A STARLET REVIEW: SCORE BY VICTORIA DENAULT

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A STARLET REVIEW: SCORE BY VICTORIA DENAULT
He's used to winning, but now he's playing with his heart.Jude Braddock. Hockey god. That's how everyone sees him now. But when they were teenagers, Zoey knew him as the kid who didn't have enough nerve to make a move on their one and only disastrous date. Seems he doesn't have that problem anymore, though. According to the rumors, he's with a different woman every night. After a rough divorce, the last thing Zoey needs is more heartbreak. But Jude's cocky, playful attitude is mighty hard to resist.Jude knows he isn't built for long-term relationships. But he's getting sick of women pounding on his door in the middle of the night looking for a rematch. When Zoey comes back into his life, it's like fate has given him a second chance. He'll do anything to make her happy again. Is this what love looks like? He has no idea. All he knows for sure is that this time, he's playing for keeps.San Francisco Thunder books:ScoreSlammed
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 My Review

I’ve read every book Victoria has written!  I absolutely love her hockey players and their heroines!  This one quickly became one of my favorite books!  I love, love, love Zoey so much!  And I am a HUGE sucker for second chance romance!

Zoey has known Jude a long time, but years have separated them by circumstance.  Now they are in the same city and a chance encounter with Dixie brings Zoey straight to Jude’s doorstep and the one that got away is suddenly within reach again.  But Zoey has been burned, and very very badly at that.  Her confidence in herself and love, are gone.  When Jude shows up at the lunch Dixie has arranged with her sisters, she’s reminded of everyone of those feelings from that long ago summer.

Jude has never forgotten Zoey and at first sight he remembers just how much he was in to her all those years ago.  Jude is single… But he’s a playboy and seriously trying to clean up his image.  The last thing he wants to do is show Zoey that side of him, but unfortunately it’s not easy to get away from his former transgressions…. He has to make Zoey trust again which isn’t easy, especially when random women show up in the middle of the night at his door.  But Jude has a plan and he sets it in motion, he’s never failed, and he won’t this time either.  Winning her heart is the ultimate score and he will score the goal that means the most!

I love Victoria’s writing.  My only small complaint is that when books are written in third person they tend to be very heavy on the monologue.  I really would like to see a little less of that and a lot more dialogue between characters.  It becomes that show vs tell the reader.  I like to watch it all unfold as it happens.  But that doesn’t stop this from being one of her best books yet!  Honestly, I love the Caplan sisters but honestly, Jude’s sister Dixie wins for me as a side character!  I need her book like now!!!!

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Q&A With Victoria Denault

Q: What was your favorite book to write and why?

A: It used to be my first book, One More Shot, but Score has now replaced it. This book just flowed out of me and I adored writing the relationship between Jude and his sisters: Winnie, Sadie and Dixie. Plus I loved Zoey’s struggle to find her strength again and how Jude helped her with that.

Q: Which characters of yours do you identify most with?

A:Callie Caplan because she speaks the truth even when it’s not what people want to hear, and for good or bad, that’s me. Also Dixie Braddock because of the way she loves to, lovingly, annoy her siblings. That’s me too.

Q: Where do you like to write?

A: I love to write at coffee shops. I get way more done than at home where I’m too easily distracted.

Q: What’s your favorite genre to read?

A: I love romance, but I also love YA.

Q: What is your favorite book you’ve read and why?

A: Of all time? Gosh, that’s almost impossible to answer. I love a lot of books for a lot of different reasons. I will always adore The Outsiders by SE Hinton. It’s a classic. Also I love The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold owned me when I read it. And Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin was a romance read that I adored.

 

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About Victoria Denault

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Victoria Denault loves long walks on the beach, cinnamon dolce lattes and writing angst-filled romance. She lives in LA but grew up in Montreal, which is why she is fluent in English, French and hockey.