This kept me company as I was being driven home from France, and I needed tissues, but didn't have any so just had to cuff it!
I really like Drew, who had a low opinion of himself when his career had changed and then to discover he has an 11-year-old daughter, whose mamma was terminally ill, but she wants him to feature in Chloe, his daughter's life. Tough circumstances to say the least.
Peyton, Chloe's auntie with a successful career of her own, is really sweet and with an unconditional love for her niece, finds herself as her sister's carer. I loved her no-nonsense, say-it-how-it-is attitude. I can't even begin to imagine how they both felt with the lives they were dealt, but through such sadness there was a love story brewing between Peyton and Drew.
I thought this was a story of two halves, Before Sara and After Sara. Before Sara, Peyton and Drew tried to fight their feelings, wanting to keep their budding relationship hidden. I loved that together Drew and Peyton were a formidable team.
Chloe was a sweetheart, learning to deal with so such in her short life, but she handled everything really well.
Drew did feel strongly about certain things and he had a lot to learn about being a father, but he tried hard and did really well.
They were both great with Chloe, although Peyton had the upper hand, as she had known her longer. Before Sara passed, everyone had a lot of soul searching to do and it didn't end after she passed either. I had to put the book down more than once to compose myself.
A heartfelt story about self-discovery, unconditional love, companionship and the strong bond of family, of dealing with how life goes on after the death of a loved family member.
Being on a diet sucks, I couldn't have the wine and chocolate that were definitely needed!!