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Definitely my favourite in the Boston Rebels so far

58867968._SY475_Snowed by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well that was a – very good – surprise and nothing like I was expecting from this duo’s ice hockey series’

The Boston Rebels books so far have all been very different in tone and style while sticking to the sports romance genre. This one veres far more into romantic suspense than sport, even though Kyle is the goalie for the Rebels.

It’s a mostly second chance/forced proximity romance but the suspense element really added to the pacing of the book and I found myself quickly enthralled in what could be responsible for Kyle’s night terrors.

I personally thought the plot reveal to be quite plausible, although it then did head off into slightly dramatic, but not unbelievable, territory which amped up the tension big time in the run up to the last few chapters.

The relationship between Christian and Kyle is so beautifully written, each of them is hiding deep seated hurts, and with Kyle’s additional anxieties and fears, it adds up to a wonderfully poignant reunion.

I absolutely LOVED how it was so clear from that start that neither of them had moved on. There hadn’t been any attempts to “get over” Kyle leaving their tiny Manitoba village to head to the NHL or for Kyle to try and move on from his love for Christian.

Overall this is probably my favourite of the stories in this new interconnected series and I am very much enjoying the different takes RJ & Vicki are going with them.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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One of my favourites in this brilliant sports romance series

58811593._SY475_Two-Man Team by Amy Aislin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of my favourites in what’s been a really brilliant series from Amy.

I’m a huge sports romance fan in the first place but I do have a soft spot for ice hockey (even though the real NHL has some serious issues still) guys falling in love and this one’s a real treat.

We get a really gentle and slow build up with a best friends’ brother/small age gap romance coupled with conflicts over coming out, retirement and thoughts on how the public feel they have ownership of players because of their celebrity status.

It’s steaming hot when it kicks off but it takes a wee while to get there because Kris hasn’t really considered his best friend Emery’s younger brother Rory as being anything but a teammate.

Until a drunken kiss (from Rory) at Christmas leads into more a few months later when Rory ends up staying with Kris after breaking his leg falling off a ladder while helping one of the older people who live in his apartment block.

And Rory is just such a sweetheart, he’s vulnerable, at heart he still suffers from the feelings of isolation he encountered when he was bullied at school. Kris, on the other hand, is the personification of inner strength and he’s dealing with all sorts of bad media over an incident he wasn’t even involved in.

The dynamics between the two of them worked well for me, their friendship grows out of that shared childhood experience and as Kris begins to realise his feelings for Rory are more than just that of looking out for his best friend’s younger brother, the tensions amp up.

I’m really hoping we get Emery and Felix’s story because they’ve intrigued me from the off and there’s definitely something brewing with the guy who’s come up out of the AHL to cover for Rory and Darragh who owns the pub that Kris and his teammates gather at.

All in all, another top entry from Amy.

#ARC kindly received from the author via GRR Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Rachel Reid nails this “bad boy” redepmtion arc with style

56760672._SY475_Role Model by Rachel Reid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sooooo, if bad boy redemption arcs with a side-order of needing to find self-forgiveness are your thing, this book is gonna hit that perfectly.

Troy Barrett hasn’t been a good boy, in fact, he’s been an absolute wanker at times (he’s a secondary, small part character in Ryan’s book Common Goal and as we meet him, he’s been transferred to Ottawa after a major bust up with his former best friend the sleazy as f*ck Dallas Kent.

But, as is often the case with guys like this, his outward homophobia and running with the crowd hides not only a secret about his sexual identity, but also a powerful need to feel like he belongs.

His mum is awesome, his dad is everything wrong about alpha male parenting, a wannabe ice hockey player who never made it big, a bigot and a bully, Troy’s grown up under his overbearing presence for most of his life.

This is a really simple plot in essence, but Rachel spins it into a deeply expansive and complex narrative which takes in more than just Troy’s need to better himself.

It throws in interference at the top level when Troy continues with his campaign to support the anonymous but not silent victims of his former best friend Kent and it’s wrapped inside a plot of self-discovery, of healing, of finding out that your team having your back and being genuinely supportive is priceless.

And it’s about love. Not only Troy learning to love who he is and where his career has taken him, but also his love for Harris, who is just an awesomely crafted character.

Add in the absolute sarcastic and ever brilliant Ilya Rozanov

***SPOILER ISH***

(and I CANNOT wait for book six and finally see the world discover him and Shane Hollander’s near decade long relationship!)

***ENDS***

and a ridiculously cute dog called Chiron and this book is just everything I want in a sports romance.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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