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    Excellent

    An intriguing and seriously sexy M/M contemporary hockey romance that I thoroughly enjoyed! On the ice they are fierce rivals. In private they have a decade long arrangement of hooking up whenever they were in the same city. With both of their careers on the line keeping the relationship a secret is a must. This may have worked for a while but now their feelings have grown and something needs to change. Will they ever be able to have it all? This is a great read and definitely one I would recommend.
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    Heated Rivalry and heated romance

    Heated Rivalry is a book that takes place over the course of many years. While technically a sequel to the first Game Changers book (of the same name) Heated Rivalry takes place before and after the events of the first book and features Ilya. The romance of the novel span many years so be prepared for the pair to see other people (the book is never present in these moments) if you don't enjoy this heads up. Other than that I really ended this novel!
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    4.5 stars- Maddeningly slow burner that's so good

    Wow, this was a book that's certain to leave a mark. Heated Rivalry is the second release in the Game Changers series by new author Rachel Reid. Though there's some overlap with secondary characters, I had no problem reading it as a standalone. A pseudo enemies-to-lovers romance, Heated Rivalry features two professional hockey stars who are constantly pitted against each other in public while hooking up behind closed doors. This was probably the most maddeningly slow burn romance I've read to date, but I loved all the angst interspersed with tender, swoonworthy moments. The slow unfurling of feelings between Ilya and Shane made sense given how secretive their relationship had to remain and how few and far between their times together were, especially at the start. And though the halting progression in the romance drove me a little crazy with wanting to see these two together, I loved that the author used the time to build an undeniable, palpable chemistry between the men that I adored. I also loved seeing the men's personalities come out more and more and enjoyed the banter between them oh so much, especially at the end. Heated Rivalry ends with more of a happy-for-now conclusion vs an out and proud public declaration, but all those seemingly small moments Ilya and Shane shared built until my heart was fluttering and I was entirely satisfied. If you like your romances with a slow build, Heated Rivalry is one you won't want to miss. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author and publisher had no influence over this review*
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    Absolutely wonderful and so hot!

    I thought Game Changer, Rachel Reid's first published book, was fantastic and I wasn't sure how she'd be able to top it with her next book. Well, top it she sure did! Heated Rivalry is every bit as fantastic, and maybe just a bit more, than Game Changer. Both books are about hockey, and both books are kind of about coming out. But Heated Rivalry is so much more. It's a great enemies to lovers story. Heated Rivalry totally stands alone but characters from Game Changer do make brief appearances. It actually took me a little while to figure out that a lot of things that happen in Heated Rivalry are on a parallel timeline to Game Changer. This book spans 9 years or so, beginning in late 2008. It's a captivating story about two hockey players who are supposed to hate each other—and sometimes they do—but they also can't fight the attraction they feel to each other. I enjoyed following Ilya and Shane's relationship over this vast span of time. Like Game Changer, Heated Rivalry hit me in all the feels. As the story went along, I kept waiting for their relationship to be found out (this was kind of expected because secret relationships almost always get exposed) but it sure didn't happen how I thought it might, but it was perfect the way it all went down. I do wish that the epilogue had given us more of Ilya and Shane's relationship another year or so down the road. There's no cliffhanger but I'm just one of those readers who always wants more from a book that I love. I searched around on the 'net and found out that more books are coming in this series and that we haven't heard the last of these two guys (hint: check out the author's Goodreads page and the "Ask the Author" questions she has answered). A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book and I purchased a copy because it was just that good. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
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    Recommended hot, entertaining erotic romance

    I would rate this 4.5 stars. Although this is a follow-up to Game Changer, this can be read as a standalone. In fact, most of this takes place before book one and then catches up to that timeline, so you could read them in either order. Scott from book one has a brief appearance. Shane Hollander is on the Montreal ice hockey team and Ilya Rozanov is on their historic rival team of Boston. The author gives the reader a glimpse at what their relationship is like, and then flashes back to when they first met eight years ago. Each interaction over the following seven years is highlighted, showing the personal rivalry both on and off the ice in dual POV. But having hot, steamy encounters for so many years draws them closer. Their status and similar positions in the hockey world make for a strange connection that no one else could really understand. This is an enemies to lovers story and they are not romantic or a couple for the majority of the book, so if it will bother you that they have sex (off page) with other people, this might not be the book for you. While Shane has to confront the fact that he's gay, Ilya has to confront that even though he's bisexual, he only really wants Shane anymore. When their dynamic shifts in a way that frightens them both, they have to decide if this is worth their careers. I loved these guys from start to finish. I loved when they were enemeies, loved how they strangely became friends, and I loved them as a couple. This was a hot, entertaining erotic romance. I also found it a bit more realistic and evenly written than the first book. I was fine with how it ended, although some might not like the practicality.
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