Author: Rachel Reid
Series: Game Changers, book 5
Publisher: Carina Press (August 10, 2021)
ebook, 323 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey), LBGTQIA Romance
Troy Barrett has been freshly traded to Ottawa after calling out Dallas Kent during a team practice. He wants to be a better person, and the weird, scrappy energy of the struggling Ottawa team seems like the place to…well. It seems like the only place that will have Troy right now.
Fortunately the Ottawa team includes Ilya Rozanov and Wyatt Hayes, and also includes an adorable social media manager, Harris Drover. Harris is the opposite of Troy in every way: friendly, cheerful, chatty, and goofy with a booming voice, a startlingly loud laugh, and Pride pins all over his denim jacket. Definitely not the sort of person Troy would normally associate with, and yet…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I LOVE A PLUS SIZED MC! *standing ovation*
I immediately liked Harris. He’s just so cozy and happy and I want to be his best friend. Troy his a history of being a jerk and so Rachel Reid had to work a bit harder to get this reader to like him, but I came around pretty quickly. There are a lot of issues in this book that are real issues in the hockey fandom (look, that’s what they’re are, that’s what I’m calling them). It manages to deal with some quite serious topics, which also being this warm, cozy, sort of soft romance… about big, sweaty men zooming around the ice with basically knives on their feet, haha.
This is the 5th book in the Game Changers series, but can be read as a stand-alone. I don’t really remember Troy, but I believe he was a side character in one of the earlier books (book 3 Tough Guy, maybe? I don’t remember…) ANYWAY! He’s turned over a new leaf, so we’ll just forget about him being a jerkbutt sidecharacter in an earlier book! Oh, BUT! If you love the second book (Heated Rivalry), Ilya is in this book A LOT and it’s GLORIOUS. I was so happy to spend some time with the gorgeous and irreverent Ilya again. 🙂
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.