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Single dad and star defenseman Matt LaRue lives for his kids and hockey. He's had one failed marriage and doesn't have any interest in going through that hell again. As conservative as they come, he can't comprehend his unexplainable attraction to a free-spirited female who changes hair color more often than his boys create new excuses to avoid doing their homework. Violet Single dad and star defenseman Matt LaRue lives for his kids and hockey. He's had one failed marriage and doesn't have any interest in going through that hell again. As conservative as they come, he can't comprehend his unexplainable attraction to a free-spirited female who changes hair color more often than his boys create new excuses to avoid doing their homework. Violet Strider is fleeing the past. She has a new start, new identity, and is hiding a big secret. Matt and Vi are a classic case of opposites attract, but neither expects the attraction to extend beyond a few hot trysts, especially Vi. Only her heart isn't listening, and her head is following her heart down a path of no return. As Vi grows closer to Matt and his boys, she fears her secret could rip them apart. Relationships are built on trust, and Vi's house of cards is about to take a tumble. Can Vi confront her past and finally put it behind her, while earning Matt's forgiveness?


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Single dad and star defenseman Matt LaRue lives for his kids and hockey. He's had one failed marriage and doesn't have any interest in going through that hell again. As conservative as they come, he can't comprehend his unexplainable attraction to a free-spirited female who changes hair color more often than his boys create new excuses to avoid doing their homework. Violet Single dad and star defenseman Matt LaRue lives for his kids and hockey. He's had one failed marriage and doesn't have any interest in going through that hell again. As conservative as they come, he can't comprehend his unexplainable attraction to a free-spirited female who changes hair color more often than his boys create new excuses to avoid doing their homework. Violet Strider is fleeing the past. She has a new start, new identity, and is hiding a big secret. Matt and Vi are a classic case of opposites attract, but neither expects the attraction to extend beyond a few hot trysts, especially Vi. Only her heart isn't listening, and her head is following her heart down a path of no return. As Vi grows closer to Matt and his boys, she fears her secret could rip them apart. Relationships are built on trust, and Vi's house of cards is about to take a tumble. Can Vi confront her past and finally put it behind her, while earning Matt's forgiveness?

30 review for Penalty Play

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tpagirl Loves Romance

    Penalty Play was Jami Davenport’s ninth book in the Game On in Seattle series. Matt LaRue was a defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes NHL team, single father of two boys and ultra conservative. Violet “Vi” Strider was delightfully quirky, a student, dancer and a total free spirit. Matt and Vi met through Amelia and Brick (Goaltending, book eight). They were complete opposites, annoyed each other like crazy and had an off the charts chemistry that exploded on contact. Davenport took us through the rel Penalty Play was Jami Davenport’s ninth book in the Game On in Seattle series. Matt LaRue was a defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes NHL team, single father of two boys and ultra conservative. Violet “Vi” Strider was delightfully quirky, a student, dancer and a total free spirit. Matt and Vi met through Amelia and Brick (Goaltending, book eight). They were complete opposites, annoyed each other like crazy and had an off the charts chemistry that exploded on contact. Davenport took us through the relationship, pretty much as expected. Matt had a puck bunny ex-wife and was only interested in someone new that was simple, steady, flew under the radar and was church choir material for the boys. Everything that Vi wasn’t. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline but desired seeing some of the conflicts fleshed out a more at the conclusion. All in all, it was entertaining and a pretty quick read. I’m not sure what Davenport has in store for us next, but it looks like we’ll see more from Rod in the future - maybe with Steph. Either way, I look forward to seeing where she takes us.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    Single dad meets mysterious free spirit and sparks fly. Jami Davenport is an expert at displaying the complexities of love in all it's forms. Through the eyes of a devoted parent and the dedication of a star athlete, we tackle the every turning curves of life, love and second chances. Matt and Vi are opposites in every way except when it comes to matters of the heart. Penalty Play makes realism spicy and feisty. Single dad meets mysterious free spirit and sparks fly. Jami Davenport is an expert at displaying the complexities of love in all it's forms. Through the eyes of a devoted parent and the dedication of a star athlete, we tackle the every turning curves of life, love and second chances. Matt and Vi are opposites in every way except when it comes to matters of the heart. Penalty Play makes realism spicy and feisty.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    Matt LaRue is about as straight laced as they come, he has certain expectations for how his life should be and he doesn't do anything that's deemed risky or wild... it just isn't his style. But then free spirited Violet Strider comes around and suddenly "wild" has a whole new appeal, she is his complete opposite and he shouldn't find her attractive since everything about her is everything he is not... but he does and it's unsettling as hell. The moment she bounds into his world and starts shakin Matt LaRue is about as straight laced as they come, he has certain expectations for how his life should be and he doesn't do anything that's deemed risky or wild... it just isn't his style. But then free spirited Violet Strider comes around and suddenly "wild" has a whole new appeal, she is his complete opposite and he shouldn't find her attractive since everything about her is everything he is not... but he does and it's unsettling as hell. The moment she bounds into his world and starts shaking things up he is ready to send her packing, but then they share a kiss and it shakes him to his core... he has to have more no matter how wrong it may seem!! The moment Violet Strider's eyes land on Mr. Uptight, Matt LaRue, she can't help but be taken with him, there is something about him that draws her in and makes her want to taste every delectable inch of him... even if he annoys the crap out of her. He is her total opposite, he has certain expectations for his life, the women he dates and Vi doesn't seem to see where she fits into any part of it... but damn if she doesn't want to in some way, shape or form! He is beyond gorgeous and wants to explore whatever is brewing between them, but Vi doesn't do relationships, their too risky, so they agree on a little strings free fun... but she soon begins to wonder if that will ever be enough!! Penalty Play is a sexy and heartwarming opposites attract love story that is sure to score a special place in the hearts of romance readers, and leave them craving more! The instant I met these two I found myself growing quite attached to them and hoped they would be able to overcome their differences and make a love connection. I also enjoyed meeting Matt's boys, you couldn't help but feel for them and the situation they were in, they had plenty of love around them, but they also craved to have a little motherly love too, and thankfully they found that in Vi. This was one of those story lines that you couldn't help but get invested in, there was so much at stake and so much to love about it.. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, it tugged on my heartstrings, and had me swooning throughout!! Highly recommend you pick this one up, I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what you find!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane Lynch

