Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Edge Jump
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Heroes: Brett & Rylan
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 72k+ words
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: June 16, 2018
Available at: JMS Books & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Brett Rocha retired from pro-hockey while still at the top of his game. Co-owner of a chain of restaurants and an inherited ice skating academy, he seems to have it all. Despite his fame, wealth, and good fortune, though, Brett suddenly finds himself painfully alone.
Ex-Olympic figure skating star Rylan Hennessy transitioned to professional ice dancing with Celia, Brett’s sister and Rylan’s lifelong partner on the ice. Then tragedy strikes, and Rylan’s world is turned upside down, too.
With the unexpected death of Celia, Brett and Rylan are drawn together through their mutual grief. Their bond strengthens when Brett introduces Rylan to BDSM, a lifestyle Rylan has never experienced before. While the mystery of Celia’s murder still needs to be solved, a second tragedy threatens to tear them apart.
Will their relationship survive, or will love be enough to see them through this life altering, harrowing change?
I love athletes, I love hockey players, I love ice skating and I am starting to warm up to BDSM. So, what’s a girl to do but pick up a book that has all of those elements, plus some. In this case, Rylan has known Brett since he was around six years old. Rylan is the ice dancing partner to Brett’s sister, Celia. And Brett, is the powerful ex-professional hockey player. Rylan has crushed on Brett for years but their relationship didn’t move onto the next step, or at all, really, until Celia and her fiance were murdered.
In addition to Brett and Rylan drawing comfort from each other over their loss, Brett also introduces Rylan into the wonderful world of BDSM. I admit, that lifestyle has close to zero interest for me, however if it is written in such a way as to enhance a storyline then I am all in. In this case, Rylan is a natural sub to Brett’s dom and they needed the scenes to help them overcome their grief and try to find out if someone was aiming for Rylan next.
There were times when I thought the sex was too much and they’d seemed to forget that they’d recently lost a sister and partner, but once it got back on track it was smooth sailing. The mystery was pretty obvious, so obvious that I started thinking it was too obvious. I think that is brilliant way to mess with the reader…have them second-guessing themselves and then smack them in face with the big reveal. I would have liked to see how the trial played out, and I thought the ending was a bit rushed, but the tribute and the new normal for Rylan was well played. If you like ice sports and BDSM I think you will like this one.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*