Review: Season’s Change by Cait Nary

Quick Info
Season’s Change

  • Title: Season’s Change
  • Series: Trade Season
  • Author: Cait Nary
  • Release Date: 01.02.2022
  • Genre: Contemporary, Romance
  • Content Warning: Cheating, Sexism, Homophobia, Slurs, abuse
  • Diversity: POC, Mental Health
  • Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Blurb
Season’s Change

A veteran hockey player and a rookie can’t get away from each other—or their own desires—in this sexy, heartfelt opposites-attract hockey romance.  

Olly Järvinen has a long way to go. He’s got a fresh start playing for a new team, but getting his hockey career back on track is going to take more than a change of scenery. He’s got to shut his past out and focus. On the game, not on his rookie roommate and his annoyingly sunny disposition—and annoyingly distracting good looks.

All Benji Bryzinski ever wanted was to play in the big leagues, and he’s not going to waste one single second of his rookie season. Yoga, kale smoothies and guided meditation help keep his head in the game. But his roommate keeps knocking him off track. Maybe it’s just that Olly is a grumpy bastard. Or maybe it’s something else, something Benji doesn’t have a name for yet.

Olly and Benji spend all their time together—on the ice, in the locker room, in their apartment—and ignoring their unspoken feelings isn’t making them go away. Acting on attraction is one thing, but turning a season’s fling into forever would mean facing the past—and redefining the future.

The Queer’s Review

I started out not liking it and I ended up being sad it’s over. So reading kinda was a rollercoaster ride.

I can’t tell you why but the whole book I kept confusing Olly and Benji. Not the whole time but more often than not I thought the scene was Olly and then it was Benji or the other way around. Maybe I was just exhausted while reading, but quite a few days in a row? I don’t know.

So that was a small thing that made me not like Season’s Change. Worse was the plain sexism. I mean, yeah okay, I can live with some characters being sexist assholes because society is like that. But you can still portray that and have your character react to it? Just a thought. Cooking and taking care of people is also more than once linked to being a mom or a housewive.

But Cait Nary’s story grew on me without me noticing it. Aside from the just talked about things, I had fun reading. Also mental health not only plays a huge role in this book, I’m also satisfied with how it gets handled.

Actually, this might be my favourite part of the book and it’s probably why it grew so much on me. The other reason is that Olly and Benji are just… fun together. They’re two dorks who try to be supportive of each other while pining after the other one and not being perfect.

Bookish Thoughts

“I really think I’m fine.”
“You’ve got your stress-face on,” Luke said. “We don’t want you to have your stress-face on. […]”

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Disclaimer

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

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