Title: The Boy Next Door (Hot Off the Ice #5)
Author: A.E Wasp
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 21st 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sports
Page Count: 462
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.13 stars out of 5
This is a story about losing the path and finding yourself. It contains kissing, yelling, spanking, and carb-loaded family interventions.
Hockey superstar Joey Luciano has always been good at being whatever people needed him to be. The fans want a good-looking fast-living party boy? Enter ‘the Looch,’ Joey’s carefully created public persona. But the cracks in his mask are starting to show, and he’s begun to lose touch with who he really is. It’s going to take someone who’s been there from the very beginning, to help him find his way home.
Coach Liam O’Reilly always had a very clear picture of what his life should look like. Falling in love with the infuriating, passionate, stubborn, and endlessly fascinating boy next door was not part of the plan. But when Liam’s carefully constructed life fell apart one Christmas Eve, Joey Luciano was there to pick up the pieces. Now Liam can’t stop wanting him.
The passion blazing between them on the ice and behind closed doors could leave both of them badly burned. But through the smoke, Liam can see glimpses of a future brighter than any he’d imagined, a future worth risking his career and reputation for, if only he is brave enough to reach for it.
But Joey’s got a secret he’s keeping from everyone. If it gets out, it could be the end of everything.
I wanted to read this one as soon as I had read Boy Toys (Hot off the ice #3) where Liam’s and Joey’s story started. I really recommend reading that one before this one to get the full Joey-Liam experience.
I really love these two characters and the journey they took to finally get what they wanted. Their insecurities, doubts, passion, care, how they grew through the story. The only thing is that a part of the ending were skimmed over or summarized in a sense and I’d rather have experienced that as well. At the same time though, there’s nothing in this book that I would have been without.
Their families created a warm ambience throughout the story and I liked their interactions.
It’s written mostly well but there are a few moments where it felt as if the editing missed a little. The characters felt fleshed out and although they have big families there’s a list of family members in the beginning of the book as well as a hockey wordlist which is great for someone like me who doesn’t know so much about hockey.
I would have given a higher rating if the ending had been completely written out, however I think that would have needed an extra book because I don’t want to be without anything already in this book. I really can’t help but strongly recommend this book!