Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Two men, two very different sports and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot.
Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get.
The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice.
Ethan is tied to his town, job and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?
Please note that this review originally appeared on Mrs. Condit and Friends blog which has been discontinued. I have re-read this story and updated this review a bit for PBA.
Burning Up the Ice is a steady and sweet romance between two athletes. Olivier is a professional NHL hockey player recovering from a season ending knee injury. He lives in America, travels with his team, and in his spare time he reads physics books for fun! While he is completing his physical therapy, he meets Ethan, someone he remembers from his youth, who is an amateur curler, lives in Canada, and runs his family’s ice rink. From the very beginning, the two men are attracted to each other and over time, romance blooms.
The authors did a great job building up this relationship. This was an instant attraction, but was not an instant love story. The authors took the time to develop the characters and their backstory before the men just jumped into a relationship. It gave me a good understanding of who the men were as individuals as well as how they fit together so easily. The characters were real and likable. I really enjoyed the fact that the men interacted with family and friends as well as each other. This was not just a one dimensional “have sex, fall in love” story.
However, that being said, I felt like there was something missing in the relationship. They went from attraction to love to HEA, but it was not really discussed how they got there. The build up to being in love was there but then the epilogue seemed like a way for the authors to give the ending without having to give the journey. I don’t know, I just felt like there was supposed to have been more.
And as I have said in several of these reviews for this series before, there were some side stories that were left hanging, like what happened between Chelsea and Barry? How did the meeting with the each set of parents go? I was looking forward to seeing Ethan’s interaction with Olivier’s brainiac parents.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet and romantic! I am glad I read it a second time because it reminded me why I loved these men the first time.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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