Title: Out on the Ice
Athletes, Hockey, Baseball, Humor
SynopsisColby Fischer is a bad boy with attitude and a chip on his shoulder. As a senior at a Southern California college, he knows this may be his last shot. He doubts he’ll ever become the hockey legend he dreamed of being as a kid, but he definitely doesn’t want to be an accountant. Things get interesting when he’s asked to train the new intern at his step-dad’s firm, who happens to be the troublemaker from his econ class. And the one guy Colby can’t stand.
Baseball is Sky Jameson’s life. He’s happy to be back at Chilton for his senior year, but he’s burned a few bridges and has a bit too much free time off-season. He could use the money and something to keep him busy until his season begins. But his accidental crush on his prickly coworker could be a problem. Colby is straight and Sky is in the closet. Their timing isn’t great, but the intense attraction is hard to deny. With his final season on the hockey team in the balance, Colby may have to decide if he’s ready to come out on the ice.
An avid fan of Lane Hayes' Out in College series, I was super excited for the fifth book, Out on the Ice. And it's as great as I was hoping. For anyone who hasn't read the previous books, this one is easily read as a standalone.
Sky and Colby are well developed characters who end up being so damn good together. Sky, oh sweet Sky. All he knows is rejection and feelings of worthlessness. With Colby he's able to not only find his person, but find acceptance and self worth. It's both beautiful and hot!
It definitely takes these two a bit of time to develop their relationship, which is wonderful. The slow getting to know each character for the reader, as well as for each other, is well done. Basically, there's instant attraction that slowly builds to more.
As with the premise of this series, the characters deal with being athletes and when and how to come out, if ever. As this is one of my favorite themes, it's authentically done and I enjoy every second of it.
My favorite line is one we all need to understand. "Two rules in life...you can't make someone love you, and you can't tell them when to come out. The first one is just reality, and the other is personal."
As for Kendra, dear lord, I couldn't stand her. The author definitely gifts the reader with a fantastic pain in the ass, adding greatly to the angst.
Out On the Ice is a riveting enemies to lovers romance. I just love Lane Hayes' writing style which always comforts me. If you are a fan of college romances, or sports romances, I consider these books to be must reads.
Excerpt“What position do you play?” Sky asked, pealing the label off his water bottle.
no-hitter. That’s amazing!’ Sure…but nothing fuckin’ happened! No one hit the ball, no one rounded the bases, no one slid to home plate. No one had to even wash their damn uniforms! And you know why?”
get caught staring. And the one day I did, you were the one who got caught.”
I might have been unsure, I wasn’t afraid.
blinked, I licked the corner of his mouth then pressed my lips to his and closed my eyes.