- File Size: 1550 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lily Harlem (January 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MY48KFP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
High-Sticked: MM Sports Romance (Hot Ice Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This story is told through Matthew’s persepective, as each character was introduced it was the first time for Matthew and as such the first time for the reader, making this a true stand alone book.
Secondly, I started this book on a Saturday afternoon and I didn’t put it down until i had consumed the whole book. From the very first page to the last I was totally in love with the characters and the writing style. Like I said before this was written as a single perspective, but it was written in such a manner that all of the characters felt complete.
Thirdly, this is a Romance story, there is nothing political or controversial to take away from the Romance between Matthew and Todd. The building of their relationship was beautiful, it wasn’t written all about sex and gratification. Oh sure the author did take us there but it was told at the end which made it fit just perfectly in the story. Can you tell I like this book?
This is one of those books that leave you with a really good feeling, you are smiling at the end and I was overjoyed how the book ended. It is very easy to read, so Super YAY to Lily Harlem. I want more M/M from her, should we start a petition?
This is the story of Todd `Pretty' Carty, who we've heard a little about in Teamwork, the previous book in this series. He's moved to New York City and a new hockey team, and things are going great. He's doing a shoot for Armani to help promote their latest fragrance for men, and he's working with a top-notch photographer.
That photographer is British-born Matthew Foster, a gay man who's fancied Todd since he first laid eyes on him. But he doesn't think any more of it. Todd's a notorious womaniser, so he certainly wouldn't look at another guy... or would he? The story that follows is about how the two men eventually come together, and how that impacts them, their lives, their friends and family, and, inevitably, the media. It's a really hard time for Todd, who's coming to terms with his sexuality and his feelings for Matthew all at once.
Although this book, and all the others in the Hot Ice series are stand-alones, in my opinion, it's much better if you read them all in order. As well as Todd, other characters from Teamwork appear in High-Sticked and you'll have much more context and a richer experience if you know the full story. Plus if you adore the characters as much as I do, you'll be really pleased to see them again and see what's happened to them since the last book.
To me, it didn't make the slightest difference that this is the first m/m in the series. I love Lily Harlem's storytelling, the way she develops her characters, her plots, her writing style and her incredibly hot sex scenes. This was another excellent book in a fantastic series, and I can't wait to see which character from this "world" that she's going to write about next. Highly recommended.
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Originally posted at Romancing the Book
Matthew is a photographer who knows his ideal companion is supposed to be rough and masculine rather than petite and feminine. That’s why he feels an instant attraction to NHL player, Todd “Pretty” Carty, never believing that his feelings could be reciprocated.
In this installment of Lily Harlem’s Hot Ice series, High-Sticked, Matthew and Todd explore the possibilities of a relationship amid a very public backdrop. While Matthew is perfectly comfortable with his lifestyle, the path to realization isn’t as smooth for Todd. The story line focuses sharply on Todd’s struggle to accept his sexuality.
There’s nothing typical about the two main characters. The writer uses an uber-masculine setting in the form of the world of hockey to prove that love can happen to anyone.
I found myself rooting for the characters as they faced the various challenges that accompany the professional athlete lifestyle. The book is packed with emotion, going beyond the surface to really explore what it is like to be a gay athlete.
As an experienced reader of erotica, this was my first official foray into the world of m/m literature. Although I have never experienced any emotional turmoil regarding my sexuality, I found it easy to identify with the characters because love is a universal language.
The photo shoot at the beginning of the story sets the tone for an attraction that is steaming hot. When the sparks of desire turn into a fiery inferno, there is no doubt that Lily Harlem has the ingredients for a truly satisfying read.
High Sticked is book 5 in the Hot Ice Series by Lily Harlem.
HOLY HELL I really loved this book.
Todd "Pretty" Carty is back and finding a love of his own finally! He is used to having one night stands but he finally finds the one for him in the most unexpected way... He always knew something was off and he always wanted to try something but he was always afraid. Oh Lily does know how to write one fantastic book! She even brought back Raven and Fiona back in this one to meet his significant other. Let's just say they were a little shocked but it all ends well. This is a must read series. It helps to read them in order but they don't necessarily need to be...
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