Deke (Fake Boyfriend #3)
Ollie Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help. My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name. I really should’ve asked for his name. Lennon Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly. In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey. I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter. That all changes when my editor reassigns me. It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret. *Deke is a full-length MM novel with a HFN/HEA and no cliffhanger*

Deke (Fake Boyfriend #3) Details

TitleDeke (Fake Boyfriend #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 5th, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Hockey

Deke (Fake Boyfriend #3) Review

  • ☆ Todd
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this feels like some big ole' Eden Finley book 1 déjà vu, because once again...I have nothing but LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for this story. At 24, NHL player Ollie had zero problem with the fact that he was gay, but his entire family took major issue with him not coming out yet, as they didn't understand that the issue was way less about shame and way more about holding onto a job in hockey that he truly loved.So after one family dinner, accidentally coming out to a stranger in the bathroom, and an Wow, this feels like some big ole' Eden Finley book 1 déjà vu, because once again...I have nothing but LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for this story. At 24, NHL player Ollie had zero problem with the fact that he was gay, but his entire family took major issue with him not coming out yet, as they didn't understand that the issue was way less about shame and way more about holding onto a job in hockey that he truly loved.So after one family dinner, accidentally coming out to a stranger in the bathroom, and an offer of assistance from said stranger, Ollie found himself introducing his (*cough-fake-cough) boyfriend, Clark, to his large, supportive family.Except Clark was actually Lennon, a sports journalist and the very last person that Ollie would've chosen to come out to, if he'd known he was putting his one big secret in jeopardy beforehand.Every little thing about this book was on point. Nope, not even a single niggle that I can think of. This story had the perfect blend of feels, insecurities, angst, steam, and snarky banter.Plus, a reporter that looked like a blond Clark Kent falling for a Nordic God of a jock? Umm, YES, PLEASE!I fell in love with Ollie's family immediately, but could see from a mile off that the fake boyfriend lie was going to be a difficult one to escape, and it was. “When are you going to tell them the truth about me?” he whispers.I shrug. “At our engagement party?” The big secret, that Clark was in fact Lennon came to a head, when Ollie's brothers were talking shit about Ollie's situation and Lennon came to his defense, which I adored, because *that* was when the true, bone-deep feelings actually became apparent between the MC's.Matt's little brother, Jet, was an amazingly-fun character, too. Talk about being a total little spitfire, full of piss and vinegar. “I’m only here because of my roommate.”Jet raises his hand. “That would be me. He wanted to go home, but I convinced him to stay for at least five drinks.”“Two.”“Okay, seven.”I’m learning really fast that negotiating with Jet is pointless. The humor was a thing of beauty in this story, especially when everyone and their grandmother kept calling Ollie "pretty". “There’s that fuckin’ pretty word again. I’m not pretty. I’m wicked badass.”“Of course, you are, baby.” I pat his cheek.Even though I’m being condescending, he has this weird smile on his face as if I just told him he’s won the Hottest Man on Earth competition. Which, in all fairness, if it was a thing, he could totally win. Along with Lennon's jealousy. “There you go calling me pretty again,” he grumbles.“You are kinda pretty.” Soren turns to us from the passenger seat with a charming smile showing off the dark scruff on his face.Ollie chuckles at me. “I think you’re growling. Are you trying to growl? Fuck, that’s adorable.” And the sexy times, which began with a somewhat-daring blowjob taunt. I didn’t know it was possible for someone to call me a pussy with just their eyes, but Lennon pulls it off flawlessly. Finley didn't disappoint in her avoidance of contrived drama and the ever-dreaded Big Misunderstanding, either, as neither were anywhere to be found, Praise the Lawd.The slow burn in this story was exquisite, but when the MC's realized and admitted their true feelings, it felt believable and pretty damn sublime. Ugh. I sound like a puck bunny. I gasp. I’m Ollie’s puck bunny! I chuckle at myself, because even though I’m joking, I don’t actually mind the sound of that. The book ends with a strong HFN, headed towards an HEA, complete with a few personal sacrifices, willingly offered up, once what was truly important blessedly made its way to the forefront of the MC's minds.So with all that said, this story gets ALL 5 STARS from me and I'm dying to read the last two books in the series.-----------------------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links)-----------------------------------------------
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  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars!My favorite in the series thus far! Their meeting was unconventional and by chance. Their arrangement was only supposed to last for one meal. They were sure they wouldn't see each other again. But fate had other plans for this hockey player and this sports journalist. Lennon is a sports reporter for a magazine who was recently reporting on football until a few papers he wrote on a certain hockey player got him transferred to writing for the sport he never knew much about. Meeting Ollie t 5 Stars!My favorite in the series thus far! Their meeting was unconventional and by chance. Their arrangement was only supposed to last for one meal. They were sure they wouldn't see each other again. But fate had other plans for this hockey player and this sports journalist. Lennon is a sports reporter for a magazine who was recently reporting on football until a few papers he wrote on a certain hockey player got him transferred to writing for the sport he never knew much about. Meeting Ollie that one night sparked his interest in not only the player, but the sport he was playing. Lennon is attracted to Ollie and has a thing for jocks. Lennon has a past with these types of guys. The jock closeted types and he has sworn to stay away from those kinds of relationships in the future. But then there is Ollie. He's different if not the same. Lennon can't help the pull and need to help this sweet guy out. Even if he knows it will only end in heartbreak for him.Ollie lives and breathes hockey and he has sacrificed a lot in his life to play the game and make it his career. Recently one of those sacrifices was his relationship with his long time boyfriend Beau. Beau wanted to be important enough to Ollie for him to come out. Ollie wanted Beau to realize that coming out would make him the only out hockey player and he didn't want to be the poster gay boy for the sport. He has pressure from his family too who believes he'll only truly be happy with who he is if he's out and proud. But Ollie is proud and is out to the people that are important to him. He just isn't ready to be out in his