The Inside Edge
What does a work-life balance look like to recently retired professional athletes?
Ex-hockey player Nate Overton is trying to find out, but dipping his toes in the gay dating scene post-divorce is a daunting prospect even without the news that his show is on thin ice. Before he can tackle either issue, he skates headfirst into another problem—his new cohost. Former figure skater Aubrey Chase is the embodiment of a spoiled rich playboy. He’s also flamboyant, sharp, and hot as sin.
Aubrey knows how important it is to get off on the right foot. He’s just not very good at it outside the rink. Having spent his life desperate for attention, he’ll do anything to get it—even the wrong kind.
For Nate and Aubrey, opposites don’t so much attract as collide at center ice. But while Nate’s everything Aubrey has scrupulously avoided—until now—Aubrey falls suddenly head over heels, and Nate’s only looking for a rebound fling. Can Aubrey convince Nate to risk his heart again, or will their unexpected connection be checked at the first sign of trouble?
Kane (American Love Songs) charms in this sports-themed gay romance. Former NHL hockey player Nate Overton now works as a commentator on sports show The Inside Edge. When the network brings in Aubrey Chase, a retired figure skater and trust fund baby who goes through men like tissues, as Nate's new cohost, an awkward hot mic moment gets the pair off to a rocky start. Despite this bad first impression, their chemistry quickly builds, but Nate's still reeling from a painful divorce and is hesitant to risk his heart on someone who doesn't seem to take relationships seriously. They make a go at casual dating, but neither feels particularly casual, and they soon wind up exchanging love confessions. Then an unexpected job offer threatens to derail their happiness. Chase writes with a huge helping of heat and heart, and a stellar supporting cast especially Nate's entertaining mother, Diane, and his close friends Kelly and Caley bolster the romance. Chase's pitch-perfect plotting keeps just the right amount of tension throughout, and the lively conclusion will delight readers. This is a treat.