Winter Ball by Amy Lane ~ Book Review by Teresa

WinterBallLGTitle: Winter Ball

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/25/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday

Blurb:

Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.

One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.

Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!

My View:

I have a new favourite Christmas Story! This was Amy Lane Lite at its best; Sweet and heartwarming with just a touch of angst. I loved Skipper and Richie. I loved Carpenter. I loved the soccer team.

I loved how Skipper and Richie came together and how their relationship progressed. It was refreshing to see them find themselves.

Carpenter was a great supporting character and it was fun to see his family. It was great, in fact, to see all the different types of families there are. Although there wasn’t a good, supporting, family portrayed, the book showed you can make your own family.

Gentleman Caller was a humorous addition and I didn’t even need to google Schipperke!

This book made me smile and laugh, it made me sad and my heartache. I highly recommend it.

Links

Winter Ball on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
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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