    Jami Davenport is on a winning streak with PENALTY PLAY the ninth book in the Game On in Seattle series.  NHL defenseman/single dad Matt LaRue is conservative as it gets, but he can’t fight his attraction to tattooed covered Violet Strider.  Meanwhile, Vi is worried her past could hurt them. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.   I enjoyed PENALTY PLAY.  The story was thought-provoking and clever.  Matt and Vi are a classic example of opposites attract, although fundam Jami Davenport is on a winning streak with PENALTY PLAY the ninth book in the Game On in Seattle series.  NHL defenseman/single dad Matt LaRue is conservative as it gets, but he can’t fight his attraction to tattooed covered Violet Strider.  Meanwhile, Vi is worried her past could hurt them. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.   I enjoyed PENALTY PLAY.  The story was thought-provoking and clever.  Matt and Vi are a classic example of opposites attract, although fundamentally they have similarities.  They are both good people that put their loved ones ahead of themselves.   Both characters had a lot of depth and grew through the novel.  They learned from one another becoming more well-rounded.    My heart went out to Vi and what happened to her in her past.  I like that she became a better person for it, instead of a becoming bitter.  Matt’s ex-wife is a piece of work, especially where their kids are concerned.  I’m glad they found Vi.  I like that she was uncomfortable around the kids at the beginning.  It was realistic considering her background.    The story was well-written and fits in nicely with the rest of the series.  As an animal lover, I appreciated how the story ended.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)

    Jami Davenport once again delivered another entertaining read in her Game on in Seattle series. I have read a few of these books, finding these books a bit late, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. This one had my heart in my throat throughout the whole thing. Matt and Vi couldn't look or act more differently and you would think that there would be no way they could find a common ground but sometimes opposites attract. Matt is a wanting to find himself a proper woman after marrying someone th Jami Davenport once again delivered another entertaining read in her Game on in Seattle series. I have read a few of these books, finding these books a bit late, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. This one had my heart in my throat throughout the whole thing. Matt and Vi couldn't look or act more differently and you would think that there would be no way they could find a common ground but sometimes opposites attract. Matt is a wanting to find himself a proper woman after marrying someone that couldn't be more wrong for him. Vi couldn't be more different than what he is looking for in a woman. She is tatted, free spirited and so much more. She has secrets that she keeps from everyone. Things get complicated for these two and I was completely engrossed. The fact that Matt is wanting to put an end to it and that Vi's heart is getting more involved left my heart in my throat. Add in the outside sources that want to keep them apart and the secrets she is hiding and I couldn't put this book down. I highly recommend this book. If you haven't read any in this series before you can still enjoy this book. As it can be read as a standalone. I can't wait to get my hands on Jami's next book!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    **Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** Penalty Play is book nine in Jami Davenport's Game On in Seattle series. While it is part of the series, it can be read as a standalone and enjoyed without issue. Matt LaRue is a defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes and a single dad to two absolutely adorable boys. Matt's ex has always been about the money and the appearances and could care less about relationships and unfortunately that includes her boys. Matt is doing his b **Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** Penalty Play is book nine in Jami Davenport's Game On in Seattle series. While it is part of the series, it can be read as a standalone and enjoyed without issue. Matt LaRue is a defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes and a single dad to two absolutely adorable boys. Matt's ex has always been about the money and the appearances and could care less about relationships and unfortunately that includes her boys. Matt is doing his best to raise the boys with his mother's help and he's also on the more conservative side and isn't much into taking chances. Hence one of the reasons he hasn't jumped back into the dating pool. Violet "Vi" Strider is the exact opposite of Matt. She's a free spirit, does what she wants and is as independent as they come. She's also had a tough life. She is running from things that happened in her past that have shaped who she has become and the choices that she's made. When her friend Amelia, introduces her to Matt, she's intrigued, but knows she doesn't want anything beyond sex and she's pretty sure he would want a lot more. As Matt and Vi spend time together, it's clear that this is going to be about a lot more than sex. Not only is this a case of opposites attract, Matt's boys are taken with Vi too. Will the secrets that Vi is keeping end this new set of relationships before it really gets going? Or will someone finally see Vi for the great person she really is? I was invested in Matt and Vi's story from the outset. I liked the flow, the vibe between them and I liked the relationship that Matt had with his sons and also how Vi ultimately fit into those relationships too. I think this is one of Jami Davenport's best and I would highly recommend it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Trewick

