4.5 stars Angst Level Audiobook Book College/University Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Hockey Holiday Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Purchased second chance at love Thanksgiving

Rivals Audiobook by Jeff Adams Narrated by Derrick McClain



Mitchell Turner and Alex Goodman squared off over a face-off dot throughout high school. Their schools were cross-country rivals. Those face-offs were tough on Mitchell because he harbored a huge crush on Alex. High school, and college, are behind the guys and they meet unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, once again on the ice. Mitchell is home for the holidays and is thrilled to see his crush all grown up.

Alex asks Mitchell out for coffee to catch up. Could this be the start of something magical for the holidays…and beyond?

“Rivals” was originally released in 2009. This edition has two new scenes.

(Book reviewed here previously)

This is a sweet short story – more of a fantasy really – there’s almost no angst or any real hurdles for our couple to overcome.

It’s merely the story of two old high school rivals meeting again later in life and falling in love.

It’s very sweet and a nice, fun read.
(FWIW the author tells us this was his first published story and it’s very good for being his first!)


Derrick McClain does another really nice job with this lovely short story! There are no accents or anything to make the two MCs unique, but it’s always easy to tell who is speaking. He’s good with the smexy times and the bit of emotion that we see here. A great way to enjoy this lovely little story!

4.5 of 5 stars


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