Review: Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Quick Info
Heated Rivalry

  • Author: Rachel Reid
  • Publishing House: Carina Press
  • Release Date: 25.03.2019
  • Series: Game Changers
    book 2
  • Genre: Contemporary, Romance
  • Diversity: Mental Health (depression); POC
  • Trigger Warnings: suicide mention
  • Rating: 5/5 Stars

Heated Rivalry

Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…

The Queer’s Review

I’ve already read it twice.

So obviously enjoy Heated Rivalry a great deal. And that even though I’m not a fan of stories jumping between the past and the present, but it somehow works with Shane and Ilya’s story.

Although to be honest… I didn’t really had a chance, did I? Grumpy, Russian Ice Hockey player with an unhappy childhood… Seems like I’ve got a thing for these characters.

Enemies to lovers is so often done rather quickly and I’m left wondering where the actual being-enemies-part went. I’m not wondering about this here. Instead I had to fight the urge to take their heads and knock them together a little bit. Maybe more than once, because those two are blind idiots. Loveable blind idiots, but still.

The worst – so the best – part is the fucking tension. I mean, I knew what would happen because I was rereading it but I still felt the “oh god what will happen” and “are they going to” tension.

Maybe that isn’t the best part. Maybe the best part is how fun it is to read about them playfully interacting with each other. Or how awkward they can be. Or a certain Ice Hockey crazy mum. Who knows?

Bookish Thoughts

Time to schedule my next reread but first I’ve got my eye on book 3.


I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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