    This is the ninth book in the series but can be read as a standalone. This story follows Matt and Violet, Matt is a single dad to two boys, his ex was only interested in his money and fame and walked away leaving the three behind. Now he’s looking for love but only with someone who is loyal, dependable and will love his boys. Violet is a free spirit who loves to dance and is stripping to pay her way through college, when the two meet, sparks fly but only through their mutual hate of each other. This is the ninth book in the series but can be read as a standalone. This story follows Matt and Violet, Matt is a single dad to two boys, his ex was only interested in his money and fame and walked away leaving the three behind. Now he’s looking for love but only with someone who is loyal, dependable and will love his boys. Violet is a free spirit who loves to dance and is stripping to pay her way through college, when the two meet, sparks fly but only through their mutual hate of each other. What happens when opposites attract? Can they overcome their dislike of each other and give in to the sexual chemistry between them? You will have to read to find out! I loved Matt, he was devoted to his boys and wasn’t a player like some of his teammates. I liked him even more when he gave up a bit control and went with the flow regarding his feelings towards Violet. Violet was sassy and strong, she was also unapologetic about who she was and her job. She was confident in her skin and took no crap from anyone! This book hooked me from the beginning, there’s a few stories going on in the background so I hope we get to read their stories soon. *** reviewed for sweet & spicy reads-ARC provided for honest review ***

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    4 Stars! Another sexy Sockeye falls in love! Matt is straight-laced, a bit uptight and loves his boys and hockey in that order. He also has an undeniable attraction to the wild, sexy Vi. Vi is a free-spirit who makes no apologies for her deep attraction to the sexy hockey player, even if they hate each other. When they finally give in to their attraction and agree to a no-strings arrangement, they suddenly see more in each other. I really enjoyed this book! I am a huge fan of this series in general 4 Stars! Another sexy Sockeye falls in love! Matt is straight-laced, a bit uptight and loves his boys and hockey in that order. He also has an undeniable attraction to the wild, sexy Vi. Vi is a free-spirit who makes no apologies for her deep attraction to the sexy hockey player, even if they hate each other. When they finally give in to their attraction and agree to a no-strings arrangement, they suddenly see more in each other. I really enjoyed this book! I am a huge fan of this series in general, but Matt kind of stuck with me. He's not a player like most of his teammates. He's a father and his focus is on hockey and his boys. He had his heart broken by his ex-wife leaving him pretty closed off. Vi brought out the best in him. He loosened up and let go and he was sexy as all get out. I loved Vi. She was unabashed, unashamed and she did what she had to to survive in life. At first, she was afraid of those boys and they were a cute little handful, but it was sweet when they grew closer. A great story line with a bit of mystery involved. Steamy sexy times. A hero you can't help but love and a heroine who is perfectly flawed! A great read!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    A sexy friends/enemies to lovers, (yes, it’s kind of both, in my opinion.) Penalty Play was fun, enticing, and so steamy. Vi is an independent spirit. She has a complex background I wish we could have had a bit more of. She is a strong woman, steadfast in doing what is right. She just doesn’t “look” like a traditional do gooder. Something Matt notices right away and uses her expressive style to spurn her away. Matt is conservative and closed off since his wife left him and their two boys. Vi tem A sexy friends/enemies to lovers, (yes, it’s kind of both, in my opinion.) Penalty Play was fun, enticing, and so steamy. Vi is an independent spirit. She has a complex background I wish we could have had a bit more of. She is a strong woman, steadfast in doing what is right. She just doesn’t “look” like a traditional do gooder. Something Matt notices right away and uses her expressive style to spurn her away. Matt is conservative and closed off since his wife left him and their two boys. Vi tempts him, but he tries so hard to resist. Pushed over the edge by an unlikely source, he and Vi embark on a path with ups and downs, secrets and truths. The story felt a bit confusing in regards to Vi’s background, but it wasn’t very distracting. The story is paced fairly quickly and while it is part of a larger series, Penalty Play can be read perfectly as a standalone. I would recommend to the reader looking for a romance starring a single Dad athlete, and a sexy, inked woman with incredible strength. *Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads* [image error]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Whitty

    Reviewed on Behalf of http://bookaddict.live, I do enjoy one of Jami Davenport’s Seattle Sports Romances, but I have to say this one was one of my favourites. Matt, Vi, and the boys was such a lovely treat. At the beginning it was a meeting of the Odd Couple Vi the tattooed stripper, and Matt the straitlaced man who likes his life ordered and sane. The chemistry between them was unwelcome at first, but neither can resist other. I loved Vi with the boys, and the healthy food she tries to feed them m Reviewed on Behalf of http://bookaddict.live, I do enjoy one of Jami Davenport’s Seattle Sports Romances, but I have to say this one was one of my favourites. Matt, Vi, and the boys was such a lovely treat. At the beginning it was a meeting of the Odd Couple Vi the tattooed stripper, and Matt the straitlaced man who likes his life ordered and sane. The chemistry between them was unwelcome at first, but neither can resist other. I loved Vi with the boys, and the healthy food she tries to feed them made me laugh. This was a sweet sexy love story about two lost people who found each other and made their lives complete. I especially like imagining a lot sweaty sexy hunks playing Hockey. Matt was a great surprise to me, he always seemed boring on the surface, but he was a real surprise. If you enjoy a good sports romance then this the one for you. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an Honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tania's Book Blog

    Opposites completely attract!! Matt and Vi were so different that not even him could’ve seen anything happening between them. He’s a single dad of two boys, divorced and very conservative. Vi was the total opposite; she was a free spirit, sort of wild and uncomfortable around kids but yet Matt boys adored her. These two danced around their attraction but the heart wants what it wants. But Vi had several skeletons in her closet that was surfacing and put a bump in their relationship. But Matt and Opposites completely attract!! Matt and Vi were so different that not even him could’ve seen anything happening between them. He’s a single dad of two boys, divorced and very conservative. Vi was the total opposite; she was a free spirit, sort of wild and uncomfortable around kids but yet Matt boys adored her. These two danced around their attraction but the heart wants what it wants. But Vi had several skeletons in her closet that was surfacing and put a bump in their relationship. But Matt and the boys weren’t going to let her go and they fought for her. Those two little boys were just adorable. I wish we could’ve hace more of these two. Vi fierceness and independence is what I like to read in a heroine. I received this arc at no cost to the Author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky Baldridge

