Next Season (The Elmwood Stories - book 2) by Lane Hayes

"They say when you love someone, you set them free. But they never tell you how much it hurts." Next Season.

From the blurb:

The injured hockey player and the grumpy chef…


My time playing pro hockey will be up soon. I can feel it. And I’ve heard the rumors: he’s too old, he’s had too many injuries, he’s lost his edge. I don’t want to admit it, but they could be right. Next season might be my last.

Or this season. Because of course, this is when the universe decides I need another concussion. It’s a doozy too—the kind that’s going to keep me off skates for a while.

Which is how I end up in a small New England town in the middle of nowhere Vermont, eating every meal at a diner where a grumpy chef from Quebec makes haute cuisine…and burgers. Jean-Claude is funny and charming and—

Okay, I have a crush on a gay man.

This is a new one.


Confused straight men are entertaining. But Riley is…fascinating, sexy, and curiously vulnerable. His injury has rocked his confidence a bit, so perhaps he’s in need of a friend. Any friend. Even moi.

I’m an unlikely choice, but maybe he just likes my tuna salad.

No…I think it’s me.

And though I’m happy to help him explore his bisexual curious side, I have career concerns of my own. See, the things I love most about Elmwood seem shaky and uncertain, but not Riley. He’s solid and genuine. Suddenly, this temporary secret liaison feels more real than anything in my life.

I need more than this season. I want it all. With Riley.

Next Season is an MM bisexual-awakening romance featuring a grumpy chef, an injured hockey player, and a big HEA in a small town where anything can happen.

Miki J's Review:

Brilliant - absolutely loved this book. Both MC's are very set and particular in their ways and how things are organized (who knew there was that much superstition with hockey players!!!) A very endearing novel  - goofy & charming.  

Loved the banter between them.... and I really do love bi/new awakenings - I mean, there was no major freak-out as you'd expect, but rather a very laid back approach... until feelings and then life came into it.  

Heart-felt, funny and honest - just a brilliant book!!! Loving this series and can't wait for the next one!

Rating: 5 Stars

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