Checking It Twice (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.88 stars out of 5

Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.

Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory.

Okay, to be honest with you all, when I first saw the book’s title I immediately thought I was going to read a book with a Christmas theme. Oh, and before you jump to conclusions, this was without reading the blurb, and no I didn’t look at the cover. I really was having an off day since I was starting to get sick. So, I picked this book by accident and let me just say that this is the best mistake I made this month.

This is my first book by Meg Harding, and boy was it good! This is such a fun, wondrous sexy story. The chemistry between Dorian and Eric slowly developed due to uncertainties, but when they moved past the friends stage, all bets were off. Oh, and what a wonderful and fast ride it was. I was a bit upset about Eric’s “in the closet” behavior, even though I could understand where he was coming from (main conflict). However, it didn’t stop me from wanting to slap him until he realized what an ass he is being; even with Dorian knowing what he was getting into.

I really enjoy her writing style which held my attention from beginning until end. However, I do wish the ending had a bit more to it, but I am sure this is not the last we will see of Dorian and Eric. Needless to say, I am now intrigued by this series and cannot wait to see what happens next with Denver and the mysterious hotness that is his neighbor.

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Galley copy of Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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