    Opposites attract always makes for a fun read and this one is loaded with fun. The sparks fly between Matt and Vi in more ways than one. Their personalities clash like oil and water, but the sexual chemistry between this pair is steaming hot. The book is well-written and the banter between Vi and Matt is nothing short of hilarious. With an arrangement that is sure to be more complicated than it sounds, a couple of adorable, health-food rebelling boys, and plenty of steamy fun, plus Vi's secrets Opposites attract always makes for a fun read and this one is loaded with fun. The sparks fly between Matt and Vi in more ways than one. Their personalities clash like oil and water, but the sexual chemistry between this pair is steaming hot. The book is well-written and the banter between Vi and Matt is nothing short of hilarious. With an arrangement that is sure to be more complicated than it sounds, a couple of adorable, health-food rebelling boys, and plenty of steamy fun, plus Vi's secrets that she'd like to keep buried to add just the right amount of angst, this one is a winner. This was my first read by Jami Davenport, and the perfect combination of wit and sexy has won this reader over.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hampton

    This is the second book I have had the opportunity to read by Jami. The blurb alone had me hooked on this one. The cover only added to the excitement I had at reading yet another awesome hockey book. Now I need to find some time and read the other books in this series. Penalty Play may be book nine in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. Matt LaRue is the star defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes. He works just as hard on the ice as he does off. Raising his two young sons after his wi This is the second book I have had the opportunity to read by Jami. The blurb alone had me hooked on this one. The cover only added to the excitement I had at reading yet another awesome hockey book. Now I need to find some time and read the other books in this series. Penalty Play may be book nine in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. Matt LaRue is the star defenseman for the Seattle Sockeyes. He works just as hard on the ice as he does off. Raising his two young sons after his wife walked out on them has proved to be challenging and rewarding. Next to hockey, his boys are the most important part of his life. Matt has no intentions of ever letting another woman that close to his heart again. Gahhhh....I am such a sucker for the single father stories. Throw in the fact that he is a hockey god and OMH...Swoon! I absolutely loved Matt's character. Who wouldn't love a man like him? Caring, nurturing, gorgeous, and oh so sexy. Violet Strider has set out to make a new life for herself. New town, new name, a fresh lease on life. Putting as much distance between herself and her past is just what she needs to move forward with her life. With her head held high, she does her best to overcome the past that has marked her. She makes no excuses for the woman she is and boy is she a strong female lead. Her character shows that change is really possible. With a little elbow grease and some hard work, we can all find the strength to move past all the rough spots in our lives. Matt and Vi, these two... once they realize that the attraction that they have for one another is something that they should act upon, things get hot as all get out. For characters that are like oil and water, two opposite ends of the spectrum, they sure combust when they get together. Can Vi show Matt that he can open himself and his heart up again? Can she show him that not all women are the same? Will Matt be able to find it in himself to forgive Vi for all the secrets that she is hiding? Are they strong enough together to weather the storm that may just bring their worlds to a screeching halt? I LOVED this story. I was sucked in from the first few pages and read it in just a few hours. I cannot wait to get some extra time to dive into the rest of this series. Davenport has just been added to my list of must-read authors. 4.5 iScream Stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janine - The World Was Hers for the Reading

    Defenseman Matt LaRue has his life in order. His boys and hockey are his focus in life. After a failed marriage that had his gold digging wife and mother of his children simply walking away, he’s done with relationships until he finds a good, conservative woman who will not only be the perfect wife but also an amazing mother for his rambunctious children. Violet Strider appears to be a free spirit. She has left an unsavory past behind and now spends her days putting herself through school as an e Defenseman Matt LaRue has his life in order. His boys and hockey are his focus in life. After a failed marriage that had his gold digging wife and mother of his children simply walking away, he’s done with relationships until he finds a good, conservative woman who will not only be the perfect wife but also an amazing mother for his rambunctious children. Violet Strider appears to be a free spirit. She has left an unsavory past behind and now spends her days putting herself through school as an exotic dancer and acting as an activist for any cause she feels is worthy. She’s the complete opposite of everything Matt wants in life, so why is it he can’t stop thinking about her. It doesn’t help that Vi also wants Matt . . . and let’s him know that everytime she sees him. When Matt and Vi finally decide to give in to their attraction for one night, neither expects to want more than a few nights of hot sex. Yet, both start wanting and needing more from one another . . .especially when Matt’s mom lets him know she can no longer care for his boys full time and Vi ends up being coerced into helping out as a temporary nanny. Both decide they want more and Matt is more than willing to accept Vi’s quirkiness, however she knows he won’t ever be able to accept her past, especially if it affects his custody of his boys. I love a great opposite attracts storyline and Jami Davenport scored big with Penalty Play. Matt and Vi couldn’t be at more opposite ends of the spectrum with how they live their lives, yet their attraction draws them together like magnets. I loved watching Matt have to compromise on what he thinks he wants. It was also fun to watch Vi learn to handle Matt’s boys who love giving her a run for her money by testing limits she didn’t even know she had. As they grow closer and closer together, Vi’s secrets start to play a bigger and bigger role. Without spoiling the plot, watching Matt come to grips with the woman Vi truly is was simply amazing! I totally fell in love with his character more and more as the story progressed. This book has some sexy and steamy scenes as well as some heartwarming family moments. It’s a fantastic opposites attract book with the added bonus of a hot single dad who just happens to be a pro-athlete and a sassy and free spirited woman with a heart of gold. 4.5 stars!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Downward dog

