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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Between the Pipes by Stephanie Hecht

Between the Pipes by Stephanie Hecht
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

When Trey dreamed of one day playing professional hockey, he always imagined it would be for one of the top ranking NHL teams. He never fathomed he’d end up on a last place, farm team and struggling to live from one paycheck to the next. Instead of limousines, endorsement deals and accolades, he’s stuck with a rundown rink, jeering ex-fans and a crappy second-hand truck that only runs fifty percent of the time. Then his life goes from sucky to sucky-er when he’s blackmailed into coaching a group of kids from the local rink. Trey’s never been good with dealing with other people, let alone their mini-versions, so he’s certain it’s all going to end in one huge disaster.

As a member of the Battle Creek police force, Wade is proud of his town. Sure their local hockey team may be in last place, but with the new goalie, things seem to be looking up. When he finds out his nephew is being coached by that very same goalie, Wade can’t wait for a face-to-face encounter. He’s not prepared to find himself instantly attracted to Trey. Especially when it becomes apparent that Trey is hiding something from his past.

Trey wants to get closer to Wade, but knows to do so could spell disaster for not only him, but the rest of his family. Will Trey be able to give into his desires or will the past continue to hold him down?

Trey Canton has experienced more than most men his age: abuse, death, and the loss of an up-and-coming hockey career. After word got out that Trey was gay, he lost the chance to play for a professional hockey team. It also cost him what bit of normalcy he had in his life at the hands of an abusive father.

Trey and his older twin brothers, Chad and Devon, play for the same rundown hockey farm team, the Hawks. Chad and Devon are the kind of brothers any person would love to have. They sacrificed their professional hockey careers to protect their little brother. They helped cover a dark secret in the family's past and Devon announced that he was gay too to help take the spotlight off his little brother. These men are extremely overprotective--almost to a fault. They inadvertently treat Trey like a stupid naïve kid and their lack of faith in him causes him to feel about two feet tall.

Trey is a complicated character. He’s a funny jokester but he does that to cover his lack of self confidence. He’s one of the best goaltenders ever to grace the sport but that’s the only thing he thinks he’s good for. He believes he isn’t worth being loved due to his troubled past. That’s until a sexy police officer steps into his life and proves to him he’s more than just a hockey player.

Wade is a fan of goalie Trey Canton, but not until he meets him does he start to believe in the old saying love at first sight. Wade knows Trey and his brothers are keeping a secret and he has his suspicions but all in all it doesn’t matter, he knows what he wants, and that’s Trey. As you read you have the hope that Wade can prove to Trey he’s so much more just a pretty face and that he is someone a person can fall completely in love with.

This story deals with some serious issues but also has its funny moments. The dialogue is well written and keeps you glued to the story. Ms. Hecht has put together a very touching love story that shows everyone is worth being loved. This is the second story in the Blue Line Hockey series. This story can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first in this series Offside Pass. You get more background story on Trey and his brothers. This is a story and series I highly recommend to read, you’ll be happy you did.

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