Title: Time to Shine
Author: Rachel Reid
Publisher: Carina Adores
Release Date: September 26, 202
Genre(s): M/M Hockey Romance
Page Count: 352
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Rachel Reid is the author of the Game Changers series, featuring hockey stars Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov and their ten-year angst-filled relationship. Time to Shine is similar in that it features two young hockey players, Casey Hicks and Landon "Stacks" Stackhouse, but has more of a young adult (YA), less sexually-charged feel, yet deeply emotional.
Casey Hicks is the son of a hockey legend, always destined to become a hockey star. He's the kind of guy for whom "jobs like 'data quality specialist' and 'logistics manager' were mysteries. But he genuinely listened to people when they talked about themselves, even if he didn't always understand what they were saying." He's uncomplicated, likes meeting new people, like exploring new places, and sex.
Landon Stackhouse has been called up to Calgary as back-up goalie and while he clearly is a talented goaltender, he's pretty much the opposite of Casey - he's an introvert who just wants to prove his worth to the team, and he's got a lot of guilt and sorrow regarding his family. Yet the two become roommates, and slowly explore a relationship where Landon feels comfortable exploring his demisexuality/asexuality and life-of-the-party Casey finds that he would rather be with Landon more than anyone else, even if they just hold hands and watch TV.
The first time I read this book, I liked it but upon a second read, became overwhelmed by the way these two young athletes fall in love, the way they support one another, how they negotiate a sex life that works for them, and of course - because this is Rachel Reid who clearly knows her way around hockey - how they play some awesome hockey and get the happy ending they deserve.
Reid has created a great set of characters here - the secondary characters are richly fleshed out and even the tertiary characters have an intriguing depth that makes you want to know them more. 4.5 stars and here's hoping that Reid continues this series.
I received an ARC from the Publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.