Monday, 26 February 2018

#BlogTour | Out of The Penalty Box by Genevive Chamblee | #NEW #MMRomance #Review

Title: Out of the Penalty Box
Series: Game On Collection
Author: Genevive Chamblee
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Hockey player Aidan Lefèvre’s professional and personal life is on ice. Recovering from an injury and traded to a new team, Aidan is attempting to prove his viability to his coaches, fans, and teammates. Just when he believes he’s succeeded, another accident during the playoffs threatens to unravel all of his progress. 

Having relocated away from family and friends, Aidan turns to his extroverted team captain, Christophe Fontenot, whose jovial nature lifts everyone’s spirits. But when Aidan discovers his attraction for Christophe changes the meaning of “body checking,” Aidan questions more than his hockey skills. 

Should he deny what he feels or come out of the “box”?

Aidan opened his eyes, urgently needing to relieve himself in more ways than one. Rolling from his side to his back, he landed with a thud, both his head and right calf striking a solid object. Pain splintered throughout his body. Squinting, he attempted to bring his dark surroundings into focus and decipher what was happening in his spinning world. A narrow stream of light shone through a window. Okay, he was inside somewhere with shag carpet. Reaching, he felt a soft, solid object to his left. Pillows. Leather. Ah, a couch. To his right, he felt wood, metal, and cool glass. A table. Piecing it together, he determined he was wedged on a floor between a couch and table. But where? He didn’t have a table in front of his couch. He fumbled to remember. The last thing he remembered was talking with that loudmouth reporter, Toby Harrelson, from XJJ.

Oh shit! What had he said? Later. Now, he needed to figure out where the hell he was. He maneuvered his twisted limbs to sit erect. A bright light clicked on, and Aidan squeezed his eyes shut.

“You okay there, pretty boy?”

Christophe. Okay. Aidan could rule out being abducted by aliens. Well, maybe not. This was Christophe, after all. 

“Why am I on the floor?”

“How the hell should I know?” Christophe chuckled. “I deposited your drunken carcass on my sofa. It must not have suited your Sleep Number needs.”

“I feel like roadkill.”

“I imagine so, the way you kicked them back.”

Slowly, Aidan opened his eyes to view Christophe standing at the edge of the table, all rippling abdomen muscles, golden skin, and powerful thighs, wearing nothing but cotton boxers with a noticeable bulge in the front. It drew Aidan’s attention to his own physical state, and he grunted. He’d no time for this type of foolishness at this time of night… morning.

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This is a standalone m/m sports romance.

When Aiden is traded to a new team and an accident results after a move he made to another player, he seeks a night away from his worries and try to fit in with the other players. Therefore he accepts an invite to the team get together at the local bar. Christophe, the captain, tries to ease Aidan out of his shell. As an openly gay man, he sees no problem in making a move on Aidan when he feels the attraction between them. Imagine his surprise to find that Aidan is not gay and his past relationships have always been with women. What Aidan cannot deny is that he too feels the compelling attraction to his captain and starts to question his past.

What I really liked about this was that Aidan did not put himself in a box or label himself. He came to the conclusion that he would be open to the possibility to a relationship with a man. I wouldn’t therefore say it was a gay for you type of read.

I loved the interaction between the two men and the chemistry was scorching hot. There was a little angst but it wasn’t overdone. I don’t know much about hockey but it made me want to go watch a game and check out the players!

Overall an enjoyable relatively quick read and I shall look out for other books by this author. Four stars. 

ARC kindly provided by the publishers, Hot Tree to Foxylutely Books

Genevive Chamblee lives in the bayou country in the deep south where sweet tea, football, good music, and colorful family is gospel. When she is not writing, she can be found attending SEC football games, playing with her dog, sightseeing, or spending time with family.

Genevive writes contemporary romance, erotic romance, fantasy romance, the occult, Creole culture, and southern drama.

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