So this is my first ever book review, I am well out of my comfort zone when it comes to this post, I hope I don’t botch it. So here goes.
Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.
As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.
Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.
But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can’t let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?
My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?
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Firstly I want to thank the author Toni Aleo, this is the first time to receive an ARC and I am a big ban of her books since the first one I read Whiskey Princes (Taking Risks series) to Bellevue Bullies series. I will admit I haven’t read all the Nashville Assassins books, I think I started with Lace & Lace book and have been hooked ever since, but the rest of the Assassins books are on my to-read list (which keeps increasing every day).
This is the first M/M romance she has ever written, I am an avid reader of M/M genre and not for the sex scenes, ( Which are hot by the way) The storylines tend to have more depth to the them, the characters have more to struggle to reach their happy ending, and the stories aren’t like the traditional contemporary romance which seems to me comes from the same factory, and this is not to undermine other authors, and I will keep supporting my favorite authors.
So this story touched on the fact it is difficult to come out to your family when you suspect that the outcome, most of us don’t like disappointing our parents and family. I sympathize with Matty but I also understood where Wells was coming from.
The story started with wells, showing up at Matty’s parents House and giving him ultimatum come out to your family or lose the love the of your life, you can guess Matty picked the later, wells eventually moved on but went through the motions of faking it to make it, thinking to be in a relationship that offers his all the things he was missing from the previous one was what he wanted. That is until Matty shows up to stop the wedding to claim back the love of his life back.
Not to give a lot of the story away, the characters go through a series of events that are emotional to feeling insecure, to having your wall up , to doubting the love of life and questioning your decisions, to wait for the shoe to drop, These are normal emotions that we all tend to experience when it when it comes to our relationship. They are some reconciliation of some of the characters.
The characters’ are well written, I felt their emotions, aghast and doubt, It also taught me you can’t control the outcome or every aspect of your life, you may want to control the delivery of a certain subject but you can’t control the outcome, you just have to let the chips fall where they do.
”I’m sure he has” she added and that was what Wells was worried about.”He’s treading in water he’s never been swimming in. All you can do is be there for him.
Apart for the heavy issues, the book had they was also humor in the story you can expect that when you pit Vaughn, Jensen, Brie, Wells, and Wren together, they had me cracking up in public mind you. They were certain emotional scenes in this book, M/M books never fail to make me shed a tear or two.
They were also family acceptance, the book dealt with the fallout in a family when a person comes out the family, and they clearly don’t accept it and the vision they had for their son/daughter doesn’t match up to the person standing in front of them. Disappointing your parents especially our father’s expectations is something the characters had to face with their respective family members.
My overall assessment of the book is that I loved it, and Toni Aleo did a great job telling their story and touching on issues that some people may be going through. This book is classified as a standalone but would suggest the books of the other characters, who make an appearance in the book, It kept me hooked and laughing.
I hope I did the book justice in this review and you would buy it and add it to your to-read list.
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