Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.
Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.
First in the series and my first by this author. And overall it was an enjoyable book. A little long winded, and in spots I felt like we were trying to be ‘too Canadian’ or how the subjects are portraying the country and populous. Always apologizing, being super nice and polite. It got annoying, we got it, Lane is super naive, super young, super sweet, and gosh darn people like him. The last thing I found that stopped me from reading in longs times spots was the choppiness, not just the chapters but the sentences, like this is how they talked. I enjoy a more flowing sentence, these to me did not.
And really, I did like Lane, his rambling on and brutally frank sentences, were cute. And obviously that was his thing throughout this novel that made everyone fall under his cuteness spell.
Jared on the other hand, is a guy that has been around the block, in and out of the hockey world. So when he falls under Lane’s spell it’s fun to watch.
Throw the new BFF, Zoe in the mix and you’ve got a bunch of newly developing friendships and could possibly last. What I really enjoyed is we got a little talk about hockey but this book really focused on the friendships and relationships that formed and blossomed.
As the season unfolds, we got to follow Lane and Jared through the season and the what turns out to be a winning season, also follow them from one night stands to a real relationship all the way to a HFN.