Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.
Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.
You don’t have to have read the first book in this series to read this, it’s pretty much a standalone.
Riley is so self contained and so concerned about how wealthy his parents are that he’s built up a few defenses, he’s all about the emotional bond as well when it comes to relationships, so his friendship with Ethan is how it all starts. Riley has also discovered that he has some kinks in his sexuality, that are not heterosexual, and feature submission. Riley wants so very much to be able to use his money to help his friends.
Ethan is brash and filterless in many respects, he is incredibly close to his family, he smokes and drinks and shags, women, but his sense of loyalty, like Riley’s is incredibly important to him.
When Ethan ‘accidentally discovers’ Riley’s kink the two act upon their desire for each other, and at this juncture I didn’t get a sense that Ethan really got what Riley saw in him, but Riley was already starting to become invested. They fool around for quite a while at the same time learning about each other, and of course playing hockey.
I have to say that it took me a little bit of time to wrap my head around hockey being ice hockey, not the game we play in the UK, but I’m assured the technical details are all correct here, and it’s the team element that’s important here as opposed to the actual game, or at least it was to me. Riley is a goal keeper, and is technically a better player than Ethan – he is meticulous in how he tracks how his opponents play and his attitude to his fitness is wonderful. Ethan is passionate about hockey, participates in programme to help children play hockey and is all heart.
As the relationship develops between these two Ethan seems to be all in, except when it comes to Riley’s money and Riley begins to come to terms with being part of a family. There is no angst in this book, and I loved that, Riley and Ethan talk to each other and work things out – not just sexually but emotionally as well. They navigate learning about each other, coming out as a couple to friends and relations and trusting each other really rather maturely, and it was so great to read a book where people talked to each other rather than making suppositions like teenagers.
Avon Gale has such affection for her characters, and that really shows in the warmth of the writing, a real pleasure.
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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