cover image Time to Shine

Time to Shine

Rachel Reid. Carina Adores, $18.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-335-45853-7

With this sultry hockey romance, Reid takes a break from her Game Changer series but stays on familiar ground. When Landon Stackhouse is called up from Saskatoon to substitute goaltend for the NHL team in Calgary, he’s soon befriended by Casey Hicks, the team’s unofficial social director. While Landon’s “default mode [is] antisocial homebody,” Casey is afraid of being alone. After Casey suggests Landon come live in his spare room, the bi Casey and closeted gay Landon, a virgin, both find themselves secretly crushing on each other. Soon they start sleeping in the same bed, nonsexually, for company and comfort. Casey also invites Landon and his parents to his family cabin in Banff for Christmas. The yuletide trappings are thin but festive: it’s at a team holiday party where Landon and Casey first—finally—kiss and Landon’s parents arrive for Christmas just as the teammates couple up, prompting some drama. The bigger threat to the men’s relationship, however, is what will happen when Landon is sent back down to the minors. Reid’s winning formula of on-ice action and off-ice passion continues to work well, though longtime fans will find the relationship dynamics a bit familiar. Still, there’s plenty to swoon over here. Agent: Deidre Knight, Knight Agency. (Sept.)