Cherrypicker (Blue Line Hockey #7) by Stephani Hecht ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

CHERRYPICKERTitle: Cherrypicker (Blue Line Hockey #7)

Author: Stephani Hecht

Publisher: eXtasy

Cover Artist: Martine Jardin

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 07/01/2012

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


Sometimes it doesn’t matter how fast you skate, pain will still find a way to get you.

Derry Cronwell has only wanted two things in life, to be able to play professional hockey and the freedom to make his own choices in life. When he finally manages to land a spot on the Hawks’ farm team, he hopes to finally have both of his dreams come true. There are only a couple of problems. First, Derry’s brother, Pat is the captain of the Cougars—the Hawks’ biggest rivals—Second, Derry is terrified that his deepest secret will finally get out—that he’s gay and has a massive crush on Hawk’s defenseman, Fallon.
Fallon and the Cougars have a grudge that goes back for years, so the last thing he wants is one of their bratty little brothers on his team. But as he gets to know Derry, Fallon finds himself drawn to the timid offense man. Then Fallon finds out just how bad Derry’s private life is, and he knows he will do anything to help the other man. Will Fallon be able to rescue Derry from all his demons?

My View:

OMG this story broke my heart! I felt so bad for Derry. His abusive brother was horrible and was stealing from him! Poor guy had no self esteem because of that asshole! Derry was a great example of how the victims of abuse can be brainwashed to believe they are at fault for the violence. I hated to see what his brother did to him! I wanted to reach into that book and kill Pat and hug Derry and tell him he deserved so much better!! I was so glad the Fallon finally showed Derry he was special and worthy of being treated right. And that Derry’s new teammates stepped in and pulled Derry out of that hateful situation.

I wish this one would have been longer. The instant love between Fallon and Derry smacks of a survivor’s rebound. And what about Pat? Are we going to find out his fate in a future book because if not I’m going to be pissed. He deserves jail and to have to pay Derry back all the money he stole from him. This ending left something to be desired.

However, I think the author’s ability to create characters and stories I connect with outweighs the things I found lacking and I am still invested in finishing this series. I looking forward to the next book because I am hoping for answers.


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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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