The Inside Edge

Ashlyn Kane. Dreamspinner, $14.99 trade paper (228p) ISBN 978-1-64405-895-4
Kane (American Love Songs) charms in this sports-themed gay romance. Former NHL hockey player Nate Overton now works as a commentator on sports show The Inside Edge. When the network brings in Aubrey Chase, a retired figure skater and trust fund baby who goes through men like tissues, as Nate’s new cohost, an awkward hot mic moment gets the pair off to a rocky start. Despite this bad first impression, their chemistry quickly builds, but Nate’s still reeling from a painful divorce and is hesitant to risk his heart on someone who doesn’t seem to take relationships seriously. They make a go at casual dating, but neither feels particularly casual, and they soon wind up exchanging love confessions. Then an unexpected job offer threatens to derail their happiness. Kane writes with a huge helping of heat and heart, and a stellar supporting cast—especially Nate’s entertaining mother, Diane, and his close friends Kelly and Caley—bolster the romance. Kane’s pitch-perfect plotting keeps just the right amount of tension throughout, and the lively conclusion will delight readers. This is a treat. (Dec.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review referred to the book's author by an incorrect name in two instances.

Reviewed on : 10/13/2020
Genre: Romance/Erotica
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