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See the Light by Cassandra Carr (3 Stars)

The hardest part of playing hockey in the Olympics should be the game, not hiding your sexuality.

Jason Monroe is a young, sexy hockey player who was chosen to play in the Olympics. Patrick Parker, a former hockey player, is now an advisor to the team. Neither of them is openly gay for fear that they won’t be accepted in the sports world. Their instant attraction to each other surprises them both. Although they know it’s risky to start any kind of relationship, their attraction is too hard to ignore, and so begins their affair.

Jason and Patrick are both nice but somewhat lonely guys. They are also a little insecure and not sure where they stand with each other or how far they want to take the relationship. Because of their hectic schedules, they really don’t spend a lot of time together. However, the time that they do spend together is usually spent engaging in sex. The other main focus of the story is on whether they should come out to the public or not, and what impact it will have on their careers.

The dialogue, while witty, was very limited. It would have been great to have the characters more developed and see more depth to their relationship. Although the plot revolves around hockey, there was actually very little discussion about the game. The story was a little bit preachy about the unfair treatment of people who are gay. This can be accomplished better with actions than sermons. The ending didn’t attempt to solve this problem, but gave us a ray of hope and a nice ending for Jason and Patrick. Overall, it was an enjoyable, sweet and sexy read!

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Riding the Board by Cate Ashwood (2 Stars)

Enemies to lovers in the fierce competitive world of synchronized diving!

Blake Emmerich lost his prized partner to a head injury, and he’s not sure he’s ready for a new one. Nick Freeman desperately wants to work with Blake’s coach and seizes this unique opportunity. Unfortunately, even though these two have never been friendly toward each other, the coach insists they give it a shot for at least a week to see if they can become a new team.

Blake was a pretty good guy, and the story is told from his point of view. He lived for the water and was devastated when his partner was injured. As much as he wants to dive again, he’s definitely not interested in diving with Nick. Nick is a complete jerk for the majority of the story. For reasons that didn’t really make sense to me, he is rude and hurtful toward Blake. The week they spend together was not an enjoyable one until they finally had sex. However, since the attraction didn’t make sense, the resulting romance didn’t quite work. I like Ms Ashwood’s writing style, but this particular type of plot didn’t work for me.

If you enjoy diving and the enemies to lovers theme, this story could work for you.

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Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Confessions of a Gay Rugby Player (#1) by Patrick Darcy (3.5 Stars)

Pure erotica, the story focuses on the sexual escapades that take place in one evening after a major competition. Lots of sexual interactions with multiple people, but don’t look for the condoms. There are none to be found in this story. Down and dirty, it’s not painted pretty or romantic.

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