REVIEW: VICTORIA DENAULT – WHEN IT’S RIGHTWhen It's Right by Victoria Denault
Also by this author: Now or Never
Also in this series: Now or Never
Series: San Francisco Thunder #3
Published by Forever on August 14th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, sports romance
Tropes: Single Dad, Hockey
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Forever
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Griffin Sullivan is handling the ultimate balancing act. Between being a single dad to an active six-year-old and the crazy demands of his job as a hockey coach, finding love is not in the cards. But when the team's goalie is rushed to the ER, he's immediately captivated by the gorgeous, sassy nurse on duty... who just happens to be the sister of one his players.

Sadie Braddock has always had a big, open heart and a bit of a wild side. But since her dad got sick, she's closed herself off to life and love. Relationships are way too complicated - and so is Griffin. He's also funny and tender and sexy as hell. How can something that feels so right come at the worst time ever? Then again, someone to lean on may be exactly what they each need - if they're only brave enough to take the risk.



I’m doing this series backwards. I read the forth and last book in the series first I’m working my way to book 1. I don’t mind – these are all standalone although it does have a story arch that follows this tight-knitted family dealing with their father’s ALS. But Victoria Denault does a great job writing these books in a way you still follow even though you haven’t read the previous books.

WHEN IT’S RIGHT is the story of Sadie and Griffin. Sadie is everybody’s rock. She is reliable, steady, level-headed. But put enough pressure on something and it will crack, no matter how tough it is. When Sadie meets the Thunder’s goalie coach she’s already spread thin with everything that is going on with her dad’s condition and has nothing else to give but Griffin is a temptation that is hard to resist.

“I’ve never had a first and last kiss at the very same time.”

Griffin has his own troubles that should make him give Sadie a wide berth. His ex-wife is gearing up for a custody battle for their daughter and he just doesn’t have the capacity for a relationship. But just like Sadie he is irresistibly drawn to her, this beautiful, sweet, wild woman and he wants nothing more than to be a rock for her.

“I miss all the time I never got to spend with you.”

Sadie and Griffin were cute together. They hit it off from the get-go but found a lot of reasons why this wouldn’t work so this actually makes for a pretty slow burn romance. Their obstacles aren’t something to cough at and both of them have a very good reason to believe that it’s pretty shitty timing for a relationship. But, you know, when it’s right…you just work for it, fight for it and if you have to battle for it with dirty means. I loved how they held on to each other – their path wasn’t without detours but they quickly got back to where they supposed to go.

“Everyone in your life needs you to be strong, but I don’t. You hold up everyone else. Let me hold you up.”

Sadie’s strength, her steadfastness, the way she was the buffer between her family and her ill parent made me admire the hell out of her. She was amazing and with every blow she took I was only waiting for her to break. But she didn’t. She was the superhero in her family.
Griffin was a good man and his love for his daughter was my favorite thing. He was the best dad. And when Sadie needed to lean on him, he was there, no questions asked. I hated his ex though so I’m glad she got in the end what she had coming.

I fell in love with this family in NOW OR NEVER, their dynamics are fun and sweet, their tight bond so tangible. Everyone should have a family like that. Their antics, especially the sisters taking their brother down a peg or three by giving him shit yet doing it in such a lovable way, are hilarious. My heart went out to them watching them coming to terms with ALS and what it would ultimately mean for their family.

WHEN IT’S RIGHT is a beautiful story that had my heart in my throat at times and laugh out loud at others. It was quick and satisfying, emotional and sweet.


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