    I love Jamie Davenports hockey stories. This is the ninth book in The Game in Seattle series and I have read and enjoyed all of them. Each book is about a different hockey player on the Seattle Sockeyes hockey team. It is fun catching up with all the guys on the team and their significant others. Matt and Vi meet through friends and there is an immediate attraction but they are so different from each other, they find themselves always arguing. Matt is a good guy but not very happy. When his wife I love Jamie Davenports hockey stories. This is the ninth book in The Game in Seattle series and I have read and enjoyed all of them. Each book is about a different hockey player on the Seattle Sockeyes hockey team. It is fun catching up with all the guys on the team and their significant others. Matt and Vi meet through friends and there is an immediate attraction but they are so different from each other, they find themselves always arguing. Matt is a good guy but not very happy. When his wife left him and his two young boys, it devastated all of them. Since then, Matt has concentrated on hockey and taking care of his boys. Matt is cautious, intense, follows the rules and is afraid to take any risks. He has forgotten how to have fun and is afraid of starting a relationship because he doesn't want to get hurt again. Vi is the exact opposite of Matt. She is a free spirit. She is unconventional, spunky, fun and impulsive but behind Vi’s carefree facade are many secrets. She is busy either working or going to college. Vi is always egging Matt on telling him to live a little and take some risks. Vi is driving Matt crazy as she forces him out of his comfort zone. I really liked these two together. They have a lot of chemistry and they are explosive in bed. They can’t stop the attraction between them. Even though there is a lot of chemistry between them, Matt stubbornly ignores it. He is afraid to try again. This is an entertaining story. Matt and Vi both have had sadness in their past and deserve something good in their lives. Even with their differences, Matt and Vi are good for each other. I enjoyed this charming story and easily connected with the characters. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via L. Woods PR. The opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Renee Entress

    4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #1) Crashing the Boards: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #1.5) Crashing the Net: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #2) Love at First Snow: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #2.5) Melting Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Sea 4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Skating on Thin Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #1) Crashing the Boards: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #1.5) Crashing the Net: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #2) Love at First Snow: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #2.5) Melting Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #3) Hearts on Ice: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle #3.5) Blindsided: Seattle Steelheads Football (Game On in Seattle, #4) Bodychecking: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On in Seattle, #5) Bottom of the Ninth: Seattle Skookums Baseball (Game On in Seattle #6) Game Changer: Seattle Steelheads Football (Game On in Seattle #7) Goaltending (Game On in Seattle #8) This is Violet and Matt’s story. Matt’s a single dad that lives for his kids. He is not looking to get into a relationship after his failed marriage. Violet is running from the past. She wanted a new start and a whole new her. She is hiding big secrets and is just trying to live for herself. He is conservative and she is a free spirit. The more time they are around each other the more they are drawn to each other. But secrets have a way of coming out. If Violet’s secret comes out it could ruin everything. Is this all worth it? When trust is broken will it be offered again? Or will Violet lose Matt and his kids from her life. I loved these characters and the side characters. I felt I could connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Pierson

    Matt LaRue is a star defenseman & single dad. After getting burned badly by his wife, he's become very serious, not wanting anything to rock the boat, so he just lives for his kids & hockey. Recently, he's decided he wants someone, but she has to be seriously conservative. So he's not sure why he feels an attraction for a purple haired, tatted up, free spirit woman that irritates the hell out of him. Violet Stride has a past that she's run from. Now reinventing herself, she does what she wants t Matt LaRue is a star defenseman & single dad. After getting burned badly by his wife, he's become very serious, not wanting anything to rock the boat, so he just lives for his kids & hockey. Recently, he's decided he wants someone, but she has to be seriously conservative. So he's not sure why he feels an attraction for a purple haired, tatted up, free spirit woman that irritates the hell out of him. Violet Stride has a past that she's run from. Now reinventing herself, she does what she wants to, not caring what anyone thinks, especially an uptight man named Matt. But their chemistry has other parts of her wanting to be around him, except for one night. However, when they give in to their attraction, neither ever thought that the hot chemistry would start to turn into more. But Vi's secrets could really hurt them, & when his past comes back, her house of cards are ready to fall down. Even though I'm nothing like Vi, I absolutely LOVED her, well except her eating habits, but Matt took a bit to warm up to, as he was so judgy of her, that I wanted to punch him in his ear. But I cannot deny that once they hit the sheets, the chemistry was off the charts INSANE, and the fiery flames that came from the blast, will destroy all panties! However, the colorful cast of secondaries, like two tiny humans & their grandma, kept me laughing throughout! With the added in twists of their respective pasts to keep the colorful metaphors going, & a big side of angst, it was the perfect story that I couldn't get enough of. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the uber talented Jami Davenport so much, & cannot wait for her next release, so I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO ALL!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lewis

    5 star Review Penalty Play: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On In Seattle #9) by Jami Davenport This is book 9 in the series and another winner for Jami Davenport in my humble opinion. This is the story of single dad and star defenceman Matt LaRue and free spirited Violet Strider. Where do I start? This book had me hooked from the very first page. I absolutely loved Matt and Vi, two complete opposites on the surface but oh how they melded together. Matt is a totally conservative man, with a failed 5 star Review Penalty Play: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey (Game On In Seattle #9) by Jami Davenport This is book 9 in the series and another winner for Jami Davenport in my humble opinion. This is the story of single dad and star defenceman Matt LaRue and free spirited Violet Strider. Where do I start? This book had me hooked from the very first page. I absolutely loved Matt and Vi, two complete opposites on the surface but oh how they melded together. Matt is a totally conservative man, with a failed marriage behind him, his only focus is his two young boys and being the best dad that he can to them; Vi is hiding a past full of secrets. Neither of them expect their smoking hot “dates” to lead any further but oh how wrong they are. From the star of Penalty Play I wanted these two to get together and remain that way, so much so I had everything crossed that Matt would forgive Vi when her world starts crashing down around her, but can Matt trust Vi? Can they each work through the troubles of their pasts and in doing so find a love that is strong enough to face any test? Can Vi earn back Matt’s trust or is she fated to lose the man and his sons that she has come to love so deeply? The chemistry between Matt and Violet is scorching and despite being such opposites they really do gel together. This was one of those books that I simply didn’t want to put down. I love that Ms.Davenport’s characters are not perfect, they are flawed and the situations they find themselves in are easy to relate too, her characters are strong and her stories well written. Although it is book 9 in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ree

