Title: Holiday Hijinks: Escape from the Holidays Series: Hounds of the Hunt #3 Author: Toni Griffin Genre(s): Paranormal, Christmas, Romance (M/M), Shapeshifters, Page count: 154 (ebook) Published: 23 Dec 2018
Pro hockey star Ryan Price may be an enforcer, but off the ice he struggles with anxiety. Recently traded to the Toronto Guardians, he’s determined to make a fresh start in the city’s dynamic LGBTQ Village. The last thing he expects to stumble upon in his new neighborhood is a blast from his past in the fabulous form of Fabian Salah.
Aspiring musician Fabian loathes hockey. But that doesn’t stop him from being attracted to a certain burly, ginger-bearded defenseman. He hasn’t forgotten the kiss they almost shared back in high school, and it’s clear the chemistry between them has only intensified.
Fabian is more than happy to be Ryan’s guide to the gay scene in Toronto. Between dance clubs and art exhibits—and the most amazing sex—Ryan’s starting to feel something he hasn’t experienced in a long time: joy. But playing the role of the heavy on the ice has taken its toll on his body and mind, and a future with Fabian may mean hanging up his skates for good.
For some reason reading the Blurb, I knew Tough Guy would be a very different story. Game Changers and Heated Rivalry have little in common if you count out the hockey and M M; but what I mean is that I was interested in reading this book but not overly excited – which I should have been after reading book 2.
It turns out that Tough Guy is a nice read. It’s a slow burn with a lot of quiet moments and angst, but it was never boring for me. I did not struggle to read through those passages because they gave depth, relatability, and an uncanny realness to the main characters. Ryan and Fabian are the first pair – in this series so far – that I felt I could meet and/or hang out with. There is a grounded way about them that makes it so.
Ryan is such a sweet heart, he does the majority of the heavy lifting in this book. He’s the one I liked, the most real. And with that realness came heavy subjects like mental & physical health, addiction, and the darker side of pro sport. The gloves are off and the Rose-tinted glasses are put aside but there’s enough levity to counterbalance it all. Fabian is a nice enough main character but as the novel progresses be learned
Although I love some heat in my romance, I like books that showcases different types of struggles when it comes to that type of intimacy. It’s done very tastefully here, it’s not a P.S.A. Or patronizing it’s very organic to the story and the character.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Though Guy is available on Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.
Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night. Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great. As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…
How was it? Heated Rivalry is excellent, how the whole history between Ilya and Shane is layed out is sweet and very captivating. It’s easy to fall in love with them and understand the complicated relationship they have. Their emotional maturity through the years is captured very well and it’s so entertaining to read.
The connections between Game Changers, book one of the series, and Heated Rivalry is smart and gives a whole new meaning to the first’s title. Reid managed to truly create an interconnected series, while making both books – Games Changers and Heated Rivalry – perfect stand alone entries that are only enhanced when put together.
Heated Rivalry is one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend it, both book and audiobook are excellent.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
Heated Rivalry is available on Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.
Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.
Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, never mind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.
Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret?
How was it? Since I fell into this genre, I discovered that I have a penchant for sport romances – particularly Hockey – so this one started at an advantage and boy it needed it.
It was rough, if it wasn’t a genre and subject that I liked I would have giving up a while ago. But I’m an optimist, I was praying for this book to get better and it did. It got amazing, good enough that I wouldn’t think twice before getting the next one in the series.
However the slog through the better part of Game Changerscared me a bit. I was bored, and the only reason I held on was that I had nothing better to do. At least I’m more optimistic about the next one.
Rating: 2 out of 5.
Game Changer is available on Amazon, Audible and other book retailers near you.