Slammed

Slammed

Not every goalie plays it safe... As a publicist for the San Francisco Thunder hockey team, Dixie Braddock is too busy rescuing the players from trouble to get into any of her own. Except, of course, when it comes to the super hot new goalie. Because when a guy's kiss curls your toes and sets your heart on fire, how the hell do you just walk away? But if anyone ever catch...

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Title:Slammed
Author:Victoria Denault
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Slammed Reviews

  • Diane Lynch

    review to come

  • bookbruin

    is officially my favorite book by Victoria Denault! This book was pure perfection from start to finish and I didn't want it to end!

    is book 2 in the San Francisco Thunder series, but can be read as a stand alone. I do recommend reading the first book, however, since

    is fantastic and several of the characters, including the hero and heroine, appear in both books.

    I loved Eli and Dixie right from the beginning and couldn't get enough of them! Their initial meeting was equal pa

    is officially my favorite book by Victoria Denault! This book was pure perfection from start to finish and I didn't want it to end!

    is book 2 in the San Francisco Thunder series, but can be read as a stand alone. I do recommend reading the first book, however, since

    is fantastic and several of the characters, including the hero and heroine, appear in both books.

    I loved Eli and Dixie right from the beginning and couldn't get enough of them! Their initial meeting was equal parts silly and sweet as it was sexy and fun. The witty banter and innuendo was absolutely hilarious and the sexual chemistry was so damn hot! All of the build up and push and pull made things absolutely explosive!

    I honestly couldn't stop the goofy grin from forming on my face while reading their cheesy pick up lines and text messages. There are some more serious times in the book, but these texts and stolen moments helped lighten the mood and balanced the story well. I loved that there wasn't any unnecessary drama and that the conflict felt realistic and believable. It's rare that I like the hero and heroine equally, but this time I truly fell in love with both Eli and Dixie. Both of them were charismatic, intelligent, and driven individuals with issues to overcome, but this only endeared me to them and made them more relatable.

    The Braddock family was another highlight of the book. The entire family is of course amazing and I loved the bond between all the siblings, especially the sorority. These 3 sisters are so supportive and loving to each other, but they also have no filter and hold nothing back. I can't even imagine how Jude felt growing up as the lone brother! Speaking of Jude, it was wonderful to catch up with him and Zoey and I loved his moments with Dixie. Their back and forth about the sex of the future Braddock had me giggling like a fool. Family plays such a vital role in this book and I really applaud the author for showing it in all of its brightest and darkest moments.

    I can't recommend this book enough! You definitely do not want to miss Slammed!

  • Sam Kozbial

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    I L-O-V-E-D this book! I am generally a big fan of hockey romances, and I have enjoyed the books I read in Denault's Hometown Players series, but this book just had the perfect combination of all my favorite elements.

    Dixie Braddock, publicist for the San Francisco Thunder and kid sister of their star player, who is trying to keep the sister thing under wraps as she makes her way through the PR ranks of the Thunder's organization.

    Eli Casco, an up and coming goalie, who came

    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    I L-O-V-E-D this book! I am generally a big fan of hockey romances, and I have enjoyed the books I read in Denault's Hometown Players series, but this book just had the perfect combination of all my favorite elements.

    Dixie Braddock, publicist for the San Francisco Thunder and kid sister of their star player, who is trying to keep the sister thing under wraps as she makes her way through the PR ranks of the Thunder's organization.

    Eli Casco, an up and coming goalie, who came back from an injury to make his bid for the NHL and now must unpack his baggage if he hopes to earn a permanent spot on the team.

    Eli and Dixie shared a kiss that they could not forget, and try to pick up where they started a year later. Just when it seemed both were ready to attempt to further this relationship, Eli is called up to the Thunder, and that puts him off limits due to the non-fraternization policy.

    I loved so many things about this book.

    • Dixie was fabulous. She was sassy and strong and went after things she wanted.

    • Eli was so fun. I swear I smiled almost every time he was on page. He was also the more romantic of the two, and he made me laugh so much. I was actually reading his cheesy pickup lines to my neighbor at work, and we got a good chuckle out of them. They became something I looked forward to, and Denault wrote him some good ones.

    • Dixie's family was fantastic. Her sisters were hilarious, and it was so much fun when all three were together. Her parents were absolutely adorable, and there was just so much love between them all. #FamilyGoals

    • This is the sort of drama I enjoy in a romance too, because it was not between the hero and heroine, but it still complicated things for them. So, you get the tension, without the cliche things you normally see causing issues in a relationship.

    • The banter was pretty top notch, and made me laugh tons. But there was also some really sweet and serious discussions, that made me swoon and sigh.

    • I was so happy with the multiple dimensions Denault gave to both Eli and Dixie. Just when you thought that was all they had in them, a little something more was revealed. I especially loved seeing Eli's gentle side. He came through in a big why when he really needed to.

