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Okay, straight up, hockey is an amazing sport Not familiar with hockey As Brendan Shanahan three time Stanley Cup champion, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame explains Is hockey hard I don t know, you tell me We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, and the concentration of a brain surgeon But we need to put all this together while moving at high speeds on a cold and slippery surface while 5 other guys use clubs to try and kill us Oh yeah, did I mention that this whole time we re standing on blades 1 8 of an inch thick Is ice hockey hard I don t know, you tell me Next question.Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille Nate, the first professional hockey player to come out of the closet publicly, is a rookie defenseman trying to balance hockey and a relationship with his boyfriend Tristan In the course of the story, Nate encounters slashed tires and opposing team goons, a well as team solidarity and support There s a lot of hockey action in this story with a few off page sex scenes Heat Level 1 Rating 3 stars.Next Season by Avon Gale Defenseman Nick Miles is a quiet sweet guy thrilled to be playing professional hockey in Buffalo after being called up from the AHL when he is traded to Philly along with seasoned forward Everett Sparrow Nick know he isn t the only gay man playing hockey, but he tells himself wait for someone else to do it, and then you can speak up, too Over the course of the season, Nick and Everett begin a relationship that is equal parts hot dirty sexy and tender, with lots of bro humor, eventually realizing they need to come out, so as Nick s mom says Your little niece or nephew will grow up in a world where it s always been okay to be gay or bi or whatever else and play hockey Heat Level 3.5 Rating 4.5 starsGoing Home by Heather Lire Two local boys make it big in professional hockey, come home to Vegas to be part of the new franchise team, and also get a chance to fix the things in our lives that we fucked up Me Dex with my career and you with Micah Center Dex Mendenhall and assistant coach Blake Griffith run into classmate Micah Morales, who is now a teacher Micah and Blake had a passionate first love back in high school and each man wants to make amends and rekindle what they once had And then the story abruptly ends, to be picked up in an upcoming book entitled Finding Home Heat level 2 Rating 3 stars.On Broadway by V.L Locey Captain Riley Zeally, at Rockefeller Center s famous ice rink early one morning for a photoshoot, spots a mysterious man with flowing blonde hair, ancient skates and an old wooden stick and is instantly impressed with his skill and haunted by the man s gorgeous face When they next meet, Riley and former rentboy Rocket in the midst of changing career paths share a steamy night of dirty sex, and Rocket is gone in the morning This story has a good share of twists and turns, a little bit of hockey, and lotsa hot sex Heat level 3.5 Rating 4 stars.The Brother and the Retired Player by Mary Smith After the untimely death of their mother, 41 year old Kian put his life on hold to raise his younger brother Kyson, who is now a professional hockey player for the New Hampshire Bears Kian meets Tim Gibb, who is retiring from the Bears and transitioning into broadcasting Their story begins with almost insta love and moves into a tender low angst relationship Heat Level 2.5 Rating 3 stars.Take a Shot by Samanatha Wayland Tim and his best friend and roommate Chris have played minor league hockey together since they were practically just kids eighteen years old and sure they d died and gone to the heaven where people actually paid them to do what they loved When Chris badly breaks his leg in three places, Tim is by his side as he recovers and heals Chris has been in love with Tim for so long and soon, Tim realizes there s probably a pretty good reason why he s never dated any woman longer than a few months I really enjoyed this out for you story with its off the chain sex scenes and its tender moments Heat Level 4 Rating 4 stars.If you like hot men and hockey, this anthology is totally in your wheelhouse I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an honest review.Review also posted at Gay Book Reviews check it out 4.25 Stars I sorta loved the choose your own ending approach to this story, where Gale threw it back on her readers to stand up, speak out, and make change happen. 3 A lightweight but enjoyable anthology of hockey M M, with proceeds going to a good cause There are some good stories in here, notably Next Season by Avon Gale and I also enjoyed Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille, with whom I was not previously familiar I love when an anthology gives me a new author to check out One story is a bit shallow, and another story isof an excerpt, without a real ending, but over all, the collection forms a pleasant couple of hours reading, if you enjoy watching hockey players falling in love Which I do.
