Reviewed by Susan65
Authors: R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey
Series: Owatonna U Hockey #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 192 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books Unlimited
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When the lines between career and love blur, will Ethan and Ben find a way to create a future that will work for both of them?
Senior year is here, and everything is on the line. Benoit’s time to shine in the crease is now, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure those professional scouts take notice. He’s earned a great reputation for his skills in the net, and his laid-back demeanor is his key to maintaining his cool when things get heated in the goal crease.
As the Eagles roar into a new season, Ben’s laser-sharp focus is shattered by his attraction to Ethan Girard, the team’s new defensive consultant. Trying his best to ignore the budding friendship that’s taking a hard, fast turn into something far more passionate, Ben is determined to keep his mind on the sport he loves and not let his feelings for the handsome older man creep into his performance. But love, like hockey, is wildly unpredictable, and soon Ben finds that he’s unable to distance himself from Ethan who is slowly and surely working himself into his heart.
Famed Boston defenseman, Ethan Girard, isn’t stupid. Celebrating his thirty-second birthday in the emergency room after breaking his leg, and with a warning that healing will be a long process, he knows he has to think about his future. He was drafted at eighteen, and he’s never known anything but hockey, but with no contract in place yet for the new season he considers that maybe it’s time for him to hang up his skates for good.
Volunteering to help out with the Owatonna Eagles fills his time, but from the moment he lays eyes on goalie Ben, he knows his world will never be the same again. Falling in lust is as easy as stealing his first kiss, but Ben refuses to engage. Has Ethan finally met his match?
What is not to love about this series? I admit, at first I was a little concerned about the college-aged romance, and that is mainly because I prefer mature romances. However, these are not little boys, they are all men and I never once felt squeaked out while reading. In this scenario, Benoit is a senior and 22 years old. Ethan is an injured, and retiring, NHL player who is 32 years old. Not too much of an age difference for me, but enough to keep it lively and to keep Ethan on his toes, even with a broken leg.
In this installment, Benoit has the weight of the world riding on his shoulders and on the ice. His father is ill, and he needs to win the NCAA championship and make a huge impression on the NHL so he can take care of his family. He has no time for anything but studying and playing his best hockey. And then in walks (or limps) a wet dream and all his plans start to crumble. But, that is not all, as if that wasn’t enough, he also has a stalker. How much is one black goalie in a white man’s sport supposed to shoulder? Read it and find out for yourself, it was painful at times, but worth it and it ends really well.
Overall Impression: I rally liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the authors/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*