I’ve had extreme difficulties with new adult books. See here and here. But I’m two for two now with wins. First up, a great m/m romance called The Understatement of the Year. Next week, I’ll reveal the other fab NA.
What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.
Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.
So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.
John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.
And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.
Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.
Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.
THIS BOOK IS A STANDALONE. NO CLIFFHANGERS. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.
Why I Love It:
I tend to have massive issues with NA books. So yay for Understatement that broke the curse. This m/m romance was a delight. I’m not a hockey girl. Athletes don’t do much for me but Graham and Rikker? Yowza! And not merely because they hit some kind of “hot hockey dude” trope.
Graham and Rikker struggle through their lives and love in a way that felt really authentic to me and firmly put them in charge of their own personal growth. Yes, the characters still have baggage and past history to overcome but there was no “broken” person. They’re messed up and flawed, but not in an “now that you’re here and you love me, I’ll be fine” way.
I rooted for them from the first page. Plus the love story itself was my favourite combo of sweet and spicy. It was sharp, insightful, witty, and totally genuine. If you’ve been looking to jump on the NA bandwagon, or like me, hitch another ride after jumping off in disgust, this is the go-to book.
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