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Fear and sadness mark Bryan’s life, can Gatlin show him that you have to trust before you can love?
Gatlin Pearce is creeping up on thirty-eight and is still single. It’s not that he wants to be alone, it’s just that he’s too damn old to be in clubs filled with glittery gay boys who can’t even tell him who the Rolling Stones are.
Better to just spend his evenings at Hard Score Ink – his tattoo and artwork shop – creating masterpieces on human flesh, listening to the Railers games, and nursing a cold beer.
His solitary life is about to end when Bryan Delaney, the new Railers backup goalie, shows up at his shop looking for new artwork for his helmet. There’s some sort of sad story in those beautiful eyes of Bryan’s, and Gatlin finds himself more than a little infatuated with the tender new goalie.
Bryan Delaney leaves home at fifteen to live with a billet family. He just wishes that he could have escaped his alcoholic father and strictly devout mother earlier. Drafted to the Arizona Raptors he finds a new family, and his first love affair even if that relationship is marked with violence.
Being traded to the Railers is a shock to the system but the team isn’t like any other he’s ever played on and they truly seem to care about him. It’s only when he meets artist Gatlin, with their shared love of music and hockey, that he realizes how much help he needs to escape the past
Well – there were parts that I totally went ga-ga over. First, the hockey in these stories is FIRS RATE. I LOVE reading these books because the author(s) clearly know their sport and it makes it so much fun to read as a result.
Second, I love the characters. They do a tremendous job of creating relatable and maybe not super believable but lovable characters. The chemistry is first rate and I thought the two of these MCs made a wonderful couple – I was rooting for them the entire time!
Third, the drama – up until now I’ve really felt like the drama was kept to an appropriate hum and didn’t seem to muck up the story.
However – without giving any spoilers – I had to drop this from a 5 star to 4 because the authors chose to do something I HATE and that’s mess with a happy couple.
I won’t say who or what but I didn’t see the necessity of the plot they chose to follow and it made me pretty frustrated. I don’t know that I’d have read this if I’d have known what they were doing to previous MCs …
If you’re the type that doesn’t want to see your happy couples messed with – I encourage you to read the spoiler.
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