One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?
Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport – and his own family – have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.
Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL and he realizes that a place on the Railers roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?
3.5 – 4 Stars
I really enjoy this series and this group of hockey players and the addition of Dieter and Trent is great! For me this felt like an opposites attract – both are a bit of a mess story and I totally fell for these two! Both of these guys are dealing with a lot when this story starts and my heart definitely hurt for both of them. When they meet, their connection is immediate but there are a lot of issues they are going to have to work through if their relationship is going to make it.
Dieter has just been signed to the Railer’s hockey team, but he’s got some things he’s hiding, like a knee injury and an addiction to pain pills. He thinks he’s got it under control, but that really isn’t the case. Trent is dealing with the aftermath of his stepfather/manager stealing all his money and gambling it all away. He’s now fighting to keep his mother’s home and his rink and when a reality show opportunity comes his way, he’s quick to accept, until he hears he has to work with hockey players. He’s determined to make enough money to save the house and the rink though so he’ll take on those hockey guys.
I liked these two together right from the start. Both men have their issues and their flaws but they are also good men and so sweet together. Trent knows that loving someone with addiction issues can be painful, but he still gives his heart to Dieter, but he’s fierce and strong too and doesn’t let Dieter get away with anything. Dieter is strong too, and having Trent in his life shows him what he needs to do, for himself, his career and his relationship. I loved that these two work through things together and really don’t hold back. There are still some secrets to be revealed, but they go through it together. I really enjoy this group of characters and their journeys together and am looking forward to what is next for this group!
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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.
When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
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