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(Chicago Blaze #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,522 ratings  ·  217 reviews
I only have one love now—the home furnishings business I’m building into an empire. Maybe money and success can’t love me back, but they keep what’s left of my heart safe. One-night stands are my way of scratching the occasional itch I get for something more. And no one’s better for that than a sexy as sin hockey player I’ll never see again after one very hot night tog
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
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Wow. This series has the most husband worthy heroes and the best covers...

Ok, so this one is about Luca. Sexy, responsible single parent to his brother's three young kids. (Both his brother and sister-in-law died tragically) Luca's a star forward for the Chicago Blaze. His life used to be all about hockey and women, but now his nieces and nephews are his top priority. Since he has no time or desire for a 'relationship ', all his sexual activity happens as occasional one night stands.

Enter Abby.
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
This is the second story in the Chicago Blaze series and it had all those lovely book feels that I crave! Luca is mentioned a few times in the first book and the snippets shared there were enough to pique my interest. This can be read as a stand alone though :-)

Luca is the sole caregiver of his gorgeous nieces and nephew. Their parents were taken tragically and the last 18 months have been the most difficult time for all four of them. Each of the children have their own unique personalities and
4.5 Luca and Abby Stars

This book can easily be read as a stand-alone in the Chicago Blaze Series.

Luca is an absolute sweetheart of a Hero and he is a beautifully written character with just the right mix of tough hockey player and loyal, likeable hot guy. He has had to step up and care for his two nieces and nephew after they lost their parents. Luca’s life has been completely upended but his fierce love for the children is apparent throughout the story. Some of their conversations are hilario
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
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Brenda Rothert scores big with “Luca”, the second book in her Chicago Blaze series, a sexy heartfelt romance set in the world of professional hockey.

Abby has one goal in life: to keep what’s left of her bruised and battered heart safe by keeping busy by expanding her furniture empire and only has time for occasional one-night stands. She never expected that the hunk who rescued her from unwanted attention would blow her mind over night, much less upend her life and help make her whole.

When his
Spoilers ahead, 3.5*

With the unexpected death of his brother and later, his sister-in-law Luca becomes the guardian to his nieces and nephew. While out with the guys on one of his rare nights away from the kids he meets Abby and they agree to a ONS

Abby doesn't do relationships, she's a workaholic who occasionally hooks up with guys. She's built her company over the years and focuses all her efforts there. After her one night with Luca however she can't get him out of her mind. Though they eventu
Bookgasms Book Blog
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
Good golly! Who’s ready for all the feels from Luca and Abby—two broken souls who have each experienced such tragedy, but really and truly need someone to love them wholly, even though they both deny that need.

Abby. I don’t even know where to start. You’re a pillar of strength. A true phoenix who’s risen from the ashes. But, girl, you need to open your heart to love again. Someone like Luca who’s dealing with something just as difficult and challenging. Someone who’ll love you through your pain.
Jill M
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-athletes
I absolutely fell in love with Luca from the first moment with his purple glitter nail polish and love for his family. He has been through so much in such a short time but he is a remarkable man. Abby is struggling to make it through life but she is also a remarkable person. Together these two are steamy hot and perfect for the other. The both needed the other to find their missing piece in this thing called life.

I’m a sucker for hockey romances and Brenda didn’t disappoint. There’s just the rig
This is the second book in this series. When I reviewed Anton, I used two criteria, outside cover and inside story, I was that taken by the cover. This one I’m going back to the usual since while I did like the cover, it’s not even close to the extent of her last book. But good news is I liked the story inside this one just a wee bit better.

Luca, star forward for the Chicago Blaze Hockey Team is the absolute best hero. Honestly, I dare anyone to read this book and not fall for him hook, line and
Erin Lewis
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star Review Luca (Chicago Blaze #2) by Brenda Rothert 

Although this is the second book in the series, it is a stand alone and it is not necessary to have read book one, Anton before reading Luca. However, do yourselves a favour if you haven’t read Anton and one click. One of my favourite books from Brenda Rothert, ever; Now, on to Luca.