    Matt LaRue likes order, and Violet "Vi" Strider isn't it - not even close. With two energetic boys to raise on his own, a distraction like Vi is only going to cost him heavily. But the heart - in this case, his libido - wants what it wants, and it wants Vi. Soon, feelings enter an arrangement originally designed to stay purely physical, but will it last? This book is awesomely cool! Plenty of feels in it. You have a determined, spitfire of a heroine who handles herself well (mostly), and a man wh Matt LaRue likes order, and Violet "Vi" Strider isn't it - not even close. With two energetic boys to raise on his own, a distraction like Vi is only going to cost him heavily. But the heart - in this case, his libido - wants what it wants, and it wants Vi. Soon, feelings enter an arrangement originally designed to stay purely physical, but will it last? This book is awesomely cool! Plenty of feels in it. You have a determined, spitfire of a heroine who handles herself well (mostly), and a man who, once he realises what he has, does everything in his power to make her happy. Add in two little boys to the mix: what's not to love??? At no point during the book does Vi make you doubt her fall-down-seven-get-up-eight-times attitude. She's strong, confident & brave. Even when she gets scared, she doesn't fully roll over & die, and I liked that. Matt's character development was well done. Throughout the book, we see how Vi "infected" his house with her positivism, and we fell in love with her, too. His determination to ensure Vi not only felt comfortable with him, but also achieved her dreams struck a chord with me. This is the second book I've read in the Seattle Sockeyes Hockey/Game On In Seattle collection, and I can tell you that it stands on its own, even coming in at #9 in the series. There are many feel-good moments throughout the book that make it more than just a regular sports romance. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book, and loved it. You will, too!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I love sports romance books and something about hockey is so hot. Matt doesn't disappoint because he is unlike any other player. He's a single dad, he's older, and he is past the puck bunny stage. He wants to settle down with the perfect wife. One who is pretty much a plain Jane, who really sounds like she would be a Stepford wife. He thinks she has to be perfect. Violet is far from perfect. She is a free spirit with a past she has been running from. Plus, she doesn't like kids so it sounds like I love sports romance books and something about hockey is so hot. Matt doesn't disappoint because he is unlike any other player. He's a single dad, he's older, and he is past the puck bunny stage. He wants to settle down with the perfect wife. One who is pretty much a plain Jane, who really sounds like she would be a Stepford wife. He thinks she has to be perfect. Violet is far from perfect. She is a free spirit with a past she has been running from. Plus, she doesn't like kids so it sounds like a match made in hell. Thanks to their friends, they keep being thrown together and suddenly he sees her in a different light. He knows she is unlike any woman he has ever known, but that doesn't stop him from falling hard for her. I loved seeing Violet change and grow in this book. She becomes such a good fit for Matt without being a doormat to be walked on. She pushes his buttons in so many ways and that's what he needs to get out of his monotonous life. She brings him out of his comfort zone in so many ways and I loved seeing this side of him. They are perfect together and Violet realizes she wants to be a part of his family and she does it so well. They say opposites attract and they really do in this book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Johnson

    This story couldn't be more fun if it tried, a truly unique version of opposites attract. Matt's been hurt by love before - him and his boys - so he knows if he's going to risk his heart and theirs again - he's going to do it on someone who he thinks is worthy. But his heart keeps falling back on the risky, free-spirited Vi and eventually the chemistry between them is going to explode all over. Vi's got secrets - a lot of secrets and because of those secrets she's stuck in a place she doesn't re This story couldn't be more fun if it tried, a truly unique version of opposites attract. Matt's been hurt by love before - him and his boys - so he knows if he's going to risk his heart and theirs again - he's going to do it on someone who he thinks is worthy. But his heart keeps falling back on the risky, free-spirited Vi and eventually the chemistry between them is going to explode all over. Vi's got secrets - a lot of secrets and because of those secrets she's stuck in a place she doesn't really want to be, doing things she wouldn't do if she had other options, but she's strong and independent with a side of trust issues. What starts out as a fling, a plan to get itches scratched without strings, without feelings, without painful oversharing of the past turns into oh so much more and those secrets - well they are about to take their toll. Penalty Play will suck you in from the first page, leaving you rooting for these two to figure it out and realize how well they fit while also invoking a strong curiousity to know more about Vi and her secrets. You'll find yourself drawn to her, equal parts being proud of what she's becoming and sad that she's been through so much. Matt will leave you wanting to hug and smack him occasionally because he can't see and doesn't understand what he's got in Vi.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Another Great Read! - I’ve been waiting for the story of Matt and Vi and Jami Davenport does not disappoint with Penalty Play. Great, realistic storyline that shows how everyone has a history and if love is there, you can work thru anything together. When Matt and Vi first meet, there is that “spark” but also some mild dislike. Their story shows that sometimes when you get to know people for who they really are, you can discover some great surprises. Matt never turned into someone you didn’t li Another Great Read! - I’ve been waiting for the story of Matt and Vi and Jami Davenport does not disappoint with Penalty Play. Great, realistic storyline that shows how everyone has a history and if love is there, you can work thru anything together. When Matt and Vi first meet, there is that “spark” but also some mild dislike. Their story shows that sometimes when you get to know people for who they really are, you can discover some great surprises. Matt never turned into someone you didn’t like over Vi’s past, which I have had happen in other stories. He was human and had some things to consider, but it made you love the character even more for how he thought and handled things. Vi is someone everyone should emulate in how she lives her life. She is strong female character, which Jami Davenport is known for writing. I had fun catching up with the characters you have grown to love in the author's Sporting world. This was a really nice read for a cold winter’s day snuggled up on the couch. Ms. Davenport, please keep them coming! I voluntarily read this ARC in return for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Wright

