RELEASE DATE: 27th November 2015
BLURB: Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.
Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.
They say “don’t judge a book by its cover” – sound advice. But not in this case, that cover is truly amazing! It immediately caught my eye.
This is a first-time author read for me, I didn’t know what to expect? But after that cover? I was expecting good things and it didn’t disappoint, it was a very enjoyable read.
Hockey, is something which I don’t know a lot about, so I really appreciated the note the author left at the beginning of the book, it explained the basics of Hockey Leagues and this was so helpful in making me understand the fundamentals of the game.
Lane and Jared are two young men, both at a different times of their career.
Lane is at the beginning, he has natural talent and sure that he will “make it” and become a famous player.
Unlike Jared, this will most probably be his last season.
They meet and crash during a game and from that moment, everything changes – for both of them. Lane has some communication problems, he doesn’t seem to have any filter’s what-so-ever, he says what he has on mind and that could lead to other’s misunderstanding him. But if this causes some problem with his team mates, who at the beginning think he is presumptuous, this total lack of social skills, is what makes this story so funny and enjoyable to read. He really is naïve. He has no experience with friends or indeed, love. And this also made this book so special to read, it was funny and really sweet, to see Lane and Jared together and building their relationship. Yes, I did sometimes take pity on Jared when he had to deal with Lane, but I’ve gotta tell you, it was hilarious to read!
Jared is more serious, grounded and this difference between the two men gave balance to the story.
The sport part of the story was very good and exciting, even for me and that say’s something about the author’s talent, if you can hold a reader’s attention who has no interest in that particular sport, it is quite an achievement.
It also had a lot of interesting characters which I’m assuming will be appearing in future books, these all gave great depth to the storyline.
****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****