Title: The Hockey Player’s Heart (Hockey Hearts #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Desires #50
Author: Jeff Adams, Will Knauss and Finn Sterling (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 30th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Hockey Hearts Book
Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?
When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser. Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?
Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.
After breaking his foot, hockey player Caleb Carter returns to his small hometown to recover and when he runs into his high school crush, Aaron Price, his fall is fast and certain. Unfortunately, Aaron has some old ghosts haunting him that prevent him from truly opening his heart to Caleb.
I enjoyed Finn Sterling’s narration. He paces the story well and injects just enough emotion at all the right points. I particularly enjoy Sterling’s male character voices, which he does really well. I just wish he wouldn’t use such high-pitched voices for the female characters.
Told from a dual POV, I was loving this right up until the third quarter (when it unraveled with miscommunication, as Aaron pushes Caleb away, which completely frustrated me) until it finally corrected itself at almost the very end.
It’s a well written story, with likable characters, an interesting romantic plot, good narration, and a very sweet HEA ending. If it weren’t for the late miscommunication I would be rating this much higher. I hate unnecessary miscommunication in a story, but that’s a personal peeve of mine, so your mileage may vary.