The Nature of the Game (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: The Nature of the Game (Stick Side Book 2)
Author: Amy Aislin
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Hockey
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Six years ago, an ultimatum forced Dan Greyson to make a choice that cost him everything he loved most. One of those things? His boyfriend, hockey player Ashton Yager. Now that they’ve crossed paths again, Dan isn’t about to let the opportunity slip away. Ash’s reappearance in his life is just the catalyst Dan needs to escape the rut he’s fallen into…and win back Ash’s trust and love.

Ashton Yager, once burned and now a little bit shy, didn’t mean to publicly come out as bisexual. But now that he has, he’s got to deal with the consequences, including the fact that it might’ve cost him his NHL contract. With his job on the line, he needs to keep his head down, work hard, and play the best hockey of his life. Rekindling things with Dan? That’s not exactly keeping a low profile. It’s also never going to happen, not after Dan walked away once without an explanation.

When a hurricane forces Ash to seek shelter out-of-state, he and Dan find themselves in the same B&B, where old feelings resurface. But with everything Ash has on the line, does he dare play with fire again?

Sports books are so fun to read, but a second chances hockey story is like winning a prize!

Told from dual POV’s with alternating flashbacks and present, Amy Aislin created a deep, emotional trip through six years of pain and hurt and growth and regret.

Dan and Ash both discovered they were bi when their friendship turned into love. Something happened to shake the world they knew and six years later Dan shows up in Ash’s life again.

I will admit, I was annoyed and confused at why Ash was adamant about not wanting an explanation for Dan’s walking away. Looking back I can see that he wasn’t ready to know, wasn’t in a place where he could forgive or even listen, but it just went on and on.

I did really enjoy the back and forth, getting the full story of then and now… of how much they’d changed and grown. They were so good together. I felt their relationship in my bones. I was gripping my pillow just waiting for the moment that everything just clicked.

By the end, I was thrilled with the story, how everything played out, the love and support of the team and coaches and the HEA that was created. Very sweet second chance story!

Stick Side series

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Galley copy of The Nature of the Game provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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