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Changing on the Fly: A m/m hockey romance charity anthology

release day review

 

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Changing on the Fly is a celebration of romance, featuring six M/M stories about hockey players falling in love on – and off – the ice. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to a charity that supports inclusiveness in athletics.

The anthology will be available starting in October, 2016, for a limited time only.

It includes the following stories:

Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille
Next Season by Avon Gale
Going Home by Heather Lire
On Broadway by V.L. Locey
The Brother and the Retired Player by Mary Smith
Take a Shot by Samantha Wayland

 

 

Review

First, if you like hockey and m/m romance, you’ll want this. Second, it helps a great cause, so buy it!

Each story is rated for steam with a 1, 2 or 3 flaming pucks. One = fade to black 3 = erotic

Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille

1 flaming puck

This is a “sweet” story about an established couple who is struggling in their relationship. Nate is in his first year as a professional hockey player and Tristan, his boyfriend from college, is in his first year of grad school. They’re disappointed to find they have to struggle to make time for one another and this puts stress on their relationship.

**

Most of this was about Nate’s experiences as a rookie and his “reality breaks” meeting his “fantasy of the future” thoughts.

I found the relationship stuff to be tedious as I didn’t know them as a couple before and to jump in with them “fighting” just felt awkward and uncomfortable. Since most of the time these two were apart, when they got together I’d expect a lot of talking and or sexy times, but since this is a “1 puck” there is no on page sex and the two really didn’t even talk much.

This just wasn’t my cup of tea.

2 of 5 stars
Next Season by Avon Gale

3 flaming pucks

 Nick is a hockey player who gets traded with a star player to a struggling team in Canada from New York. Nick’s excited because he’s signed on to the NHL from the “farm league” so this is a step up. Sparrow is confused and frustrated because he was a star and he considers this a step down.

The two are roomies and neither knows the other is gay.

**

While Sparrow came off as kind of jerk for most of this, Nick is super sweet and a really kind, generous soul. This wasn’t nearly as funny or engaging as Avon’s more lengthy stories, but it was really sweet, the smexy times were excellent and the character development was first rate.

Highly enjoyable!

4 of 5 stars

Going Home by Heather Lire

 1 flaming puck

This ended up being the beginning to a longer story that will be published at some point in the future, according to the author.

It’s an interesting story about coming home and re-connecting with your first love. There’s no steam and I can’t really rate this as it’s not even a complete story.


On Broadway by V.L. Locey

 3 flaming pucks

This story just didn’t work very well for me. Riley is a start hockey player in NYC who runs into a homeless guy who has mad hockey skills. Keiffer (the homeless guy) ends up selling himself to Riley for the night then later living with Riley for months after he gets beat up by someone at a shelter.

I never saw a connection beyond the physical between Riley and Keiffer and I found the entire living arrangement/rent boy thing to be a bit bizarre and totally unbelievable. I also really wondered how this was going to play out in the long run, what with Riley being in the public eye so predominately.

All in all I just wasn’t convinced to put aside my disbeliefs enough to enjoy this.

2 of 5 stars

Take a Shot by Samantha Wayland

Tim and Chris are best friends and professional hockey player teammates. Tim 100% identifies as straight and Chris has been pining for Tim for a long time.

If you’re a fan of the author, Mike and Alexi are on their team and have suspected that Chris and Tim are perfect for each other, so they help the relationship along.

Chris gets injured on the ice and Tim realizes that he has more than “friend” feelings for his bestie.

**

This was a really fun and super sexy read. I love Mike and Alexi so it was great seeing them again. Since it’s short, Tim’s movement from “straight to gay” was a bit fast, but… it worked.

Highly enjoyable!

4.5 of 5 stars

 

Overall very enjoyable and highly recommended!  4 of 5 stars

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