The Opponent (Colorado Coyotes #2) Read Online Brenda Rothert

Categories Genre: Alpha Male, College, Contemporary, Sports Tags Authors: Series: Colorado Coyotes Series by Brenda Rothert

Total pages in book: 57
Estimated words: 55048 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 275(@200wpm)___ 220(@250wpm)___ 183(@300wpm)


As the new captain of the Colorado Coyotes, there’s a heavy weight on my shoulders. The Coyotes lost five players last season to a tragic arena explosion, and as the new team leader, I want to be a rock for my teammates. That includes battling my new neighbor Eleanor Lawrence, the Denver newspaper columnist who’s on a mission to end the city’s pro hockey team for good. Do I want her? Desperately. But we’re on opposing sides of a war I don’t intend to lose.


I’m in no danger of being charmed by Ford Barrett. My new neighbor is a caveman—not remotely my type. He may be attractive, but he’s also stubborn and permanently scowling. Even worse? He dropped a couch on my foot. The more we spar, though, the hotter my secret attraction to him burns. Once I give in to the possessive hockey player, lines get blurred.
I want to win, but I also want him. And I can’t have both.

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“Horseshit,” my teammate Dom muttered, setting his PS5 controller on my coffee table. “Three out of five?”

He’d lost another round of Call of Duty, and I knew him well enough to know he wouldn’t quit until he won at least one.

“Let’s get out of here,” I said, standing up. “Want to go for a run?”

“Let’s order pizza first.”

I shook my head. “I’m not eating half a pizza before a run, man.”

“I’m not running on an empty stomach,” he countered. “We already worked out today anyway; stop being such an overachiever.”

Dominic Locke was one of those hockey players who was born with natural talent. He didn’t have to work as hard as the rest of us. He was also twenty-three years old to my twenty-eight. I’d learned over the years that the hardest workers were the ones who had the longest pro careers.

“Our home opener is tomorrow night,” I reminded Dom.

“Better rest up for it then, right.” His phone dinged with a notification then, and he picked it up, looking down at the screen and grinning. “Sadie’s angling for a nooner. You can go for your run, I’ll go meet up with her, and then we can get back to the game.”

I wanted to argue with him, but I forced myself not to. As team captain, I had to walk a fine line between being the team leader and staying friends with my teammates. The pressure was on, though. I was one of five players who had been acquired by the Colorado Coyotes after a devastating explosion leveled their arena last year and killed not just five players, but seventeen other people, too.

How would I lead the team back onto the ice for the first game after such a massive tragedy? We were playing on a Denver college hockey team’s home ice, which was also our home ice for now.

“I’m done with video games for today,” I said. “I have to stop by the arena and I’m going over to Coach’s house early.”

Our head coach, Steve Maddox, was hosting a cookout for the whole team and their families tonight. Since I was flying solo, I’d told him I’d show up early to help him and his wife get things ready.

“I want a rematch soon,” he said.

“I’ll whoop your ass as many times as you want, son.”

He flipped me off and stood up. “I’ll catch you later.”

I was already wearing tennis shoes and shorts, so I pulled off my T-shirt since I was going for a run and grabbed my phone, keys, and headphones from the kitchen counter. I followed Dom out the front door, locking it behind me.

“Ang, no! It’s too big. It won’t fit!”

“That’s what she said,” Dom murmured to me as he checked out the two women trying to get a recliner through the front door of the townhouse next door to mine.

One of them was a tiny woman with a dark bun on top of her head, and the other was tall with shoulder-length blond hair pulled back into a ponytail. She wore shorts and a tank top, showing off her long, shapely legs and—I angled my head slightly for a closer look—nice round tits. I forced my gaze to her face, which was pretty. Damn, I hoped she was the one moving in.

“Hey, can we help with that?” I asked, also hoping these two were platonic roommates and not a couple.

“We’re perfectly capable, thank you,” the blond said, her voice strained.

The other one rolled her eyes. “Please help. We are not capable of moving this beast.”

I set down my stuff and approached the blond, saying, “Let me get it.”

After a couple seconds of hesitation, she nodded and said, “Thanks.”

Dom took the other side, both women breathing sighs of relief.

“Hey, I think if we turn it and put the back in first, it’ll fit,” I said to Dom.


We flipped the chair and got it through the doorway, the blond following us inside the apartment.

“Where do you want it?” I asked her.

Dom snickered and I gave him a warning look.

“Oh, anywhere is fine,” she said with a wave of her hand.

Her townhouse was similar to mine. It even had the same hardwood flooring in the living room. As Dom moved to set the chair down, I shook my head.

“This could scratch the floor,” I said. “You don’t want to scoot it once you decide where to move it. Tell us where you want it.”

“Oh.” She frowned, a little wrinkle appearing between her brows. “That’s a good point. How about in that corner?”

We carried it to the corner she’d pointed to and gently set it down. The dark-haired woman walked in carrying a box, breezing past us. I didn’t see anyone else in the apartment.

I turned to the blond. “Do you have anyone else helping you move?”

Her note of laughter was unamused. “My moving company cancelled on me yesterday, and my old landlord has someone moving into my former apartment tomorrow, so it’s just me and Sam.”