Hot Off the Ice Book 2
Sometimes the toughest thing to believe in is yourself.
The first time Paul Dyson met Robbie Rhodes, they ended up naked in Robbie’s bed. The last time they met, on the ice the morning after, Paul punched Robbie in the face and called him something he’d rather not repeat.
Two years later, they’re teammates and Paul is so deep in the closet he'll need a roadmap to find his way out again.
Robbie might be his compass. But to be with Robbie, Paul will have to turn his back on his family and everything he’s ever believed in.
It’s going to take a lot of faith to find their way together in this shiny new world.
Country Boy is a love story about figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and how to get there. It contains sweet hockey plays, a 1976 Corvette Stingray, fancy underwear, and the journey of a lifetime.
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Publisher: Kelpie Press
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Enemies to Lovers, Find Love and Come Out, First Time, Office / Workplace Romance, True Love
Word Count: 88,000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Jennifer Harvey on Amazon wrote:
When I started this series, I’d heard how amazing Amy Wasp’s books were, but I thought – eh, gay hockey romance, it’ll be the typical light and fluffy sports romance and that’s ok. Oh, my goodness, was I wrong! Amy’s books are thought-provoking and heart wrenching, and take on incredibly tough topics with grace, humor, and humanity. That’s a lot to say about a hockey novel, but this book is so much more. It’s about coming out, coming to terms with one’s background and circumstances, and the role of religion and belief systems in a person’s life. Paul has been raised a staunch Baptist, and it’s been made clear to him all his life, since before he even knew what being gay meant, that this was shameful, and a sin that could lose him his entire family – both church and blood – if he’s found out. I have seen many books, especially in m/m literature, dealing with this issue, but Amy’s twist is to take that tension, that agony, and resolve it such that Paul does not have to lose his faith. It’s a long, difficult, and often tear-inducing journey, but it is so beautiful. I love both our heroes, because Robbie is also on a journey of self-discovery, while simultaneously trying hard to support Paul, even when he really doesn't understand the problem. These are two young men, so it’s not all introspection – there is goofiness, and anger, and plenty of hot action. Amy does not preach, she simply shows the reader, Paul, and Robbie that there is a way to have it all, starting with honesty. I read this book in KU and, for perhaps the fifth time ever, went right back and bought it to own it. I’d give it 10 stars if I could.
Tanja on Amazon wrote:
I cannot tell you what this book means to me. As a queer Christian, I am so GRATEFUL, I cannot express.
I will never, ever, not adore this book.
Thank you, from the bottom of my broken heart.
Perfectly realistic (God, am I Paul? I UNDERSTAND!), perfectly RESPECTFUL. Just amazing. I was sorry when it was over. I will be rereading this. Can't wait to buy the paperback.
Once again I was drawn into the story the moment I started reading. It is well written and steady paced. At one point I started to think this book wasn’t for me as Paul comes from a religious background and I don’t care much for “those books”. I was glad I kept on reading, though. A.E. Wasp did a wonderful job opening the discussion about believers and nonbelievers. Paul is struggling with his sexuality versus all he learned in his upbringing in a religious environment. It is hard to bend your mind after more than twenty years. And it is not one decisive moment. No, it is a slow but thorough process that makes it the more realistic. Robbie is with him all the way although he can’t understand Paul’s beliefs. I loved how they kept on talking about it with respect towards the other.
Besides these more serious situations, there is a lot of fun and laughter, sexy scenes in and outside the bedroom, great supporting characters (with an appearance from Bryce and Dakota of City Boy)