Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Keeping Kyle by Jeff Adams Blog Tour

An NHL All-Star
A workaholic entrepreneur
One irresistibly tempting opportunity

I can’t believe I let my best friend talk me into being auctioned off for charity. But when I get a look at the guy who placed the winning bid, I feel like I’m the one who snagged the top prize.

I didn’t get to where I am by letting opportunities slip through my fingers. When I learn that Kyle Pressgrove will be part of the bachelor auction taking place during All-Star weekend, that’s the kind of chance that you grab ahold of, and I have no intention of letting go.

With my career on the line and the possibility of Kyle being traded to a team half-way across the country, things between us might be over before they’ve even begun. I’d give anything to keep Kyle in my life, but everything might not be enough.

Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a story in the Hockey Allies Bachelor Bids collection and I am really enjoying having a slew of new books to read with a common theme, but different authors.

This was a good sports romance, with the difficult issue of being traded mid-season affecting Kyle. It was fun to see him enjoying being with his friend, Garrett, in particular – and the interview following their match on opposite sides of the ice.

Austin was a bit of a mystery to me as a character as he worked for a company which had his name in it, yet he seemed to be at others' behest. It is slightly explained later, but it seems odd all the same. I liked the idea behind the issues that AMMD suffers but felt it couldn't really be explored enough as it wasn't the core of the story, but at the same time was important. Austin vacillated between being a very successful, rich businessman and a rather young and naive man. Certainly the behaviour that both men displayed on being super sweet one minute, but then too busy the next was more immature than I expected.

I did enjoy how the story rounded out, and the ending was fitting and hopeful of a good future for the couple.

This is the sweet story of a hockey player who falls for the businessman who wins a date with him in a charity auction.

I really like Kyle as a character. I like his relationship with his family, his friends, and his team. I like his maturity and sense of responsibility for the people he cares for. I’m not quite as keen on Austin. He’s addicted to his work and it feels like work will always be his first priority. As a result, he has few interests or relationships and he doesn’t treat Kyle very well from the start. No matter how often he apologises for being late or checking his work phone on a date, he keeps doing it. There were several moments I wanted Kyle to just walk away from Austin and I’m still not sure I agree with his easy forgiveness.

From a second date the day after the first to Austin meeting Kyle’s mother on the next date, the romance in this book happens at lightspeed. The two men move from strangers to boyfriends in the blink of an eye. This is unusual for gay romance – and what is even more unusual is the lack of sexual chemistry and lack of sexual contact until after the men have established themselves as a couple (announced through a cute selfie with boyfriend hashtags). The non-sexual cuddling and Netflix domesticity doesn’t really fit the ambitious CEO and the aggressive hockey star very well. When the two men finally do get physical, it feels a little bit awkward. The result is a romance that doesn’t feel terribly romantic or sexy.

Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a published author in 2009 when his first short stories were published. He writes both gay romance and LGBTQ+ young adult fiction… and there’s usually a hockey player at the center of the story.

Jeff lives in central California with his husband of more than twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musical Rent, the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. He, of course, loves to read, but there isn’t enough space to list his favorite books.

Jeff and Will are also podcasters. The Big Gay Fiction Podcast is a weekly show devoted to gay romance as well as pop culture. New episodes come out every Monday at The Big Gay Author Podcast chronicles their journey to become full time authors. New episodes drop Saturdays at

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Keeping Kyle (Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid #3) by Jeff Adams to read and review for this tour.

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