job until he's made it further in his career especially now that he's been traded and is still trying to find his footing on his new team. Lennon and Ollie play it fake for his family to get them off his back. They didn't think they'd see each other again but with Lennon now reporting on hockey it was just a matter of time before they ran into each other again. Only when they do things don't go so great because things come up that didn't when they first met. Like Lennon's real name. Or the fact that he's a sports reporter who has been the one recently reporting on Ollie who hasn't taken to kind on what Lennon has been reporting on him. Ollie is angry. Lennon is confused on what he could possibly be mad about because he doesn't believe what he's written has put Ollie in a bad light. But soon things get even more complicated when Lennon runs into Ollie's parents again and they are still under the impression that he and Ollie are still in a relationship. What follows this is a sweet fake relationship that soon turns serious when real feelings start to come into play. I really loved this one. This author really knows how to keep the trope of fake relationships fresh and entertaining. I love this trope and gobble up every book that comes out in this series. I can't wait for the next one. Happy reading dolls! xx I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved all the books in this series, though I have to say that they seem to get better and better with each book. So it shouldn't be surprising that this one is definitely my favorite...so far !! I had so much fun reading it ;) And most of it is because of Clark ...Ollie is a hockey player in the NHL. He's gay, he's proud, but he isn't fully out. The only people who know are his close family and they support him 200 %... It's the 200 instead of a 100 that seems to be the problem here. They I have loved all the books in this series, though I have to say that they seem to get better and better with each book. So it shouldn't be surprising that this one is definitely my favorite...so far !! I had so much fun reading it ;) And most of it is because of Clark ...Ollie is a hockey player in the NHL. He's gay, he's proud, but he isn't fully out. The only people who know are his close family and they support him 200 %... It's the 200 instead of a 100 that seems to be the problem here. They are a bit too pushy when it comes to him coming out. They feel he can only be happy if he shouts it from the rooftops...but Ollie isn't ready for the consequences of being the only gay player in the NHL...He shares his grievances with a stranger...in the bathroom of a restaurant, while out with the family. Not really knowing who he just laid everything out for.Lennon feels bad for Ollie. Being a sports reporter, and being gay himself, he knows all about how hard it is coming out in their world... He wants to help Ollie out by pretending to be his new boyfriend. Maybe if the fam sees he is happy, they will leave him be.And so it begins...I had an awesome time reading this book. It was funny and snarky and a high Lennon is the best thing ever !!!! It was also sweet and very HOT.I want to give some major credit here to Ollie's family. They were great and half the fun I had, came from them ;) My whole family has been overprotective of me since my mom outed me to myself when I was fifteen. There was some drama, with the ex-boyfriend, who I really didn't care for. What a douche...It wasn't a very angsty read, I would definitely call this a "feel good" book. Which shows exactly how I felt when I finished it.I can't wait to see what's next and I am dying to read Jet's story because I have a little crush going on.I highly recommend this series ;)  My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession Follow Us on➦ 
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKEnter Giveaway HERE.Deke is the third installment of Eden Finley's Fake Boyfriend series and brings us to Ollie, closeted hockey player, and Lennon, a out and proud journalists that gets roped into helping him out in an odd situation. Ollie may still be in closet to most of the world, but his family and friends all know that he's gay, which puts him in the hot seat whenever they're around and want to know why he's still hiding who he is. Enter Lennon, the perfect fa NOW LIVE!Amazon US * Amazon UKEnter Giveaway HERE.Deke is the third installment of Eden Finley's Fake Boyfriend series and brings us to Ollie, closeted hockey player, and Lennon, a out and proud journalists that gets roped into helping him out in an odd situation. Ollie may still be in closet to most of the world, but his family and friends all know that he's gay, which puts him in the hot seat whenever they're around and want to know why he's still hiding who he is. Enter Lennon, the perfect fake boyfriend to get Ollie's family off of his back.First, I just need to say that Ollie and Lennon are freakin' amazing. I loved these two so hard with their back and forth banter and the clear as day attraction to each other. They were honestly just super adorable together and Lennon was a sweetheart and so understanding with Ollie I could have just tackle hugged him. It had me swooning over both of these boys. I also really loved how Ms. Finley handled Ollie's situation with being closeted and in the spotlight. It was done with so much compassion and I thought it brought up a lot of thought provoking points. His family was amazingly accepting of Ollie but they didn't fully understand what he was going through and seeing how that played out was a great part to this story.To sum up, Sweet Neil Patrick Harris this is a fantastic book and you need to read it! ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Christelle
    January 1, 1970
    Another win for me from Eden Finley. Third in her series “Fake Boyfriend”, it can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest to read the whole series if you enjoy romances set up in the sport world, with a low level of angst, but a high amount of banter and steam.So, this time, we get the story of Ollie, a hockey player, and Clark, aka Lennon, a sport journalist.Ollie breaths hockey and is unwilling to risk his career by outing himself, apart from within his family. Said family is on his back Another win for me from Eden Finley. Third in her series “Fake Boyfriend”, it can be read as a standalone, but I would suggest to read the whole series if you enjoy romances set up in the sport world, with a low level of angst, but a high amount of banter and steam.So, this time, we get the story of Ollie, a hockey player, and Clark, aka Lennon, a sport journalist.Ollie breaths hockey and is unwilling to risk his career by outing himself, apart from within his family. Said family is on his back about his break-up with his long-time boyfriend, so when a guy he has just met agrees to play “new boyfriend” during a family dinner, Ollie jumped on the occasion to get some rest from the familial pressure. Ollie even finds funny to name his partner in crime “Clark”. Little does he know how close to the truth he is…Yep, you can guess the link between Clark and Lennon, the sport journalist 😉From there, it’s a series of encounters between Ollie and Lennon over months of the Hockey season. A great recipe with a little bit of anger, a tad of friendly meddling, a big portion of sparks and an even *bigger* portion of banter and humor, nicely served on a “slow- burn” platter decorated with delicious “cock-blocking” moments, by a waitress going at a perfect writing pace.As the reader who put this book in my radar wrote : ” A reporter that looked like a blond Clark Kent falling for a Nordic God of a jock? Yumm, YES, PLEASE!”. And **Yumm** I did…a LOT !! ARC of “Deke” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ky
