Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Frozen Hearts


Author: Teegan Loy
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publisher URL: spsilverpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN: 9781614958925
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Erik Fox is a champion hockey player but the game isn’t fun anymore. Knowing there’s no chance with the guy he left behind when his parents forced him to change schools while a teenager; Erik still hopes for a normal life. He anticipates that quitting hockey will infuriate his father but not that it will precipitate a fight that will leave him battered and bruised.

Back to being a full time student, Erik’s shocked at how many people care that he’s left hockey behind. What’s even more surprising is how many care that he’s gay and involved with Tyce, his former high school lover, who is also a student on campus. Can these two find a way to rebuild their trust while navigating through the multitude of hostile people determined to keep them apart?

Frozen Hearts is the first book by Teegan Loy I’ve had the opportunity to read and I’m glad I took a chance on it.

Others see Erik’s life as perfect because of his hockey success but in reality, it’s a mess. That means the story’s filled with plenty of angst and drama. Whether it’s family, friends or strangers, there’s lot of pressure on Erik while he attempts to rebuild his relationship with Tyce. I have to say, it makes for some pretty intense moments and I commend Ms. Loy at how well she handles it.

I’m not a big sports fan but I like Erik, Tyce and their story. The first paragraph caught my attention and the hockey premise and well rounded personalities kept my interest until the end. The pacing never flagged, the descriptions are vivid and there are some nicely done flashbacks about their time together as teenagers. Secondary characters are numerous and several are important, helping both men through the rough times facing them.

Don’t let the serious nature of this story scare you away. Yes, the situations Erik and Tyce face will likely make you feel unsettled and maybe make you teary-eyed but there are also some wonderful lighthearted moments too. So, if you enjoy intense, emotional filled stories, then you should give Frozen Hearts a try. I’d love to see a sequel featuring Tyce’s friend Sam, sometime in the future. Hint. Hint.

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