Even Strength by Cari Z and Ann Gallagher

Even Strength is part of the The Games We Play shared universe. This is such a sweet read. I loved Carson and Marek together.

From the blurb:

Marek Stetina is so close to getting called up to majors, he can taste it. Maybe he wasn’t a number one draft pick like his brother, and maybe he’ll never be a Hall of Famer like his father, but he’s almost made it.   

Right up until a serious injury puts his hockey dreams—major league or otherwise—on ice.

Up-and-coming MMA star Carson Wrede’s career—hell, his entire life—has been off the rails ever since a mishap during a fight put him in the hospital. Now he’s trying to find his balance again, both literally and figuratively. With each passing day, his chances of returning to the cage grow slimmer… as do his chances of paying that growing pile of medical bills.

Maybe a TBI support group isn’t the most romantic place to meet someone, but Marek and Carson can’t complain. While their worlds seem to be crumbling around them, they lean on each other through endless setbacks and frustration.

But is this just two guys helping each other through a tough time? Or is the connection between them real, honest love?

And is that love enough to see them through some unavoidable decisions about the careers they once lived for?

The Games We Play is a multi-author minor league hockey romance series! All titles run concurrently through the same hockey season, and the books can be read in any order, so jump in anywhere!

KjnRose's Review:

Even Strength is part of the multi-author Games We Play series and I have been loving it. I adored Carson and the chemistry between him and Marek is just fire. They meet in a support group and go through so much to get their HEA. This is sweet, funny, emotional and is just a great book.

Even Strength is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription