Game Changer by Rachel Reid

40601927._SY475_New York Admirals captain Scott Hunter takes his pregame rituals very seriously. In this case, it’s not just a lucky smoothie he’s craving—it’s the man who made it.

Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.

Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, never mind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.

Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret?

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ + half a star 🙂

*I received the copy in exchange for an honest review….a year ago 🙂

I loved this book so much while reading it. I’ve now read it about three or so times, and while I love it, I absolutely adore the following two books. It’s been a while since I have actually watched hockey but

This book follows Kip and Scott, the first making smoothies and living alone, the second being a rich, adored and/or hated by the New York public…depending on his shape 🙂 Which, let’s be fair, is common for any athlete. But when Kip makes him a good smoothie and Scott plays well, Scott uses this as a reason to continue getting smoothies from the place. Definitely because they are magic smoothies, not because he has a crush on Kip, no 😀

I loved how Kip immediately gets it that Scott Hunter is someone who belongs to the public but that he needs to be Scott from Rochester instead of the Scott Hunter. And while I’m here, I loved how Scott a) always knew he was gay but just didn’t want to say it in the toxic climate where he might lose his future and b) that he is definitely not only top, but is completely fine with being fucked by Kip.

The second part, where most of the angst happen, felt very very realistic. Kit is understandably upset at being kept in a separate way of life from the … well, basically real life. And the difference in income is definitely something that felt very realistic. I felt with Kip, and while Scott is so adorable trying to be awesome, the financial side of things is usually an issue when the difference is that big.

What I loved extremely was the coming out. It is an epic, unplanned, unforced coming out. Scott wasn’t pressured or blackmailed or came out out of worry. And I love the four guys on his team, and I will not pretend the sentence Carter utters near the end did not try to break my heart into bunch of pieces. “I just hate thinking you were, like, all alone.”

And the epilogue is just so so sweet. It’s also always very interesting to see cameos of the characters from the following books in this one. I savoured every appearance by Ilya 🙂

Basically, it is an amazing, hot, hockey book, and especially awesome if one takes into consideration that this was Reid’s debut book. ❤

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