A Stick and A Stone by Laurie Terson ~ Review by Paisley

If you are like me and watched the Winter Olympics while secretly thinking to yourself how hot it would be if that hockey player and that cute dude on the curling team hooked up?  Well, I have a fun little interlude for you!

LT_AStickandaStoneTitle: A Stick and A Stone

Author: Laurie Terson

Publisher: MLR PRESS

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Grabbing Olympic gold and finding love, for Tony and Jamie it’s happening on the ice.

Olympic gold has always been Tony Marino’s dream, only two things stand in the way. His missing wrist shot and the testosterone filled world of hockey. He’s got to find one and ignore the other for his dream to come true. Jamie Cunningham has his own dream of glory and gold with Team USA Curling. Who knew a look into the stands would scores him more than just a gold medal. Over the ruts on the ice and in life, Tony and Jamie find that there’s an even better prize than an Olympic gold medal.

My View

There are certain professions that lend themselves to a lot of angst in the M/M Romance world, and one of them is athletes. Most of the stories I read featuring sports are about guys in the closet, and that usually lends itself to a lot of struggle and self-loathing. It was refreshing to read a book about athletes where having to hide it isn’t the main focus of the story. In fact, the author gives a nod to the reality that there are a brave few who are coming out and paving the way for more to follow.

Of course the bigotry of homophobia does raise its ugly head because hockey players are just too easy to set up for some serious manly conflict. But for the most part the teammates, and even the coaches, are trying to see that everyone gets along. I am looking forward to the day that a person’s love interest is not relative to his ability to be a successfully competing athlete.

Although the story is mostly lighthearted and fun, the serious topics of bullying and suicide are brought into the mix. I think that it is hard for a short story to give much depth to these important issues, and because of that the plot surrounding these issues is not strongly developed. I think that is where I had a harder time connecting with the book, it was a lot to pack into a novella.

Overall, the characters are sexy and fun. Jamie and Tony are a couple you want to see win. I also think that the author does a very good job of sharing the world of hockey with her readers. I want to give a nod to Jamie’s grandfather as a sweet addition to the cast of characters because he definitely gives some extra flavor to the story.

For the most part the story is very easy to read. Not too much drama between the two men, just a coming together of athletes hoping to be headed to the Winter Olympics. It would be so nice if life were this uncomplicated, but I guess that’s one of the things that I like about reading – it’s great to escape into a world where anything’s possible.

Buy Links:

MLR Press
Amazon

I would like to thank MLR Press for providing me with the eRC 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.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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