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Neutral Zone (Portland Storm) (Volume 17) Paperback – November 11, 2017
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Two men living out in the open, getting use to the changes this brings. With the love and support of family and friends, they just might make it.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that it’s too short.
Luke is fresh out of college and looking for his own NHL dreams to come true on his own merit, but unfortunately despite his hard work and determination he has not been picked up by a team. He thinks it might be because he came out in his Senior year of college. He is anxious, frustrated, angry, and losing hope.
Colesy is older, more established, and did not intend to come out while still playing professionally, but to take the heat of Ghost during a tense situation, he blurted it out to the press. So now everyone knows. He is quiet, private, and shies away from media attention usually. He is kind, thoughtful, and supportive of those around him. He just wants to play and live a quiet life.
Luke has a supportive, loving, and sometimes nosy and interfering family. Colesy's was not so supportive of his choices. Luke has had a bit of a crush on Cole for a while, but at the same time is envious of his success and ability to be who he is and play professional hockey. Cole takes Luke under his wing to try to help him, but the more time they spend together, the more they begin to feel a pull. But if Luke achieves his dream of getting chosen for a team then that would mean leaving and if he pursues something with Cole he would more than likely have to give up hockey. And Cole never intended to have a relationship until he retired, and doing so would put them right into the spotlight.
Pursuing a relationship could have consequences for them. So these two men have to figure out what they need and want, priorities, options, and deal with any fall out from those around them and the media. I loved getting all the cameos from so many of the Storm family. This group is so much fun and have such big personalities.
This is a novella told in dual points of view and I honestly wish it was longer. I would have liked to get more depth, drama, conflict, and dig more into the emotional and physical connection with these two since I really liked them. It was fast, sweet, sexy, and humorous. It had good messages about being true to yourself, developing connections, family, and embracing unexpected life changes.
I wish that athletes and others did not have to struggle so much with coming out, but unfortunately it still is a big deal especially in professional sports, so I am glad that she brought us a M/M story in this beloved series.
Luke is the last single Weber, both his sisters' are settled into relationships with hockey players on the Portland Storm, where his dad is one of the coaches. He always wanted a pro-hockey career, but it isn't materializing, and he isn't sure if it is because he came out in college, or he just isn't good enough. He has done everything that should have made his dream come true, but it hasn't, and he is drifting. This worries those who care about him, but he is stuck in his funk. The only thing that seems to pull him out is when he is around Cole. He has had a crush on the man for as long as he can remember, but Cole doesn't seem interested at all.
Cole likes his private life private, but that isn't going to happen. After spending so much time with Luke during the pre-season, he realizes, with a little help from Luke's dad, that he is willing to take a leap. He knows the problems they will face, he faced it from his own family, and while Luke thinks he is ready, he quickly realizes he is not
This is a realistic look at what these characters face in the real world. Those who support them, those who hate them for no reason, and those who upset them without intent, but they learn to ignore it. This is about Cole truly living in the now, and not some distant future, to wait for what he wants. This is about Luke accepting his now, and the reality of his situation. This is about a family's love for their children, for each other, and having it grow, rather than dilute, and encompassing all who are loved by them into the family
This is the story of Luke and Cole, and how they found the love they have for each other, and are going to make their life together
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