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A few weeks at the urging of my Patreon members, I picked up Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid. Heated Rivalry is a male/male hockey romance. As you know, I am a huge fan of hockey romance, and finding male/male romance is a plus.
Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.
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…
Book Review: Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid
Heated Rivalry is a steamy and I mean steamy romance set in the world of professional hockey. This is book 2 in the Game Changer series and it can be read as a standalone.
This book is all about two hockey rivals who endure a secret relationship over the course of 7 years. They are in the closet and they meet a few times a year when their teams face off.
This the classic opposites attract where the sexual tension burns on page.
Ilya is the bad boy in the hockey arena. Shane is the poster boy with a spotless reputation. They both are competing for first draft rookie of the year, the Stanley Cup. The media has been playing their rivalry since the start.
What I love about this book? The storyline of hockey rivals having a secret relationship feels fresh. This book was high on the steam on page. This was an a R rated book.
What I wished there would be more in this book? I wish there was more ice time in the book. There was some but not enough.
Heated Rivalry Read-A-Like Book Recommendations:
Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.
Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.
Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—
can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.
Why should you pick these duet?
Jamie and Wes story is one of my favorite hockey romance reads of all time. They get together over an idyllic summer and then they have to figure out what it’s like to be gay within professional hockey. We see their relationship grow over time. Themes are similar to Heated Rivalry but the story is different.
Right now the books are available on Kindle Unlimited.