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars*Sports romance and a fake relationship seem like two tropes that don't go together in m/m books, right? Well, in this book they did go together and they were perfect for each other!Ollie is a hockey player, he's out and pretty open about his sexuality with his huge family and some close friends, but he's still closeted when it comes to the rest of the world. His family is super supportive and they are all pushing for him to come out, to the point of Ollie feeling pressured about it. W *4.5 stars*Sports romance and a fake relationship seem like two tropes that don't go together in m/m books, right? Well, in this book they did go together and they were perfect for each other!Ollie is a hockey player, he's out and pretty open about his sexuality with his huge family and some close friends, but he's still closeted when it comes to the rest of the world. His family is super supportive and they are all pushing for him to come out, to the point of Ollie feeling pressured about it. With his relationship with his childhood sweetheart over, his family won't let up about him coming out and winning his ex back.Lennon is a nerdy sports journalist that loves his job. When he meets Ollie under some awkward circumstances they hit it off and he agrees to play his boyfriend for one evening so Ollie's family would stop pressuring him. They don't have time to make proper introductions so Lennon finds himself being refered to as Clark.Fast forward six months, a trade for Ollie, a few articles and a reassignment for Lennon and they meet again, only this time Lennon's true name is revealed and Ollie storms out.The whole story was very captivating. With the fake relationship, the journalist and the closeted athlete hitting it off, the ex making an appearance, the large and fun Stromberg clan and a collection of good friends I didn't even notice the book coming to an end.There are a lot of funny moments that made me laugh out loud, thankfully when no one else was around. The banter between Ollie and Lennon was great and when drunk Lennon couldn't think anything without also saying it out loud made for some hilarious moments.The meeting with Ollie's ex was very interesting to see. They had a lot of history together and it showed immediately but I liked how they behaved to each other. It's difficult to move on after so many years together and I liked that there was no evil ex, just someone that Ollie wasn't meant to be with but still cared about. I liked how civil they both were even if a little sad that they were no longer together.This book deserves a big, bright star for there not being a last minute break-up-make-up scramble to create drama. There was no need for that because the plot was enough by itself to keep the reader's attention.There was a press conference somewhere near the end and now you're all thinking "a press conference at an m/m sports romance book? what else is new..." but you'll never guess how that went!The fourth book of the series is going to be about Talon and Miller, there won't be a fake boyfriend trope and I can't wait to get my hands on that one! *An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
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  • Cadiva
    January 1, 1970
    Best one yet imho. Eden takes things to another level with the third entry in the Fake Boyfriend series and gives us a wonderfully snarky relationship between a sports journalist and a closeted ice hockey player.I loved pretty much everything about this narrative, from the smart and nerdy Lennon to the sweetly vulnerable Ollie.Either way, this story had me wrapped round its little finger from the off, when Ollie bumps into Lennon when he's escaping his overprotective and insanely supportive fami Best one yet imho. Eden takes things to another level with the third entry in the Fake Boyfriend series and gives us a wonderfully snarky relationship between a sports journalist and a closeted ice hockey player.I loved pretty much everything about this narrative, from the smart and nerdy Lennon to the sweetly vulnerable Ollie.Either way, this story had me wrapped round its little finger from the off, when Ollie bumps into Lennon when he's escaping his overprotective and insanely supportive family by hiding in the Men's Loo and outs himself by accident.Lennon's a wonderful character, he's funny, a bit scared from teenage experiences and a bit determined to not let Ollie ruin his career because they're falling for each other. The scenes with Ollie's family, who know him as Clark because he looks like Superman's alter ego, were among the best in the book.There's appearances from our other favourite pairings, Maddox and Damon and Noah and Matt just to reassure the reader their happy ever afters are still firmly on track and we get some new pairings which have now been confirmed by Eden as the subjects of books four and five (and I personally cannot wait for both!)This book was just a delight to read, a bit of angst, lots of amazing chemistry and some joyously emotional and physically connected smexy times and very little in the way of miscommunication plot drivers.Everything felt organic, the romance between the two was well paced and felt utterly believable and I loved it all. Put it this way, I started reading it at 11pm and went to bed at 3am when I'd finished it :) #ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review
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  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    January 1, 1970
    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Cute, But Not Awesome*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ The third book in the series centers around the winger in the NHL (hockey) for the Dragons, Ollie Strömberg (24) and sports journalist/reporter who works for Sporting Health Magazine, Lennon ‘Clark’ Hawkins (how old?). The two meet when Ollie is hiding from his family in the bathroom. Lennon agrees to pretend to be his boyfriend so Ollie's family will back off. And then they'll never see each other again. Or so they thought. Before any of them can start tor ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Cute, But Not Awesome*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ The third book in the series centers around the winger in the NHL (hockey) for the Dragons, Ollie Strömberg (24) and sports journalist/reporter who works for Sporting Health Magazine, Lennon ‘Clark’ Hawkins (how old?). The two meet when Ollie is hiding from his family in the bathroom. Lennon agrees to pretend to be his boyfriend so Ollie's family will back off. And then they'll never see each other again. Or so they thought. Before any of them can start tormenting this guy who’s doing me a favor, I cut them all off.“Guys, this is …” Fuck, I didn’t even ask him his name, and all I can think about is how much he looks like a blond Superman. “Clark.”I knew this was a bad idea for a reason. Pulling it off is going to take more than saying This is my boyfriend, so now you can stop acting like dicks.He glances in my direction, and I want to apologize for panicking, but what kind of boyfriend doesn’t know his partner’s name?