Title: How to Quit Playing Hockey
Author: Isa K.
Publisher: Loose ID
Release Date: September 17th 2012
Page Count: 155
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Mac has never wanted to be out. He’s not ashamed of his sexuality–especially after he started hooking up with his teammate, Fritzy. The lies are exhausting, but the risks that come with the truth are enough to convince him to keep his mouth shut.
Fritzy already has a reputation as a troublemaker. He’s actually good enough to make to the major leagues …if anyone will take him and being out and gay makes that even less likely. So, they have to stay quiet for now. Be hockey players today, be gay later. Mac has always felt that coming out was a personal decision, but this is clearly a business decision.
Unfortunately for him the business of hockey means a lot of homophobia passed off casually and thoughtlessly. His teammate aren’t bad guys. His coaches aren’t bad guys. The reporters, the fans, the scouts and agents–no one wants to be called a bigot, but nobody thinks about the things they say in jest. Just how much longer will Mac have to stick to business? How many more lies will he and Fritzy have to tell just to hold onto their dreams?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.
I read this because, duh, hockey! But also because it included an established relationship. I was disappointed at the fact that these two were separated for the vast majority of the book and it ended with an unsatisfying HEA. I looked for a sequel, but there isn’t one. I would have read it.
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