Book Reviews

Defending the Net (Locker Room Love 2) by Genevive Chamblee at Hot Tree Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-February-2020

Book Blurb

Two hot-shot hockey players are about to clash in Genevive Chamblee’s sexy M/M romance Defending the Net. 

Brighton Rabalais only wants to play hockey. He’s uninterested in the politics behind the sport, but his recruiting to the Saint Anne’s Civets is as much about politics as it is his hockey abilities. He’s been hired to replace the enigmatic, three-time champion, veteran goalie, Gatien Glesseau, who happens to be as sexy as he is talented.

Their clashing is inevitable, but Brighton can’t get a read on Gatien. However, with his own secrets a concern, Brighton doesn’t need another complication. But when Gatien threatens to invade Brighton’s privacy, Brighton defends his heart with the same vigor and passion as he does the net.

Book Review

Hockey romances definitely have a special flair, considering that it’s a tough team sport and its players are “the machoest of the macho”. Well, pretty much – at the very least that is how they like to see themselves. In this second book of the ‘Locker Room Love’ series the two goalies of the Saint Anne Civets, one “old” and one newly recruited, have to figure out how to make things work. With the natural rivalry between established team member Gatien and newcomer Brighton you might think this cannot end well… but you’d be mistaken. In fact, calling their relationship insta is an understatement! You’ll have to read this passion-filled novella to believe it.

Brighton tells the story, and seeing the team interact and seeing things from his eyes pulled me right into the story. He is convinced that the current goalkeeper, a muscled ice-god by the name of Gatien, hates his guts. After all Brighton has been hired as a barely veiled message to Gatien that he is replaceable. But once Brighton meets Gatien in a social setting and turns out to need his help due to a dangerous infection, boy are things different from what he expected.

Gatien is excellent at his job, a well-known veteran with a huge fan base, and as sexy as they come. Hockey is pretty much in his blood and he is not scared of confrontations. It is too bad the author did not include his point of view – I would have loved to have seen what goes on in his head. Granted, the surprises that start emerging about two thirds into the book might have been less effective, but still. Gatien is a great guy and I wanted to know more about him and what makes him tick!

The speed with which Brighton and Gatien hit the sheets is dizzy-making! Their attraction is clearly off the scales, and decorum or holding back does not seem to be a word in either man’s vocabulary. They clash with an intensity that you’d only expect on the ice – and when reality intrudes with all its ugly politics, tensions, and shocking surprises, things could easily have gone wrong. The twists and turns kept me engaged, and even the missing details about what exactly happened in the end and the somewhat abrupt ending did not diminish my enjoyment by a significant amount.

If you like stories about stubborn men who clash and almost burn, if you want to watch two tough guys try to navigate the pitfalls of falling for another guy, and if you’re looking for a read that is as scorching hot as it is surprising toward the end, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 128 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-November-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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