    • A GRAND GESTURE!!! I am a diehard fan of Say Anything, and am a certified sucker for any sort of grand gesture. I thought the one Denault gave me was rather wonderful, and it came out of nowhere, so it was even better, because I didn't expect it. There was things that happened, which I expected, but I didn't expected it to happen like THAT.

    • I want to list the brotherly love separately because both Dixie and Eli shared great relationship with their big brothers, and we got to share some really meaningful moments with them. I don't know about you, but I eat that stuff up.

    • The ending was fantastic. I must be getting lucky with endings lately, because usually I complain a lot about them, but this one made me so happy. The last chapter, coupled with the epilogue just left me in a highly elated state.

    Overall: This book checked off all the right boxes for me. A great hero and heroine, lots of feels, a hot and sweet romance, fantastic familial elements, hockey, and just the right combination of heat, humor, and drama.

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    I can’t put my finger on what exactly made it so, but this book felt

    romantic to me. Like, I can’t even tell you how many times I sighed and swooned, and generally bubbled over with happy-hearted satisfaction.

    somehow managed to be adorable, sexy, giggle out loud funny, and full of whatever that magic it is that puts butterflies in my belly and giant blissed-out smiles on my face. To put it simply: I loved it. L-O-V-E-D it.

    Eli Casco. Lord, y’all. This guy. I could not have adored

    I can’t put my finger on what exactly made it so, but this book felt

    romantic to me. Like, I can’t even tell you how many times I sighed and swooned, and generally bubbled over with happy-hearted satisfaction.

    somehow managed to be adorable, sexy, giggle out loud funny, and full of whatever that magic it is that puts butterflies in my belly and giant blissed-out smiles on my face. To put it simply: I loved it. L-O-V-E-D it.

    Eli Casco. Lord, y’all. This guy. I could not have adored him more. Not even one tiny smidge more. He was my perfect hero: a little bit goofy, a little bit cocky, strong but kind and willing to move mountains for the woman he loves. I am so crazy about this hero. I loved his story so much. His chemistry with Dixie (whom I was already half in love with when she was just part of “the sorority” in

    ) was an almost tangible thing for me. I connected with them basically immediately, my heart jumped right on board and I spent nearly the entirety of this book feeling like I was falling in love with their love story. And that is

    how I want to feel when I’m reading a romance, so it’s safe to say that

    hit every single one of my sweet spots.

    The Braddock family, who I first met in

    continued to charm the heck out of me. I loved the good-natured antagonistic relationship between all the siblings, and that pure, sweet, boisterous love that this whole family has for each other. I loved the emotional and heartwarming secondary storylines going on here, and I especially loved how that connected to, and facilitated the forbidden romance brewing between Dixie and Eli.

    Honest to God, you guys, this book is the whole package. This is only the second book I’ve read by Ms. Denault but I’m emphatically, enthusiastically, and wholeheartedly on board for more. This book was just an absolute delight! If you like your hockey hotties full of humor, heart and heat, you definitely do not want to miss out on this story! ~ Shelly, 5 Stars

  • Beth ~ Panda & Boodle

    Guys, guys, guys. You need to be reading this series from Victoria Denault.

    is only the second book of hers I have read and yet, I am already addicted to her style of writing. There’s just

    about it, about this book. I don’t know that I can quite explain it, but it’s tangible and it’s real and it just maybe doesn’t have a name. Except for WOW. This book

    Guys, guys, guys. You need to be reading this series from Victoria Denault.

    is only the second book of hers I have read and yet, I am already addicted to her style of writing. There’s just

    about it, about this book. I don’t know that I can quite explain it, but it’s tangible and it’s real and it just maybe doesn’t have a name. Except for WOW. This book absolutely has that WOW factor that truly fantastic romance novels do.

    And maybe it comes from Elijah. After all, the man is swoon personified. From his terrible (and terribly hilarious) pick-up lines to the way he calls his girl “Sweet Dixie” to the obstacles he’s fighting to overcome in his relationship and career, this man encompasses everything—Every. Single. Thing—a hero in a book like this should. But then again, as the heroine of this terrific tale, so does Dixie.

    So, maybe it was she who elevated this book to the next level. I mean, her sass was on point—funny yet appropriately cutting when necessary—and her vulnerabilities able to make her feel so very

    . I love-love-LOVED the hell out of her and her family, not for the first time. Dixie and her sisters (“The Sorority”, as their brother, Jude, calls them) charmed and amused me in

    , and Ms. Denault manages to somehow make them even more charming and amusing this time around.

    In fact, everything was

    this time around—and, as someone who loved the first book, that’s saying something. There’s not a thing about

    I would change. It had me from page one and became a book I simply did not want to put down. And when I reached the perfect ending, I just wanted to rewind and start all over again. And if that doesn’t convince you that you need to be reading this book, then that’s okay.

    That just means I get to keep Eli all to myself.

