Author: Meg Harding
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 3 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Nathan Barres has always loved hockey before anything else. When a one night stand with Felix Moore gives him emotions, he flees the scene. He’s not expecting to see Felix ever again. So when an injury knocks him out of the game for several weeks, he’s less than pleased to see the Winnipeg Wolves newest trainer is none other than Felix.
Almost two years later, and the feelings are still there. Nathan does his best to shove them to the back burner and ignore the temptation Felix presents. That is, until Felix makes him an offer that’s just a little too tempting–with amazing results. He’s a hockey player after all, and they’re nothing if not superstitious. If Felix is his good luck charm, who is he to resist?
Review: I love books about hockey players so this one appealed to me. It starts out with a hook up one night between Nathan the hockey player and a guy that picks him up in a bar, Felix. It was the best sex they’d ever had but Nathan is still closeted so he sneaks out in the middle of the night thinking he’ll never see Felix. Then a year later Felix is hired as trainer for Nathan’s NHL team. It’s awkward but the guys decide to make the best of it. They even become friends. Given their attraction to each other it turns into more.
While I liked portions of the book ultimately the lack of communication and immaturity of Nathan ruined it for me. It was SO painfully obvious how they felt for each other and yet they not only didn’t have a clue, they push each other away. Like avoidance and grumpy temper tantrums on and off the ice. I just can not accept that grown men act this way. Avoid facing feelings yes. Go out of their way to be unhappy no. Together they were pretty sexy until Nathan continually got in his own way. He was also jealous of everyone Felix spent time with again to the point of hissy fits. If you’re capable of that kind of emotion you can admit you want someone. It was frustrating to the point I couldn’t really enjoy the couple.
The best part of this book for me were the teammates. Most of them were very supportive and added some humor to tamper down my frustrations with the MCs. I seriously love the idea of a big Russian hockey player that loves his cat that much. He was my favorite character! Enough so that the secondary characgters bumped up the rating a bit for me. Sadly this book was just too dependent on the MCs being clueless to be enjoyable. They had a good connection and some sexy tension going. I hoped they’d get over their denial quickly but instead they went off the rails.