Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In the Penalty Box

Title: In the Penalty Box
Author: Riley Shane
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-61118-788-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx   

For years, Gregory Samson has been able to stay in the closet. His sexual affairs have been with men who are also in the closet and not looking for an open relationship. Gregory’s safe haven begins to crumble when Landon Quinn returns to Seattle after four years and does everything possible to avoid contact with Gregory. The more Landon ignores Gregory, the more Gregory desires a chance to correct his past with Landon. 

In the Penalty Box is the second book in the Seattle Marauders series. The realistic plot features the negatives of being a hockey star in the spotlight, as well as the impact traumatic events can have on your behavior. Nightmares of childhood abuse still haunt Gregory and are the source of his fears. Living a lie for so many years, Gregory has lost the honorable man he truly is inside. Fear has suppressed all of Gregory’s true emotions. The empathy shown by Landon allowed Gregory to slowly step out of the closet. Landon is openly gay, he is also very aware of the struggles gay men face dealing with a homophobic society.  

Riley Shane's In the Penalty Box is an impressive and enjoyable romance exhibiting the many emotional phases couples must sometimes travel to find happiness with themselves, as well as with each other.      

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