Title: The Defender
Series: Boston Hawks Hockey #5
Author: Gina Azzi
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2021
As Boston’s most eligible nanny, I’m nurturing, trustworthy, and professional. Until my one-night stand turns out to be my new boss.
Hawks defenseman James Ryan is Boston’s most eligible single-dad. He’s solemn, gorgeous, and an incredible father. But I’m drawn to him for other reasons.
James’s eyes reflect the same grief and hurt I’m drowning in. His twins struggle with the same pain that once destroyed me. Living with the Ryan family and caring for James’s twins are both a salve and a curse.
Soon, what made us click one summer night over whiskey is wreaking havoc on our commitment to remain professional. Our friendship blossoms into something more. Something searching, healing, and unbelievably complicated.
Falling in love with Milly and Mason Ryan is easy. Falling in love with their father is something I never saw coming.
If I give my heart to James, will he put it back together? Or will I end up more shattered than I already am?
The Defender is a deeply emotional, single dad romance, with sensitive subject matter.
James is a professional hockey player and a single father to his twins, Mason and Milly, since their mother and his wife tragically passed away. His main priority is to give his children the stability and security they need as they try to move forward with their lives. When he decides to hire a nanny he never expected that it would be the woman who he not only spent one steamy evening with but that she would be the first woman to make him feel since his wife.
Bella is trying to overcome her own devastating past and the time she spent with James gave her a brief respite from her emotions. She never expected to see him again so finding out that he was now her employer was a surprise she didn’t see coming. There is no denying the chemistry between them but are either of them prepared to allow another person into their hearts and their lives after everything they have endured?
This is an emotional story about love, loss and healing. They both bear the emotional scars of their pasts which made their journey turbulent however with the support and strength of each other they were able to fight for the future they both deserve.
Gina Azzi writes emotional and captivating contemporary romance novels with heart-warming happily-ever-afters. She is the author of Second Chance Chicago Series, The Kane Brothers Series, Finding Love in Scotland Series, The College Pact Series, and Corner of Ocean and Bay. All of her books can be read as stand-alones.
A Jersey girl at heart, Gina has spent her twenties traveling the world, living and working abroad, before settling down in Ontario, Canada with her husband and three children. She’s a voracious reader, daydreamer, and coffee enthusiast who loves meeting new people. Say hey to her on social media or through www.ginaazzi.com.