Wednesday, April 17, 2019

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Heated Rivalry 
Game Changers Book 2
by Rachel Reid 

Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…

Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved Shane and Ilya. They are complete opposites, which I love, and the rivalries to lovers angle is a great premise for a sports romance. They also have this magnetism between them, at least on the sexual attraction side of things, and they can't seem to get enough of each other. That said, I didn't really get a romantic feeling from either of them until the last thirty percent or so of the book, and it's kind of lengthy given the lack of said romance. What we do get plenty of is sex of mostly the hot, angry variety. Now, that in itself can go either way, at least for me. There's no denying how hot these two are together, but after so many intimate scenes, most things have been done and done again, and it feels more like erotica than the romance I was hoping for. In fact, I started skimming those parts after a while, hoping to eventually get to some feels. Then, after all that, the ending was rushed and not at all how I had hoped for these two. Rest assured, it's not a bad ending, just not what I was hoping for after this seven year non-relationship finally started getting somewhere. This is the second book in the Game Changers series, and both have left me with mixed feelings, so I'm still debating whether or not I'll devote any reading time to future books in the series. As for this one, I guess it comes down to my personal preferences in romance. I loved the characters, and I really wanted so much more for them.

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press

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