“And who is … Clark?” Ma asks, giving him the same stare down she gave Amanda when Nic first brought her home.“He’s, uh—” My voice cracks like it did when I was twelve years old, and I have to clear my throat. “This is my boyfriend.” 6 months later Ollie finds out the truth of who ‘Clark’ is; none other than the journalist who keeps ranting about his playing. The two start a friendship that soon leads to more, but it can't become more because Ollie is still in the closet in the sports world. Overall, the book wasn't all that bad. It was cute and had charm to it, but just like the other books in the series, it's not all that and something - at least for me - is missing. Just can't put my finger to it. I do have to say, however, that I liked that the ‘twist’ isn't Ollie finding out who Clark really is, but rather it's about coming out. I’m only in sports journalism, and the amount of shit I get from coworkers annoys the crap out of me. Like them saying I should be writing fashion instead of sports because, you know, the fashion and gay gene are one and the same. It’s mainly said in jest, but they don’t understand how it’s insensitive and inappropriate—probably because they’ve never had to deal with being put in a box and told that’s where they belong. Quotes From Book:(view spoiler)[ Noah remains with a knowing look on his face. “You didn’t tell him who you were, did you?”I adjust my glasses, which don’t need adjusting, and don’t answer. I usually wear contacts, but I ran out and haven’t had a chance to order more since coming to New York, so I’m all self-conscious about being my nerdy self again.“You’d think you would’ve learned your lesson after me,” Noah says. “I would’ve kicked your ass if Damon let me.”When I met Noah in a bar, I hit on him and tried to get a scoop about his now husband. It backfired, but it’s how we became friends. “We fought hard to get you, because you’re one of the best wingers in the league. Or, you could be if you’d drop your hesitance out there. Boston didn’t want to let you go. We knew how desperate they were for Malik, and we wanted the best in return.”“Should’ve tried for Novak, then,” I mumble.“So, you’re saying your stats are only because of Tommy Novak?”“No,” I say way too quickly. Admitting that would be like saying Lennon’s article made good points. “Tommy and I made a great team is all, and I still don’t know any of the guys here yet, but I promise to make more of an effort. Kessler said something about hanging out or whatever. I’ll push harder, I’ll—”Coach holds up his hand. “Your position’s not in danger. I asked you in here to see if there’s anything I can do to help if something’s going on, because you’re not the same kid on the ice here that you were in Boston.”He’s right, and I know I need to up my game.“I’ll find a way to do better.” What’s worse is I’m a sports journalist who didn’t recognize Ollie Strömberg immediately. Although, in my defense, I mainly cover football and baseball. Kevin does hockey.While I don’t know much about the sport, I do know Ollie and his teammate Tommy Novak are an unstoppable force, but Novak gets all the credit for it, because he’s usually the one sealing the deal and getting the puck in the net.If Ollie had any idea who I was, he wouldn’t only be nauseated but in full-on freak-out mode. He outed himself to me, and no fucking way would I ever run that story, but he doesn’t know that. I work with the bloodsucking journalists we’re notorious for being, but I’m not like that … most of the time. The one time I tried being sneaky to get a story, it blew up in spectacular fashion when Matt Jackson’s boyfriend tried to punch me out. It doesn’t help that bloodsucking reporters like Lennon Hawkins write slanderous articles in reputable sports magazines that the only reason my stats were so good last year was because of Tommy.What the hell kind of name is Lennon, anyway? It’s probably an alias to hide behind so he can be candidly asshole-y about the fact he could never make it in sports.I’d like to see you chase around a puck while wearing skates, asshole.It wouldn’t surprise me if I found out Lennon Hawkins is a washed-up has-been in the sporting world but probably in a sport like baseball or football. I’ve pretty much stalked the man online within an inch of breaching privacy laws, and up until recently, he only reported on football and baseball. (hide spoiler)]Other Characters:→ Ash, Ollie's ex-boyfriend from his was 19 to 6 months ago (the day he met Lennon). Ash is also Max's best friend and business partner. (view spoiler)[He gets engaged to Taylor after a year after the break up. (hide spoiler)]→ Victor ‘Vic’ and Nicklas ‘Nic’, twin brothers, both personal trainers for MMA fighters, and Leo, (the tall, lanky brother) coaches basketball, and Max, a tattoo artist. All Ollie's brothers.→ Amanda, Nic's wife. They have two kids together.→ Tommy Novak, Ollie's teammate (until Ollie got traded from Boston to New York) and best friend. Tommy is married to Maddox’s sister, and Maddox happens to be Ollie's agent’s boyfriend. The reason Ollie met Damon (the agent) was because of Tommy’s connection to him.→ Harry, Lennon's editor.→ Matt Jackson and his husband, Noah Huntington, friends of Lennon. Noah and Damon are best friends.→ Jet ‘JJ’ (20), Matt's little brother who is has a job as a DJ for Ollie's games, though he sucks at it. He's a musician. Becomes Lennon's temporary roommate.→ Bjorn and Petrov, teammates of Ollie.→ Kessler, the right-winger on Ollie's line.→ Kevin, a coworker of Lennon.→ Johnson, The Pat's star quarterback who was recruited to replace Marcus Talon at the beginning of the season, is on the injured reserve list. Talon is the main character in next book?→ Ilya Malik, the defense player who Boston traded Ollie with. → Ava, the Dragons team’s PR and media person.→ Camille, the GM’s assistant.→ Caleb Sorensen and Kip Healy, New Jersey players. I’m not out, so I shouldn’t get shiny things like happiness to play with. That’s what they seem to think.And that’s why I’m hiding in the bathroom of this dingy bar-slash-restaurant before we’ve even been served dinner. We came to the Honey Bee so the whole family could be together. Ma already complains she doesn’t see us all enough, but in our defense, we’re five dudes with shit going on in our lives. I think she’s more upset she doesn’t get to dote on all of us now we’re grown-ups. And by dote on, I mean butt in.She’s a meddler through and through, but I get the brunt of it. I’m her baby—the youngest—and also the gayest. My whole family has been overprotective of me ever since my mom outed me to myself when I was fifteen.Yup. That happened. Because Ma knows everything. Apparently.Tonight, all I’ve heard is how lost Ash is without me and how relationships need compromises to work.“Be the person that you needed growing up, struggling to believe you could be anything you wanted to be,” she’d said not ten minutes ago.Changing Gus Kenworthy quotes to suit my situation doesn’t help, Ma. Quick basic facts:Genre: - (Adult) Contemporary Romance (M/M).Series: - Series (Can Be Read As A Standalone), Book Three.Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Favorite character? - None? Both the main characters? Dunno.Would I read more by this author/or of series? - Sure.Would I recommend this book/series? -Sure, I think.Will I read this again in the future? - No.Rating - 2.5 stars.
