Genre: Hockey Romance, Series.
If there’s one thing that’s a certainty in life, it’s change.
It’s taken Victor Kalinski years to settle into the kind of happiness that he thought he’d never find. The small town of Cayuga, New York, has welcomed him warmly. It’s given him a championship team to coach, a tightly-knit group of friends, a father who he has reconciled with, and a safe place to raise the son he adores. The small town has also blessed him with Dan Arou, his husband and his soulmate, and one of the most skilled forwards on the Cougars. Given Dan’s outstanding play in their recent Calder Cup win, it was inevitable that Dan’s time in the minors was about to come to an end.
When Dan is given a starting position in Boston, Victor’s serene life is thrown into complete chaos. Pride over Dan’s accomplishment fills his heart but facing a long, lonely season in Cayuga is causing no small amount of discord. Add in a wedding that will give his son a new stepfather, health issues for his dad, and Victor’s own penchant for saying things that aren’t exactly politically correct, and the impending explosion is guaranteed to blow Vic’s life to bits. Life-altering choices will have to be made. Will Victor rebound from the challenges, or will he be unable to accept the upheavals that life has dealt him?
I loved Vic’s voice in this story. His personality comes across loud and clear, and it was easy to be swept away on the rollercoaster of his emotions. I liked how he says it how he sees it, which isn’t always very PC, yet makes him feel very real.
I really felt for his feeling of abandonment as his life explodes around him, and his demons do their best to entice him into places he shouldn’t go. The story kept me turning pages and I got drawn into his and Dan’s world very quickly.
I love Vic and Dan’s relationship, and how although Dan loves Vic completely he’s still aware of his faults, and worries he might enable him. They fit together well with their different personalities. The strong sense of family is something I always enjoy in hockey romances, and this story is very much about family, with Vic and Dan’s family issues, their parenting of Jack, plus the Cougars and Dan’s new team. I liked the glimpse of characters from other books, and the two therapists totally rock.
I enjoyed the story’s conclusion, and am looking forward to reading what happens in the next stage of their family’s journey. 5 out of 5 stars.