A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending years guilt ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
Even though this is a series book and these two main MC’s are first brought up in a previous one, they can all be read as stand alone. I however have read in order.
The ‘incident’ of years past has shaped the current future for Max and Misha both. And now both just want a fresh start, new town, new job, new life and possibly new love.
Max, not really being aware of his bi-sexual side is shocked and intrigued when feeling for Misha start coming forward. Feeling more than friendship.
Misha, knows he is gay, but also knows in his home country and in old world hockey, the hockey is was brought up in there is no such thing. So he hides.
I have to say, so far these are my favorite two. Misha, with his no holds barred attitude. The stare alone. And max with his snarky one liners and not able to keep his filter on. Kitten on skates… or maybe rabbits… the images.
As they get the team together, the practices, the games, watching the frustration from the team members Drake, Jakob and the lot. Really paints a picture of a re-building team, one that is dysfunctional at first. But than slowly starts to learn, love, forgive, trust.
The HFN heading is perfect. We can tell that we’ve more to come, maybe Drake?