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With this romance Tal takes a tried and tested trope and turns it into something magical – oh and rips your heart out on the way

the quarterbackThe Quarterback by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need more stars. And a stiff drink, a blanket, a pound of dark chocolate, and a punching bag – like every time I read a book by Tal.

The only thing I don’t need this time is more sleep because I managed to not stay up all night reading it.


Tal Bauer works magic with words, I don’t know how he does it.

How he can take something which on the face of it seems simple, two men falling in love against all the obstacles in their path, and yet make it feel like nothing you’ve read before.

There were so many times when reading this book that I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, drown my sorrows, throw a party, or curl up in a ball and try not to rage.

The Quarterback is so much more than just his position on the team and Colton, oh how my heart broke for him almost as hard as his shoulder injury.

Tal made me so angry at what both Colton and Nick go through. But that’s nothing new (hello Sochi I’m looking at you), and he also had me almost crying happy tears of joy.

I’m not going too deep into the plot, although this is an age gap, slow burn romance, it still should be read blind.

The reader is drawn through the eyes of two men who’ve never had feelings for anyone of their own sex before with such skillful precision.

It’s honest, it’s brutal, it’s heartbreaking and uplifting. At no point did any of it feel untrue.

Colton and Nick fall for each other with all the grace and passion you’d hope to see expressed once they finally give in to the feelings which have built up like the heat of the summer.

Wes and Justin are also still hearts and flowers and pink tinged sunsets in love. But their love can sometimes be insular, leaving others on the outside and I massively wanted to shout at them both a fair few times.

But both come through when it matters and I was pleased to see them as strong together as in their own book.

I also absolutely adored the Texan oilman Nick and Colton go to do business with. He was such a vividly drawn character who provided such an encouraging support to Colton when it looked like all was lost.

I know there were people who didn’t see the connection between Colton and Nick, but I’d hope by the time they finish reading, they’ve come to realise just how wonderful a pair they are.

If this is the end for The Team, it goes out on a brilliant note with two top class entries to the Tal Bauer catalogue.

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

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Cover Reveal: Shots on Goal by Amy Aislin

Shots on Goal | Amy Aislin

Stick Side #3

Release Date (Print & Ebook): January 7, 2020

Length (Print & Ebook): 84,600 words | 330 pages

Cover artist: Natasha Snow

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Recently traded to the newly formed Vermont Trailblazers, professional hockey player Roman Kinsey needs to focus on helping the team win games and filling the stands, not on the blond, bespectacled part-timer who works at the library he volunteers at. He knows all too well that outing himself equals heartache and ridicule…or worse.

Cody Evans, psych major and grad school hopeful, notices everything and thinks too much. But he doesn’t know what to think when he sees Roman reading to kids. The rugged hockey player just doesn’t look like the type. But it stirs something in him, something he’s never felt before.

When the library is threatened with closure, Cody enlists Roman’s help. As they get to know each other better…much, much better…they realize that they have more in common than books. But Roman’s keeping a big part of himself from his team, and giving in to his feelings for Cody might be more than he’s willing to risk.


Getting to know Roman Kinsey was going to be all kinds of interesting.

“Mr. Kinsey, this is Cody Evans,” Eileen said. “Cody’s one of our part-timers and he’ll be running Tiny Tot Storytime on the Tuesdays you’re unable to make it.”

Roman nodded once. “Thanks.” It was so grudging that Cody’s smile widened.

Roman’s lips pinched.

Holding out a hand, Cody said, “It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Kinsey.”

“It’s just Kinsey. Or Roman. Whatever.” His voice was pitched low, almost rough from thirty minutes of reading aloud.

“Which do you prefer?”

Something flickered across his face, and his hand jerked in Cody’s before he pulled back. “Roman’s fine.”

“Let me grab your things from the staff lounge, Mr. Kinsey,” Eileen said with a pat on his arm.

“Oh no, I can . . .”

But Eileen was already walking away, her old lady loafers with the buckle on the side silent on the carpet. Leaving Cody alone with Roman Kinsey. He bit the inside of his lip to conceal a grin.

Roman parked his butt against the hip-high bookshelf and crossed his arms. Silent. So, not one to fill awkward silence with inane chatter then. Cool. Except Cody, for some reason he couldn’t name, itched to get him talking.

“Good game last night,” he said.

That startled Roman, surprise crossing his features before he schooled them again. “We lost.”

“Only by one point, and you guys put up a hell of a fight. And Mr. Hannigan was right, you know.” Cody jerked his chin toward Mr. Hannigan, trailing his twin boys out the door. “Ritz is a left shooting center.” Meaning that on rushes down the ice, he tended to pass to his right winger more often than his left winger. “And you’re now the strongest right winger on the team. You really would be well-matched. Oh, and Mr. Mulligan’s right too—you guys really do need more shots on goal.”

Surprise crossed Roman’s face again, and this time it stayed there. “You know hockey?”

Cody shrugged. “Some.”

About the Author


Amy Aislin’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess.

Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.

An unapologetic introvert, Amy reads too much and socializes too little, with no regrets. She loves connecting with readers.

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