Six years ago, an ultimatum forced Dan Greyson to make a choice that cost him everything he loved most. One of those things? His boyfriend, hockey player Ashton Yager. Now that they've crossed paths again, Dan isn't about to let the opportunity slip away. Ash's reappearance in his life is just the catalyst Dan needs to escape the rut he's fallen into…and win back Ash's trust and love.
Ashton Yager, once burned and now a little bit shy, didn't mean to publicly come out as bisexual. But now that he has, he's got to deal with the consequences, including the fact that it might've cost him his NHL contract. With his job on the line, he needs to keep his head down, work hard, and play the best hockey of his life. Rekindling things with Dan? That's not exactly keeping a low profile. It's also never going to happen, not after Dan walked away once without an explanation.
When a hurricane forces Ash to seek shelter out-of-state, he and Dan find themselves in the same B&B, where old feelings resurface. But with everything Ash has on the line, does he dare play with fire again?
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I love sensitive guys, Dan and Ash 4-ever! I loved book one of the Stick Side series so much that I was almost afraid to start reading this one. How could Amy Aislin top what I thought was a perfect story? If The Nature of the Game doesn't top On the Ice it at least equals it for me. This is another perfect slow-burn romance. As Amy says in her Author's Note, it takes place after On the Ice ends (but before the epilogue). What we learn in this story is that Dan and Ash had a relationship six years before the events in On the Ice. Let me clarify – this book absolutely will stand alone just fine but I really think you will enjoy it more if you read On the Ice first. So, this story also takes place in the past (2009), just as book one did. But it also alternates between 2009 and 2003. In the 2003 sections we find out how Dan and Ash met and how they became friends and then lovers and what event ultimately breaks them apart. In their present day (2009) they meet again and their story begins to unfold for us. The Nature of the Game is a fantastic friends-to-lovers, second chance and sort of an enemies-to-lovers story all wrapped up into one great book. I think the author must have done a good bit of research for this story. A hurricane is an important event in the story and the damages she describes seem pretty accurate to me, as someone who now lives about 75 miles south of Tampa. After living through hurricane Irma in 2017 the damage she describes matches a lot of what I saw in the area where I live. This book really hit on all of my emotions. It has just the right amount of angst, a bit of humor, and so, so much love between the two main characters. I absolutely love a story that brings me to tears, both happy and sad, and The Nature of the Game did that in all of the best ways. I don't know if Amy has any more stories planned for this series but it seems like there was at least one (pretty minor) secondary character who has a story that needs to be told (Kinsey). If Amy writes, I'm going to read it! ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
The Nature of the Game is the second book in the Stick Side series, though it can be read as a standalone (which I did, and regret) I believe reading the first one clears up some things that I had to look up I loved it. This is a second chances book (i'm a sucker for them) and the story of Dan, Mitch's brother, and Ash, a hockey player and Alex's teammate and best friend. They reunite after an ultimatum broke their relationship six years ago. It was very well written, with chapters alternating between the present time and how Dan and Ash first met and fell in love in New York City. I really enjoyed Dan and Ash as characters, their distinct voices and the relationship. They were funny, sweet and sexy. It was almost a perfect read. Ash's stubbornness got old fast and Dan's mother was not a good character. I enjoy a good villain, but Greta was a one dimensional, almost caricatural. Overall, it was a very good read and I want to know more about Kinsey, maybe in book 3? ARC provided by the author through A Novel Take PR