Meg Harding Guest Post: HOCKEY!

Checking it Twice

Please welcome Meg Harding to the blog today chatting about her favorite sport, HOCKEY!

Artemi “Breadman” Panarin (72) and Scott Darling (33) hanging out during warmups.

Artemi “Breadman” Panarin (72) and Scott Darling (33) hanging out during warmups.

Hi everyone, and thanks for having me, Gigi! For those who don’t know, I’m Meg Harding, and when I fall in love with something, I fall hard. I make it my business to know everything about the subject, and I let my passion run away with me. Hockey is no exception, and it’s one that has led to some absolutely amazing experiences for me.

I’ll paint a picture.

The goal horn sounds for the home team, obnoxious and deafeningly loud, and everyone jumps to their feet screaming at the top of their lungs. There’s dancing and hand waving, even singing. On the ice, the players are hugging each other tight and celebrating. Literally, hugs and squeezes for all. There’s head pats and congratulations shouted in one another’s ears. Then they skate to the bench, and everyone gets a glove tap in.

It’s the most adorable thing ever, okay. There’s something about a guy patting his teammate on the head, shaking him a little, and telling him how awesome he is that makes my heart do somersaults.

If you’re wondering what this has to do with anything, my latest novel is a sports romance centered around hockey. Checking it Twice is the third in the Carlisles series, and it’s the only sport centric novel in the series—though it won’t be the last hockey romance I write by a long shot. One of the beautiful perks of writing about something I love so much is that my “research” becomes a lot more enjoyable.

Hopefully it’s all right if I share some of it with you.

Team Canada and Team Russia having a moment after their pre-tournament World Cup game.

Team Canada and Team Russia having a moment after their pre-tournament World Cup game.

My favorite player in the whole wide world, Patrick Kane, during warmups for Hockey Fights Cancer night. These special purple jerseys are signed and auctioned off for charity following the game.

My favorite player in the whole wide world, Patrick Kane, during warmups for Hockey Fights Cancer night. These special purple jerseys are signed and auctioned off for charity following the game.

32798036Title: Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3)
Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen, Steph, Natosha and Renee

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.

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The Carlisles


This is my first book by Meg Harding, and boy was it good! This is such a fun, wondrous sexy story.Steph's Review
Somehow Dorian’s name got tossed into the ring for a winter clothing line spread in some sports magazine, and now he’s on a set in downtown New York City with five big, hulking hockey players. A few of whom are pretty damn hot, and the majority of whom aren’t American. He can admit he’s a sucker for an accent, and it’s a little distracting.

Jackson, his brother, flicks his nose. He stops staring at the tall European guy who’s talking to the tall French Canadian, who has his shirt off and an abdomen that Dorian would pay to be able to lick. He scrunches his face up at his brother, mimicking the judgey look being thrown his way. He can’t believe Jackson took this job. Isn’t it bad enough that he has to work with Denver—his twin—more often than not?

“What was that for?” he asks, gaze already trying to return to the guys. He can’t help it. He’s innately wired to appreciate beautiful things.

This is a light-to-medium-angst, sweet romance with some humor, some passion, and a wonderful HEA.Steph's Review
“I’m trying to do your makeup, and you’re making it difficult. Stop looking at the toys you can’t touch and look at me.” Jackson grabs his chin and tilts his head just so, wielding eyeliner in his other hand like it’s a weapon.

Dorian pouts, sticking his bottom lip way out. “You don’t know. I could touch them.” In my dreams.

Jackson gives him a stern look, which is ridiculous since he’s a year younger. Dorian should be the one giving the parental stare-downs. “Hands to yourself. Professional athletes are never a good idea. Now open your eyes wide and don’t blink.”

I really enjoyed reading not only their struggle to find their happy mediums but also their ups and downs.Natosha's Review
It takes a lot of self-control to not sneak glances at the hockey players while they get dressed and their makeup gets done. And well, he just doesn’t have that control. So he manages a peek or two. The whole process is a lot of clothes coming on and off, muscles flexing, watching stylists run their hands through gorgeous hair. It’s like being in a candy shop and getting told you can’t have anything. So not fair.

Dorian can list on the fingers of one hand the things he knows about sports, and all of it mostly has to do with what the balls look like and the overall purpose of them: score goals. It’s not that he’s not interested—well, okay, he is—but he just doesn’t have the attention span for it. He’s done jobs with plenty of athletes, both male and female, and their sports sound interesting enough when they talk to him about them. It just doesn’t translate to him watching it.

James, Bastien, Aaron, Jackson, Denver, and Georgina all make cameos and I love their insight and camaraderie. Excellent addition to the series, and it looks like we get Denver’s story next!Renee's Review
His lack of interest isn’t normally a problem, but athletes are a peculiar lot, and sometimes that makes working with them difficult. They have a hard time understanding the shoot isn’t about them. It’s about the photographer’s vision. The designer’s vision. It’s about serving a purpose. And then there are the times where it’s like they’re speaking a whole other language.
Like now.

About Meg

Meg Harding is a graduate of UCF and Anglia Ruskin University. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.

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