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Monday, April 9, 2012

In the Penalty Box by Riley Shane

In the Penalty Box by Riley Shane
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (135 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

For four years, writer Landon Quinn has struggled to forget the one night he spent with Seattle Marauders defenseman Gregory Samson. Then Landon’s life takes an unexpected turn, and he finds himself back in Seattle and face-to-face with the man who broke his heart.

Samson doesn’t know what he did to run Landon off all those years ago, but he’s sure Landon’s leaving was for the best. The bright, beautiful young man Landon had once been was far too adoring, far too open, for the closeted hockey player’s peace of mind. The intervening years have only made Landon an even sexier temptation -- and Landon’s return presents Samson with a whole new set of problems.

Attraction sizzles between them, but having been burned once by Samson has left Landon twice shy. Even as Samson convinces Landon to let him out of the penalty box and into his life, Samson has to face the fact that his closely guarded secrets may come to light. Caught between the ghosts of his past and the promise of a future with Landon, the hockey star must decide if now that he's come off the bench, he's ready to come out of the closet.

All's fair in love and war but when the person you’re in love with constantly keeps letting you down, what do you do? Well, for Landon Quinn it was to run away. I couldn’t blame this character for tucking tail and running off to lick his wounds. Landon was an easy character to like. He’s sweet and caring. The love for his family and friends is clear within the pages. So it’s no shock that his heart is still open to the one man who broke it four years prior. I really liked how Landon kept his composure around Samson. It was a good game of cat and mouse. He wasn’t intentionally trying to make Samson jealous but it worked and made for some entertaining reading.

At first I really didn’t like Samson. The man did an unforgivable thing to Landon that broke his young heart. But as I continued to read I learned the whys of it. Samson has an unpleasant backstory that brought a tear to my eye. The fear of the unknown can rule a person’s life and it has taken control of Samson’s. The author did an excellent job of getting Samson’s pain across; a very touching story.

In the Penalty Box revolves around a hockey team and that right there had me hooked before I even cracked open my laptop to start reading. But it was the touching storyline and in-depth characters that had me falling in love with the book. This is a book that definitely puts your emotions on a roller-coaster ride from beginning to end.

If you’re a reader who likes a good dose of drama in your happy ever afters then this is a must read for you.

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