All’s fair in hate and hockey.
My path to success never included an enemy as a teammate, especially one as infuriating as Quinton de Haas.
Clawing under my skin is his favorite pastime, only feeding the animosity between us as the years pass.
We’re as completely opposite as two people can be; the golden boy and the black sheep.
Constantly at odds or at each other’s throats.
The only thing we can agree on is hockey is our true love, and we’ll do whatever it takes to come out on top.
I never imagined that drive would lead me to do the unthinkable: falling into bed with my not-so-straight rival.
But athletes are a superstitious bunch, and when our hook-ups lead to victories, we tell ourselves we can’t stop.
Besides, it’s all for the sake of the team, right?
Title: Iced Out (Leighton U, #1)
Author: CE Ricci
Publication Date: December 23, 2022
Genres: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQ+
I liked this book. I don’t think it was everything everyone has been making it out to be, but it was enjoyable.
– college hockey/sports romance
– m/m romance (rich boy and hockey legacy boy)
– rivals to lovers
– enemies with benefits
– secret/hidden romance
Basically the whole story is them keeping up superstitions by having sex…That was it. I would have liked something more to happen to be honest. I know this is a romance and the superstitions were a big part of the overall plot, but I wanted some other things to happen within this.
The sports romance parts were well written and enjoyable. I like reading about hockey so I liked seeing two main characters on the ice, loving and hating each other almost at the same time.
One of the characters, Quinton, is exploring his bi-sexuality a bit in this book. It starts off a bit strange in the beginning, but begins to make sense the further this book goes on.
Oakley’s character took a turn I didn’t quite expect in this book. Quinn turned out to be clingier than Oakley and I definitely thought it was going to be the other way around. I liked it this way because it made things cuter that big, bad Quinn was the softie in the relationship.
Also, I freaking loved Quinn’s roommate. I think one of the books in this series explores his romance and I wish I could just skip to that book because I loved him so much (but it’s not out yet so I can’t). He knew what nobody wanted him to know and was so cocky yet secretive about it. I can’t wait to get to know him better.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book, but I probably won’t prioritize the next book in the series on my TBR (unless it’s the roommate’s book).