A rookie goalie with a secret and a handsome yet hotheaded defenseman clash in the locker room and on the ice—but their shared desire to make the playoffs might help them move from enemies to lovers.
When the goalie for the Seattle Cascades hockey team is injured while drunk driving and Alex Fanning is recruited to take his place, Alex thinks his dream has come true. But to hold on to his hopes, he must keep his vampire heritage secret as the sport moves to ban Paranormals. The sexy but infuriating defenseman Sasha Petrov won’t make that easy. The injured goalie was his best friend, and he resents Alex’s presence—maybe even enough to use his bloodline against him.
Tensions mount, but the realization that there’s more to their feelings than animosity hits both men like a punch to the gut. Alex and Sasha’s newfound friendship promises passion, but a shocking betrayal could cost them all the ground they’ve gained.
This slow-simmering paranormal hockey romance finds sparks flying both on and off the ice. For goalie Alex Fanning, playing for the Seattle Cascades is a dream come true. To maintain his macho image and dodge "anti-Para nutjobs," he can't let anyone know he's both gay and a half-vampire. Right from the start, he clashes with sexy, stubborn Sasha Petrov, who sees Alex as an unwelcome upstart who's replaced his injured best friend on the team. Even as Alex and Sasha butt heads, they develop an undeniable, irresistible chemistry, which they must address both for their own sakes and for the good of the team. But when Sasha discovers Alex's true nature, it threatens to destroy the fragile relationship they've created. Launching the Hockey Gods and Monsters series, Springer (Changing Colors) crafts a satisfying romance that blends fast-paced athletic action, supernatural seduction, and emotional drama. Though the paranormal elements of the setting could be further developed and explored, the basic premise is solid and the result is a lot of fun.