Review of: Suckerpunch by Elyse Springer

TITLE: Suckerpunch
AUTHOR: Elyse Springer
SERIES: Hockey Gods and Monsters
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2019

BLURB:

A rookie goalie with a secret and a handsome yet hotheaded defenseman clash in the locker room and on the ice—but their shared desire to make the playoffs might help them move from enemies to lovers.
When the goalie for the Seattle Cascades hockey team is injured while drunk driving and Alex Fanning is recruited to take his place, Alex thinks his dream has come true. But to hold on to his hopes, he must keep his vampire heritage secret as the sport moves to ban Paranormals. The sexy but infuriating defenseman Sasha Petrov won’t make that easy. The injured goalie was his best friend, and he resents Alex’s presence—maybe even enough to use his bloodline against him.
Tensions mount, but the realization that there’s more to their feelings than animosity hits both men like a punch to the gut. Alex and Sasha’s newfound friendship promises passion, but a shocking betrayal could cost them all the ground they’ve gained.


The first thing that caught my eye as I scrolled through the list of books to review was the book cover. Who doesn’t love a hockey player with a hint of fang and a bit of blood? It immediately made me want to read the blurb to find out what the book was about. The book is about a rookie goalie with a secret and a handsome yet hotheaded defenseman who clash in the locker room and on the ice. The book is about hockey, has closeted paranormal players, and an enemy to lovers theme—all things that are right up my alley. It is the first book in the Hockey Gods and Monsters series by Elyse Springer, and I decided to give it a chance. It lived up to the blurb, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book does have homophobia in it obviously since the paranormal players have to keep their origins a secret and one of the characters has to deal with a tough moral decision on lying for his best friend when he gets arrested for a DUI or doing the right thing and telling the truth, possibly losing him as a friend, and getting him the help he needs for his drinking problem. Up until I found out what he decided to do, I was biting my nails.

Since he was little, all Alex Fanning has wanted to do is play hockey as a goalie. He’s been playing on a Portland hockey team since getting out of the US National Team Development Program, just waiting to get called up to the big leagues, the NHL, the National Hockey League. When the goalie for the Seattle Cascades hockey team is injured while drunk driving, Alex is recruited to take his place, and he thinks his dreams have come true. He gets to play hockey with his best friend Shawn, who knows all of his secrets and is there to help him fit in with the team. And as he proves himself to the team as a goalie, the team starts to accept him as a team member. Well, all of them except for Sasha Petrov, the best friend of Eduard, the goalie that Alex is replacing until the injured goalie is cleared to play.

Not only does Alex have to contend with Sasha’s animosity toward him, but the sport is moving to ban paranormals from playing and implementing that all players have to be blood tested to find out if they are paranormal or human.

Sasha Petrov doesn’t want to like Alex Fanning. To Sasha, it feels like a betrayal to his best friend, Eduard. Alex is only twenty-two, keeps to himself, seems cold and distant, at first, but when he gets to know the team, then he livens up. When the team captain notices the animosity between the two, he tells them that until they can work it out that they will be glued together and have to sit on the buses and planes together, eat together, and share a room. With them forced to interact with each other, it is almost impossible for Sasha to deny the attraction and chemistry that he has for Alex. And for Sasha that puts him in a rough spot. Does he stay loyal to his best friend or does he give Alex a chance that he deserves? How will he be able to choose between the two?

I recommend this book to people that are fans of hockey, who like paranormal/human pairings. I look forward to reading the next book in the series when it gets released.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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