    Book 9 in the Game On in Seattle Series but as every book in this series is about a different player each can be read as standalones, you would think it’s impossible for each book to be better than the last well not so for Jami Davenport for me Penalty Play is the best book I have read by her, I was hooked from the first page and there was no stopping until I had read the final page. Matt is a straight laced hot hockey player who also happens to be a single dad and his life revolves around his t Book 9 in the Game On in Seattle Series but as every book in this series is about a different player each can be read as standalones, you would think it’s impossible for each book to be better than the last well not so for Jami Davenport for me Penalty Play is the best book I have read by her, I was hooked from the first page and there was no stopping until I had read the final page. Matt is a straight laced hot hockey player who also happens to be a single dad and his life revolves around his two little boys, Vi is the tattooed free spirit with purple hair but as they say Opposites Attract and that’s excatly what happens here. The chemistry between them is sizzling and what starts off as enemies with benefits turns into so much more, this isn’t just a story it’s a journey and it’s about two people falling in love and learning that the past can’t dictate the future sometimes you need to let it go and open up to others. Matt’s two little boys had some really funny one liners and the antics they got up to make this book just perfect, a beautifully written love story that’s centred around family values, can’t wait for the next in this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bobo's Book Bank

    PENALTY PLAY: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey is book nine (wow..NINE!) in the Game On in Seattle series and is a complete standalone, no worries about being confused at all. It's an opposites attract/enemies to lovers/contemporary romance with a bit of hockey thrown in (though it doesn't overwhelm the romance). Jami Davenport did a great job writing a story that made me laugh, cringe, swoon and yes, shed a few tears. I absolutely love the opposites attract trope, especially when it's the lady involved PENALTY PLAY: Seattle Sockeyes Hockey is book nine (wow..NINE!) in the Game On in Seattle series and is a complete standalone, no worries about being confused at all. It's an opposites attract/enemies to lovers/contemporary romance with a bit of hockey thrown in (though it doesn't overwhelm the romance). Jami Davenport did a great job writing a story that made me laugh, cringe, swoon and yes, shed a few tears. I absolutely love the opposites attract trope, especially when it's the lady involved who's the "bad" girl and the guy's the "good" one. At first glance, Violet fits the bad girl persona...she's tatted, pierced and dyed (loved the purple hair)! As we get to know Vi, it becomes obvious that there's more to her than meets the eye and even if her bohemian ways seem a bit wonky, she's really a good person. Matt, of course, is Vi's opposite...he's conservative, strict, guarded and in the very beginning, I wasn't sure I was going to like him but I quickly got over that! These two had crazy chemistry that pulled them together like a siren's song but it's actually their contrary personalities that kept them in sync. Overall, this is a charming, lighter read with quirky characters and an enjoyable plot. Told from dual POVs with a sweet ending. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marybeth

    I love these Sockeyes!! One of my favorite romance tropes is a single dad or mom and because sports romances are also my favorite, this book totally fit the bill for me. Add in the fact that Matt & Vi are as about as opposite as it comes, and I was loving every minute of this story. As always Jami takes us on quite a ride filled with emotion, heat, humor and intensity; and what an enjoyable one it was. Moral of this story, never judge a book by it’s cover as Matt & Vi learn that their exteriors I love these Sockeyes!! One of my favorite romance tropes is a single dad or mom and because sports romances are also my favorite, this book totally fit the bill for me. Add in the fact that Matt & Vi are as about as opposite as it comes, and I was loving every minute of this story. As always Jami takes us on quite a ride filled with emotion, heat, humor and intensity; and what an enjoyable one it was. Moral of this story, never judge a book by it’s cover as Matt & Vi learn that their exteriors say nothing about who they are inside. Matt & Vi’s relationship is messy and complicated and you can’t help but root for their HEA. They are combustible between the sheets but can that evolve into more?? Will Matt still want her when he learns everything about her? Matt’s boys, Andy & Joey, are adorable little hellions and I love how they end up chipping away at the hard shell around Vi’s heart. She was very nervous and uncomfortable around them at first and it was so nice to see that change almost daily as she spent more time with them. All of the characters in this story are so well developed and both Matt & Vi grew so much as people, expanding their views on things they didn’t really understand before. I absolutely loved this book!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dariteone86

    4 stars Vi is a exotic dancer with a jagged past. Living life in the moment and not trying to find anything permanent, she lives for just casual. Then she meets Matt LaRue and something about him just make a her want to annoy him so much. Matt has been living his life for his boys and hockey. After being cheated on and betrayed by his ex wife Matt only wants a woman who respectable, caring, and very conservative. The complete opposite of Vi, with her purple hair and tattooed body. Yet when these 4 stars Vi is a exotic dancer with a jagged past. Living life in the moment and not trying to find anything permanent, she lives for just casual. Then she meets Matt LaRue and something about him just make a her want to annoy him so much. Matt has been living his life for his boys and hockey. After being cheated on and betrayed by his ex wife Matt only wants a woman who respectable, caring, and very conservative. The complete opposite of Vi, with her purple hair and tattooed body. Yet when these two are together in a room the hostility is thick and tension rises. Having difficulty find a nanny for the boys Matt asks Vi to watch them. The more they are around each other the attraction is harder to fight. After finally giving in both Matt and Vi learns that opposites attract and sometimes life has other plans. But Vi's past turns up and puts everything and everyone at risk. Will Matt be able to see past Vi's history or will he walk away from here? This was a good read. Once I started i needed to know how it ended. If Matt and Vi would get their well deserved HEA.. The chemistry between Vi and Matt was HOTT!!! I enjoyed watching the two lie to themselves as feeling got stronger and stronger.. I truly enjoyed reading this book and would most definitely recommend this book to others. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Konny

    Penalty Play by Jami Davenport is book 9 in the Seattle Sockeyes Hockey Series, Game On In Seattle. Every book can easily be read as a standalone. Matt LaRue is a 34 year old single dad of two adorable boys. He´s the star defenseman of the Seattle Hockeyes. After his disaster of a marriage and divorce he has sworn never again to marry. He´s a conservative and picky man. Violet is everything that Matt isn´t. She´s a free spirit, a wild child. She´s fleeing her bad past and wants a fresh start in li Penalty Play by Jami Davenport is book 9 in the Seattle Sockeyes Hockey Series, Game On In Seattle. Every book can easily be read as a standalone. Matt LaRue is a 34 year old single dad of two adorable boys. He´s the star defenseman of the Seattle Hockeyes. After his disaster of a marriage and divorce he has sworn never again to marry. He´s a conservative and picky man. Violet is everything that Matt isn´t. She´s a free spirit, a wild child. She´s fleeing her bad past and wants a fresh start in live. But she has skeletons in the closet. What happens when theses secrets are revealed ? And what about Matt who hates liar and cheater ? Opposites attract, they say. I started reading and was immediatedly sucked into Matt and Vi´s story. I read the book in one sitting, I couldn´t put it down. I had to know what happens to the characters. And I was happy to meet old friends and acquaintances. Penalty Play kept me well entertained. I love the writing, the story and the words. I could feel the characters emotions in the words. I give 5 stars. Thank you, Jami Davenport !

  28. 5 out of 5

    2kasmom

    This book is #9 in the Game On In Seattle series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Matt has so much on his plate right now. He is trying to get into the playoffs with his team, he has an ex trying to con him for money, he has no nanny for his boys, and the boys themselves are a handful. All he needs is to be attracted to the woman who is wrong for him. Violet has a past full of secrets. She is not real g This book is #9 in the Game On In Seattle series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order. Matt has so much on his plate right now. He is trying to get into the playoffs with his team, he has an ex trying to con him for money, he has no nanny for his boys, and the boys themselves are a handful. All he needs is to be attracted to the woman who is wrong for him. Violet has a past full of secrets. She is not real good around kids. Matt puts her body on fire, so she wants a chance at a non-relationship with him. If he can stop fighting and just give in..... This story was a good read. It has characters we love making cameo appearances too. While it did feel like it was a bit rushed to me, I loved that the characters had excellent banter. The overall pace was good, and there is such sexy humor you cannot help but love this series. ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)

    4.5 stars I am a sucker for single dad stories. This one hit all the markers for me. Single dad, adorable but a bit unruly children, opposites attract relationship and oh, yeah, a hockey team as well! Loved Matt to pieces. Trying hard to do the right thing by his boys but maybe missing out on life in the mean while. He has been burned so he doesn't want to jump into anything blind. Violet has been on his periphery since they have mutual friends. She is so far out of his comfort zone, he isn't qui 4.5 stars I am a sucker for single dad stories. This one hit all the markers for me. Single dad, adorable but a bit unruly children, opposites attract relationship and oh, yeah, a hockey team as well! Loved Matt to pieces. Trying hard to do the right thing by his boys but maybe missing out on life in the mean while. He has been burned so he doesn't want to jump into anything blind. Violet has been on his periphery since they have mutual friends. She is so far out of his comfort zone, he isn't quite sure what to do with her. Circumstances bring them closer together and the sparks really start to fly. Violet is fun and quirky but to me Matt makes the story. I enjoyed seeing the relationship build after the sex was out of the way. Trust is what it all comes down to--right? It was great to see Matt's teammates again from previous books. Great story! *Complimentary copy provided for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This is book #9 in the Game On in Seattle series.   This is my first book by this author.  Besides reading books set around cowboys, cops or fireman, I love when the book centers around a hockey or soccer player. Matt is a hockey player, who is raising 2 adorable boys on his own.  He wants a woman in his life that has morals.  He thinks that is not Violet, but he could be completely wrong.  Vi is a free spirit.  She does not eat meat and loves to do things her way.  Their chemistry is off the cha This is book #9 in the Game On in Seattle series.   This is my first book by this author.  Besides reading books set around cowboys, cops or fireman, I love when the book centers around a hockey or soccer player. Matt is a hockey player, who is raising 2 adorable boys on his own.  He wants a woman in his life that has morals.  He thinks that is not Violet, but he could be completely wrong.  Vi is a free spirit.  She does not eat meat and loves to do things her way.  Their chemistry is off the charts, but they keep fighting it.  They hate each other.  There is nothing in common.  Vi does not like kids, but I think she has a way with Matt's sons. I can not wait to read the other books in this series.  Great book!  Well written!! ☆☆☆☆☆ I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes! Read more from this author? Yes! Happy Reading! Melissa 

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