Official Review! Now or Never (San Francisco Thunder #4) by Victoria Denault


Get ready for all the feels in this sexy, “emotionally charged” (Library Journal) romance about a bad boy hockey player who wants a second chance to win the heart of his high school crush. 

All Winnie Braddock wants is a quiet place to be alone and time to heal her battered heart. But the refuge she’d hoped for in her family’s summer cottage is destroyed when she gets there to find Holden Hendricks literally camped out in the driveway. He made her life hell when they were kids, and despite what he says, it doesn’t look like much has changed. She doesn’t care if her brother hired Holden to renovate the house this winter; she wants him gone.

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Holden knows that hockey saying all too well. After all, he could have gone pro if he hadn’t messed up so much as a kid. But now he’s desperate to prove he’s changed for the better, especially to Winnie Braddock. As the two work together to fix up the cottage piece by piece, they realize that perhaps they can give each other the new beginning they’ve both been waiting for — if they’re just willing to take the shot.


I received a copy via Netgalley and voluntarily left a review and all opinions are my own.

Not only have a fallen madly in love with all of Victoria Deanult’s hockey players in her past stories but I have also fallen head over heels for the Braddock family since Jude was introduced and my love for them has grown by leaps and bounds the more time that I spend with them. Victoria has shown us the passion and love that has grown with each of the Braddock children as they couple up and the strength between this family has endured so much with the illness and passing of their father. I couldn’t wait to see Winnie follow her heart and desires down the same rabbit hole that all of her siblings have tumbled down and experience every sweaty, heart palpitating moment that she would have on her road to love. I look forward to every moment of these childhood nemesis to become so much more! Winnie and Holden know how to keep their emotions, heart strings, and sheets twisted in ways that keep readers entertained for hours with no hope of putting down their fictional world until the last page has been read!

I have known Winnie for quite some time now from being in other books by Victoria Denault. I always knew her as Jude’s little sister and like his other sisters, she has a tendency to be sassy and doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind. I was so excited to get inside this Braddock sister’s head and find out what she was made of. It was painful to watch her grieve but also cleansing to see her survive, thrive, and flourish with the love of her family, who are always up in each other’s business, and Victoria’s newest hero. It was also downright entertaining watching the childhood enemies not only find common ground but try to fight their desires for each other.

Holden Hendricks is a hero that I definitely wanted to get to know and scratch more than just the surface. I could tell right from the beginning that he had a hard childhood that fueled his anger and resentment towards those that had a better life than him and was often misunderstood. It was enlightening to watch this character grow and change from his past self into the man that he needed to be to become a part of Winnie’s life and burrow into her heart. It was fascinating watching him and Winnie circle each other like boxers and I couldn’t wait to see the sparks fly once these two and their undeniable attraction collides.

Victoria Denault delivers another romance that takes us skidding across the ice right into inferno territory with hearts and desires that cannot be contained. I highly recommend “Now or Never” for a love story that brings a reader all the emotions and passion that they could ever want. I have been a fan of Victoria’s since the beginning of her Hometown Players series and my love for her writing never ceases to grow more with each new book that she pens. Her stories always contain the perfect mixture of heart, heat, and wit to keep me glued to my seat until I am finished with the last page and longing for more.

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