Why I read this book: I read the second book in this series first and I liked it so much I knew I wanted to go back and read this book. I also needed to see exactly what happened at the Olympic Games mentioned in book 2 because it was bugging me!
Blurb:Book 1 of the Safe Harbor male/male sports romance series. Book 2 is Hiding In Plain Sight. Each can be read as a standalone.
Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life–star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.
Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction.
The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. When their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight, though, will their love survive or be put on ice?
Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Page Count: about 131 pgs
Jason is an up and coming star in the hockey world, and was very lucky to have been invited to be on the US Olympic team. While everyone knows a great a player he is, no one knows that he’s gay. Patrick is the advisor to the team and is one of the main people who lobbies for Jason’s entry onto the team. All it took for Jason was one look at Patrick in the shower and boom! Unfortunately, not only are neither Jason nor Patrick out, but Patrick is over 15 years older than Jason and a relationship between a much older advisor to a player would look unethical.
From the first chapter of the book I could see what the basic problems to a relationship were. I liked the fact that the issues were introduced at the beginning because I was able to view their relationship in the right light. I feel that the relationship between Jason and Patrick progressed very naturally, both time-wise and emotion-wise. Though there was a big lustful attraction between them, with some smoking hot sex, the emotional relationship took longer to develop.
I didn’t realize that there was such a stigma to homosexuality in hockey. I do know that in sports in general, it’s not considered “macho” to be gay but I know in the NFL at least there are gay players who are accepted, even if they’re not out yet.
Once they hit the Olympics is when the true heartache and test came in. There was an incident at a hockey playoff that caused a big uproar and caused a player to be ejected from the Olympics. Due to this incident, Jason starts having questions and doubts. I love that Patrick is there for Jason and since Patrick is much older and a former hockey player, he can comfort Jason with his doubts. Of course, the Olympic game incident wasn’t the only one. I can’t say anything about what else happens or I’ll spoil the book, but let’s just say that you will need tissues.
The only thing stopping me from giving this book 10 pots is that I felt unfulfilled at the end. I know this is first of a series, but considering each book is supposed to be able to be read as a stand alone, I think the ending should have showed us a more satisfying resolution. I will continue reading this series because I’d like to not only see where Cassandra takes the hockey world she created, but also because I want to know more about where Jason and Patrick are going.
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Author Bio: Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on the computer.
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