A Guest Review by jeayci
Review Summary: PWP that didn’t even work as that for me because I found the sex boring.
Blurb: Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.
Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction.
The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. When their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight, though, will their love survive or be put on ice?
Review: An m/m romance involving an NHL player and the Olympics was already a hat trick as far as I’m concerned, so how could it be anything other than awesome? Unfortunately, I discovered the answer to that: it could be PWP. Though if the “porn” had been hot and sexy, I could at least have enjoyed it for that, but I’m afraid I mostly found it boring. Too much telling, not enough showing.
From the beginning, I wondered what was so special about these guys. They were apparently more hot for each other than either had ever been for anyone before. Hot enough to take all sorts of risks and try things they would never previously have even considered. We’re told, constantly, but I never saw what made either of them so special for the other, and that frustrated the heck out of me.
There were also several things that made no sense to me, like when one or both main characters acted like teenage girls and I had no idea why they were so moved. And there was one scene that involved some jealousy, but only because one character made a bizarre leap from A to Q in his assumptions. Again, rather high school-like. A few times Jason, the big, burly defenseman in the freakin’ NHL, demonstrated an inability to fight and an equally bizarre tendency to essentially swoon after being involved in conflict.
There was a big melodramatic event, the one hinted at in the blurb that forces them into the limelight. And all the usual post-melodramatic event stuff occurred. I won’t say exactly what, because that would be spoilery. But if you’ve read more than a dozen romance novels or seen a few Hollywood romantic comedies, you have a pretty good idea.
We all have different tastes, and there are several very favorable reviews, so I recommend reading the excerpt. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have read this book, as some of my issues are noticeable in the excerpt. I was too excited by the hockey premise and my eagerness to try a new-to-me author to think to check that out. This is apparently her first m/m book, but she seems to have a lot of fans for her previous books. So if you enjoy the excerpt, you’ll probably enjoy the rest.