Callan Jones is a bright new hockey star having the time of his life — and the hard-hitting, goal-scoring, trash-talking winger has the whole league riled up in a hissy-fit. Only one thing could ever trip up the invincible youngster: the fact that he likes guys. Good thing he’s managed to keep that secret under wraps …right?
Ever since Tyler Vance lost the Cup by a goal, his team’s been caught in a downward spiral — with him at the helm. The fans gossip that the captain’s heart isn’t in hockey anymore. Who knows? Maybe they’re right.
A shocking trade between two bitter rivals takes the hockey world by storm. Now it’s up to Vance to make sure Jones fits in with his new team. Will the truth about Callan’s trade come out? And will it have the power to change everything?
For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.
Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor—but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.
Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.
As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: the guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman.
Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She’d rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he’ll be.
Yet staying home would mean letting him win.
Enjoying herself tonight was out of the question. She could only hope to get through the evening without her blind date noticing that he was spending the evening with a crazy person.
Andrew Baschnagel is living proof that nice guys don’t finish first. He’s had his eye on Katie since the moment her long legs waltzed into his art history class. So when her roommate sets Andy up to be Katie’s date, he’d be crazy to say no. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of practice with either girls or parties. Yet.
Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.
It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.
Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.
The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.
Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain, Isaac Drake, ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and a family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him—no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.
Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse. He was constantly treated like a disappointment, on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist. Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the-season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold on to Laurent—or their relationship.
She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.
Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.
I have not always been a hockey fan. In fact, I’ve actually been a hokey fan for less than a year! But, I never do things by halves, so when I became a hockey fan, I became a hockeyfan.
My journey to the sport actually started with either romance novels or fanfiction, I can’t remember which. Luckily, this was just a few weeks before the 2015-16 NHL preseason began, so I had time to learn more about the game. And by more, I mean everything, because I knew nothing. Hockey isn’t a big sport in Southern California, though it’s popularity is growing all the time thanks to having two good teams.
Despite living near two hockey teams, I chose to cheer for the Chicago Blackhawks. I was partially influenced by their popularity (so much info/videos/pictures/fanfiction) and their success (3 cups in 6 years!), but the biggest factor was actually that my boyfriend is from Chicago and is a Blackhawks fan. I figured that it might be nice to have a sports team in common, since we support different baseball teams (at least our teams aren’t rivals!).
But then, somehow, I fell in love with the Pittsburgh Penguins. I still love the Blackhawks, but the Penguins quickly became my #1 team, even though they weren’t having a great season (lol). My boyfriend was awesome enough to take me to both a Blackhawks at Kings game AND a Penguins at Ducks games. My teams lost both games (because of course they did). But it was still amazing and so much fun.
Blackhawks at Kings, November 28
Penguins at Ducks, December 6
For non-hockey fans (who probably aren’t reading this, but whatever), the Penguins fired their coach a few games after the game I went to and hired a new one. They ended up winning the Stanley cup! And my mom, who is baffled by my choice of hockey team, thinks that I should probably pick out lottery numbers because I’m obviously lucky (I’m really not).
Stars at Ducks, January 15
Capitals at Ducks, March 7
During this, I started ice skating. I hadn’t been in years, but I loved watching how easy the players made it look. It’s not easy. I have good balance, but skating is actually really, really hard. I bought a pair of skates and started going to my local rinks at least once a week. I watched many, many YouTube videos on edges and stopping and skating backwards. It felt amazing to be doing something physical for once, instead of just sitting around the house.
I broke my left wrist on December 19th. I was turning from skating forwards to backwards and fell. I got up, got off the ice, and knew pretty much right away that it was broken. My visit to the doctor the next day confirmed it.
I was back on the ice 5 days later.
In April, I went to an adult learn-to-play clinic at a local rink. It was 3 weeks long, and they gave us loaner equipment and beginning instruction. And I learned that hockey is a LOT harder than just being able to skate! I had so much fun that I knew this was something I wanted to keep doing.
So…I got my own gear (some new, some used, so expensive!!!) and signed up for the rink’s rookie league. My team has played 7 games. We lost the first 6, but yesterday, August 6th we finally won!!! It felt so amazing! And I even registered my first point: an assist on the game winning goal!!!
Final score! We finally won!!!
So, this isn’t the type of thing I normally post, but I just thought that I’d share. One thing I love about books is that they can introduce you to brand new things that you never knew about or didn’t think you’d be interested in.
Without books and reading, I never would have discovered hockey. I wouldn’t have experienced going to live NHL games or seeing my team win the Stanly Cup, and I definitely wouldn’t be a hockey player! Once again, reading has opened up my world in a new way and made my life so much better.
I hope that your passion for reading leads you to find other passions as well!
Here’s a list of all the hockey romances that I’ve reviewed on this blog so far: