Published by Carina Press on April 26, 2022
Genres: Fiction / LGBTQ+ / Gay, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Gay, Fiction / Romance / Sports
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The sequel is finally here! Shane and Ilya’s story, first seen in Heated Rivalry, continues in this long-awaited hockey romance from Rachel Reid.
"Everything you could want from this magnetic couple! A passionate, sexy, emotional sequel that grips your heart! Shane and Ilya forever!" —#1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely, author of Hopelessly Bromantic
To the world they are rivals, but to each other they are everything.
That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other. How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family…from the league. If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret. He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?
Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist. The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.
It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.
It’s time to make a call.
Book 1: Game Changer
Book 2: Heated Rivalry
Book 3: Tough Guy
Book 4: Common Goal
Book 5: Role Model
Book 6: The Long Game
For a romance over a decade in the making, I adored seeing these two fierce men get the happy ending they deserved. ~ Leigh – Simply Love Books
I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for the conclusion to this story. Not nearly as long as Ilya, but it felt like an eternity. I loved these two men and how their competitive drives fed one another, and while to the outside world they seemed to be nothing more than fierce competitors, it was only rivaled by the love and affection they felt for one another in private.
Ilya was my favorite. With a dry sense of humor, an unwavering sense of loyalty, and a world of pain and longing he held beneath the surface, there was nothing about him not to love. His mental struggles with depression didn’t make him weaker. Quite the contrary. They made him real. And I felt the frustration he held that he couldn’t shout his love from the rooftops. I felt sorrow for him wrestling with his demons, but knew that he needed to confront this aspect of his life.
Shane, on the other hand, frustrated me. While I adored him and the amount of blood, sweat and tears he put into being the best at his craft, I found that he focused on the rest of the world too much. Sometimes, he put everyone else above the need that Ilya had for their relationship to be acknowledged. He was dedicated and driven and the perfect picture of control to balance out Ilya’s more reckless persona. But I wanted him to loosen up and be the man he was behind closed doors, even when he was in the light of day.
In the end, however, I simply loved this story. I loved getting to see players and their partners that I hadn’t seen in a long time, and getting to see them through other people’s eyes. But most of all, I loved seeing Ilya and Shane get the ending that they deserved.