DRIVE by Brenda Rothert — Jenn’s Review



LOVE Brenda’s Fire On Ice series!!


5 stars


Years of training are about to pay off for hockey player Nikola Vereshkova. A call to play in the big league means he can finally come through for those who need him. His relocation to Chicago comes with built-in friends – and one gorgeous enemy who was less than impressed with him after their first encounter.
Sadie Alexander knows all about the drastic measures men will take just to get laid. She’s not only experienced it first-hand, but lived to tell about it in her online column, Sadie Says. And even though she’s a die-hard independent woman on the outside, the recent marriage of her best friend has her secretly feeling more alone than ever.
Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected. Could something that started out wrong end up being just right?

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I just love diving into a Brenda Rothert book. You know exactly what you are going to get; a fantastic story, each with its own uniqueness. DRIVE was no different. We  already met the two main players, Sadie and Niko, in EDGE. Sadie was Dell’s roommate and best friend, Niko, Luke’s teammate. I was dying for Niko to get his own story… I just knew he would be fascinating and I was not disappointed.

Nikola Vereshkova has finally gotten the call he has been working towards his entire life… a shot at the big leagues. The best part? He’s heading to Chicago, a town with built in friends. His family needs him to succeed. He cannot afford for anything to distract him from his shot in the NHL, and Sadie is most definitely a distraction.

Sadie Alexander has given up on men… She’s tried it all. Speed dating, internet dating and nothing has worked. She is a fierce, smart, independent woman. She doesn’t need a man by her side. She’s been doing it on her own for years and will continue to do so.

When Niko and Sadie meet for the first time, sparks fly and the attraction is immediate. It’s their second introduction that doesn’t go so well. Sadie wants nothing to do with Niko, but with him being on the same team as Luke, avoiding him is impossible. With Sadie on a 60 day mission to be man-free, staying away from Niko should be a piece of cake. She can’t have him even if she did want him. Luke has already warned Niko to keep away from Sadie. So what happens when two people are prohibited from being together?? Let me just tell you…. STEAMY GOODNESS!

Niko and Sadie have chemistry for DAYS! You can feel the sizzle when they are in the same room. Pair that with the illicit nature of their relationship and it is simply explosive. You want to smack them upside the head for fighting their attraction to each other. Brenda Rothert has the brilliant ability to write a dual POV and have you feel like you are swimming in both characters heads. You are rooting for them to be together from the start. When they finally give in to their temptation, it’s not all sunshine and daisies. They will have to decide if loving each other is enough.

As with all of the books in the Fire on Ice series, Brenda knows how to bring the funny (I had tears of laughter pouring down my face during the pink underwear scene), the steam (the first time Sadie and Niko meet up in the hallway of the bar…yum!), and the sweet, “I don’t know how to handle needing someone. But I do. I need you.” Just like Niko, this book is the total package!

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