Change of Heart (Jia’s review)

Title: Change of Heart (Toronto Hockey)
Author: Ava Thorpe & Elaine Ashford
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 17th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 177
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5


Ryan never has trouble scoring.

For his pro hockey team, at least. Since divorcing his wife, things have been a little different in his love life. But he’s always there for his son, even it it means making time to help coach his hockey team. What he doesn’t expect is to find a new goal to shoot for: the team’s head coach. Love is the last thing he’s looking for when he walks into that ice rink, and certainly not with another man.

Nat doesn’t mind straight hockey guys.

At least, not when he’s watching them on TV. But he’s not going to let his son’s team turn into the kind of bullying mess that drove him away from playing the sport in the first place. Nat is going to be a different kind of coach, so it’s no surprise that he’s skeptical when a pro wants to be his assistant coach. But Ryan seems interested in more than just Nat’s coaching philosophy and the fact that they’re both single dads.

Falling into bed together is easy. Getting a team of ten-year olds to the championship is way harder. Can Ryan convince Nat that they’re a good combo on and off the ice, or will hockey push them apart just like it brought them together?

Change of Heart is a 48K MM romance novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a HEA.

Ryan and Nat are two good guys who cares for their sons and it creates a warm ambience in the story. However, for me this book didn’t live up to the expectations I had after reading the blurb.

The story had potential that wasn’t taken advantage of and all in all I felt I was told not shown the story. The characters had a comfortable enough chemistry and there were almost no angst. The kids who were nine years old felt like moody teenagers and I often forgot they were only nine. There’s also not much hockey in this as it focuses mostly on Ryan and Nat’s develping relationship. It doesn’t bring up the reactions of people around, so if that is what you’re looking for this won’t be for you. I also feel that for a straight man, Ryan accepts being with a man very easily.

One thing that bothered me about the writing was how all the characters used ’buddy, bud, man’. Even their sons used it and it just felt strange to me. There were some mistakes and it felt like the book could have gone through a bit more editing.

The story’s sweet enough but there’s not much happening and when it does it’s resolved rather quickly. So all considering, this sadly isn’t a story I would recommend. I know though that some reviews have given this book five stars so it really depends on what you want out the story and where you standards lie.

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