Thin Ice by Lane Hayes

Posted May 15, 2024 in Reviews / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Thin Ice by Lane HayesThin Ice by Lane Hayes
Series: The Elmwood Stories #4
Published by Self-Published on May 14, 2024
Genres: Fiction, M M Romance, Hockey, Sports, Sports Romance
Pages: 270
Format: ARC
Source: Gay Romance Reviews
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The hunky hockey dad, the bad boy coach, and a new start...

Elmwood isn’t good for my love life. Sorry. I’m a positive person and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about small town life, but I haven’t had a date, let alone a boyfriend in years. That’s fine. My son is and always has been my number one focus.

Except now he’s grown and is rarely home. And it’s lonely.

Yes, the new hockey coach is hot and single, but he’s off limits. Smitty’s trouble with a capital T and his baggage outweighs mine. Besides, we said nothing would happen after “that” night. It was a one-time, never to be repeated deal.

So why can’t I stay away from him?

Am I sad about retiring from pro hockey? Honestly, no. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t in pain. My body needs a rest, but I can’t go home. Everything has changed there and I need a distraction. Stat.

So… Elmwood.

Look, we all know I won’t last a whole season of coaching high school kids, but stepping in till they find a better candidate is a good temporary plan. And Bryson’s here.

There’s something about the hot dad with the sunny smile and bad jokes that makes me feel alive again. Look, I’m not in the market for forever. Been there, done that. I’ve risked my body, but I’m not giving my heart away again. I know thin ice when I see it.

Or do I?

Thin Ice is an MM bisexual, small town romance featuring a silver fox dad, a bad boy hockey player, and a new start on solid ground.

Okay, so let me preface this by saying I have been in my hockey romance reading era lately. I think in the last two to three months, I have devoured 20+ hockey romance books. As soon as I saw Lane Hayes was releasing Thin Ice, I knew I had to read it! I did receive an advanced reader’s copy of this book, but that does not change or sway my opinion.

Bryson and Smitty both agreed their one night was just that, one night. But isn’t it funny how things don’t always go as planned? Especially when Bryson’s one-night stand is his son’s hockey rival. Heading back to the ideal town of Elmwood, Bryson couldn’t get Smitty out of his head, and that was the end of it. Or so he thought. Wouldn’t you know it? A few weeks later, Smitty shows up in town!

Thin Ice explores the small-town romance genre mixed with hockey/sports in a perfect balance. I have to give Lane Hayes an A+ for the dad jokes sprinkled in; I love them! As the book progresses, we learn what is truly holding Bryson back and watch Smitty slowly break down those guarded walls. If you are looking for heat, Thin Ince packs it!

Overall, Thin Ice was a fantastic read, and I will definitely read it again. I have not read the other books in the series, but I am definitely considering it now after reading this one. If you are looking for a small-town romance with hockey, this one is for you! I can’t wait to read what Lane Hayes writes next!

About Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes Author Image

Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters.

Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. She is the bestselling author of the Better Than, Right and Wrong, A Kind of stories and Leaning Into Series and the Out in College series. Lane’s novels placed first in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an empty nest.

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