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  • *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars!Bumped my rating of book 1 up to 5 stars (rounded down to 4.5). Deke came in a close second to book 1 and was much improved from book 2. I really liked Ollie and Lennon. I love that there's no real big drama/break-up. Each book has a moment where one of the characters sort of loses all brain function and acts like an idiot but they always realize they were being idiotic rather quickly and things move on nicely. This I can handle. I am so glad EF decided not to end this series and is gi 4.5 Stars!Bumped my rating of book 1 up to 5 stars (rounded down to 4.5). Deke came in a close second to book 1 and was much improved from book 2. I really liked Ollie and Lennon. I love that there's no real big drama/break-up. Each book has a moment where one of the characters sort of loses all brain function and acts like an idiot but they always realize they were being idiotic rather quickly and things move on nicely. This I can handle. I am so glad EF decided not to end this series and is giving both Jet and Talon books! Can. Not. Wait.
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  • Elsa Bravante
    January 1, 1970
    El tercero de la serie y me ha gustado tanto, o incluso más, que los anteriores. No es alta literatura, pero son libros muy entretenidos. Los protagonistas son monos, deportistas, sexys, buenas personas, inseguros, con defectos... y viven una historia de amor absolutamente adorable. El persodista nerd y el jugador de hockey, todo muy cliché, pero cuando funciona es por algo. Muy interesante además la aparición de una familia que intenta apoyar lo que puede al deportista gay, pero que quizás lo h El tercero de la serie y me ha gustado tanto, o incluso más, que los anteriores. No es alta literatura, pero son libros muy entretenidos. Los protagonistas son monos, deportistas, sexys, buenas personas, inseguros, con defectos... y viven una historia de amor absolutamente adorable. El persodista nerd y el jugador de hockey, todo muy cliché, pero cuando funciona es por algo. Muy interesante además la aparición de una familia que intenta apoyar lo que puede al deportista gay, pero que quizás lo hace de una forma equivocada, a veces con las mejores intenciones creemos saber qué es lo mejor para los demás.Gran punto a favor del libro la presencia de los secundarios, a los que conocemos en su mayoría de libros anteriores. Aquí estoy esperando los siguientes.
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  • Fabi
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed the humor. There were times I laughed out loud. The romance itself however, was just ok for me. The sports angle was flash and go. There wasn't any "on the ice" action I could sink my teeth into.I'm digging for things to say but I'm drawing a blank. Maybe it's only that I read this after reading an exceptional series so it had a hard time measuring up, but the best I can give it is 2.75 stars.
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  • Sanaa ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars It's been a while since I've read a book that's made me this happy. Easily my favorite in the series and one of 2018!Full review to come. Find me on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    January 1, 1970
    ***4 Stars***This was such a fun read! The banter! The slow burn! The sexy times once the burn explodes! Did I mention the banter?! The fake boyfriend aspect of the story was weak and very short lived, but I really don't care because it wasn't an integral part of the story...just a means for these two to meet and for sparks to fly. And best of all...the author had so many opportunities to turn a situation into unnecessary and eye-rolling drama...and she didn't....NOT ONCE!!
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  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    This was way too enjoyable and sweet. Definitely my favorite of the series.
  • chandler ainsley ♕
    January 1, 1970
    just what the dr. orderedi picked out a ton of dark sexy reads for smutathon but they all kind of left me... sad. this was such a nice change of pace and definitely redeemed this series for me after a less than stellar book 2.i definitely can affirm that eden finley writes some pretty excellent, sexy, MM romance that imo does not fetishize gay men. she takes care when writing her books in exploring the actual experiences of her characters rather than just having 2 hyper masculine swoldiers fuck just what the dr. orderedi picked out a ton of dark sexy reads for smutathon but they all kind of left me... sad. this was such a nice change of pace and definitely redeemed this series for me after a less than stellar book 2.i definitely can affirm that eden finley writes some pretty excellent, sexy, MM romance that imo does not fetishize gay men. she takes care when writing her books in exploring the actual experiences of her characters rather than just having 2 hyper masculine swoldiers fuck repeatedly. in this book, professional hockey player Ollie is out to his family and friends but has a hard time coming out in his profession. he isn't ready to let the world know. deke explores the differences between supporting lgbt in theory and what it actually means to support your gay friends/family in PRACTICE. i love the way this was explored and thought it was handled beautifully.i also loved Ollie's love interest, Lennon and how he was the one to show Ollie that you can have someone supportive that doesn't encourage you to jump out of the closet immediately. that it's okay to do things on your own terms.in general i found the story incredibly realistic, sweet, and sexy. the ending was equally realistic as well. this is a book that i'd definitely reread, and i'm so excited to see what the rest of this series has in store. someone needs to gimme that jet/soren story like... yesterday.
