Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Teammates, roommates, friends with benefits. What could go wrong?
Boys of Summer is a book about finding the perfect person to ride shotgun with on the crazy road trip called life. It contains a Dolly Parton lookalike, an unfortunate deer versus car incident, and poorly-timed epiphanies.
Everybody leaves. That was the first lesson Thunder goalie James McVicker ever learned. The second lesson was that if you don’t want to hurt, don’t let yourself get attached. Patrick O’Reilly is the best friend Vicky’s ever had. So obviously when Vicky finds himself possibly, maybe stupidly, falling in love with the guy, it only makes sense for him to leave first, right? So why does it feel like he’s just made the biggest mistake of his life?
Patrick O’Reilly loves being in love. He loves the romance and hearts and flowers of it all, but he hates the way it always seems to end. Friends are simpler. Friends don’t break your heart. Luckily, he has the greatest best-friend-slash-teammate-slash-roommate in the world. Hanging out with Vicky is as easy as breathing, and despite Paddy’s initial fears, adding some epic benefits of the sexual kind to their friendship only makes it better. He’s certainly not going to ruin things by doing something as stupid as falling in love. Obviously, Vicky isn’t in love with him. He’s just confused by all these stupid weddings. If Paddy can get him to talk, they can work all this out and get back to being friends again.
The course of true love never did run smoothly, but maybe with the help of their friends and family and some last-minute divine intervention, what started as a road trip could turn into the adventure of a lifetime.
I am desperately hoping that this is not the end of the series for our boys of summer because I am hopelessly addicted to this cast of characters, this team, and this series. With each story and couple, A.E. Wasp has kept this series fresh, lively, and invigorating. Wasp beautifully combines her love and ability to write the fast paced, complex game of hockey with a gift for capturing the believable dynamics of a wide range of developing relationships and lay them out before her readers in such a way as to pull us in and make us love these people.
And with each story I declare the men and their relationship my favorite novel.
Boys of Summer (Hot Off the Ice #5) by A.E. Wasp with Vicky and Paddy is my favorite story and they are my favorite couple. Of course.
Here is a novel that has friends to lovers, awakening sexuality, deep friendships, layered characters, familial and found families, and a game that combines, no demands the best of the men playing it. That’s intellectually understanding it’s demands at a high rate of speed, a flexibility of mind and body, the ability to endure its exhausting schedule and indignities inflicted upon bod and soul, all the while keeping the passion for the game burning. It’s rare and Wasp highlights the game in all its facets through the eyes of its players and coaches, and sometimes their SO’s.
The series has started with a veteran retiring to here, two of the youngest players on a team. We’ve effectively gone backwards in perspective in what it means to be gay or bi or LGBTQIA+ and playing on a NHL or NHL associated hockey team. From coming out to still figuring out who you are sexually, and the journey in between.
One of the many elements that has always drawn me to the stories of AE Wasp is the author’s characters. They are so well constructed, multidimensional and real. But more than that it’s the dialog that accompanies them. It sings of personalities so full of life that the Kindle can barely contain them! I laugh and sometimes cry with them, I see them so clearly as the words flow out of their mouths. I know these men, and love them.
It’s why I want to see more of them and want this series to continue so I can see them, all of them once more. Hear them smash up against the boards, the swoosh of skates across the ice, and the love of one player for the game, his team, and the love of his life. Whoever that may be.
Boys of Summer was everything, Hot Off the Ice is incredible, and author AE Wasp one of my favorite authors. Pick up the entire series and find out why I am recommending all three so highly.
Cover art is lovely and still working to brand the series.
Sales Link: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published September 28th 2019 by Kelpie Press
Series I Hot Off the Ice #5