Mini-Reviews: Off the Ice, The Remaking of Corbin Wale, Heart of the Steal

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This book takes a popular, sometimes not very great, trope and turns it into something special. This story follows Tristan Holt, a professional hockey player who is taking a few summer classes to finish his degree, and Sebastian Cruz, his grumpy and uptight professor.

I adored all of these characters. Sebastian, a 35-year-old Latino professor, was a bit of an ass, but he was so passionate about everything he did. He wasn’t afraid to apologize when he was wrong. He was so grumpy and deadpan about everything, it just made me want to hug him. Tristan was actual sunshine. I dare you to read this and not fall for him.

Tristan and Sebastian’s relationship was so… perfect. Their communication was A+, their banter was impossible not to smile at. The plot also deals with an MC coming-out, but all the minor characters were so supportive which makes me 100x more excited for upcoming books in the series.

5 stars

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Nothing about this book really caught my attention before reading it. But for the past few days there were so many of my mutual’s on Twitter who kept raving about it, so I gave it a chance.

I am so glad I did. This story was magical.

When Alex’s life does a complete 180, he finds himself moving back to his hometown to take over his parents bakery. One day he meets Corbin Wale, and he is instantly interested. Corbin lives in his own head, he is a recluse, lonely, and an artist… and he believes his family is cursed.

Corbin has always thought that no one would accept him for who he is, so when he meets Alex and Alex loves him flaws and quirks and all, it honestly brought tears to my eyes. They were both instantly drawn to each other from the start, but they had such a beautiful and slow-burn romance.

The remaking of Corbin Wale was a constant overturning, like the ocean tides.

The remaking of Alex Barrow had been far less tempestuous. It had been a deepening, an underscoring.

This is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was a bit odd, but these characters were pretty remarkable, and their relationships with friends and families were so authentic. The writing had an ethereal feeling to it, and I definitely recommend it.

I’m never going to get over this.

5 stars

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale, Roan Parrish
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was a short and sweet read. It follows an FBI Arts Crime agent, William Fox, and an art thief named Vaughn.

I was a bit worried about how their relationship would go, because I honestly think there can be people who are just too different to make a relationship work. William is responsible, kind of rigid in his ways, and has a very strong moral compass. Vaughn is much more easy going, he thinks he can bend the rules to benefit him, and yeah, he steals art sometimes.

This was nothing to what I was expecting. Considering this book has an FBI MC I thought it would be a bit more action packed, or have a mystery or something. This was a very fluffy book. This is the perfect book if you’re a fan of domestic ships, or if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted.

4 stars

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