Title: Tough Guy by Rachel Reid
Series: Game Changers #3
Release Date: January 13, 2020
Format: Kindle Edition (363 Pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Adult, LGBT
Blurb: They have nothing in common—so why does Ryan feel most like himself whenever he’s with Fabian?
Pro hockey star Ryan Price may be an enforcer, but off the ice he struggles with anxiety. Recently traded to the Toronto Guardians, he’s determined to make a fresh start in the city’s dynamic LGBTQ Village. The last thing he expects to stumble upon in his new neighborhood is a blast from his past in the fabulous form of Fabian Salah.
Aspiring musician Fabian loathes hockey. But that doesn’t stop him from being attracted to a certain burly, ginger-bearded defenseman. He hasn’t forgotten the kiss they almost shared back in high school, and it’s clear the chemistry between them has only intensified.
Fabian is more than happy to be Ryan’s guide to the gay scene in Toronto. Between dance clubs and art exhibits—and the most amazing sex—Ryan’s starting to feel something he hasn’t experienced in a long time: joy. But playing the role of the heavy on the ice has taken its toll on his body and mind, and a future with Fabian may mean hanging up his skates for good.
I loved book 2 so much that it was hard to avoid comparing Fabian and Ryan’s story to the consistent tension-filled relationship of Shane and Ilya.
Fabian and Ryan were acquaintances when they were younger but Fabian wasn’t solidly out of the closet then. They bumped into each other in Toronto and they reconnect. They are supportive of each other as they have history together. Fabian is a musician trying to launch his career and Ryan is struggling with his waning love for the sport that has been a focal point in his life for so long.
Rachel Reid writing has been really enjoyable. This series has been my first introduction to her work. I found all of the characters are memorable and their plights are relatable. Fabian and Ryan were sweet and their journey was low on angst. Simply put, this book is about two guys trying to find their way in the world as well as finding love. The writing remains engaging and the characters are likable. I think this story would have struck more of a chord if it came before Ilya and Shane. They were just too much of an act to follow. I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves sports romance or rocker romance.