Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: Picks & Pucks by Teegan Loy

Picks & Pucks
by Teegan Loy
Published April 21st 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Formats Available: mobi, epub, pdf, zip/html, Paperback

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Rising men’s figure skating star, Justin Corrin, is coming home to train for the upcoming season and face his demons. The last thing Justin needs is to fall in love with a hockey player. Instead of getting rid of his demons, Justin is collecting more. He tries desperately to control his growing feelings for CJ Daly, but finds being with CJ keeps his nightmares away.
Justin isn’t the only one with problems, and hidden fears and secrets threaten to separate the two. With the pressure mounting, CJ starts to pull away, and Justin doesn’t know why. His skating suffers, and he decides to stop wasting his time on love and focus on winning the nationals.
If Justin can destroy his demons, he might have a chance for happiness on and off the ice. But if the demons win, Justin’s life could be ruined.

Picks & Pucks is a story of personal demons that follow every single one of us every freaking day. The need to dismiss them, to fight them off or to forget they actually exist is a real need. These are strong distractions which can either haunt us for the rest of our days or be beaten off by something stronger. Love can certainly do that. 

Justin is one such young man who is constantly fighting with his personal demons. Traumatized from the loss of a beloved mother, he had left his life from his family and struck off on his own to be the figure ice skater he and his mother envisioned him to be. But in order to beat the demons and to get the strength he needed to get all the way to Nationals and finally, Olympics, he had to go back home. 

Seeing his family, friends and former lover, Justin thought he would not survive the hell he thought he was in. Then he runs into CJ, a hockey player who sends Justin's emotions on a spin. It was difficult not to act on their mutual attraction, especially when CJ was staying in the same house Justin was. As their relationship develops into something deeper, both young men begin to realize they may just have a chance for a future. But CJ has his own demons to beat. Is their relationship bound to fail? 

I just found something really sexy with this cover image. The all-so-masculine hockey skates right beside the sexy figure skating ones. I so needed a romantic story complete with angst and drama set within the sporting world and this just fulfilled every single need and dream I had. The drama was there and I actually looked forward to these unfolding for these played such important roles to the whole beating-demons process. The love story between Justin and CJ cannot be dismissed as a simple romance for the trials they had to go through, to get to the point where they could be free of all obstacles, it all just beautifully unfolded.

Thank you, Teegan Loy. This was such a great read and despite my own trials these past two days, I found this to be a perfect balm in every way and was more than enough to get me through difficult times. The plot developed so well and it was just written so lovely, it left me smiling and needing to go watch some ice skating to the tunes of the Backstreet Boys. 

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