The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.
Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows that his heart could get him into trouble again.
Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?
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*I received a book in exchange for an honest review*
Changing Lines is the first book in Harrisburg Railers series. To be honest, this is *another* hockey-related book I’ve read (after a while though). But it didn’t…have the same feeling as many other books.
It didn’t pull me in at first, and even after a while when I came back, it wasn’t anything…special. It seemed to breeze through the issues it could deal with. It dealt with May/December romance, which turned out to be a coach/player romance at the same time. And this was one of the biggest problems.
I have read books with coach/player romance before. But, most memorably, in one at least, either the coach had to stop coaching or the player stopped playing. I mean, it does create a huge conflict of interest. And it would definitely impact team, more than it did in this book.
I also did not really connect with characters in any way. It was written in double perspective, changing between Mads and Tennant (Ten). Yet I do not remember a single thing besides the fact that Mads is a family friend, and that Ten has lived in his brothers’ shadows for a long time.
His team and family’s reactions were nice, but didn’t feel realistic. Even the brother who was angry, got calmed down in a minute or two and then it was all great. Even Mads’ family life was just briefly mentioned, with some appearances of his son and father-in-law. And Tennant was…okay with it completely? I mean, I know Mads was a family friend, but it was also implied that they haven’t had contact since he had to stop playing hockey.
All in all, it was an okay book. Nothing special, but I do have hopes that other books in the series may be better? But I don’t think I’ll reread this book.