Baby Blue: A Stick Handling Novella by Shae Michaels

Baby Blue
is a fun and lighthearted addition to the Stick Handling series by Shae Michaels 

From the blurb:

Wearing an oversized foam head and being the mascot of an NHL team might not have been his childhood dream, but Miles Gillespie likes his job with the Bangor Blue Bangers. He just wished that, occasionally, people would remember his name isn’t actually Blue.

A PR executive with the Bangers, Scott Delgado feels a certain responsibility to monitor all of Blue’s activities and appearances, even if he isn’t possibly, technically, his boss. And it must be that sense of responsibility that has him flying across the country when Miles gets injured.

As Scott gets to know the man inside the suit, will he be able to handle falling for the man with eyes as blue as the synthetic hair of the mascot he plays or will he let their work roles get in the way?

This is a 35K word novella, set within the hockey world of Shae Michaels' Stick Handling series. There are mentions of other characters and events from the series, but this can be read as a complete stand-alone work.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"The guy was hot. Like I'd want him to try really, really hard to give me babies hot. But that didn't negate the fact that he was also a Grade A, meddling, annoying dick."

I totally loved how this novella starts off! The passive-aggressive emails between Miles (Blue) and PR exec Scot were entertaining as hell. Miles is a snarky little shit, and I adored that about him. He may be surrounded by buff hockey players and "manly" men on the daily, but that didn't ever stop him from sticking up for himself or speaking his mind. He truly was a firecracker with his quick temper, and it was completely adorable. (Sorry Miles!)

Scott is our oblivious MC. It took me a bit to figure that out. It took Miles a bit too. All I gotta say is thank the goddess for maple syrup folks 🔥🔥. I really enjoyed their dynamic. How Miles is sort of petite, but has this big personality. Then we have Scott, who is a bigger guy, but who definitely has some insecurity issues and is much more subdued in personality. They had great chemistry between the sheets, too.

There were a lot of humorous moments in Baby Blue. The part about the nuns had me laughing out loud. There was also a completely evil bomb dropped right at the end. I am NOT happy Miss Michaels. You know what you did. And I know why because I am now champing at the bit for that story. Please don't break my heart too badly, but if you do, please put it back together again.

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

I've read every book Shae Michaels has released to date, now including this one. Her style of writing is so nice, her characters are amazing, and she takes the time to give them back stories. 

I really enjoyed this book. I don't know a lot about hockey, but what was depicted seemed believable enough to me. I enjoyed Miles's POV and how he described how he feels being a mascot for an NHL team. I thought that was cool! I haven't read very many books where someone's a mascot for a team. 

Scott's character was.. well meaning, but I feel like him and Miles was always mis-communicating with one another. Thankfully, they were able to work that out and put their differences aside. 

The writing I thought was done well, the characters were great, overall a short and steamy romance book. I will say that this book definitely gives some insta-love vibes, the two MC's hook up and then they decide they want to be in a relationship... Other than that, though, a cute short read! 

Rating: 4.25 Stars

Heather's Review:

Shae Michaels does it again - taking a topic that we don't think of often and turning it into a novella with humour, a pinch of drama and some steam to give us what seems to be an insta-love novella that's actually been built up over time...

If you're looking for a fun, quick read to cap off 2023 and put a smile on your face, I highly recommend checking out Baby Blue.

Rating: 5 Stars

Baby Blue is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.