Blade (Boston Rebels #5) by VL Locey and RJ Scott

Broken can be beautiful and you find that story unfolding in Blade...

From the blurb:

Love doesn’t have a formula. It’s messy, unpredictable, and impossible to control for the autistic billionaire inventor and the hockey player who believes he’s lost everything.

Moral “Dunny” Dunkirk has a passion for life. A robust outdoorsman, lover of life, and one of the Boston Rebels fan favorites, Dunny has always embraced excitement and the drive to try new things. During his inaugural flight behind the controls of a small plane, the fates decide to test his mettle in a way that he had never envisioned. When everything crashes down around him, he’s lost in depression and alone in his cabin, facing an existence that is nothing like the one he previously led. Desperate to find some hope, Dunny reaches out to The Harvey Foundation who might be able to help, and he soon finds himself being lifted out of the pit of darkness he’d fallen into one shy uplifting smile at a time.

Accidental billionaire and inventor Cooper Harvey is only happy in the seclusion of his lab, creating new and wonderful things he is sure will make the world a better place. Being on the spectrum, he knows being autistic means he's different to others, but it's in a good way, and it only makes him better at what he does. Other than being blackmailed into spending every fourth Sunday at his PA’s house for dinner, he avoids the chaos of the world, and if that means no social life, then he’s okay with that. In the most splendid isolation money can buy, he escapes the complicated and difficult emotions surrounding attraction, and his single-minded focus means that sex and love have never appeared on his list. When his latest invention reaches the testing stage, he would normally hand it over to his development team, but a chance meeting with the test subject makes him rethink. Something about the hockey player who’d lost it all makes him think life isn’t all about measured chemical reactions, and sometimes it’s just about the craziness of love.

Heather's Review:

I love Cooper!  He's got so much going on in his brain and so much latent love to share in that socially awkward way that people on the spectrum can have.  His irreverent jokes, encyclopedic mind and sweet nature make him the prefect foil for Moral - the grumpy, recovering former NHL hockey player who is trying to find his new normal...

I couldn't put Blade down - there were sweet, poignant, sad, happy, steamy and laugh out loud funny moments that were tied together with data and quirky facts.  I had to keep reading to see what would come out of Cooper's brain!

Blade is not your typical hockey book - it features a former hockey player, but there are still go to hockey elements and the camaraderie of Moral's teammates to help the story come together and help him cope...

If you're looking for a book with a sweet, hockey adjacent story and some quirky characters, you'll definitely want to add Blade to your TBR.  It can be read standalone, but can also be enjoyed as part of the Boston Rebels series! 

Rating: 5 Stars