Review: Easy by Brenda Rothert

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The Chicago Blaze series is one of my favourites.  As soon as I opened up Easy and started reading, I felt like I was hanging out with old friends.  I’m not sure what it is about Brenda’s writing  that makes me feel that way, but I love it. It’s just exactly what I need right now.    

Easy is the story of Erik Zimmerman, whom we have met in at least a couple of the past books. He’s the goalie, and anyone who follows hockey knows that goalies can sometimes be odd ducks.  They are either very level-headed and calm, or they can be wild, unpredictable and sometimes a little nuts.  Easy, naturally, lands firmly on the calm, easy going end of the spectrum. 

Eric and Allie have loved each other since they were 14 years old, but they’ve been apart for the past 10 years.  A terrible tragedy led to Allie becoming the sole guardian of her nephew and 2 nieces when she was only 19.  That tragedy also ended all the dreams the young couple had of building their future together.  Allie insisted that Eric continue on and chase his dream to play in the NHL, even though she was no longer free to come with him.  Eric was young and didn’t understand the reasons behind Allie’s decision.  But after 10 years, he can understand exactly why she had to stay behind in their small town.  It would have been impossible for her to follow him all over the country with 3 young kids in tow.  But at the time, Erik was so heartbroken he vowed that he would never return to their hometown in Wisconsin.  And he didn’t; not once in 10 years.   

Erik’s plan to never set foot back home again gets tossed out when his mom and his aunt both have minor accidents, and he has to return during the off season to help them.  When he and Allie run into each other it doesn’t take long before they both realize their feelings haven’t dimmed at all over the past 10 years – if anything they have grown stronger.   But while the kids are older now, Allie is still tied to Wisconsin. There is no way she will pull Max, the oldest, out of high school for his senior year.  So 10 years later they are back where they started.  But Erik knows this time he is willing to do whatever it takes to be together, no matter what it takes. 

“She needs to know she’s still beautiful. She needs to know that raising three kids alone makes her fierce…. So desirable I ache to touch her. My embarrassment is worth it, as long as I can make sure she knows that.”


Reading Easy was like getting a comforting hug from a friend.  It’s not entirely smooth sailing for Erik and Allie, – her crazy, irresponsible sister Jenna adds quite a bit of drama to their story, but overall there isn’t much angsty stuff.  Once they find each other again, both Erik and Allie are determined to find a way to be together.   

Happily Ever After endings are pretty much mandatory for me right now and Easy delivered one with flying colours.  Now the wait begins for the next Chicago Blaze book – Jonah is scheduled to be released in September!

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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