Off the Ice, New Release from LP Dover

Title: Off the Ice
Series: Breakaway Novel
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018 Cover Designer: RBA Designs Cover Model: Jack Storer Photographer: FuriousFotog
He’s always made the scoring plays, both on and off the ice, but this time he has a new goal … the one for Meghan’s heart.
I’m Justin Davis, all-star center for the Charlotte Strikers. For years, I chased the spotlight, not only with hockey, but through television as well. That’s why I decided to play the bachelor on Rich and Single. Unfortunately, I was stuck with a fake fiancée from hell who I couldn’t stand to be around. Now that our contract is up, I’m allowed to do whatever I want, with whoever I want. I plan to take full advantage of my newfound freedom.
After being on the show, people don’t recognize me for hockey anymore, even with just winning the Stanley Cup for my team. That’s why I’m spending the off season in a remote cabin in Wyoming where the chances of people knowing me are slim. Space is what I need, but when a down to earth beauty needs help on her ranch, I can’t resist. Meghan Taylor is exactly what I’ve been looking for, even though I’m not the kind of man she wants.
Getting her to see the real me has its challenges, but the more time I spend with her, the easier it is for her to see that I’m not the same guy she knows from TV. Being away from the media is one thing, but as soon as I’m back in the spotlight, I’m afraid it’ll change what we have. I don’t want to lose her, but I also can’t hide away in Wyoming forever. It’s a choice I’m not ready to make.

My Review 

Having read some other books in this series, I had gotten to know Justin a bit so I was glad to get my hands on an early copy of his story. Not only is he the star center forward of the Charlotte Strikers hockey team, he’s also the celebrity bachelor from the popular reality TV show, Rich and Single.  His story begins with Justin's team winning the Stanley Cup and the clock finally running out one his one year contract engagement to the bachelorette he was forced to choose during the show's final episode.  The past year of Justin being “engaged" to the lying, manipulative, fame-seeking Miranda has felt like a noose around his neck, but it shouldn’t be surprising that Justin breaking up with her on national television causes a wave of very public backlash from Miranda.  Since the hockey season has ended, Justin avoids the publicity by escaping to his ranch in Wyoming, where he meets his neighbor, Meghan.

Justin may be rich and famous, but at his core he’s just a regular guy with a big heart who loves his family and friends.  When a woman bumps into him at the airport and then offers him a ride to his ranch, she treats him like a regular guy. The idea of her not knowing about his fame really appeals to Justin,  not to mention the fact that she’s smart, funny and beautiful. Meghan lives a simple life. Since her husband died while on active duty, leaving her with an infant daughter, her focus has been on making a good life for herself and Ellie for the past eight years. She’s ready to move on romantically, but she just hasn’t met the right man.  Until Justin.

This book was such great fun to read!  I easily fell in love with both of these characters, and the adorable Ellie, and was completely on board in seeing them get their happily ever after.  They certainly had their challenges – living on opposite sides of the country, Justin's paparazzi lifestyle and Meghan's need for anonymity, and let’s not forget the evil Miranda.  But there was such great chemistry that went far deeper than just the physical, and I knew there had to be a way for them to work things out.  I enjoyed every step of their journey and was taken in by these endearing, authentic characters as their relationship developed. And having a child in the equation made for some special, poignant moments between Justin and Ellie.  This book didn’t feel quite as polished as others from this author, but it wasn’t significant enough to detract from the story or interrupt its flow.  This one has a wonderful balance of all the compelling elements of an excellent sports romance and I whole- heartedly recommend it.

Get your copy today! Until next time, dear reader

Much love between the covers,


*See my other reviews here

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.


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