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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,923 ratings  ·  337 reviews
He’s known as Father Anton to his teammates—the brooding, sexy captain of the NHL’s Chicago Blaze has a reputation for…not having a reputation. Just like his diet and sleep routines, celibacy is part of Anton Petrov’s on-ice mojo. Or so they say. Anton stays mum on the subject. If the world thinks he chooses to abstain from sex, so be it. Better that than the truth getting ...more
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
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Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too cheesy and too corny.

Its a shame since I enjoy Miss Rothert's other books. However in Anton, I find it flat boring. The author does not shades a light why Anton choose to be celibate. What is it about Mia? To me Mia is also flat dimensional character.

The characters development is flat. I feel the chemistry between Mia and Anton is cheesy. And there is no explanation why Mia keeps her secret while being with Anton. I mean Anton waits for 3 years for her and she still keeping secret from him
Anton is the first book in a brand new hockey romance series by the lovely Ms. Rothert.

Characters & Chemistry.

Mia Marceau thought that she would be leading a different life but that isn’t the case. After finally leaving her cheating husband she has decided to go back to college but she also has to support her Grandfather who is a nursing facility. And she will do whatever it takes.

My heart broke for Mia and the lemons that she was given. Especially what she did to get her cheating husband to pay
Andrea Fleury
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadness and love

First I adore a good hockey romance. This was excellent. Anton is a rugged hockey player and captain of his team The Blaze. He has been in love with a girl named But Mia is married to one of the players on his team. When Anton finds out how Adam treats his wife Mia .Anton befriends Mia.aT his is there story.
DNF at 48%

Why forcing myself to finish this?

When I wheeled him into the living room this morning and he saw her in the kitchen, he whistled under his breath and asked me if he could “get chocolate milk from those titties”. I just about lost my shit on him.

I'm out.
Spoilers ahead

From the moment Anton met his teammate's wife he wanted her, he tried dating other women but it never worked so for over 2 years he's been celibate even though he didn't think he'd have a shot with Mia

Mia dropped out of college to marry her husband only for him to turn into an abusive asshole shortly after. Years of taking his verbal and emotional abuse and public cheating have worn down her confidence but she finally finds the courage to leave. With no money of her own Mia starts
This was basically a really...jeez, I can't say 'sweet' story, because there was some rough stuff going on...But the eventual romance between Anton and Mia was sweet.

Anton's the captain of the Chicago Blaze hockey team. His teammates call him Father Anton, since he's been celibate for three years. Why is he celibate? Because he has a 'thing' for a teammate's wife. Or should I say soon to be ex wife. But even if she is an ex you just don't go there. Bro code and all. But ever since Anton has know
Radd Reader
3.5 ⭐️’s

I literally picked this book up because of the cover. OMG! That model’s butt is swoon worthy. Lol 🥰. Add in the tattoo, the pose and his looks and it’s a shut out! 🔥❤️🏒🔥

”If we can get there, Mia—if we can actually get to a point where we’re together—I promise you’ll be everything to me.”

Anton (31, professional hockey player for the Chicago Blaze, center position, team captain):
The following words/phrases were used to describe Anton: Russian, twin, hard worker, celibate
The Book Bee
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
"She's a mystery I'm slowly figuring out, my reward her moans and gasps of pleasure."

Ever since I saw the synopsis for Anton, I knew this was going to be a book I needed to read. And of course, what a great introduction to Brenda Rothert's writing I got with this one. She has been recommended to me a few times, so I finally read her and I'm glad I did. Her voice was clear and concise and the flow was perfect. With this series opener, I will most definitely be following this te
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
I love a good sports romance! A hockey romance just makes it all the better! Anton is the first book in the new Chicago Blaze series and it’s a fantastic start!

