Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.
The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.
My first by this author, but I’m a sucker for sports books as long as we get some ‘off time’ as well. So it was a quick yes when it came up.
Not a big (at all) hockey fan, so I enjoyed that the author went into some detail but not a great deal about the ends and out of hockey terms,lingo,stats etc. We kept to the actual lives of the two main charaters. I also really liked that as we flew around the country and both of these players had plenty of time to explore the budding/rekindling feelings because one had a girlfriend. They didn’t.
On the flip side of that, because through most of the book, one did have a GF, we weren’t able to get the closeness, chemistry, building of feelings that we often feel in other books. What we do get is two frustrated men, both in the closet one deep in, the other out to his family and best friend. Playing some of the best hockey of there lives. All the while ignoring the big elephant in the room. Derek desperate to talk about it, while Trevor running away.
The story was entertaining, understandable, inner dialogue was annoying and all I could think, was glad I’m listing to it instead of reading. All that hyphenated wording to show they are talking themselves would drive me batty.
The narrator, did an okay job. But seemed to put too much effort in the voices. He wasn’t yelling, but you could tell he was forcing some sentences out harshly. Not sure if that was his attempt at a northern/Canadian accent or his manly male attempt? But it really effected my listening pleasure.