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  • An excellent start to the Chicago Blaze series

    Brenda Rothert ANTON is an excellent start to the Chicago Blaze series. Anton Petrov is captain of the NHL’s Chicago Blaze. He is the poster boy for perfect behavior. He has secretly been lusting over his team mates’ wife, Mia Marceau. When he discovers that the two are separated, he finds it hard to resist her. I like Anton. He works hard. He always felt that he had to maintain a strict diet and workout routine to keep up with his naturally talented twin brother, Alexei, who is also in the NHL. He has a good heart, and he is patient. I love that he takes care of his biological and billet family. I like that Mia is a strong heroine who got out of an abusive marriage. As a result, her self-confidence has taken a hit. I appreciate that she regains her confidence throughout this story because of the things that take place. I love how Mia interacts with Anton’s uncle Dix. ANTON is a skillfully written and heartwarming read. There are relevant and believable obstacles that the characters face. This book sets an excellent foundation to the Chicago Blaze series. I look forward to the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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  • Amazing

    5 star Review Anton (Chicago Blaze #1) by Brenda Rothert  I have a new book boyfriend and his name is Anton. This was one of the best books I have read from Brenda Rothert and that is saying something as I love her writing style. Anton Petrov is the captain of the NHL’s Chicago Blaze has a reputation for being rather aloof and a little brooding. Little do people know that he has been in love with a team mates’ wife for several years. However being a man of integrity, he has made no moves or indicated his feelings; he remains alone. Mia Marceau is finally away from her bullying soon to be ex husband Adam who is a player for the Chicago Blaze. I admit right here that I wanted to deck Adam and call him out on his hideous behaviour towards Mia. I really loved Mia, a woman who has cowered in the past but who with the love of a good man and the building up of her shattered confidence emerges to take on the world. This was at times an emotional roller coaster of a read as Anton and Mia fought the rocky path towards their happily ever after. The secondary characters were fabulous and I adored Uncle Dix, a man who I bet got up to a lot of mischief in his younger days. I laughed, I cried but throughout it all I loved Mia and Anton, both separately and together. I was anxious that they would get the chance together that they both so richly deserved. Not going to say anymore other than do yourselves a favour and one click this one on release. You won’t be disappointed and I cannot wait to read more in this series.

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  • Captivating, though a lot going on...

    4 stars — I started this one late at night, and I had a HELL of a time putting it down, I was definitely compelled by the story and characters! I feel like there were pieces of this story that shined brilliantly, but also some bits that felt somewhat disjointed near the end… It was still good, I just lost the flow somewhat. Anton was 99% of the time a sweetheart. The 1% was honestly just the times where he didn’t understand Mia’s pushbacks/need for independence, but I do get that they had to grow with each other. I kind of loved when he explained why he was attracted to her, that it was beyond physical attraction (even though they didn’t know each other that well), and I really loved that his fascination with her meant he wasn’t interested in other women. Most of the time in unrequited love stories I find the one with the feelings tends to avoid commitment with others, but not sex. Which, I’m sure it’s like that for many people (and there’s nothing wrong with that). But as I can’t imagine sex with someone when you have feelings for someone else, it was nice to see it represented in book form for once. The thing that made Anton such a great hero is that he really tried so hard to not push his agenda on Mia. He didn’t want her to be a cheater either, and he respected that and tried to be a solid friend…which he was. I kind of felt like we missed a bit in his background with his family back in Russia though…I kept expecting us to get something more there, and we didn’t. Perhaps in Alexei’s book? As for Mia, WOW. I was not expecting her story. She had so much going on, at times it felt like too much (mostly near the end). That girl needed to catch a break. But I suppose that’s what Anton’s love for her was…the universe saying “my bad, here you go, we even right?” I found the abuse that she underwent from her husband to be disgusting, heart-wrenching, and eye-opening. I especially loved that through Mia the author tried to showcase the shame that many domestic abuse victims feel, and how it’s hard to accept that they shouldn’t feel ashamed. I really loved that she was this feisty, strong woman in so many situations, because it shows that it’s not “weak” women who find themselves in abusive relationships, it can be ANYONE. It’s not black & white. However, as someone who has not dealt with abuse personally, I can’t say how accurate/helpful this portrayal was…it felt respectful, but what do I know? I really loved that we got to see Mia and Anton develop a friendship first. And that while you could feel the undercurrents in their relationship, you could feel how much they cared for one another regardless of attraction. There were a lot of great secondary characters in this story as well, and each of their relationships with Mia and/or Anton brought something else to the story. From Anita & Dre, and the struggle of single mothers trying to move up from poverty; to Mia’s grandfather and the devastation that is alzheimer’s; to Uncle Dix, who struggled with strokes, age, and some PTSD probably. I will admit it was almost too much for one story. But at the same time I loved each part, and how our characters dealt with life’s blows. So yeah. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but it definitely started stronger than it ended, for me at least. Definitely looking forward to more though!

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  • Anton is Dreamy 💜

    I LOVED Anton. He’s so dreamy.💜 Anton Petrov is the team captain for the hockey team, the Chicago Blaze. He’s known for his strict regimen of healthy eating and working out. His teammates give him a hard time for abstaining from sex. But they don’t realize he is in love with someone he can’t have. Mia is married to a man she no longer wants to be with. She trying her best to get out from under his thumb and making it on her own. I loved Mia almost as much as I loved Anton. I admired her strength and determination. She did everything she could to make things right in her life and those close to her. Anton was amazing. He was a great friend to Mia when she needed one the most. And although he had pined for her for the last few years, he respected her wishes on taking things slow. Their relationship felt real and not rushed. I enjoyed both characters immensely and loved watching their relationship evolve. I definitely recommend this story to everyone. I promise you won’t regret reading it.

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  • Brenda Rothert Scores Another Goal With Anton

    Brenda Rothert can write a hockey romance like nobody's business, and, truly, the books in her FIRE ON ICE series are still some of my favorites of hers. Now, Brenda is giving us more hockey heroes to love with the release of ANTON, the first book in her new Chicago Blaze series. Anton is pretty much everything that a book boyfriend should be. Besides all the usual attributes, he's got to be one of the most loyal guys that I've seen, and Mia is one lucky lady. And, even though she's got a 'past,' she is fierce, and I really enjoyed seeing her grow into herself. These two are definitely poster children for #couplegoals, and their story is, by turn, sexy, affirming, and exciting. Fans of sports romance, fans of Brenda's books, and, heck, fans of sexy Russian skaters will love this book. And, lucky us, it's almost like there are two Antons, because his twin brother, Alexei, another sexy Russian hockey player, is getting his own book very soon. In the meantime, though, as an avowed Brenda fan, I say go out and get yourself a copy of this book. Anton's waiting, and he is not to be missed.

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