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    Good, but not great. Full review soon.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t think I’m one for sports books or books about athletes. This whole closet thing always bugs me. Why did I read this then? Because I liked the first book (or I was in a good mood when I read it), and I read all the raving reviews for this one, so I’d thought I’d go for it.And while there was nothing really wrong with this book, it didn’t wow me either. I think what actually bothered me the most is that both Ollie and Lennon were so careful with their relationship status. I love a good pas I don’t think I’m one for sports books or books about athletes. This whole closet thing always bugs me. Why did I read this then? Because I liked the first book (or I was in a good mood when I read it), and I read all the raving reviews for this one, so I’d thought I’d go for it.And while there was nothing really wrong with this book, it didn’t wow me either. I think what actually bothered me the most is that both Ollie and Lennon were so careful with their relationship status. I love a good passionate couple, who just love nothing more than to be together. These two were still saying they were only just starting out when I was at 80%. Therefore I had the feeling I wasn’t really reading about their relationship. More about how they met. The relationship happened after the book.So while I liked Ollie and Lennon as people, I didn’t care for the whole ‘we can’t be together because you’re a famous hockey player and you can’t be publicly gay’ thing. It put a damper on the whole falling in love I like so much in romance.Now I think I’m one of the few to feel this way about this book, so don’t let my review stop you from reading it.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    In looking at all the 5-star reviews, I’ll admit I hesitated whether to give 5 stars as well (partially because I don’t give 5-stars often), because it just doesn’t seem possible and could be viewed as skewed reviewing, I realize. And if I’m being completely forthcoming, Ollie and Lennon are not my favorite couple in this series, although you could read this as a standalone if you wanted. My favorites are a previous couple, and a future couple in the next book. So, again, why the 5 stars? It’s f In looking at all the 5-star reviews, I’ll admit I hesitated whether to give 5 stars as well (partially because I don’t give 5-stars often), because it just doesn’t seem possible and could be viewed as skewed reviewing, I realize. And if I’m being completely forthcoming, Ollie and Lennon are not my favorite couple in this series, although you could read this as a standalone if you wanted. My favorites are a previous couple, and a future couple in the next book. So, again, why the 5 stars? It’s for several reasons, really. Ultimately, this book and these characters (the entirety of them) make me incredibly happy like I’m submersed in a group of friends rather than reading about them. And unlike many series, I genuinely love all of the characters and can appreciate how each couple’s situations and reactions are unique just like real life, whether that’s with work, family, sexually, emotionally, etc. This series runs very low on angst, heavy on plot, high on snark and sarcasm, but a great balance of steam. There are already so many great reviews that give a rundown of the plot noting Ollie, the closeted to the public, but out to his friends and family hockey player and his romance with the “nerdy” Clark Kent-like Lennon, who works as a sports journalist, so I’ll focus on my reactions to aspects of the characters and plot. Surprisingly, the romance was my least concern in this book, although there are countless instances of romantic gestures, feelings, and words. What I felt most attached to in Ollie and Lennon’s story was the sense of family and friends, and how people need a solid network of people there for them. Of how an abundance of friends/family or a lack of them can make you feel just as alone. Ollie has four brothers and parents that love him so fiercely and want him to know that his sexuality has no bearing on their love for him that at times they forget he’s not just a LGBT person, but also their son and brother. They don’t understand him in many ways because they are so concerned with being a good ally that they forget to genuinely ask the LGBT person what is that they want and need from the ally. In Ollie’s case, he just wants them to understand he’s not shameful of being gay, but there are real consequences to someone’s career if revealed they are LGBT, especially in such a hypermasculine world such as hockey or football, etc. And this is so important to remember. I personally have several friends in the entertainment business working as actors, hairstylists, makeup artists, editors, etc. I know for a fact of several closeted celebrities whether musicians, actors, etc. I know of a musician who has it in his clause that he can not come out or there are consequences. I often see comments on social media about some of these celebrities with the assumption they are straight – because these fans want them to be straight. Even if some of them are hinting, I see countless comments, “It’s 2018, he’d just come out if he was gay.” And it makes me want to scream because it’s such a harmful mindset and completely dismissive to what is actually happening. And I appreciated that the author brought this to Ollie’s story, so that hopefully people can see how someone can believe with all their might that they support LGBT people, but you aren’t an ally if you don’t want a hot male to be gay because you are a female fan and you want him or refuse to even consider the possibility that there might be reasons why he doesn’t come out, and you aren’t a supportive family member (at least not the best you can be) if you minimalize someone’s fears about outing themselves to people at work or in other public settings. Additionally, in Lennon’s case, you can be out and completely comfortable with your sexuality, but it doesn’t erase your previous insecurities and it won’t provide you with the love and security that the family you create (friends, peers, blood relatives, etc.) will, and Lennon learns this as Ollie’s family adopts him in many ways (Clark!!), when Matt, Noah, and Jet rib him about hooking up, and when he’s making friends with people in his industry (Ava). So, Ollie’s brothers and parents don’t understand him in many ways despite their love, and that transfers to Ollie’s love life with his ex Ash. I’ve seen some comments about Ash being a bad guy, and I absolutely disagree with that sentiment. What I think is important to note about their relationship is that Ash came across selfish at times because I feel he was trying to grab something from someone he felt he’d given so much towards. He was out, and he went back in the closet for Ollie. Many people would never do that, but he did, and he waited years for something to happen. So, he got selfish and resentful, and in Ollie’s own words, it got really ugly towards the end. But I think this is so important to why Ollie and Lennon work, whereas Ollie and Ash did not. Ollie and Ash were never their true selves with each other, each feeling the other didn’t understand them, didn’t care enough about the other to give them what they needed, and both probably stayed on longer than they should because it was expected. Lennon just…listened to Ollie. He put no expectations on Ollie, and it was likely one of the first people in his life to do so. Ollie has expectations coming out the wazoo from his parents, his brothers, his coach, his teammates, fans, Ash, and then he meets a man who just wants him to express how he’s feeling openly without needing to take something from him. And that’s shown so beautifully throughout the book, and the reader truly sees that by asking for nothing, Lennon is giving Ollie everything. But Ollie complements Lennon so beautifully as well. In a way, Ollie is giving Lennon a home whether that’s physically or metaphorically. And it’s that sense of home that strikes me the further I read in this series. I admit the first two books I was sold on the fake relationship trope, which the author has mentioned will not be an ongoing trope in future books, but these characters feel like family to me now. I can’t express my love for reading even the smallest scene with Maddy and Damon or feeling myself smile when I read that Talon and Miller are sharing a smirk. Many times, in ongoing series with new couples each book, I can feel I lose the main couple in the swarm of other characters, but there’s always the right balance in this series. Side characters aren’t thrown in without a purpose, and they advance the plot while tightening the bonds between the characters.And I must stress the humor. I know humor, like many things, is highly subjective, but I just laugh and laugh and LAUGH in these books. Anyways, I love my big teddy bear Ollie and my cute little nerd Lennon, but I am READY for book 4, Blindsided. Seriously, no one better even think about messaging, calling or in ANY way disturbing me while I’m reading that book.
