"Rachel Reid crafted a story of true heart, beauty, heat, and glorious, hard-won redemption! I loved both heroes and their journey to love was a gorgeous one to watch!" - Lauren Blakely, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Scoring With Him
The highly anticipated fifth novel in Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series sees a grumpy professional hockey player meet his match in an out-and-proud social media manager…
The hits just keep coming for Troy Barrett. Traded to the worst team in the league would be bad enough, but coming on the heels of a messy breakup and a recent scandal… Troy just wants to play hockey and be left alone. He doesn’t want to be in the news anymore, and he definitely doesn’t want to “work on his online presence” with the team’s peppy social media manager.
Harris Drover can tell standoffish Troy isn’t happy about the trade—anyone could tell, frankly, as he doesn’t exactly hide it well—but Harris doesn’t give up on people easily. Even when he’s developing a crush he’s sure is one-sided. And when he sees Troy’s smile finally crack through his grumpy exterior, well… That’s a man Harris couldn’t turn his back on if he wanted to.
Suddenly, Troy’s move to the new team feels like an opportunity—for Troy to embrace his true self, and for both men to surrender to their growing attraction. But indulging in each other behind closed doors is one thing, and for Troy, being in a public relationship with Harris will mean facing off with his fears, once and for all.
Book 1: Game Changer
Book 2: Heated Rivalry
Book 3: Tough Guy
Book 4: Common Goal
Book 5: Role Model
Reid keeps on scoring in her fifth hockey-themed Game Changers romance (after Common Goal), which kicks off as closeted Troy Barrett is traded to the Ottawa Centaurs. Troy is still reeling after confronting Dallas Kent, his former teammate and ex-best friend, over accusations that Dallas is a sexual predator. He's also reevaluating the homophobic persona and bad behavior their friendship brought out in him. Troy is initially ill-at-ease in Ottawa, but he has an ally in the team's captain, series regular (and Reid's charming secret weapon) Ilya Rozanov. He also soon develops a crush on the team's out and proud social media manager, Harris Drover. As Troy spends time with Harris, driving around looking at Christmas lights, the men silently acknowledge their attraction. But it takes a near-death experience for them give in to their passions. Obstacles to their happy ending come in subplots about Harris's heart condition and Troy's homophobic father, though these threads go slightly underdeveloped. Instead, it's Troy's need to figure out how to live authentically as an openly gay athlete that drives this gratifying coming-out story. Series fans will feel right at home.)\n