Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Checking It Twice by Meg Harding

Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.

Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

What a fantastic hockey story! I loved Eric, the closeted enforcer, and he couldn’t be more perfectly or more improbably matched to Dorian, a flamboyant supermodel.

I loved both of these men and their enormous extended families. I think I probably had more empathy for Dorian, the man who refused to be a closeted dirty secret, but beautiful bearish Eric had me weak at the knees.

I loved Eric’s teammates and I enjoyed the glimpses of hockey and hockey life. There are some complicated ideas explored here. Maybe it isn’t the players or the sport being homophobic. Maybe it is just a general fear that keeps everyone closeted – and maybe that hurts the playing ability of closeted players.

This is a sweet and potentially simple sports romance with surprisingly complex characters. The central relationship is also surprisingly mature. The story manages to be complicated without ever becoming angsty. It is beautifully written and I really enjoyed it.

MEG HARDING is a graduate of UCF and is completing a master’s program for publishing in the UK. For as long as she can remember, writing has always been her passion, but she had an inability to ever actually finish anything. She’s immensely happy that her inability has fled and looks forward to where her mind will take her next. She’s a sucker for happy endings, the beach, and superheroes. In her dream life, she owns a wildlife conservation and is surrounded by puppies. She’s a film buff, voracious reader, and a massive geek.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Checking It Twice (The Carlisles #3) by Meg Harding to read and review.

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