Marcus “Marc” Lacroix, a red panda shifter, knows who Lucas Grayson is, and up until playing with him during the world cup of hockey, didn’t much care for him. But when he finds out the jaguar shifter with the hot body has a personality to match, he’s a bit blown away. A night of celebration leads the two of them to the bedroom, and they discover that one night might not be enough to finish this thing between them.
Passion grows to love and more than a little kink, and the two make things work despite the obstacles standing in their way. Lucas plays for the Aces and Marc for the Hares, the distance and crazy schedules of a pro-hockey player keeping them apart. Lucas discovers it’s harder to let go of things than he’d thought. When ill-fate strikes, Lucas spirals and Marc has to try and hold them together. It’s one match Marc doesn’t know if he’ll win.
Paranormal romance is my go-to genre that usually delivers some feel-good-happy. I love being immersed in a shifter world. I had read Harding’s To Arizona and really enjoyed it with the more unusual hockey playing shifters. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one as much. The romance takes place over the span of three years with jumps in time between Marc and Lucas meeting up which is understandable since they play for opposing teams for much of the time. Many of their encounters where purely sexual, and I hate to say it, but they bored me. I felt no emotional connection between the two characters. Don’t get me wrong. The scenes were hot and the lust between the two was evident, but without them doing more than hooking up, and then suddenly considerable time had lapsed left me disconnected from them. Plus I expected more depth with the world and with them as shifters. There were times that I forgot they were shifters and the few times they were shifted I didn’t get a sense of their animal.
There was drama and angst. Plus, for those who like the view of how celebrities have to make time to be together, they’ll enjoy this. There RE some sweet moments when Marc and Lucas are in their animal forms that I’m sure many would enjoy. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect to the characters and the plot wasn’t my cuppa tea.