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I received the most lovely message on my Facebook page last week. Someone enjoyed my review of Heated Rivalry so much they read the book! Now they’re wondering if I can recommend more romance novels with gay hockey players.
Let me just take a minute to say that flattery will get you absolutely everywhere. Which means I spent a couple hours this weekend weekend going through my (completely unorganized) Kindle to find all my favorite MM hockey love stories. Who knew it was such a popular trope!
And, because someone once told me they find it upsetting to read about gay guys who haven’t come out … I’ll tell you these books all feature various levels of being in the closet. Which probably isn’t all that surprising since there aren’t exactly a lot of openly gay current, or even former, NHL players.
MM Hockey Romance Books
Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Him just might be my favorite book, ever! There were so many intense feelings in this story. I don’t think I’ve ever been as invested in seeing two people happy together as I was with Jamie and Ryan.
Game Changer and Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid
*** I was lucky enough to receive advance copies of the books in this series.
These books can be read separately, but they are all amazing. If you’re a fan of MM hockey romance novels, I would highly recommend you read them all.
Heated Rivalry features what is most likely the most realistic romance novel ending I’ve ever endured. It’s not a glowing happy ever after, but probably something close to what we might actually see should two NHL stars find themselves in a relationship.
Tough Guy tells the story of a hockey enforcer who suffers from anxiety. Not only is this a top notch story about a gay hockey player but it sheds light on the importance of ending the stigma surrounding mental health.
Scoring Chances Series by Avon Gale
This series is a bit different than the others as it deals with the ECHL which is minor-league professional hockey. Anyway, Breakaway for the first book I read about gay hockey players and I made it through the rest of the series within a week or two. Each book was better than the last!
Empty Net is a phenomenal book. But it also deal with an eating disorder as well as mentions of physical and emotional abuse. It’s a wonderful read, but it was quite heavy at times.
Hot Off The Ice Series by A. E. Wasp
With five books in the series, you’ll be lost in these pages for days on end. City Boy starts off with a flat tire which I found so adorable. And Country Boy is a lovely story of learning to accept yourself and letting go of the past.
The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen
I’ll just tell you that Sarina Bowen writes amazing hockey players. I fall in madly in love with them every single time. Michael and John are no exception. This was quite an intense story, I desperately wanted to see them to work through their shared trauma and find their happily ever after together.
This book is part of a series of hockey romance novels although the other books feature MF couples.
Stick Side Series by Amy Aislin
The first book in this series, On The Ice features a demisexual hockey player, which means the book was a bit of a slow burn and lets you witness the development of an intense emotional connection before you get to the romance, something that isn’t often seen in romance novels.
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Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
*** I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book.
This enemies to lovers story is a super fun and quick read. I always love the opportunity to read about goalies and this book has two of them! Fair warning though, this book ends with a solid happy for now, not a happily ever after.
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