Red Line by LA Witt (The Games We Play, Book 1)

Y'all, LA Witt kicked off The Games We Play series with a strong story about standing up for yourself and others and balancing what's right with what might be better for your career... and falling in love at the same time... in Red Line.

From the blurb:

The Games We Play, Book 1

Theo Mathis doesn’t regret defying the general manager during his brief stint on the Seattle Rainiers last season. The rainbow tape on his stick cost him dearly, but he’d do it again in a heartbeat… even though it means he’ll never get called up from the minors again while that GM is at the helm.

Then a flood of injuries leaves Seattle desperate for players, and Theo gets called up after all. But he’s warned: provoke the GM again, and he will regret it.

Except stick tape wasn’t the only line Theo skated over, and the temptation to cross it again has nothing to do with spite.

Equipment manager Christian Hayes has had that hot minor league player living rent-free in his head ever since they hooked up last year. It wasn’t love, but it was fun, and he wishes they could do it again because they want to—not as an act of rebellion. If Christian’s dad ever finds out, there will be hell to pay. But it’s a non-issue, since his dad—the team’s GM—has vowed to never call up that player again no matter how bad the team needs him… and he doesn’t even know Theo and Christian hooked up.

Now Theo’s back in the Rainiers’ locker room. They don’t dare risk a rematch—they both value their careers too much. All they have to do is ride this out for a few games until Theo’s sent back down. Easy enough. Right?

But their mutual attraction refuses to be ignored.

And it looks like Theo’s going to be staying a while.

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!

Heather's Review:

Theo is spicy from the get go... standing up for what he believes in, even if it puts him in a bad position with the GM of the big club.    I love that the homophobic A-hole is also the father of our equipment manager love interest, Christian - this adds a layer of complexity to the story and makes their relationship all that much more taboo-ish..

There was so much push and pull, and I love the way the Witt wrote these characters and both their relationship with each other and the world around them.  The ending made me smile for sure, it was a perfect read for Pride Month!

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