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  • Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved Ollie and Lennon's story. Eden Finley portrayed this "coming out" storyline with compassion and understanding. Careers could have ended and livelihoods could have changed when Ollie's secret was known, but he took the high road and not only helped a friend in need but also found someone worth fighting for. Beautifully written and highly emotional. Eden Finley did not disappoint - this one was the best in the series so far.
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  • haletostilinski
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded down!Gotta say, it had been so long since the last book that I forgot who Lennon was - but I remembered quickly. If anyone else forgets, he was the sports reporter who hit on Noah to try to get some dirt on Matt, and ended up making Noah mad, but he didn't say anything about their fake relationship and was actually respectful to Noah and Matt, so they became friends. Ollie is a closeted hockey player who is friends and was on the same team as Tommy, Maddox's - from book one - b 4.5 stars rounded down!Gotta say, it had been so long since the last book that I forgot who Lennon was - but I remembered quickly. If anyone else forgets, he was the sports reporter who hit on Noah to try to get some dirt on Matt, and ended up making Noah mad, but he didn't say anything about their fake relationship and was actually respectful to Noah and Matt, so they became friends. Ollie is a closeted hockey player who is friends and was on the same team as Tommy, Maddox's - from book one - brother-in-law. He lives in Boston, and when Lennon is there for a quick work trip, they meet at a restaurant in the bathroom while Ollie is hiding from his family. Ollie's family is actually super supportive - so supportive they want him to come out. But in their quest to be so supportive and maybe to try to keep from doing anything homophobic, even a micro aggression, they kinda go too far and keep pushing Ollie to come out before he is ready. So he's hiding from said supportive family, and in walks Lennon. There's a connection, and they get to talking about in a snap decision Lennon almost playfully offers to be his fake boyfriend to get his family off his back.Because Ollie has also been broken up from his boyfriend of four years, Ash, for a months and that is just making his family worse because they want him to get back together with Ash, who lived next door to Ollie (and his four brothers) since childhood and is practically like family.So one things leads to another and then they're pretending to be boyfriends to at least get them off Ollie's back for a bit. Ollie and Lennon kiss as Lennon is leaving, but he goes back to Chicago and nothing comes of it.Only, Lennon is so affected by Ollie that he starts writing articles about him - meant to be complementary but don't come across that way, at all - and when they meet up again six months later, Ollie finds out who Lennon is. It doesn't take too long for things to be talked out and for them to progress further, even as they're trying to stay away from each other because Lennon has a history with closeted jocks, and Ollie lost Ash because he wouldn't come out of the closet. I liked these two together and they had great chemistry. It was a little frustrating at times with how in the closet Ollie was, but I also understood, especially after Lennon stood up for Ollie to his family and explained why it's so hard for Ollie to come out. The ending was also pretty abrupt, I thought, and we didn't get much time of these two actually together. I wanted more with them and also maybe an epilogue to see them more settled and happy, on more solid ground with their future together. Not that it isn't a strong HFN and all that, but I wanted more of a HEA ending. It's also interesting to know that the author planned this to be the last book in the series. Maybe because it isn't that it why it didn't feel like a series ending book. Even with standalone type series I feel like the last books should be more of an end for the whole series and its couples and such. Not that there has to be any other POV but the main couple, just more of a send off for all the couples. I'm interested to see Talon and Miller, I remember them from Noah and Matt's book. Their's should be an interesting story - and Jet's as well. Can't wait! Overall this book was really good, really fun to read with a great, strong couple with great chemistry. Definitely recommend for those who have been enjoying this series so far! :D
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  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    I always love when an author can take an old trope and create something new with it.Eden Finley is doing exactly that here.The scenario of an athlete falling for a sports reporter was refreshing and very intriguing. But it does not go down the avenue you might think. See, Ollie doesn't know Lennon is a reporter to start with, and there could have been drama galore exploiting this.Eden Finley goes for a totally different, much deeper dilemma. This is about Ollie coming out on his terms and finall I always love when an author can take an old trope and create something new with it.Eden Finley is doing exactly that here.The scenario of an athlete falling for a sports reporter was refreshing and very intriguing. But it does not go down the avenue you might think. See, Ollie doesn't know Lennon is a reporter to start with, and there could have been drama galore exploiting this.Eden Finley goes for a totally different, much deeper dilemma. This is about Ollie coming out on his terms and finally acknowledging there is life beyond hockey that is worth rethinking what he wants.This is about Lennon, believing that falling in love with a 'jock' can be more and doesn't have to be a disaster.This is about exploring the insecurities, doubts and dilemmas of both men as they are facing the fact that what they have is 'real'. Despite the incredible heat, the cuteness of these two together, all the pining and UST (which is beautifully done!), they deal with their situation very sensibly and responsibly. Or are trying to anyway, but it is hard to stay cool-headed when you are insanely attracted to someone!Ollie's family was totally chuckle-worthy and awesome. Loving that image of Norse Gods and a fierce mum! And before I forget - there is lots of banter and great humour!I also loved meeting all the guys from the previous books again. And Jet who is a complete whirl-wind force (I can't wait for his book!)Why 'only' four stars?(view spoiler)[ I would have liked to see Ollie's issues with Ash resolved in more detail. For me, leaving it at that text message left a lot open.And I was a bit surprised to hear Ollie think "Surely this won't hurt my career too much!" shortly before he decides to come out, when this is exactly what his concern has been all along! (hide spoiler)]I am delighted that the author has decided to add two more books to this series. I am certainly looking forward to them!
