Loved this grumpy one falling for the sunshine one romance

Headstrong+FinalHeadstrong by Eden Finley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this, it’s essentially the grumpy one falling for the sunshine one with a sports romance twist coupled with a bisexual awakening narrative and it absolutely worked for me.

Rainn was set to be an NHL superstar until a second injury proved career ending shortly after leaving college. Now, a few years later, he’s working at V&V and has pushed all thoughts of his future into the deepest corners of his mind.

That is until he finds himself getting tangled up in a friendship with newly out baby gay virgin college student Whit, who’s studying hard so he can graduate and help with diversification at his family farm while playing ice hockey on the side.

Reading this book was a delight, it’s funny, has moments of introspection but also lots of celebration too and I felt wholly committed to seeing Rainn go through a dawning awareness that he was attracted to Whit.

The way their relationship’s physical development was tackled too really made sense to me, they explored together, there wasn’t any straight on into full blown penetrative sex, it was a slow build up of intimacy and experimentation. This made it all the more emotionally connected and very charged!

Tensions also arose organically too, there isn’t a dramady moment just chucked in to give them a falling out crisis. What occurs makes perfect sense and, thankfully, there’s no sulking, just a very quick realisation they need to talk and sort things out.

Everything about it just worked for me and the Epilogue and Bonus Chapter (which you can get once the book is live via an email sign up) were fabulous!

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Hearts Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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