Title: Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2)
Author: Rachel Reid
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 25th 2019
Page Count: 310
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.
Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.
Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.
As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…
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This book is approximately 66,000 words
This took me completely by surprise. I admit I had second thoughts after requesting this book and I let it sitting in my kindle for weeks ! Sports romance is not really a favorite genre and this is the first book I read by this author. Joke’s on me! I only have a couple of niggles but overall, there is so much to love about this book!
-Enemies to lovers done so right! At first it’s real enemies and the sex is nothing but crazy chemistry between them. But the transition to more feelings and finally romance was done so smoothly. It took a while but it’s exactly how it should be.
–Hate sex! Hate sex all the time!
–The banter! I loved the dialogue and the one liners. I loved Ilya’s attempts to irritate Shane, and Shane’s snappy comebacks.
-The timeline. This story spans MANY years and I love that in my books.
– The angst. There is bound to be angst in a story like this. Not overwhelming but definitely there. The right amount to keep me on my toes.
-Self discovery. This applies more to Shane. Ilya knows he is bisexual but Shane is still discovering things about his sexuality. Honestly, it is done extremely well. No self beating or denial, no unnecessary angst.
-The writing. Very talented. Definitely on my radar from now on.
-The romance itself. When feelings start making and appearance (even when the characters try to hold back) and especially when the ”I love yous” came, it was pure, heart-melting romance.
Two things that didn’t let me round up: First, the ending. Don’t get me wrong, the characters are very much in love and I consider the ending to be a HEA. But it felt somewhat abrupt although very realistic. I’m sure we ‘ll see more of these two in the future. Second, I got a little confused with the timeline. There was a lot of sex in the first half and the different scenes started to blur a little.
Despite all this, I am very, VERY happy I gave this a shot. Rachel Reed is on my radar now. Poor thing!