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  • Eugenia
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series!!!That said, I cannot wait until this one comes out in audiobook!!So, fake boyfriend....one of my favorite tropes! Eden Finley rocked it again in this third book of the series. While this could be read as a standalone, couples from the first two books make solid appearances here and being in the loop as to who they are would make this a much filler reading experience.I loved the setup for this one--fastest fake boyfriend setup ever! I won't spoil it for you, but it was funny a I love this series!!!That said, I cannot wait until this one comes out in audiobook!!So, fake boyfriend....one of my favorite tropes! Eden Finley rocked it again in this third book of the series. While this could be read as a standalone, couples from the first two books make solid appearances here and being in the loop as to who they are would make this a much filler reading experience.I loved the setup for this one--fastest fake boyfriend setup ever! I won't spoil it for you, but it was funny as hell.So, the gay, tattoed hockey player and the gay, nerdy sports journalist....they work as a couple--fake and not. They are bantery and snarky....and hot!! There is no angst in here, just a little stress, some hockey, and a solid HFN for the guys.I can't wait for the next two books in the series even if they won't be fake boyfriend tropes!!
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait for Ollie and Lennon 😍
  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars-loved this!Adored Lennon. Loved Ollie, can't fucking wait for Jet and Soren, that will be awesomeness. Minimal angst. Love Ollie's brothers too. and his parents. will continue to one-click this author
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars
  • Elsbeth
    January 1, 1970
    My goodness... This was awesome. Definitely my fav of the series. It just gets better and better.Ollie & Lennon were so cute together. Totally stupid for each other. I loved that. I had a blast with Ollie's familie. Very funny. Although they gave Ollie the wrong support, they meant no harm and loved him.I'm oblivious to the title of the book. Who the fuck is Deke? It may have something to do with Lennon being called Clark. Idk*me stupid
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  • Abdul
    January 1, 1970
    I am in love with this book. This book is my favorite in this series. Sorry to Maddox and Damon tbh.
  • Bookreader87(Amanda)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsOllie is an NHL player who is openly gay with his family. For the rest of the world he hides behind closet doors. His last relationship ended when his ex, Ash, was trying to force Ollie to pry those doors open. When Ollie comes out to the world he wants it to be on his own terms and wishes that the people he loves most could understand that. Lennon is a sports writer. Some people are born with the athlete gene and others are not. He loves sports but could never play them himself. His dr 3.5 starsOllie is an NHL player who is openly gay with his family. For the rest of the world he hides behind closet doors. His last relationship ended when his ex, Ash, was trying to force Ollie to pry those doors open. When Ollie comes out to the world he wants it to be on his own terms and wishes that the people he loves most could understand that. Lennon is a sports writer. Some people are born with the athlete gene and others are not. He loves sports but could never play them himself. His dream is to be able to write features on openly gay athletes. He wants to help them be accepted into the sports world that still holds many prejudices. For now, he writes what is in front of him.These two first meet in a bathroom at a restaurant where Ollie is freaking out about his families intrusion on his personal life. That chance meeting leads to a WHOLE lot of other things.Overall another entertaining read by this author. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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  • Caipi
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fun read! I really liked Ollie and Lennon together. They're so cute! Although I have to admit that *whispers* I loved Lennon more than Ollie. Of course, it was also great to meet the guys from the previous books again! And we'll get two more books! Woohoo!!! :)
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  • Emily Seelye
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third and final book in the fake boyfriend series. It’s also the loosest definition of the trope. Ollie runs into Lennon in the bathroom while having dinner with his rather large family (4 older brothers), and invites him to join them as his bf. Six months later, they run into each other again, and the sparks are still there, but there’s a minor problem, Lennon is the reporter that Ollie blames his recent trade for. Also, his parents still think they’re together. As much as Ollie wan This is the third and final book in the fake boyfriend series. It’s also the loosest definition of the trope. Ollie runs into Lennon in the bathroom while having dinner with his rather large family (4 older brothers), and invites him to join them as his bf. Six months later, they run into each other again, and the sparks are still there, but there’s a minor problem, Lennon is the reporter that Ollie blames his recent trade for. Also, his parents still think they’re together. As much as Ollie wants to avoid him, he doesn’t really have a choice because Lennon has been assigned to follow his team on their quest for the cup, and Lennon happens to be staying with mutual friends (Matt and Noah from the previous book). They agree to a truce, and in spending lots of time together, get to know each other better and fall in love. They still have some obstacles to overcome, like a possible long distance relationship and Ollie’s “closet door”, but they are each determined to stay together and make things work. I think they are both mature in how they deal with things. I really enjoyed this this, although I couldn’t sit down and read this one straight through, I would have if I’d had the opportunity. This is a work of fiction, but never did I think, “that’s too easy”, or “That would never happen”, when Ollie and Lennon we’re dealing with issues gay men in sports deal with every day. Although this is the last book, she’s already got 1 spin-off written (2 of Matt’s teammates), and another one planned (Matt’s brother with another hockey player), so she’s not done with this sports world she’s created. I, for one, can’t wait to read them. *ARC received for review
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