Sunday, September 10, 2017

Random Review: Love of the Game by Phetra H. Novak #Review #Giveaway

Author: Phetra H. Novak
Book: Love of the Game
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Publication date: April 1, 2017
Length: 290 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Johannes is starting his new life as a rookie in the best hockey league in the world, the NHL. His new home for the next four years is Montreal, Canada, and he's excited to get to his destination when a storm arrives, stranding him in Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.

In the Airport VIP lounge, he tries to amuse himself the best he can. He's nursing a lukewarm beer, and about to head back to join his parents at their table, when the most gorgeous man he's ever seen, with piercing green eyes, buys him a drink. He swears he has never been so instantly turned on as he is in that moment. The man flirts openly with him, making no secret of what he wants from Johannes as he invites him to meet in private. Not being out only makes Johannes hesitate for a moment before accepting the beautiful stranger's come-on.

Charlie, a cocky and opinionated, ex-submissive and reporter is leaving Paris after being on vacation when the studly jock just happens to appear out of nowhere - served on a silver platter. Charlie sees no reason to deny himself a last rendezvous before he gets on his plane back to Canada.

What he doesn't expect is this stranger to see the real him. Charlie's normal plan of attack is to take charge. But when it backfires, and the studly stranger not only takes control but makes him want more, Charlie does the only thing he feel comfortable doing. He runs!

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This is my first book by this author and I was, at first, taken aback by the book cover. I went on to read the blurb and am so happy I did. What I first thought was a zombie book, turned out to actually be a sexy, smart hockey romance with a touch of BDSM.

Charles Morin is an ex-submissive reporter with a major chip on his shoulder. To the world he's a deviant and an a$$hole. Charlie is smart, funny, sarcastic, scared, embarrassed and yes, an a$$hole. He's been badly hurt and hides his pain with anger and sarcasm. It will take a special man to see through his outward behavior to find the good below the surface. Charlie never believes that man could be a hockey playing jock! 

Johannes Alm is 23 and has just moved to Canada from Switzerland to play in the NHL. He's big, strong, dominate, kind, sweet and very sexy. Hannes is not in the closet at home, but not out in Canada. A chance encounter with Charlie at the airport on his way to Canada will change the course of Hannes life. For a guy that doesn't make too many waves, he causes quite a splash in Canada.

This book deals with the tough subject of past abuse with sensitivity and very realistically. The struggles Charlie goes through while healing, is difficult to watch at times, but the unconditional support Johannes shows him is inspiring.They have a lot to overcome to be together, but they each see something in the other that makes it impossible to walk away. I enjoyed this book and loved the secondary characters so much, I'm hoping for an Andrew book. I definitely recommend!


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