Blog Tour Review: KILLIAN by Brenda Rothert

Today I’m sharing my review from Killian by Brenda Rothert. This book is currently up for sale. Bennett, the second book in the On the Line series, will be released on March 15th. Get your own copy of Killian and pre-order Bennett today (check the end of this article for the links).

Killian by Brenda Rothert
Series: On the Line, #1
Genres: Contemporary RomanceSports Romance, Hockey
Published on February 24, 2015
Other books by this author: Fire on Ice series, Now series
Other books in the series: Bennett
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Killian Bosch knows he’s his own worst enemy – he just doesn’t give a damn. The star forward of a minor league hockey team, he’s unstoppable on the ice. His reckless behavior, devil-may-care attitude and complete disregard for consequences have made him a major source of headaches for the Fenway Flyers’ brass.
But the new Flyers owner is more steel than brass. Sidney Stahl is a disciplined woman who parlayed earnings from a college job into a real estate empire. She’s determined to transform the Flyers from marketing nightmare to hockey powerhouse. Once she gets Killian in line, she knows the rest of the team will follow his lead.
The seduction of his sexy new team owner is a challenge too forbidden for Killian to resist. Sidney plays into his attraction as a means of controlling him, but soon finds that she’s the one surrendering. It’s all on the line as Killian and Sidney are forced to choose – business or pleasure?




*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***

His sincere expression made my heart melt a little. Killian’s sweet, vulnerable side had been worth working for. His brash exterior protected something wonderful.

Before reading Killian, I wasn’t familiair with Brenda Rothert. After reading Killian, I can gladly say I’m a FAN. A big fan. Even though, at first, I was afraid that I wouldn’t fully enjoy it, because Killian is a shorter novel than I’m used to reading. Normally, while reading shorter novels, I find the characters aren’t sufficiently detailed and I can’t completely lose myself in the story. When I finished Killian’s first chapter, I immediately felt relieved. Brenda’s writing is exceptional and she has the gift to use very little words, but have the adequate amount of detailing to make you feel like you’re part of the story.

I had nothing to lose, and a man with nothing to lose was never someone you wanted to fuck with.

Killian is a cocky and arrogant minor league hockey player. He’s the captain of the Flyers. Thinks he owns the world. Fucks women for a living and is almost never with the same woman twice. He doesn’t think much about women in general. There is one thing he’s serious about in his life though and that’s playing hockey. That’s why he can’t stand the players on the team who aren’t as serious about it as he is. Yes, Killian is a troublemaker, hothead and womanizer. And it may seem he doesn’t care what other’s think about him, but that’s not entirely true. Inside, Killian is very insecure. He doesn’t think he’s worth enough being with someone long term. Other words to describe Killian are protective, honest and sincere.

Nothing annoyed me more than someone who took their career and their future for granted.

When Killian meets the new owner of the Flyers, Sidney, he feels an instant connection to her. It’s a first for him and he doesn’t really know what to do with all those feelings. Sidney is pretty serious about her career and future and doesn’t care for people who aren’t. She doesn’t like ambivalence or childish behavior. What she does like though, is hockey. She always has. And she knows her hockey. So it’s a dream come true for her, when she has the possibility to own her own hockey team. An opportunity she gleefully accepts. Even though she has a very chauvinistic father who criticizes her every choice and just wants her to marry a wealthy man, Sidney is a successful multi-millionaire thanks to hard work. As a result she’s happily married to her work and men are the farthest thing from her mind.

My breath came fast and hard, all rational thoughts forgotten. All I could do was feel, but this feeling was like nothing I’d ever experienced. I was drowning in Sidney, and I never wanted this kiss to end.

Throw together a serious business woman with no time or interest for men and a very lost boy who’s the opposite of monogamous with a different woman every night, and you get a powerful connection. From the first moment they meet, a forbidden relationship starts to grow gradually. Feelings arise and develop overtime. (“I apologize for jumping you before letting you explain.” “You haven’t jumped me yet, Sidney. But you will.”) They both try to deny it, but still try to find ways to see the other. But there comes a point they can’t withhold any longer and that’s the starting point of sparks flying. Even though they both know it’s wrong and they don’t believe they are right for each other, it feels right when they’re together. Very right. They can’t go long without spending any time together. It almost feels like an addiction. Will they survive together or is it better for them to live their lives separately?

Women who felt empowered by the way I looked at them? That was fucking awesome. But this one, who was empowered all on her own? She was irresistible.

I liked both Sidney and Killian. Killian started out all tough, but it wasn’t long before you could see that was all a facade. Killian was actually very cute. I loved how they both spoke their mind and they could argue like the best of them. But when they went a couple days without speaking, they missed each other. Almost every time, Killian was the one to apologize. I found that very sweet of him. I loved Sidney because of how empowered she was. I didn’t really see the ice queen in her. She was soft and cared about Killian. She also didn’t know how to fire her failure of an assistant, Nicole. It was admirable to see how loyal Barb and Keri were to Sidney.

“I wish we could date.” Her eyes were soft when I looked over at her. She wasn’t Sidney Stahl, corporate powerhouse, but a woman whose vulnerability was incredibly sexy.

I was very happy to find out short novels aren’t all bad, because I absolutely loved Killian. Ms. Rothert’s writing is pretty great. There are a couple hot scenes, but the balance between sex and the story is perfect. There’s not too much sex in this book. And the sex scenes aren’t too descriptive. Don’t expect six-pages-long sex scenes. So, the sex is hot, but you know what is even hotter? The seduction scenes. Brenda knows exactly how to slowly build the tension. She made me blush a couple of times. Even though Killian is only twelve chapters long, Brenda Rothert succeeded in creating well-described characters with depth. She gave these characters a mesmerizing love story.

“If you’re on the ice, I’m watching you. And whether it’s a good idea or a bad one, this is happening. You and me. It’s already happening, and I want to stop pretending we can stop it. I don’t want to stop it.”

Killian is cute, powerful and hot. Same as its character with the same name. I loved reading about Killian’s story and I can’t wait to start Bennett’s. For me, this was a very pleasant way to get acquainted with Brenda Rothert. Are you looking for a sexy and forbidden love story? Killian should be the next book on your TBR-list!

“You’re good and loyal and strong, Killian. I don’t care what league you play in. I don’t care if you collect trash for a living. You make me happy in every way that matters.”




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BRheadshotBrenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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