Anton and Mia are the leads in this romance. Anton’s very focused on this career—keeping himself in tip top shape takes a lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of energy. He’s doesn’t really have room in his life for anything else—but he’d make an exception for Mia. She’s his dream woman, if only she wasn’t married to one of his teammates.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love a slow burn, but this one was just waaaaaaaaaay toooooooo slooooooooow for me, and it actually stopped me from connecting with the characters. I was just constantly on the edge of my seat waiting for something to happen.
I have to say though, the cover is absolutely stunning, and that’s what drew me to the book in the first place.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A safe, pretty interesting read. The premise was unique, but just not a whole lot of depth, could have benefitted from being a little bit longer.

Safety Info:
Celibate Hero
Heroine is getting a divorce
Nothing happens till she is divorced
No OW drama
OM drama but he is kind of evil
HEAVY on the slow burn.
So heavy that the first and only sex they had happened in 90%.

😒 Fucking ridiculous..

He was in love with her from afar for three years while she was married to another man. He was celebrate the whole time and I was waiting for the explosion to happen.
I was sooooo giddy.

SO I waited

And waited


90% of 😤

Pardon my French,
But what the fuck is that, a Jane Air Novell?

I can't even...

Other than this I enjoyed the story but I don't remember much of it because my frustrati
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book that I read from this author and it was an ok read for me. Anton has been pining over Mia for a while now but she is married to one of his teammates. When that relationship falls apart, Anton decides to befriend Mia and they start into a friends to lovers relationship. This book was a slow burn and you will be waiting for a while to see any action so if that is what you came here for, then this is not the book for you. If you don’t mind slow burn, then this book is perfect ...more
Cyndi Becker
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anton Petrov is a dreamboat on ice. This uber lovable captain of the Chicago Blaze has long harbored a crush on a teammates wife and for two years has remained steadfastly loyal to her, she just doesn't know it. Heck no one can know because its just not the kind of thing an honorable man like him wants anyone finding out. It's not until he discovers the object of his affections, Mia, is working at a bar after having left her abusive husband that Anton fesses up. And thus begins this slow-burn lo ...more
4.5 stars

Shame on me. I actually sat down to write my review the morning after finishing it and...well...I kinda lost the review. I'm not sure where I saved it so we're starting from scratch!

I loved Anton. He was awesome. He was alpha, protective and just all around great. I honestly wish that I could find a real life Anton for myself.

I loved how committed he was to Mia, even though they couldn't be together. And I don't mean that in a creepy way, or that he was hanging on...but he didn't subs
“𝗜’𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝗳 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂...𝗜’𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱.”

Not only is this book cover TO DIE FOR…the story behind all of that gorgeousness is absolutely PHENOMENAL! Wow! Brenda Rothert blew my mind and checked all of my emotional boxes with her latest release! 𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗢𝗡 is the first book in a brand new sexy sports romance series, 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘨𝘰 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘻𝘦, and I couldn’t have asked for a more EPIC start! Anton and Mia were EVERYTHING! Mia has so many demons and Anton wants nothing more th
Aug 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-but-not-read
Anton is on sale for $0.99 (regular price $3.99) on Amazon today (8/11/2019)💞
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it! That cover, wow!
3.5-4 Anton & Mia Stars

Brenda Rothert is the author that got me hooked onto Ice Hockey Player romances & I was really looking forward to this book. And the I saw the cover and I was REALLY looking forward to this book.

Anton (31) has been in love with Mia (29) for years but she was married to his team mate ( Anton & he were not friends). Now that marriage has fallen apart and Anton & Mia meet up unexpectedly and there is definite chemistry but Mia is still technically married & both of them hono
Erin Lewis
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was 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 indic
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
This is a new series by Brenda Rothert and DAMN did she start it off with a bang! I mean I was like WTF did I just read after I finished this story. I wish I had me an Anton because the love he has for Mia is true love that does not die but grows each day for the person and that person will do anything to keep that love.