Luca is just as swoon worthy as Anton. His love of family, his strength and the support that he shows to those he loves is overwhelming. There are also many t
Cyndi Becker
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2019
There's something incredibly heartwarming and endearing about a single hockey player who embraces his family; becoming the caretaker of his nieces and nephew. He's not alone, he has help, but Luca is unique in his spirit and conviction. In Luca, Brenda Rothert creates a sweet and sensitive man who stole my heart from page one. But, this is also very much Abby Daniels story. A woman show has survived the unimaginable. In Luca, Abby will find the man who makes her heart beat, and scares the beejes ...more
Izzie d
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
Good story.
Given the cover and it being a sports romance you'd expect a man-whore Hero but he isn't.
No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.
Pushing away from heroine.
Kali McQuillen
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read, 2019-arc
Abby and Luca, 2 different people, 2 different cities. Both not wanting a relationship just a hook up. No feelings involved, everything is working great until it's not enough anymore.

These two will break your heart. I fell in love with Luca, he's everything. He may have never been in love before or even wanted to be in a relationship, he wants more and will do everything to make it happen. He loves his nieces and nephew like their his own and just make you go awww.

These two will make your heart
Stacy Ross
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What better thing to do on a holiday Friday then curl up with a hockey romance! I just finished Luca, book 2 in the Chicago Blaze hockey series by Brenda Rothert. She waisted no time getting to the steamy sexy between Abby and Luca. This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster right from the start. These two separately have gone through so much tragedy it guts you. As a mother, reading what Abby went through just about killed me. She is an unbelievably strong woman and I’m thrilled she and ...more
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
Luca is the second book in the Chicago Blaze hockey romance series. There are glimpses of Anton from book one and hints of players to be featured in future books, but don’t be afraid to read this as a standalone.

Luca is an amazing hero. He is young and has taken on the care of his brother’s children after they lost their parents.

“…I don’t know if I’m enough or if I’m doing a good job with the kids.”

Abby is a very successful entrepreneur. She fights her attraction to Luca a bit. She is up for
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is book two of the series but can be read as a stand alone. Really a delight to read. Nothing to complain about when we have a sweet romance combined with a single parent. Adorable kids and just enough angst/stress to make things interesting. And the cover?? Pick this one up just to stare at that all day!

Luca is just an all around great guy. Life has thrown some curves his way but he is moving on and doing the best he can for his new charges. Hockey gets in the way sometimes but he has back
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, 2019, rw, romance
This one really put a person through the wringer with emotions. I loved how Abby and Luca met, how both were no nonsense about what they wanted, a night of hot sex and that was it.

Luca was great with the kids. Would he rather not be their parent, yes because that would mean their real parents would be alive, but he was doing the best he could and the kids were good.

Abby came off as a bit of a cold bitch at first, but when you heard her story, OMG, my heart broke. That she was even as good as s
Becky Claxon
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good! You have to read it. I love books with children in them as they always have some of the cutest things they say. Unfortunately Luca has his two nieces and one nephew for sad reasons. Luca just melts my heart with how good he is with the children and always puts them first. I felt so bad for Abby once I found out about her past. I was so glad she made a friend with her personal trainer as she had some good advice for Abby. I think Abby and Luca are so good together and the ch ...more
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 22, 2021 rated it really liked it

Although I very much enjoyed the general book experience, I found the story a little depressing in parts.
It was something that almost made me put it down, I want entertaining by a book, I don’t mind a little bit of bad news in a book but. wow, this one almost became laughable.How can one family have all that tragedy.
That’s why it lost a star.
But onwards and upwards, Victor is next
Lenore Kosinski
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc

I received a free copy through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

4 stars — This was a strange one for me, b/c I loved both Luca and Abby’s individual stories, and their eventual together story, but it took me a bit to be invested in their romance…but I was still satisfied in the end.

