Book Review: Star of the Game by Amy Aislin

Star of the Game

Author: Amy Aislin
Series: Stick Side, book 6
Publisher: Independent (December 27, 2022)
Kindle edition, 352 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey)


Felix only wants two things:
1. To make music.
2. His best friend, Emery.

But he’s not willing to risk two decades of friendship for something more. Besides, a bout of writer’s block is preventing him from creating new material, and he’s got deadlines to meet. He doesn’t need any distractions—and Emery is the biggest distraction of all.

Emery only wants two things:
1. To play hockey.
2. His best friend, Felix.

He’s ready to risk it all for a shot at being together. While he should be concentrating on playing his best hockey so his team will grant him a contract extension, there’s no reason he can’t multitask.

With their careers at a crossroads, the timing for romance couldn’t be worse—but when Felix is forced to move in with Emery, will Emery finally convince him to take a chance at becoming the stars of their own game?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Holy crap.

This is possibly one of my favorite friends to lovers books of all time. The mutual pining is INTENSE, my friend. The chemistry between Felix and Emery had me wanting to smoosh their faces together and say “now KISS” from the get-go. They’re best friends, and each has been in love with the other for basically ever, but they’re both to chicken sh!t to act on their feelings. So there’s all that togetherness of being best friends, while secretly every touch or sweet gesture lights the other on fire. The agony! I am here for it!

I love that Felix is a rockstar (popstar?) and Emery is NHL royalty basically, and they’re totally used to each other because they’ve been besties forever. But then their friends are like “Holy crap, is that TREVOR JONES with you?!” (Trevor Jones being Felix’s stage name, naturally. Also, what a boring stage name – come on, Felix is a MUCH cooler name, what was his label thinking?)

And then there’s the fact that Felix and Emery – and really all their other friends and family – are just such *good* people. It made me fall in love with them all and want to be invited to dinner at Felix’s parents place or to hang out at the beach with their friend group. Characters from some of the previous books show up as side characters in this one, and I’m so excited to go back and reach their books.

This is the sixth book in the Stick Side series, and can be read as a stand-alone. There are some minor spoilers for at least one of the earlier books (I think, this is the only one I’ve read so far). Upon finishing this, I *immediately* went to start book one, On the Ice, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200. There’s really no higher rec than that, is there?

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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