Title: Hat Trick
Author: Chelle Dugan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: B List
Blurb: Charlie Trevino and Tony Côté had one night together that neither could ever forget. Charlie left his number for Tony, but spilled water rendered it illegible. That mishap kicks off a year of failed connections and miscommunication. Tony fears what life outside the closet will do to his career in pro hockey, so he travels the country with his team and doesn’t search for Charlie. Charlie finishes college and tries to ignore his disappointment over Tony. When they finally get together, Tony’s closet takes its toll. But Tony attempts the ultimate hat trick, hoping for another chance with Charlie.
Review: I really liked the basis for this story. It’s an interesting idea of love being something that you have to work on.
When Tony and Charlie get together the first time it’s just a hook-up, nothing more. Except maybe it is… And neither one can get the other out of their heads, and to their confusion, hearts.
What I liked about Tony was the fact that he was honest enough about his sexuality and his reality as a hockey player to know what his closet looked like. He was not going to come out and it almost cost him everything. He wasn’t mean or malicious, but very honest about his ability to come out. He adored Charlie and had to learn what it meant to sacrifice for someone.
Charlie is a sweet, beautiful man with dreams, family and friends who adore him. When he found Tony he made a decision that was life altering. He chose to love someone in the closet. I was so upset! I understood why he made that choice, but the pain took it’s toll. It didn’t break him, but it did force him to make some life choices that I don’t think he would have made otherwise. The things we do for love…some wise and others foolish.
This is not a long book, even though the story itself takes place over several years. I enjoy stories about relationships that don’t follow all the rules. There will be moments in the story when you get frustrated and moments when you cheer. I enjoyed it and would definitely pick up something from this author again.
Reviewed by Beans
Posted on October 14, 2013, in Beans and tagged B List, Beans, Career, Choices, Closet Case, College, Coming Out, Contemporary, Dreams of a Future, DSP, established relationship, Family, Family and Friends, Hockey, Homophobia, Living in the Moment, M/M, Sacrifices, Time will Tell, Waiting for Your HEA. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.