Changing on the Fly is for a good cause I m really grateful to authors who donate their time and efforts for charity Avon Gale s story alone is worth the small price tag of this anthology This is a low angst, sexy, friends to lovers romance about two hockey players, one a star, the other a benchwarmer, traded at the same time to a losing team and forced together as temporary roommates Both are in the closet, and neither knows the other is gay Until the one night Nick brings a girl hometo play video games And Everett isthan a little jealous The relationship evolves over the course of a year and then some there is a bit of summarizing, but that s to be expected in a short story While the ending kind of cuts off at an integral part of the story, I still count this as a HEA for Nick and Everett Steam moderate hawt Everett is insatiable. Wonderful collection of m m hockey novellas Even Strength 3 StarsThis was my first story by this author I really enjoyed it, but it wasn t really a romance It reminded me of Mercy Celeste s Bootleg Diva It wasa narrative of Nate s experiences as the first out player in the NHL He has a boyfriend who he never sees and they seem to be fighting throughout Next Season by Avon Gale 5 Stars My favorite of the collection Nick and Everett are both traded mid season to the same team Their new team also has them as roommates both at home, and on road trips They soon become friends and lovers, once they it comes out they are both gay and attracted to each other Nice HEA Going Home by Heather Lire 2.5 StarsBlake is a retired player who is now coaching for a new team in Vegas, which happens to be his hometown He walks into a bar one night and comes face to face with his high school love, Micah Just when it starts getting good, the story ends in a cliffhanger Supposedly, there will be a longer novel coming that explores their second chance at love It was a good beginning, but since it was incomplete, I rated it lower.On Broadway but V L Locey 4 StarsThis story is about Riley, a player who falls in love with a Rocket, who is homeless, but had mad skills on the hockey rink The Brother and the Retired Player by Mary Smith 4 Stars This is the story of Kian, Kyson s whose story was told in the Muse and the Fairytale brother and personal assistant and Tim, who recently retired and is now working as a sportscaster for the team They start dating when Tim invites Kian to dinner The relationship does move a little fast, but sometimes you just know when you meet the right guy.Take a Shot by Samantha Wayland 5 StarsTim and Chris are teammates, roommates, and best friends Chris is gay, but not out, and Tim has always identified as straight, but hasn t found the right girl When Chris is injured, Tim is by his side, as much as he can be With the help of teammates Mike and Alexei, these guys realize they belong together This is my second favorite story in the anthology. On the whole I have to say that I enjoyed this anthology All the different hockey players exhibited a love for the game that I found matched my own, and each love story was well matched in tone and style And the writing was really good across the board A few low points, but not for lack of story telling, and the high points really made up for them.Also, I must say I was thrilled with the inclusion of not just one, but several players of color I can only hope that this is a trend that makes it intonovel length stories, because it is not something that we see all that often Mores the pity.I can t say I have very many reservations about recommending this anthology, and since all the proceeds will be going to an charity that supports inclusivity in athletics, you are not only getting some good hockey stories, but helping out as well The individual reviews and ratings are below, but I m giving this anthology 4 stars and recommending you pick it up if you ve got the chance.Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille 4 starsNate Ward, living the dream he has had ever since he was a kid, has just made it into his first season of professional hockey But that doesn t mean it is all smooth sailing He rarely gets to see his boyfriend, his body is one big giant mess of bruises from intense practices and games, and, oh yeah, being the first openly gay professional hockey player means he can t get away from the rabid reporters and less than complimentary suggestions about what he can go do to himself by other players With so much on the line, both on and off the ice, Nate s just gonna have to keep his eye on the puck and hope that he doesn t end up on the wrong end of the boards.This was a really good start to this anthology I liked Nate from the beginning, and while we don t get a lot of page time with Tristan, his boyfriend, the struggles they go thru gave a needed depth to this story I was worried for a bit that it was gonna go in a direction I wouldn t be too fond of, but luckily it didn t and we ended up with a very satisfying ending I am also curious how Fowler s whole story ends up, so I wouldn t mind another foray into this world if the author ever decided to write one Overall, I liked it quite a bit and hope that the rest of the anthology can keep up the pace set in this first story.Next Season by Avon Gale 4.5 starsNick Miles and Everett Sparrow are both getting traded Everett is taking it a bit harder than Nick, though, what with having to leave a team that is bound for the playoffs and maybe even a cup win for a team that will be lucky to not land at the bottom of the heap But while the Philadelphia Foxes are not the Buffalo Knights, they are not bad people or players Given enough time, they might just be able to pull of a winning season next year, at least This year they ll just have to learn to play together and see what happens Much like Nick and Everett themselves, whose shared living accommodations and gradually growing attraction, might lead to some beautiful playing and some hot off the ice action.Well it is no surprise that I got along great with this short by Avon Gale Gale can write up some damn good hockey and some damn hot hockey players so I really wasn t expecting anything less than what I got I really loved the slow and gradual working out of Nick and Everett s relationship in this It came out feeling very natural, and by the end of the story I had no problem buying their supposed happy ending The low key, let things happen naturally, thing really works for me, and while I love love scenes, this way always feelreal.The hockey, and the players were also a lot of fun I love how Gale writes her hockey players They always seem like people I would love to hang out with But they also act