Saturday, May 14, 2011

Stephani Hecht - Offside pass

At one time Devon Canton and his two brothers were the talk of the NHL. Set to become the next superstars of the sport, they had lucrative contracts and numerous endorsements within their reach. Then the bottom fell out of their world and everything changed. Now struggling to make ends meet, they have been reduced to playing in the minor leagues. To make matters worse, they all end up playing for the same dead-end team, the Battle Creek Hawks. Not only hasn’t that team won a game in three years, but their arena is falling down around them and is in danger of being condemned. Then Devon and his brothers hit a new low when they get thrown out of their first game for getting into a brawl…with each other.

Battle Creek Times sports reporter Saul Davis knows the instant he see the three brothers beating the snot out of each other that he has a story. It only takes a little digging to find out how far the once promising hockey players have fallen. Intrigued, Saul tries to pin down Devon for an interview, only to be rudely rebuked. Unfortunately for Devon, that only makes Saul more determined to get to the bottom of the story.

Then Saul uncovers something about the brooding hockey player that could not only destroy the man’s reputation, but also ruin any chance of him every playing on the professional level again. Saul knows he should go ahead and run the story, but as he finds himself growing closer to Devon, he realizes that his feelings for the other man are too strong to ignore. When a rival reporter also discovers Devon’s secret, Saul recognizes that he may have to make the most painful decision of all – his own journalism career or Devon.

Comment: This isn't the first book I read by this author. I'm a fan of her Lost Shifters series.
This new series about hockey players isn't as good, I think. the mystical side of the other series is very good and always engrossing. This new one isn't as compelling and I felt it lacked a bit of chemstry, I mean the details on how they were falli g in love were there but I didn't feel convinced. The main idea is very interesting and unusual, for none of the main characters is filthy rich and knows no bounds. But the relationship itself...I didn't feel the sizzle there.
I know the author can do so much better, so I'll keep reading her books, I just hope they will be better than this one.

Devon and Saul are a cute, relatively balanced couple. I mean, none of them is way weaker than the other and the issues they both face because they get together don't offer much conflict, unless to themselves, so through that POV, there isn't much more to say. The way they shouldn't be together is the srrongest point here and I liked seeing, especially in Devon's case, the inner thoughts on why they shouldn't but in the end we have the expected HEA.

The secondary characters are very interesting and they do offer some curiosity, so I'll wait to see what happens next.

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