    ~ FIVE

    STARS ~

  • Tpagirl

    Slammed was the second book in the San Francisco Thunder series by Victoria Denault.

    Elijah “Eli” Casco was the younger brother to the Thunder team captain, Levi. Eli was a goalie and started out in the minors but was called up to the NHL on several occasions until he got his big break. On one of those occasions he met Dixie Wynn, a Thunder PR rep, and the sister to one of the star players, Jude Braddock. Eli and Dixie didn’t know the other’s background and they shared an unforgettable kiss but t

    Slammed was the second book in the San Francisco Thunder series by Victoria Denault.

    Elijah “Eli” Casco was the younger brother to the Thunder team captain, Levi. Eli was a goalie and started out in the minors but was called up to the NHL on several occasions until he got his big break. On one of those occasions he met Dixie Wynn, a Thunder PR rep, and the sister to one of the star players, Jude Braddock. Eli and Dixie didn’t know the other’s background and they shared an unforgettable kiss but then left it alone.

    Eli and Dixie had sparks from the beginning but there was a serious no fraternization rule in their contracts so they couldn’t pursue anything serious. The storyline then highlighted their interactions and the pull that kept them gravitating towards each other. It was sweet and emotional but Denault also included loads of humor. As a result, I enjoyed the characters tremendously.

    Slammed was written with a dual POV. It was well written with dimension, depth and complexity. Denault included so many intriguing characters that I have no idea her direction next, but I’m looking forward to wherever she chooses to lead.

  • BookQueen

    Thank you HBG Canada for sending me this ARC of Slammed by Victoria Denault!!

    So unfortunately I haven't read the first book yet about Jude and Zoey but I have it ordered and I'm going to read it as soon as possible!

    I love love love hockey romance novels! I think it's because I'm into hockey and I actually enjoy watching it so reading some novels about it is always a huge plus!

    Dixie and Eli are the focus of this book! Dixie is Jude Braddock's youngest sister and PR person for the NHL team he pl

    Thank you HBG Canada for sending me this ARC of Slammed by Victoria Denault!!

    So unfortunately I haven't read the first book yet about Jude and Zoey but I have it ordered and I'm going to read it as soon as possible!

    I love love love hockey romance novels! I think it's because I'm into hockey and I actually enjoy watching it so reading some novels about it is always a huge plus!

    Dixie and Eli are the focus of this book! Dixie is Jude Braddock's youngest sister and PR person for the NHL team he plays for. One evening she gets stuck in an elevator and experiences the most passionate kiss of her life with Eli, only to find out he might be called up to play for the San Francisco Thunder!!!

    Kissing (and pretty much everything sexual) is forbidden from staff to players!

    But they can't hold back what is starting to develop between them!

    On a crazy ride to keep their relationship as secretive as possible, this book had me turning pages until I finished it.

    I always loved having the POV of both characters. It makes me feel like I can know exactly what they're thinking and I get mad when the characters don't know (or pretend) that there's something between them.

    If you like sports and romance then you will love this book and series! Coming December 5!!!

  • Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***

    4.5 Stars

    So many forbidden romances aren't really forbidden and end up resolving with none of the drama that the characters expected, so in a way, I really enjoyed this one. Eli is a goalie and Dixie is in the PR department for the San Francicso Thunder hockey team. A relationship is forbidden, and termination for the PR person in the relationship is a guarantee.

    So, this becomes about 2 people who want to be together, and who can't, bec

    ***ARC Provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley***

    4.5 Stars

    So many forbidden romances aren't really forbidden and end up resolving with none of the drama that the characters expected, so in a way, I really enjoyed this one. Eli is a goalie and Dixie is in the PR department for the San Francicso Thunder hockey team. A relationship is forbidden, and termination for the PR person in the relationship is a guarantee.

    So, this becomes about 2 people who want to be together, and who can't, because of a circumstance that is not easily changed. And, I liked that the attraction is enough for them to be willing to at least consider the alternatives, to consider that maybe the relationship they are building is one that is worth some sacrifice.

    I also liked that the plotting of the book allowed them to start their relationship when it wasn't actually forbidden, to give them a chance to see if they wanted to be together, and to deal with the budding attraction while it is still technically not against the rules.

    The sex was hot, the connection felt real, and there were little touches that made Eli seem incredibly approachable and down to earth (and, those were the worst pick up lines in the history of pick up lines) and it made you understand the attraction to Eli that Dixie wants to fight, and ignore, but can't.

    I loved that I believed the ending. As I said in the beginning of the review, there were some changes that needed to be made in order for Eli and Dixie to have a real shot at being together. I loved that the changes both worked and seemed to come about more organically, as it left me with the belief that this is a couple who will be together for the long haul.

    I recommend this title.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    I loved this book! Eli and Dixie were so good together. They had amazing chemistry and just seemed to be having a lot of fun with each other. The bad lines that they used with each other were fantastic.

    Review copy provided by the publisher. Full review to be posted soon.

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