Anton is the Captain of The NHL Chicago Blaze team and he is known as the celibate one because he is not a man whore like most of the guys and he does not have a wife or girlfrie
Becky Claxon
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very emotional book. Anton is such an honorable man who is reliable and caring. I admired him that even though he fell in love with his team player’s wife Mia, he wouldn’t do anything about it unless she was divorced. I hated how Mia’s husband Adam emotionally abused her. She is really a strong woman who has gone through a lot, but believed the horrible things her husband said about her. I loved how Anton kept trying to help and take care of Mia as a friend. He was good at thinking out ...more
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-read
Hottest cover photo ever!!!! Anton was magnificent!!! I am a sucker for a female character who truly is down on her luck and yet so determined to make it. Mia is truly struggling. Her husband is a NHL player but she left him and he emptied the bank accounts. He won't give her a divorce either.
Anton is smitten but has such self control that he's determined to wait for Mia. That seems unrealistic since he hadn't seen her much over years time but I'm willing to go along for Mia deserves an Anton.
3.5 stars

A fairly shortish book (under 200 p) that felt longish.

I think it was the very slow burn aspect of the central romance. At the start the heroine, Mia, is trying to get out of an abusive marriage. Her husband is a professional NHL player and a teammate of the hero, Anton. Anton has had a from- afar unrequited love thing going on with Mia for years.

As the story begins, Anton realizes that Mia and Adam (her estranged husband) are separated and she is in a bad way. Slowly he befriends her
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow I really liked this book! I flew through it and kept reading until I couldn't keep my eyes open and passed out lol. It just had a different story line than I was expecting and I got so invested in Mia and Anton and their relationship. There was hard parts where I felt so bad for Mia and I was proud that she is a strong woman, but really happy that Anton wanted to be there for her. The relationships really made this book for me not only Anton and Mia but also Uncle Dix and Anita too. Some of ...more
In all the years I’ve been reading and doing reviews I’ve never done this before, it is a first. I’m giving this book 2 grades, one for the outside and one for the inside.

Outside first. Two words. Ohhhh Myyyy. This is without question the most gorgeous and sexy yet tasteful cover I’ve ever seen on a book. Look at it. Study it. Enlarge it. Now try and disagree with me. It’s pure perfection with the model, the tattoos the pose, the title in the most appropriate of places – perfection. I find the c
The first book in a new hockey romance series from Brenda Rothert, Anton is a great start to what I hope will turn into a series full of heart and steam. This is my first book by Brenda and I truly enjoyed it. There are a lot of emotional moments in this book and I won't get into them because I think it would take away from your enjoyment, but what I will say is don't go into this thinking its a fluff read about easy going hockey dudes and the girls they fall in love with. There is so me real pa ...more
Lula Pantoofle
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me free in exchange for an honest review

Anton is the captain of the hockey team who remains celibate for two years after falling for his teammate Adam’s wife, Mia. Mia meanwhile finds out her husband is a total dick and is desperately trying to divorce him but he is blackmailing her with threats not to pay her grandpa’s Alzheimer’s carehome bills each month.

This was pretty grim in parts. Mia’s ex, Adam, was such a total dickwad that I failed to see how he ever could have
Nancy Metsch
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Blown away by brenda's writing....AGAIN!!!
This book was EVERYTHING!!!!! Anton is more them just the captain of his NHL team, he's a hero in my opinion.
He saved Mia in so many ways, starting with friendship and working his way into her heart. I loved both characters fir so many reasons. Mia because she is a strong woman. And Anton because he knew what he wanted. I will not give any spoilers.....I will say this book is a must read
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This book is the first in a new hockey series by Brenda Rothert. She kicks it off with the Captain and my goodness what a tangled mess this one starts off with.

Anton has been wanting Mia from afar since he met her. She has been married to his team mate all this time and off limits. Now things have changed but Mia is still in a whole heap of trouble. Once it all is out in the open, Anton offers his friendship and nothing more. He is able to help Mia get her life right and she helps him by caring
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