Offensive Edge (Delay of Game Book 5) by Hannah Henry

Offensive Edge is the 5th Delay of Game book and takes us to San Jose to reunite two men who were last together in junior hockey and have lost touch.

From the blurb:

Theo Lane finally found his place in the NHL. The beginning of his career had been a struggle, especially compared to Rowan Foley, generational talent and his ex not-quite-boyfriend. It took eight years from draft day, but Theo was finally on a team that respected him. A team that was lighting it up. The San Jose Serpents had a real chance that year. Everything was looking up.

Until Rowan signed a contract with the Serpents.

Rowan may be a ‘generational talent,’ but he was also on a shitty team. The Texas Victory had only made the playoffs once in Rowan’s eight years playing in the NHL, and there was no hope in sight. It was time to move on. He was wistful for the time he spent in junior playing with Theo, the boy his heart hadn’t let go of just yet, even if they had fallen out of touch.

Rowan wasn’t expecting Theo to come running back into his arms, but he hadn’t expected the downright hostile welcome he got from him, either. Eight years was a long time, and Rowan was realizing he had made some mistakes.

Theo and his still-broken heart had resolved to keep their relationship 100% on the ice, where they played together like a dream. But the season was long, and there was a reason they had been so obsessed with each other when they had been Flint Jaguars back in junior. Rowan always worked hard on the ice, but can he work hard enough off of it to win Theo back?

Offensive Edge is a 57k second chance MM hockey romance with a happily ever after.

Heather's Review:

Delay of Game... delay of gratification - Offensive Edge is a long slow tease building to steam at about the 75% mark, so if you're one of those people that want instant action, this isn't the book for you.  These two men start off, one as clueless and the other full of animosity and until the clueless one starts to understand, we see the pining, the questioning and the fear...

I would definitely class this as a New Adult read - even though the men are several years into their NHL careers, it still feels like they have a lot of adulting to learn and we see some of the transitions in this book, which makes it a compelling read.

There is good hockey, fun side characters and a tease for book 6!

Rating: 4 Stars

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