1. DiscoDollyDeb

    I loved, loved, loved HEATED RIVALRY which ended up being my favorite book of 2019. While I agree there’s a lot of sex in the book, it’s neither gratuitous nor overdone. Each vignette (sexual or otherwise) shows a gradual change in the relationship between the two heroes and I really enjoyed Reid’s subtle touch in accomplishing that.

    I should add that if you’re looking for a completely different story with the same basic plot (the years-long relationship between two professional hockey players as it morphs from “just sex” to something much deeper and more emotional), I recommend Taylor Fitzpatrick’s THROWN OFF THE ICE, which is beautiful and gutting in equal measure and (caution) does not have the HEA that HEATED RIVALRY does.

  2. SusanS

    Thanks Sirius. I always count on your reviews to find good M/M romance. I really enjoyed Allie Therin and Charlie Adhara’s books, and will check out Shira Anthony b/c of your rec. Hope 2020 is a good year for you!

  3. Sirius

    @DiscoDollyDeb: So “Thrown of the ice” does not have HEA at all? @SusanS: Thank you. I wish the same for you. I went to check if the book is lendable to offer to you and the answer is no, but it looks like it is on KU now, so if you have it, you can grab it from there.

  4. DiscoDollyDeb

    @Sirius: I would classify THROWN OFF THE ICE as a love story, but not a “happily ever after” romance. It’s beautifully written, but around the three-quarters mark you realize the ending will be very sad.

  5. Sirius

    @DiscoDollyDeb: @DiscoDollyDeb: thank you that’s a pass for me sadly – the specific kind of ending I mean :(. Just went and read spoilers.

  6. Janine

    Sarina Bowen’s The Understatement of the Year is also an m/romance involving two hockey players with the enemies to lovers trope. It’s my favorite of the six or so Sarina Bowen books I’ve read and I recommend it.

  7. Meryl ZWANGER

    I think the link to the previous and next articles are missing?

  8. Kareni

    What a great list, Sirius; thanks for sharing. A couple of these authors did not work for me (De Bodard and Greer), but I’m eager to read some of the others (Reid and Therin).

  9. Janine

    @Meryl ZWANGER: If you click on the links for “Blog” above, it will take you to the home page and you will be able to see them.

  10. cleo

    I always enjoy your reviews Sirius. Glad you had a good reading year.

    I seem to an outlier because I just didn’t care for Heated Rivalry. I thought the pacing was weird and there really was too much sex and not enough emotional connection between the two characters for my taste.

  11. Sirius

    @cleo: Yeah when I started it did not look like my favorite book at all, it sure surprised me :). And thank you I hope you had a good reading year as well@Kareni: Thank you. Eh nobody has 100 percent identical taste. :) I hope Allie Therin will work, I loved that book and second book is coming in May 2020 I believe.@Janine: I read it yes.

  12. Sirius

    Cheating a little bit here since I will try to review it next month but I made sure I finish it before I jump in 2020 so adding one more book to my list .

    KD Edwards “Hanged Man” (Taro sequence #2). Loved it so much .

  13. Angie

    Heated Rivalry was so great!

  14. Karren

    @Sirius: It was a beautiful book. If I’d known the ending, I would not have read it and the ending made me cry. But it is good.

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