Rupert Smythe is fond of many things. Callum Morrison isn’t one of them.
Rupert is a quiet, thoughtful business man and, sadly, a total wimp. Maybe not the ideal candidate to run a professional hockey team, but he signed on to do it anyway. As his life has reminded him on an almost daily basis since, this isn’t the most brilliant idea he’s ever had. And that was before Callum showed up.
Being in the spotlight is just part of being a professional athlete, but Callum needs a break. He arrives in Moncton unannounced, determined to help grow the team he just bought, and under the assumption he’d be welcome. Possibly he should have tried to make a better first impression.
Callum figures he can push through the rest of the summer, never expecting two kids, a host of friends, and his growing feelings for Rupert to derail everything he has ever believed about what he wanted, and what he could have.
I’m a goner. Callum and Rupert are swoon-worthy, and I adored this slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers story. Even the focus on kids and family didn’t bother me. (Much.)
(Disclaimer for those of you who are not kid people: A 4-year-old and a 12-year-old are given a lot of page time. A LOT. They are good boys and not annoying, but, yeah, I wish Rupert and Callum had more alone ADULT time to do filthy things to each other. Oh, sue me. I know what I like.)
Rupert, a former figure skater with the most incredible ASSets, is so prim and proper, and Callum, who looks like a scary bruiser with his scars and nose that’s been broken one too many times, is just a big ol’ teddy bear (*whispers* and a virgin *ahem*).
These two go at it: fighting, teasing, loving … just being together, and being there for their boys, Oliver (Rupert’s half-brother) and Christian (who has the most loathsome homophobic father).
I didn’t even know Callum and Rupert existed until I read Wayland's Checking It Twice (Crashing 2).
I was witness to their perfect happy ending, and I wanted their story. I wanted more.
And I got MORE. More sexy times and tender moments, more snark, and more Alexei & Mike to boot.
I loved the colorful cast of secondary characters here. Can Reese be gay, please? And I also want Jack and Grady’s story. (Yes, I’m a demanding bitch.)
This is a feel-good, steamy, SWEET (gah!) story about making your own family and falling in love with the person who appears all wrong but is really all RIGHT.
HOT virgin-debauching scene(S) included. *fans self* Repeatedly.
Gorgeous HEA, too!