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Monday, November 30, 2020

~ Defenseman No.9 ~

Author: Xavier Neal
Title: Defenseman No.9
Series: The Hockey Gods 4 (can read as standalone)
Release date: 2020 December 3
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Rating: ★★★★☆


Once upon a time, the Vlasta Vipers hockey team was so incredible — on and off the ice — they were almost mythical.

Back then, they were the undefeated conquerors of the rink.

Coveted prizes for Puck Bunnies.

Their reputation was ironclad until the wrong skates landed on the wrong feet.

Wanted titles suddenly became dreams instead of reality, while the spotlight only seemed to capture their continued failures.

Puck Bunnies...well, they never stopped treasuring that particular stick no matter what the rankings were.

It took several years, a new no nonsense head coach, and a group of players willing to work harder than they could even comprehend to grab back the notoriety.

But they did.

And just because it's summer doesn't mean the city is done watching or caring about them.

Hugo Rhinehart, the team's most famous defenseman - due to his enormous size and impressively stoic nature - is very aware of this, thanks to tickets to see him play in the volunteer league being repeatedly sold out.

As long as the attention is focused on his performance and not who he's sleeping with, he'll be fine.

As long as the crowd is more concerned about his hockey crew's off-season shenanigans and not about the overdramatic ones of his best friend-turned boyfriend, he'll cope.

As long as the gossip is about who he physically hurt in his jersey and not who's emotionally hurting him, he'll survive.

Will this big burly defenseman be able to defend his hard-earned position in both sports and romance, or will he have to give up the love of the game to keep the love of his life?

My review: 

This was my first from the author, and I think this is the author's first m/m (correct me if I'm wrong). 

Hockey and sport romances aren't my first choice and I hardly read them, but I never say no to them. 

Defenseman is the 4th book in this series but totally can read as standalone - I haven't read the earlier books and I still understand everything. 

It was a cute book, Hugo and Crash were great characters and I loved reading about their relationship. Hugo was my favorite and I hurt for him when Crash was blind for their love and how a relationship works. 

I loved when they first got together, their kiss and chemistry was off the chart hot, and I couldn't wait for more. It was good to see the other guys in their life (I think they are the MC of the earlier books), but sometimes I think it was more than enough. There were some boring scenes and some really long sentences/monologues - I skipped them.

The romance and the emotions was well written, Crash and Hugo's characters were well written too and the emotional arc was really good. 

Loved reading this book, but I think the epiolgue was too much. Not everyone and not every book needs this kind of ending. It doesn't fit the book at all. I would be happy without that too.

+ it was frustrating that I didn't know their age! Somebody please tell me how old they were. (18 -20? or older, or younger?!)

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