Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.
The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.
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Derek and Trevor were two hockey players who played so well as juniors that their Team Canada won the Gold Medal at the World Junior Championship and they both went on to the NHL. Of course, that night after they won the gold they slept together but in the morning when Derek awoke he was alone. Trevor's gay panic and abandonment left a deeply wounded Derek. It's now 5 years later. Derek is playing hockey in L.A. and has been able to explore his sexuality a bit because hockey isn't really on anyone's radar out there. But he's been traded to the league leading Detroit team where Trevor is playing (and dating the local weather girl). Detroit's coach wants to "reunite the wonder twins" but in a city where hockey players are famous, how will Derek deal with finding his place on this much better team, resolve his issues with his old flame and still be true to himself? D.K. Dunn has done a great job here. The story is compelling, the hockey details are spot on, the Michigan setting is exactly right (even down to a casual mention of Euchre) and the two guys seem realistic and both are sympathetically drawn. This is one of the best M/M sports centered books I've encountered. However don't go into this expecting anything too steamy. No one even gets laid in the first 15 chapters. This is a sweet tale of coming-out and redemption and of re-establishing a relationship that was ended prematurely. But don't ever forget, this is also a hockey story. The MC's may be athletes but with all the scrapes and bruises and brittle machismo attitudes that the sport is known for. Others have criticized this story for including misogyny and sexism and it IS there, but then among professional hockey players it seemed perfectly accurate to me. Michael Pauley does the narration here and does a great job of voicing Derek from whose POV the story is told. He gets the attitude as well and the pacing during key sports scenes works really well. *** Note: I received a copy of this audiobook for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review ***
While I am not an actual sports fan, I love sports romances and Linemates proved to be a really good read for me. Dunn wastes no time in jumping right into the story by opening the book with Derek learning that he’s just been traded to Detroit. While playing for the Wheels is a childhood dream come true, the fact that he will be playing with Trevor makes the move a nightmare of epic proportions. Trevor. The one that got away. Or more accurately, the one that ran away. Needless to say, Derek’s excitement for a dream realized is overshadowed by his anxiety over coming face-to-face with the only man to break his heart. What a way to begin a book! As the story is told from Derek’s point of view, we get a front row seat to all the action both on and off the ice. I suspect hockey fans will eat this book up as Dunn does not shy away from the time on the ice and we get to feel Derek’s frustration as he works to find his place with his new team and his rhythm on the ice – especially as he is being given the cold shoulder by Trevor – as well as his elation when he finally finds it. Even though I know very little about hockey, I still found myself swept up in the game as Derek played. Just as powerful was what he was dealing with in his personal life and the grief that Trevor was causing him. Because I experienced everything from Derek’s point of view, it was hard to like Trevor. He runs so hot and cold with Derek that there were times I half-expected Derek to deck him. Hockey is a violent sport after all. Fortunately for Trevor, Derek is intent on proving his worth to the Wheels and sets out to be the consummate professional both on and off the ice. But being paired with Trevor on the ice and being assigned as his roomie while on road trips makes it harder and harder to do. While I felt badly for Trevor’s self-inflicted situation, I really disliked how he treated Derek. His paranoia over Derek revealing what happened between them five years earlier causes him to overstep more than once. Even though I felt as though Derek accepted too much of Trevor’s bad attitude, I was glad when he rejected his drunken advances. He’d been there, done that, and did not want a repeat performance. Despite Trevor’s antagonistic attitude throughout much of the book, the chain of events that culminate with Derek’s injury made Trevor’s change of heart believable. I saw it coming, so I wasn’t surprised by Trevor’s claims. There is a ton of sexual tension in the book, so when it is finally realized it makes for quite the steamy scene. I only wish the book hadn’t ended where it did, especially as there is no indication that there is a sequel in the works. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t an abrupt ending, I just would have liked to see a bit more of what the future held for them. I definitely enjoyed Linemates and would love to read more about Derek and Trevor, or perhaps another of their teammates. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
FourStars For a Canadian girl, an m/m hockey romance is the the perfect story, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The characters are believable, attractive and more than just a little damaged. And the hockey action is great. The story is Derek’s. As a closeted NHL benchwarmer in LA, he has the anonymity to visit the local gay bars and enjoy frequent hook-ups. But a trade to Detroit, his home team, means a life in the spotlight and playing with Trevor, the only man he has ever really cared about. Trevor has a glamorous girlfriend and he genuinely doesn’t think he’s gay. Or he doesn’t want to be gay. And he won’t have his career ruined by a single night’s drunken mistake with Derek. Yes, both men are closeted. Yes, Trevor is a fully grown adult in denial about his sexuality. Yes, Trevor treats Derek badly. The players’ language is homophobic and misogynistic. They play professional ice hockey. The sport with redneck crowds and beer sponsorships. I believe this story more than I would believe a sappy coming-out-on-national-TV story. You can guarantee there are players living Trevor and Derek’s lives right now. As much as I loved this, I really didn’t feel much romance. So, while this is a great story about gay players in the NHL, it didn’t resonate as a great love story. Enjoy it for the hockey, the angst, and some pretty physical sex scenes. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah