Author: Stephani Hecht
Cover Artist: Angela Waters
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/01/2011
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
When Trey dreamed of one day playing professional hockey, he always imagined it would be for one of the top ranking NHL teams. He never fathomed he’d end up on a last place, farm team and struggling to live from one paycheck to the next. Instead of limousines, endorsement deals and accolades, he’s stuck with a rundown rink, jeering ex-fans and a crappy second-hand truck that only runs fifty percent of the time. Then his life goes from sucky to sucky-er when he’s blackmailed into coaching a group of kids from the local rink. Trey’s never been good with dealing with other people, let alone their mini-versions, so he’s certain it’s all going to end in one huge disaster. As a member of the Battle Creek police force, Wade is proud of his town. Sure their local hockey team may be in last place, but with the new goalie, things seem to be looking up. When he finds out his nephew is being coached by that very same goalie, Wade can’t wait for a face-to-face encounter. He’s not prepared to find himself instantly attracted to Trey. Especially when it becomes apparent that Trey is hiding something from his past. Trey wants to get closer to Wade, but knows to do so could spell disaster for not only him, but the rest of his family. Will Trey be able to give into his desires or will the past continue to hold him down?
I really enjoyed this book. It started out all kinds of fun, had me a bit concerned, but then it compensated and finished by leaving me warm and fuzzy.
I loved Trey and his snarky, sarcastic, smartass nature. I loved/hated that inside, he was still so messed up from his childhood and attack. He had a depth and vulnerability that I wasn’t expecting in such a short story.
I loved the hockey again and with the addition of Trey coaching the little ones, there was a cuteness factor that pulled at my heart. It showed a softer side of Trey and gave a bit of credibility to the rushed romantic attachment on Wade’s side.
I did feel the romance was too fast and it started out in a manner that I didn’t connect with. But once I got over that, I liked these men together and I liked the way Wade built up Trey’s self esteem. This romance may have started on the wrong foot, but in the end, it worked for me.
Finally, I liked the Brock plot line. I liked the hints made about Kip. I like the addition of Sergei. Because all these things are keeping me interested in this series beyond the Canton Brothers. I am looking forward to the next book.
P.S. Same poor editing issues apply.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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