The Prodigal Brother – A Canton Family Christmas (Blue Line Hockey #8) by Stephani Hecht ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

THEPRODIGALBROTHERTitle: The Prodigal Brother – A Canton Family Christmas (Blue Line Hockey #8)

Author: Stephani Hecht

Publisher: eXtasy

Cover Artist: Martine Jardin

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/16/2012

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday

Blurb:

Is there ever a time when you really can’t redeem yourself? And if so, then what’s left to live for?

At one time, Brock was the dream child of the Canton family. Not only was he the oldest, but he was predicted to be the number one draft pick for the NHL. All those dreams were shattered when Brock suffered a career-ending injury. Depressed over his loss, he became lost in an addiction to drugs. Not only that, but he betrayed his three younger brothers to the point that they never want to see him again.
But that was then, and now Brock is clean and sober. While his brothers still don’t trust him, they give him a job at the rink they own. It’s there that Brock meets Jimmy, the only openly gay player in the NHL.
Sparks instantly fly between the two of them, but will Brock be able to fight his addiction and past long enough to find his HEA? But then again, it is Christmastime, and they do say that is when miracles happen.

My View:

So I am torn on this one. I was so excited to see Brock and his brothers get together. I was very excited to see that Brock was working to stay sober and that the reader was finally given information about why Brock really had spiralled into addiction. It was a great story that moved the Canton family forward. I liked Jimmy and the way he was the voice of reason and showed Brock that he had a chance at a new life.

But these stories are getting shorter and shorter and so the character’s and their stories are suffering. Things are so rushed and superficial. This story could have had some great depth and could have really pulled some emotion from me, but because it was so short and underdeveloped, it was just a beginning that left me wanting more. I was disappointed in this one and that makes me sad because I was really enjoying this series as a whole but I just can’t ignore the way development is being ignored in favor of the HEA.

Links

The Prodigal Brother – A Canton Family Christmas (Blue Line Hockey #8) on Goodreads
eXtasy
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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