After fifteen years playing pro hockey, Aaron Buckley screws up, and his mistake and his attitude get him sent down to the minor leagues. His new team is in his old city, where he started his career in hockey, and also where he left his boyfriend behind. His luck hasn't improved since joining a team of rookies and kids, but he has discovered that Zach—the ex-boyfriend who could never compete with hockey for Aaron’s love—is still in town. Aaron has a second chance to answer the same question: Zach or hockey? But maybe it's time for a new question.
Reviewed By: J9
I enjoyed this premise of a hockey player being sent down to the minor leagues and reconnecting with the boyfriend he left when he chose hockey over the boyfriend. I liked the exploration of what a man would feel if he chose a job (hockey) over everything else in life only to have the job leave him. Aaron’s sister Rosie was a lovely character and a good foil to Aaron’s confusion over his life.
But I didn’t like the romance a bit. It felt fractured like I was dropped into Zach and Aaron’s relationship with no real backstory and reference to old times weren’t enough to connect me emotionally to why they’d want to start anew Furthermore, the relationship was totally unresolved, other than sexual, and the emotional intimacy felt more like they were attempting to recapture what they had instead of explore what they could be. I wanted to like this short novella a lot more than I did.