Title: Country Boy (Hot off the Ice #2)
Author: A.E. Wasp
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Page Count: 326
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Sometimes the toughest thing to have faith in is yourself.
The first time Paul Dyson met Robbie Rhodes, they ended up naked in Robbie’s bed. The last time they met, on the ice the morning after, Paul punched Robbie in the face and called him something he’d rather not repeat.
Two years later, they’re teammates on the Seattle Thunder hockey team.
Being gay is wrong, unnatural, and there is no room for them in his world. Paul’s heard that his whole life. So when it hits him that he is gay, he does the only thing he can: he shoves himself so deep in the closet he would need a map to find his way out again.
When the chance to fulfill his lifelong dream comes along, Paul can’t say no, even if it forces him to share hotel rooms with the only man he can’t resist. It doesn’t take long for Paul to give into temptation and find himself falling in love with his brilliant, caring teammate.
But as much as he cares for Paul, Robbie is finding it harder and harder to justify hiding who he is. It goes against everything he was taught was right. He feels like he has a duty to come out to the public. He’d be the first out gay pro-hockey player.
If Paul wants to be with Robbie, he will have to turn his back on his family and everything he’s believed in. If Robbie wants to be will Paul, he’ll have to do the same.
It’s going to take them a lot of faith to find their way together in this shiny new world.
Country Boy is a love story about figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there. It contains sweet hockey plays, a 1976 Corvette Stingray, fancy underwear, and the journey of a lifetime.
Guess what? There is actual hockey playing in this book! Yay! A lot of hockey romances have hockey players in name only, no action. Nice!
Unfortunately, Counrty Boy is a book that relies heavily on organized religion and the guilt that follows it as the main plot. Oh, man! I cannot STAND the righteous assholes who believe their god would send a gay person to hell. I hate it in real life and I hate it in my books. My review of Keira Andrew’s A Forbidden Rumspringa goes into more detail if you are interested.
But the boys were sweet and the portions of the book where religion wasn’t in-your-face were cute and fluffy.
If you can handle homophobic religious characters as evil protagonists, you will enjoy this. I did give this book more stars than I probably would have, but since is was my pet peeve and not the book as a whole, 3.5 sounds fair.