Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know…
As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?
Note: this is a long-ish novella of approximately 40,000 words set in the Chicago Rebels world.
Dante and Cade FTW!
Though I was a bit bummed that this story, like Gage and Brady’s (Melting Point) was a novella instead of a full-length novel–here, the ending feels rather rushed–still, this novella was one heck of a read. The GM/player and out/closeted aspects of their relationship, not to mention the age difference between the two of them (12 years) ratchets up the tension nicely throughout. Meanwhile their excellent chemistry–and the teasers we get for Violet’s story–really keeps you turning the pages.
Some favorite quotes:
“Listen without judgement. Nod wisely. Gay Yoda, I am.” (Dante)
“Leave the orgasm, take the cannoli?” (Violet)
“Are you okay?”
“I still feel like my blood is on fire. It was simmering down until you showed up, and now all I can think of is how much I want you to kiss me again and never, ever stop.”
So, not really okay. (Dante, Cade)
So, so good, rushed HEA aside. Between the Violet/Bren hints and the epilogue’s refusal to tell us how the season ends (so mean!) I for one am more anxious than ever for the next series book…
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.