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Another Face-Off by Alexa Padgett

Another Face-off

Posted on May 23, 2024 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 1 Comment

In Another Face-Off, readers are treated to a story filled with passion, drama and redemption. The story follows Paxton Naese and his ex-girlfriend, Hana, as they traverse the complex issues of their past on the path to rekindling their love.


Another Face-Off by Alexa PadgettTitle: Another Face-off
Author(s): Alexa Padgett
Series: Wildcatters Hockey #5
Published by Sidecar Press Inc on May 13, 2024
Pages: 242
Genre(s): Contemporary Sports Romance
Source: Publicist
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon
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Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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In the thrilling world of professional hockey, where passion burns both on and off the ice, NHL winger Paxton Naese is a force to be reckoned with. As talented as he is ruggedly handsome, he's used to turning heads and breaking hearts. But there's one heart he shattered—his own—when he broke off his long-term relationship with his ex-girlfriend Hana.

Three years ago, Naese and Hana were inseparable, lost in a love that sizzled hotter than the game they both adored. But when the pressures of his career and his insecurities drove them apart, Hana was left with a trail of dreams he shattered...and a secret too painful to bear.

In this steamy new adult hockey romance, Naese and Hana must confront their past, their desires, and the undeniable connection that's never faded. Will they overcome the obstacles in their path and find a way back to each other's arms? Or will the scars of yesterday prove too deep to heal, leaving them forever longing for the warmth of a love they once knew? One thing's for in this time of love and redemption, winning might just mean losing your heart.

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Another Face-off is book 5 in the Wildcatters Hockey series, but it works well as a standalone. This story provides the perfect example of how lies, secrets and selfishness destroys relationships. Hana and Pax were childhood sweethearts. They dreamt of one day getting married and starting a family. However, on his father’s urging to pursue a career in hockey, he ended his relationship with Hana. In  doing so he broke both his and Hana’s heart. Since that fateful, day he has never been the same

Pax and Hana has been through so much since their separation, but of the two, Hana’s experience was more devastating. The losses she endured had the capacity to break her, but through it all she held firm. Pax recognizes that although he realized his dreams with respect to his career, his life was incomplete without Hana. Encouragement by a friend and fellow teammate pushed him to seek reconciliation with Hana. His attempts at reconciliation, however, hit many roadblocks. Hana sure did not make it easy for him despite the fact she never stopped loving him.

Another Face Off hit me betrayal, pain, secrets and lies. Because of the secrets and lies the story had its share of some massive unexpected twists. The revelations had me wanting to throw things, especially at Pax’s father and Hana’s mother. At the moment you believe they’ve overcome an obstacle, another bombshell drops, threatening their hopes of a happily ever after. They both suffered a lot on this journey, but the one thing which remained constant through it all was their love for each other.

Another Face Off with it second chance, slow burn romance was an amazing read. It captured my interest from the initial stages. After my experience with this instalment, I am keen to read the other books in the series.


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