I was so intrigued by Luca and his situation when we met him in Anton’s book, and he didn’t disappoint. He was a hero who was so easy to fall
While reading the previous book in the Chicago Blaze series I was immediately drawn to the sexy and talented Luca as he took on the duty of caring for his nieces and nephews after the death of his brother and sister-in-law. Managing both his career on the ice, and learning the ropes of single fatherhood, changed Luca and in this book we see a man mostly confident in what he’s doing with a few moments of uncertainty. The moment I met Abby I knew she’d be an intriguing match to Luca, living with h ...more
J.E. Benoit
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

She doesn’t just need a man; she needs me. And the more weeks and months that pass without me having any interest in other women, I realize maybe I need her, too.

Luca Campbell has his hands full, not only is he a star hockey player for the Chicago Blaze but he’s also raising his two nieces and one nephew after tragedy stole their parents. He’s managing pretty well, alt
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
" Sometimes, the curve ballsife throws you end up becoming home runs. "

I liked Anton and though it was a fast read the story was complete. I wanted to know more about the other players. These books are engrossing and entertaining I will say. Luca is legal guardian to his nieces and nephew, they experienced a huge loss they were trying to go on. Luca had his hands full all the time so he took a chance when he met Abby. Abby and Luca got hot and heavy right away they got a no strings arrangeme
Lula Pantoofle
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story. Luca is a pro hockey player tasked with the care of his three nieces and nephews. Abby is a power career woman who lost her family. The two start a no strings fling which eventually leads to more.

I liked Luca. He was an all round great guy. I felt that he handled raising three kids surprisingly well. I think realistically though, he would have had to have a live in nanny. I couldn’t quite make the logistics work otherwise. And he was obviously rich enough.

I liked Abby.
This book was an absolute total emotional roller coaster! From the highest high of an immediate connection, to the lowest lows of sharing a past full of devastating hurts, this book had me smiling one minute, and crying my eyes out the next.

Abby is a strong woman, one who has built her own business from the ground up, but there is also a vulnerability to her, which she hides behind her work. She has a past that she shares with no one, and she holds herself apart from everyone. She is alone, and
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Luca and Abby were in agreement about everything - one night stands were all they had time for, no relationships, no "forever". Their careers were their lives. Of course, Luca had a little more. He had his nieces and nephew now and "fatherhood" did not have room for anything else as well. His one night stand with Abby was addictive. One was not enough. Even Abby had to admit, her time with Luca was the best and exactly what she needed, no strings attached. Of course, life has a sense of humor an ...more
3 Stars

I enjoyed it but probably won't remember too much of it.

What I Enjoyed:

-I loved that Abby (h) was sexually active and not a simpering virgin for once. Girl went after what she wanted.
-Luca (H) was adorable with his nieces and nephew. The book starts with the girls applying nail polish on his nails cause they were having a spa day.. how adorable! How can you not love a man like that.
-The book deals with their heavy trauma but it's not a heavy read, it was more on the low-angst side.

Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Luca and Abby don't have time for romance. A quick one-night stand evolves into a tentative relationship as both characters try to keep their lives on check and also heal from their own scars. I enjoyed the second book of the series. The children were adorable, there was a comedy which made the tragedy feel less heavy and the ending was very satisfying.
Diane Plourde TDC Book Reviews

This was an amazing 6 star story that sucked me in so deep in the heart of these AWSOME characters.

Abby is all about work. She’s a tough boss that doesn’t take incompetence very well. At first look and first meeting her, she’s an ice queen. Luca is an hockey player who is raising his 2 nieces and nephew. Abby and Luca meet an share passion. They only hook up with no strings attached. As they get to know each, Abby is really not who she seems.

Luca, Luca, Luca. I just adored that character. H
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this one. It has a lot of emotion and a little layer of sadness for the characters. It brought tears to my eyes a few times. There is also a lot of hope and healing. I loved Luca and his little family. The scenes interacting with his nieces and nephew were precious. Luca is just yummy and he is exactly someone Abby needs her life. Abby's back story broke my heart, but watching her gain some healing with Luca and his brood warmed my heart. The epilogue is absolutely the
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