Reviewed by Ami
Title: Checking It Twice
Author: Meg Harding
Series: The Carlisles #3
Heroes: Eric Belanger/Dorian Carlisle
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.
Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory
Review: I am not going to lie … the plot in this book is pretty cliché. What can you expect when you combine a deep-in-the-closet hockey player and an out-and-proud model? At one point, the characters will get to a point where: a) they break-up because the closeted athlete is too scared to acknowledge their relationship, or b) they will get outed … in any case they will be ‘out’ by the end of the book … if you are looking for a happily ever after of course.
Other than that high degree level of predictability, I also wasn’t too happy with Harding’s penchant to use time-jumping as a plot device to move the story forward. She did that with the previous book, Will You Be My Escort. She did it again here; which made me wonder if Harding somehow had a problem prolonging the story somewhat.
HOWEVER… despite all that, I will firmly say that Checking It Twice is my favorite title so far from The Carlisles series. I thought Dorian and Eric had lovely chemistry. I loved their initial meeting, how Dorian ended up enjoying hockey, and trying to find out more about the game (thank you, Wikipedia!). Dorian is adorable and so far he is my favorite Carlisle man as well.
So yes, Eric is in the closet – although I wonder what strongly drives his fear considering that Eric’s family seems to be open-minded as well as his team mates – but at the same time, he is also trying to do better when he’s with Dorian. He is still willing to come with Dorian to meet the Carlisles. He plans romantic dates to spend time with Dorian. Eric is clearly on his way to falling in love. I couldn’t completely feel annoyed with him.
Despite the short angst of break-up, I thought the book was fluffily entertaining. I cannot wait to read Denver’s story next!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*