Title: Shutdown Pair
Author: V.L. Locey
Length: 93 pages
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc. (6 May 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Slinging burgers in Minnesota in the dead of winter isn’t exactly the Hemingway lifestyle aspiring writer Heath has dreamed of. About the only thing the quick-witted wordsmith has going for him is his pick-up hockey league games every Saturday. Now it looks like even that’s gone south, along with the team’s AWOL goalie.
That is until mysterious Wyatt Dickenson skates into town and announces that he can tend net. Heath isn’t the type to turn down such a generous offer from a Greek god with impressive equipment and all the right moves.
Heath offers to share his rented room with the enigmatic drifter, and soon begins to suspect that Wyatt is harboring a secret. Can Heath get Wyatt to open up about his dark past? Is there a dark past? Or is Heath’s writer’s mind just spinning sexy, shadowy scenarios about the mystery man who has him so infatuated?
Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!
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Review: I love nothing more than reading a book that involves two hot athletes – I have an even bigger soft spot when these athletes are a couple of good-looking ice hockey players with a sizzling attraction between them. We get a great helping of just that here in V.L. Locey’s newest novella, Shutdown Pair.
The story follows Heath – he may not have a glamorous career, he works in a fast food restaurant and is an aspiring bestselling author – but he is passionate about ice hockey. He plays on an amateur team in Minnesota and their goalie has disappeared, out of desperation and not wanting to forfeit their game, Heath has no option but to take on the mysterious Wyatt, who just happens to be in the stands and volunteers to play goalie.
Wyatt has a few secrets of his own, but now he is happy to get to know Heath and willing takes the support and help that Heath offers him.
This is a relatively quick read. For me everything was wonderfully paced, the only thing that perhaps made me not enjoy the book as much as I could have would be that Wyatt’s secrets could have been far more dramatic. However, that would have made the book much longer.
People that don’t like insta-love will probably struggle with this one, as would people who savour mystery and suspense. However, people who are more than happy to go on a quick ride with two hot guys who play hockey with enough sexual tension to fill a room, with anything else in the plot being a bonus, go ahead and enjoy.
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