like serious athletes, which I appreciate Also, as weird as it may be, I kinda love it when the story does not automatically end up in a cup win for whatever team the MCs are on Just because our teams don t get the cup doesn t mean we fans love them any less It is nice sometimes to see that the love of the sport is not predicated on how many wins a team can pull out Not that winning is bad, just not everything.Going Home by Heather Lire 2 starsBlake Griffith is headed back home to Las Vegas Unfortunately Not that he is sad to have gotten the coaching job for the newest member of the national hockey league, but Las Vegas isn t exactly a fount of happy memories Least of all the last ones he had of Micah Morales But Vegas is city full of people most of them not even staying longer than a week so what are the chances that Blake will run into his first crush Pretty good if his luck holds out the way it s been going.This was certainly short, but I honestly can t say that it was much of a story It was the beginning of a story, I ll grant you that, but there was no ending It just stopped And I know the author left a note saying she planned to make Blake and Micah s tale into a full story at a later date, but I don t really go into anthologies wanting excerpts I want stories Complete ones, even if they are short If she had instead just told the story of how they fell apart I would have been a lotsatisfied At least then I would get some kind of ending even if I didn t get closure I certainly like what was written, and hell I might even pick up the complete thing at some point, but I can t deny that what we got here was a bit disappointing.On Broadway by V.L Locey 4 starsRiley Zeally has it all Fame, fortune, a job playing pro hockey on one of the best teams in the NHL Seems like he should be pretty damn satisfied with life But he s not Not that he doesn t enjoy all those really nice things, but having to live in a closet and having to live alone because of that closet means that he is left feeling like something is missing from his life Little does he know that that something is a long haird homeless man who plays hockey like no one Riley has ever seen.Despite the fact that you should probably not actually use this story as a model for how to handle taking home random dudes from off the street, I had a lot of fun reading this Rocket s prickliness was just the thing to spice up this short story And I really loved the non judgy language and tone this took about Rocket s situation His life is hardly ideal, but I liked that it wasn t used to bash him further Not a lot of hockey in this one, but I can t say I minded too much The characters were interesting enough that I didn t even really notice.The Brother and the Retired Player by Mary Smith 3 starsAfter years of taking care of his brother, Kian has decided, at the ripe old age of 41, that it was about time that he start living his life for himself His brother is an adult now, and can take care of most of the things that come with being a professional hockey player, and that should leave Kian plenty of time to find a job that didn t revolve around someone else s needs It also gives him the chance to maybe find someone to fill his nighttime hours with, as well And the newly retired Tim Gibbs seems to be very agreeable to the offer.Not bad, but something about the style of storytelling in this one just didn t do it for me A bit too much telling for my tastes And for all that Kian was fond of telling us that he was 41 years old, there were some reactions that felt too juvenile for someone of that age I also had a hard time remembering who was who when it came to the three K named characters They were all way too similar, and even though there are not very many characters in this story, I kept mixing them up I did like that both these characters were either no longer playing hockey, or were only tangentially connected to the sport Breaking away from the traditional hockey player hockey player pairing meant that it kept my attention even though I got frustrated with other aspects of the storytelling.Taking a Shot by Samantha Wayland 4 starsTim Robineau and Chris Kimball have been friends, roommates, and teammates for a while But it isn t until Chris goes down in the middle of a game with what could end up being a career ending injury that Tim starts to see something between them that he never noticed before And Chris, who has been in love with his best friend for ages, might just get a shot at the one thing he never dared to hope to have.Even though I only got about halfway thru this last story before I was hit with a migraine which made it hard to focus on what was going on on page, I enjoyed this last contribution to the anthology I think it was a great way to end it, and I found Chris and Tim quite believable as a pair of friends fumbling their way thru an attraction that has been building for years Everything in this story well, except the injury which made me seriously wince in sympathy was pretty low key, but it was enjoyable none the less This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome 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I received an ARC of Changing on the Fly in exchange for the promise of an honest review.In order of appearance Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille had loose ends that needs resolving, characters with multiple names so that I couldn t keep them straight, and a happy ending that was much too pat and came out of nowhere, but even with all those flaws, it kept my interest, so I would recommend it with reservations Next Season by Avon Gale was excellent I will cheerfully admit that she s my favorite m m hockey writer and the only one in this anthology whose work I have previously read, but damn if she can t write a compelling story with characters who come off as