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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1980807302
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- Publication Date: May 8, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07C3M67XS
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Mitch is an in-your-face kind of guy, very smart and hard-working, but an annoying little brat. He tries to charm the pants off Alex, who's basically unresponsive. That kind of behavior just doesn't do it for him. He also thinks Mitch is not really like that, he just put on a mask to protect himself. They got off on the wrong foot, but through teasing and banter Alex and Mitch become friends; and the possibility of becoming more is there on the horizon. And it's a really slow process, but I had no complaints about that. I liked both MC's and the secondary characters too, especially Cody, the best friend. And Mitch's Dad was awesome too.
A couple negatives I should mention:
In some of the scenes/dialogues, especially in the beginning, the MC's were thinking too much for too long. For example they stood at the opposite end in a room, heading towards the other, and staring at each other. It should've took only a minute to get to the other, but the monologues in their head took so much longer then that. Or when Alex said something that required a simple response and simultaneously put his hand on Mitch's knee. Mitch was thinking what the touch meant, 4-5 pages long inner monologue and when he finally gave an answer I had to go back, cause I didn't remember what they were talking about. Am I explaining this right? I hope.
An other annoying thing was that demisexuality was explained five times in this book. Five. I get that a lot of people don't know what it means, hell even I didn't know 2 years ago, but I understood it the first time, or the second. I didn't need more. Also I think readers of this genre must have come across a demi character a time or two. Unless this is their first MM novel.
Also, I really didn't want to mention this, but it's just bugs the shit out of me. There was one full-on sex scene, but it was sooo not sexy. I always try to keep an open mind, and I know that asexuals and demisexuals have different preferences, and really sexuality doesn't even matter, not to mention my own questioning status, but.... was that glove really necessary? I felt like I was witnessing a prostate exam. A real one, and not a pleasurable one. Eeek! Sorry! :(
All in all I loved the book up until the point when eventually the pair got together. After that it felt like the story ran out of steam, and the author was just dishing out solutions to the problems that occurred during the story, like Mitch's money problem, his estranged brother, Alex's sick grandfather, and then the book release. So the last 20% was choppy. But I really, really liked the slow-burn part. And despite these little annoyances I'm sure I will read more by the author.
It’s a very long story but it was great reading. I never felt bored and the pacing was very good. There’s not really any on-ice hockey action but it permeates the narrative. I do think it could have been trimmed a bit but there was so much else happening and many characters: Alex’s grandfather, his teammates, his mother, Mitch’s team, family and friends. Yet none of it took over the focus on Mitch and Alex. It’s highly romantic in the truest sense and with minimal sex scenes. Since this is book one, I look forward to seeing which of the excellent secondary subjects will be featured. Recommended.
Top international reviews
The evil bitch mother never actually made a physical appearance in the story thank goodness, and was therefore severely limited to incredibly stupid phone calls and texts BUT I was rather p****d off with both members of Mitch's remaining family, older brother who was railroaded into doing something he didn't want to do on the pretext of saving his younger sibling from who knows what, and a seemingly caring Dad who apparently didn't know that his younger son was putting himself through college with no financial help whatsoever from his mother. Talk about a dysfunctional family... Thank heavens for Alex and his mum, and good friends. I will be continuing with the series.
Then, half way through, it hits the rocks.
Demi-sexuality (the book's gimmick) leaves the story floundering in psycho babble and sentimentality.
there’s no homophobic, sports or otherwise gay drama which is a bonus.
Hockey book: check
Demisexual MC: check
In a typical sporting theme plot this novel deals with romance between the 2 main protagonists as they juggle their careers in a professional sports world heavily dominated by heterosexuality, and homophobia. Add in the difficulties each man faces dealing with peer pressure, parental expectations, media interest, sports politics, health, finance and understanding the sliding scales on the sexuality spectrum and this book was a joy to read.
I can honestly say there wasn't anything about either Alex the professional hockey player/writer, nor Mitch the college nerd/ hockey player that I didn't love, in fact I was sad the novel ended. Secondary characters were fabulous as well, with enough depth to be engaging and so very teasingly interesting, I can't wait for Cody's & JP's book to come out.
If you love gay romance, set to a sporting hockey theme your going to love this book. Highly recommended.