Book Review: The Long Game by Rachel Reid

The Long Game

Author: Rachel Reid
Series: Game Changers, book 6
Publisher: Publisher (date)
Mass Market Paperback, 496 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey), M/M Romance
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Summary

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.

Ten years.

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.

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Heated Rivalry remains one of my favorite books of all time, so when I heard Ilya and Shane were getting another book I was both excited and somewhat apprehensive. I don’t typically read continuations and prefer my romances to be one-and-done (that includes bonus epilogues – they’re just not my jam for some reason). So while I have LOVED the little glimpses into Shane and Ilya’s happily ever after we get in some of the other books in the Game Changers series, I was a little worried about what an entire second book about them would hold.

The Long Game took me until about the 30% mark to get into it, but then I didn’t put it down until I’d finished it. I tell you, I ugly cried – and more than once. My heart has always been 100% Ilya’s (and sure, Shane is okay too), and seeing him laid so bare, watching him struggle with his demons, I was just sobbing and wishing I could give him the biggest, squashiest hugs. And still, even through his darkest moments, he retains that ILYA-ness that we can’t help but love about him – the effortless charm, the swagger, the Han Solo-esque self-confidence. *dreamy sigh* As for Shane… mostly I just wanted to punch him in his face. *shrug* Oops.

Their love story is just… epic. I reread Heated Rivalry on a regular basis (at least once a year) and now I’m going to have to read The Long Game right after as well. All the feels.

This is the sixth book in the Game Changers series. While you don’t need to read all the books before reading this one (I somehow still haven’t read book 1? somehow?), you DO definitely need to read book 2, Heated Rivalry, before this one. Also, this book runs somewhat concurrently with some of the other books in the series (which Ilya makes little appearances in, and I DIE), especially book 5, Role Model. There are definite spoilers for Role Model in this book, as well as some minor spoilers for some of the other books inasmuch as the characters from them serve as secondary characters in this one.

If you haven’t read Heated Rivalry yet, please go do so right now! And if you loved Heated Rivalry, then buckle up, because you’re going to love this ride.

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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