real, flawed people and who have hot believable sex Plus I couldn t predict what would happen next, which I do love Highly recommended Going Home by Heather Lire certainly caught my interest, but just when I was involved and wanting to knowabout the characters and what would happen next with them, the story ended The author disclosed that she was going to continue the story in a novel Excellent I will look to get it when it s out, but wish this story hadn t been included I do not like cliffhangers at all Recommended, but beware of the cliff On Broadway by V.L Locey started well, ended well, but I found myself wantingdetail about the characters I thought that the story skimmed over some interesting chances for character development by jumping forward in time, and I was confused about how the best friend of the main character turned into a raving jerk Still, recommended The Brother and the Retired Player by Mary Smith didn t work for me I loved the premise and the two main characters even though they seemed too good to be true, but much of it was boring, and the dialogue was often clunky Not recommended.The anthology concluded with Take A Shot by Samantha Wayland, and yes, this is how you want to leave your readers with a lovely, hot, fine story about two friends and teammates falling in love Highly recommended I cannot believe that somehow I missed this story when I first read the anthology Idiot Overall, I would recommend buying Changing on the Fly if you like hockey and m m The proceeds do go to charity. &Epub ☞ Changing on the Fly ⇰ Changing On The Fly Is A Celebration Of Romance, Featuring Six M M Stories About Hockey Players Falling In Love On And Off The Ice All Proceeds From The Anthology Will Be Donated To A Charity That Supports Inclusiveness In Athletics The Anthology Will Be Available Starting In October, , For A Limited Time Only It Includes The Following Stories Even Strength By Cherylanne CorneilleNext Season By Avon GaleGoing Home By Heather LireOn Broadway By VL LoceyThe Brother And The Retired Player By Mary SmithTake A Shot By Samantha Wayland Review to come soon But can already say that I overall really liked this anthology Of course there s stories I likedthan others but I expected that Rating for each story will be in the review But all in all a solid 4 stars Definitely recommended. First, if you like hockey and m m romance, you ll want this Second, it helps a great cause, so buy it Each story is rated for steam with a 1, 2 or 3 flaming pucks One fade to black 3 eroticEven Strength by Cherylanne Corneille1 flaming puckThis is a sweet story about an established couple who is struggling in their relationship Nate is in his first year as a professional hockey player and Tristan, his boyfriend from college, is in his first year of grad school They re disappointed to find they have to struggle to make time for one another and this puts stress on their relationship Most of this was about Nate s experiences as a rookie and his reality breaks meeting his fantasy of the future thoughts I found the relationship stuff to be tedious as I didn t know them as a couple before and to jump in with them fighting just felt awkward and uncomfortable Since most of the time these two were apart, when they got together I d expect a lot of talking and or sexy times, but since this is a 1 puck there is no on page sex and the two really didn t even talk much.This just wasn t my cup of tea.2 of 5 starsNext Season by Avon Gale3 flaming pucksNick is a hockey player who gets traded with a star player to a struggling team in Canada from New York Nick s excited because he s signed on to the NHL from the farm league so this is a step up Sparrow is confused and frustrated because he was a star and he considers this a step down.The two are roomies and neither knows the other is gay While Sparrow came off as kind of jerk for most of this, Nick is super sweet and a really kind, generous soul This wasn t nearly as funny or engaging as Avon slengthy stories, but it was really sweet, the smexy times were excellent and the character development was first rate.Highly enjoyable 4 of 5 starsGoing Home by Heather LireThis ended up being the beginning to a longer story that will be published at some point in the future, according to the author.It s an interesting story about coming home and re connecting with your first love There s no steam and I can t really rate this as it s not even a complete story.On Broadway by V.L LoceyThis story just didn t work very well for me Riley is a start hockey player in NYC who runs into a homeless guy who has mad hockey skills Keiffer the homeless guy ends up selling himself to Riley for the night then later living with Riley for months after he gets beat up by someone at a shelter I never saw a connection beyond the physical between Riley and Keiffer and I found the entire living arrangement rent boy thing to be a bit bizarre and totally unbelievable I also really wondered how this was going to play out in the long run, what with Riley being in the public eye so predominately.All in all I just wasn t convinced to put aside my disbeliefs enough to enjoy this.2 of 5 starsThe Brother and the Retired Player by Mary SmithTake a Shot by Samantha WaylandTim and Chris are best friends and professional hockey player teammates Tim 100% identifies as straight and Chris has been pining for Tim for a long time.If you re a fan of the author, Mike and Alexi are on their team and have suspected that Chris and Tim are perfect for each other, so they help the relationship along.Chris gets injured on the ice and Tim realizes that he hasthan friend feelings for his bestie This was a really fun and super sexy read I love Mike and Alexi so it was great seeing them again Since it s short, Tim s movement from straight to gay was a bit fast, but it worked.Highly enjoyable 4.5 of 5 stars