Title : Home Team
Author : Jameson Dash
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 82 pages (e-book)
Published : September 25, 2013
Rating : ★★★★
After fifteen years playing pro hockey, Aaron Buckley screws up, and his mistake and his attitude get him sent down to the minor leagues. His new team is in his old city, where he started his career in hockey, and also where he left his boyfriend behind. His luck hasn’t improved since joining a team of rookies and kids, but he has discovered that Zach—the ex-boyfriend who could never compete with hockey for Aaron’s love—is still in town. Aaron has a second chance to answer the same question: Zach or hockey? But maybe it’s time for a new question.
I really liked this. Was is perfect? No, but damn it I was hooked after very few pages. I think the author had a way of relaying so much information with just a couple pages. I was engaged right from the start.
Aaron is at the end of his career in the NHL. A DUI gives his team the chance to send him down to the farm to team. Which just happens to be the town he started out in. Aaron is quietly dealing with his very public demotion. He’s coming to terms with his new place, when he’s nudged into an interview with his ex and love of his life, Zach. Things ended between them when Aaron’s career was taking off. Zach knew that there was no way Aaron could or would come out. Being a professional hockey player was Aaron’s dream and Zach couldn’t compete or stand in the way of that dream. At first there is anger but that just feeds the fire! The chemistry was so good. Aaron and Zach have to get to know each other again. They’re so familiar with each other but strangers at the same time. Seeing Zach makes Aaron realize that maybe his career on the ice ending won’t be so bad if he gets another chance at being with Zach.
I really enjoyed this. The passion and love I felt between Zach and Aaron was so good. Their first meeting on page just did it for me. You could relate to that first face to face meeting with the one you let get away. Your pride is screaming don’t while you heart and body say jump in. I could feel it. AND there was actually on page hockey! This is one of those novellas that you feel was complete but you’d sure as hell read more.
Rated 4 stars by Whit