Tough Guy by Rachel Reid– It has been a while since I read a hockey romance and this one did not disappoint. Hockey playing hero Ryan suffers from anxiety and it was handled so well by the author. His love interest is Fabian and Fabian seems to present as gender non-conforming. All in all the story was sweet and sexy and was a great reintroduction to hockey romance for me. This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. Reid hints at another couple that has my interest piqued.
Headlines by Lucy Parker– It’s been a while since I read Parker, I really enjoyed the first three books in this series but then skipped book 4. The main trope on this is enemies to lovers but they aren’t too antagonistic so it worked well for me. Sabrina and Nick are headliners on individual news programs and are forced to work together. There were lots of tender moments and one where Nick hugs Sabrina for 5 minutes that made tears fall from my eyes. By the 30% mark in this book I was very invested in their story and I loved seeing them get their HEA.
White Out by Adriana Anders (pubs 1/28)- I hardly ever read suspense but I have read some of Anders previous works and wanted to give this a try. The book kind of reminded my of Jill Sorenson’s rom-suspense. There is a level of realism to the story. The tension between Angel and Ford was high as they were trying to escape to safety and avoid their chemistry. This book is LONG (512 pages) and at times it felt too long. But it is the first in a series and it was clear that Anders was setting up the next book(s). Angel and Ford get their HEA but there are things left unresolved. If book two is shorter, I will consider reading it.