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Love can be the best trophy and the sweetest consolation prize.
Dominic is flirty, swoon-worthy and tattooed. He’s only ever truly loved one woman – Hailee – the one that got away. But that was a lifetime ago. She left a scar on his heart so deep that no bunny would ever fill it. No girl measured up to his Hailee – not that he wanted anyone to. If he was lucky enough to find her again, he wasn’t going to let her go so easily.
Hailee is stubborn, talented, tattooed, and not the kind of woman to let a man take care of her. She refuses to sit in the kitchen and bake pies for anyone. She is her own woman and plans to stay that way. That’s why she had to leave Dominic all those years ago. Hailee kept herself hidden away in a hockey-free bubble, avoiding all aspects of the game and eliminating the possibility of running into him. Her heart missed Dominic, but her brain knew that she couldn’t be what he needed. It was just better this way. She had her own dreams and wasn’t about to give up on them, even if it meant giving him up.
When all things in her life finally start to fall neatly into place, one thing is still missing. Dominic.
Dominic was used to shutting out teams on the ice, but didn’t like being shutout by her. Hailee already had his heart, all she had to do was take down the walls she built, and stop playing games.
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Review by Candy:
Two people raised with different values, can they be together and still keep themselves true? Well as soon as they meet up again by accident we’ll see. There’s romance, comedy, and heartache but what love story or romance doesn’t have that?? Can one forgive for others words? Not really a hockey fan but hey it’s a book filled with the usual hockey antics. This follows Hailee from Canada to the States from a relationship that might have been doomed with old fashioned values. Dominic an up and coming hockey player that loved Hailee to death was crushed the day he proposed and now three years later they “bump” into each other at The Cat House. Dominic can’t believe its Hailee and she can’t believe its him either, but its finally determined in the light of day so to speak. Dominic hasn’t forgotten Hailee and neither she of him so after this meeting can they patch what’s been broken or will they be able to be friends even?
Melody you have used anything and everything that romance needs and threw in some laughs as well as the heartache. I enjoyed you hockey romance. Writing from both POV has become my fav style of writing because I always want to know what the other is thinking. I need to read the rest of the Renegades to meet everyone of this wild bunch of hockey players that seem to have a heart for the game and the ladies….that eventually steal their hearts. I definitely recommend this one for a cold night and curled up in front of the fire read.
Review by Christine:
Shutout by Melody Heck Gatto is the fifth book in her Renegades series. Shutout is a sexy second chance romance between high school sweethearts who meet again by chance. This book can be read as a standalone, which is my first from the series. Dominic Zanetti, back-up goalie for Renegades, is starting to feel like he belongs in the PHL. From a hockey dynasty family, Dom has always dreamed of his shot in the big league but no bunny can compare to his first love. Hailee Valentine dreams of opening her own art studio and she’ll do anything to obtain her goal even if it means getting a little dirty. Hailee ran away from Dom once before but this is a different time and place and maybe just what each other need to find themselves again.
Sexy, sweet, tattooed hockey hunk – Check. Tattooed, strong willed, artistic beauty – Check. The chemistry between Dom and Hailee is off the charts! I adored the twist with Hailee’s job and Dom can’t deny his affection for her even after so much time has passed and she broke his heart despite what Hailee is doing for a living. I couldn’t put this book down and I’m super excited to go back and read the previous books in the series. Melody has created a sweet, hockey filled sports romance with everything a fan of the genre is looking for in a novel. 5 Stars for Shutout by Melody Heck Gatto
About Melody Heck Gatto:
Melody was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband, and son. She’s a dog lover and recently losing her two 15yr old girls (dogs) they adopted a new puppy, in addition to a cat. After years of begging for a cat, she finally let her son adopt a kitten (even though she’s allergic!) The cat is definitely a “mama’s boy”. A house just isn’t a home without pets.
The whole family are avid Pittsburgh Penguins fans and like going to hockey games when they get the chance. Having met some of the players has fueled her interest in writing about them and creating wonderful stories.
Melody has loved writing since she was young, in school she never met a creative writing assignment that she didn’t love. She is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who encourages her to write. When she was laid off from her job of 14 years, he was supportive about letting her stay home and just be a mom. During that time, she discovered hockey-romances and found a renewed love of reading as well as a passion for writing.
She spends her spare time reading hockey romances. At holiday time she really enjoys any romance about Christmas, and Hallmark movies on tv. When it is the hockey off-season, she enjoys swimming and spending her days out in the sun with her family.
Basically if she’s not writing or reading, then she’s doing something that has to do with hockey!
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