Author: Teegan Loy

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

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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.
PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan LoyPicks & Pucks by Teegan Loy
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

No one would disagree that Justin Corrin has a gift with a hockey puck.  Justin also has incredible talent with a figure skating pick. His life should have been a dream.  Far from it.  His older hockey player brother is jealous and his father, a college hockey coach, has a fit when he learns that Justin is taking figure skating classes.  Adding to that his hockey player boyfriend insists on staying firmly in the closet.  His mother’s death in a car accident is the final blow in destroying Justin’s home life.  She was the glue that kept them together.  After the funeral he left his fractured family for training in California.

 

Just missing the podium at Nationals Justin agrees to come home with his demons to face the mess he left behind.  Confronting family members it seems that they are trying to make amends while Justin is the one who won’t let the past go.

 

New skating programs, developing family relations, and a new hockey boyfriend who’s not in the closet.  Justin is learning that he makes his own drama and his own demons.  It’s up to him to make a life worth cherishing.

 

Such sorrow and angst in the beginning.  The evolution of the main character’s growth in Picks and Pucks is gritty, realistic, and heartwarming.  Accepting Justin’s invisible demons may take a moment of adjustment, but they have a place in the skater’s maturity so bear with them.  The secondary characters are just as real and intrinsic to the plotline.  Picks and Pucks is the story of a family that’s unraveled by anger and death, however time and love is knitting them back together.   Cheer them on.  I Joyfully recommend Picks and Pucks. Tissue optional.

ECHOES OF US by Teegan Loy

ECHOES OF US by Teegan Loy

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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.
ECHOES OF US by Teegan LoyEchoes of Us by Teegan Loy
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-11-18
Genres: Contemporary, MM
Pages: 227
Reviewed by Lisa

Most people think falling in love is a wonderful thing. For Rylan Blake, love only complicates his life. After a disastrous trip home, Rylan and his best friend, Maggie, head back to Chicago to meet their new roommate, Jade Marin, and prepare for their final year of college. Love is the last thing Rylan expects when he meets Jade. But as the two men get to know each other and discover their mutual love of music, friendship becomes more. They compose songs and, at Maggie's urging, post their work on YouTube-where the videos go viral and a music producer discovers them. But hitting it big isn't always a good thing, especially when it comes with a price. When Rylan and Jade sign a deal with a big music company, they're ordered to hide their relationship from the public and take fake girlfriends. At first, it's a game, but as their fame grows, Rylan feels forced to choose: Does he stay and live a lie, or does he walk away from a life of fame-and from Jade?

JoyfullyRecommended

 

Never once did Rylan Blake feel as though he fit into the small farming community where he was born.  The moment his college acceptance letter arrived Rylan began mapping out his life in Chicago and never looked back.  He was also lucky enough to gain a roommate who would become his best friend, Maggie Mae Stewart.

When their third roommate leaves and a new one join the students Rylan is instantly smitten and the feeling is apparently mutual.  Jade Marin happily turns in his ‘straight’ card for time in Rylan’s arms.  They also share a love of music, using lyrics written by Rylan, and Jade’s skills with a guitar to entertain Maggie in their basement.  She talks them into putting their music on YouTube where they become an unexpected hit.

The lovers gain a following and begin playing clubs in the city.  Soon after a music producer from Hollywood comes calling.  The record deal they’re offered is lucrative and heady.  The only negative stipulation – they hide their relationship.  At first it’s not a problem because they are busy in the studio, but once they hit the road it begins to wear on them, especially Rylan who’s never before hidden his sexual preferences. Jade loves the spotlight and he’s willing to do just about anything to stay on top and in the closet.  At the breaking point will Rylan choose to keep the love of his life in the shadows for fame and fortune or walk away from the opportunity of a lifetime?

Emotions run high in Echoes of Us and reads like a dream.  Rylan, Jade, and Maggie embark on a wild journey that hits every button and more.  The lover’s explosive relationship fans flames hotter and higher in every consecutive chapter.   Some issues slip into place somewhat easily, but Echoes of Us is honestly heartfelt and heartwarming.  I Joyfully recommend Echoes of Us for all the excellent highs and lows these lovers experience.

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