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Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?  

When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R&R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser. Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?  

Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.

©2018 Jeff Adams, Will Knauss (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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Home is where the Heart is

Where does The Hockey Player's Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top for sure. I loved everything about this book. The writing, the narration, the slow burning love story rooted in decades of friendship.

What other book might you compare The Hockey Player's Heart to and why?

Wade Kelly's Jocks series, the writing styles and angst are similar.

What does Finn Sterling bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He gives the characters a voice, each their own definable voice, makes them more than just words on paper.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, actually.

Any additional comments?

This book was a breath of fresh air for me, the perfect mixture of love, life and angst. Sterling did such a great job bringing Caleb and Aaron to life and giving each of them their own distinct personalty in addition to the differing characteristics already in place from the written version.

Caleb is the hot, openly gay, confident hockey star while Aaron, who is successful in his own right, lacks some of the confidence due to a past boyfriend that didn't appreciate the beautiful, smart man he had. That is a huge part of the story when going back and forth from each man's POV. Aaron knows what he wants, he has since he was a teenager, but there's the constant niggle in the back of his mind.... am I good enough? I think my favorite aspect of this book, aside from the smoking hot chemistry, was the fact that the story was built on a foundation of friendship and love long before anything else. It really does give the story roots that just continue to grow throughout.

This is the first book that husbands, Jeff Adams and Will Knauss, co-wrote and I seriously hope it is not the last. I could feel each one of them in the story while listening. There was a push and pull between Caleb and Aaron that gave the story depth and kept me intrigued throughout, little bread crumbs dropped here and there that came together at the end and made me smile. I highly recommend this one, especially if you're a hopeless romantic, like myself.

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Not a Player Anymore

If you could sum up The Hockey Player's Heart in three words, what would they be?

This is a great story, it starts off with a brush of lips in a goodbye between two young men in high school. One was a cute geeky math tutor and the other a hockey jock. They didn’t start seeing each other in high school, Much later the pair meets up and the jock wants a relationship and the geek questions everything. They work hard and get a happy ending

What about Finn Sterling’s performance did you like?

Narrator jock voice was great the geek needed some work.

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it was so good

i really don't want it to end I love this book so much that I will say that you will not be disappointed i wish there was a series

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  • Natdragon
  • Flushing, MI, United States
  • 07-07-18

Great!

I really did like this book. I will look for more from this author and narrator!

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Hockey Hearts #1

After breaking his foot, hockey player Caleb Carter returns to his small hometown to recover and when he runs into his high school crush, Aaron Price, his fall is fast and certain. Unfortunately, Aaron has some old ghosts haunting him that prevent him from truly opening his heart to Caleb.

I enjoyed Finn Sterling's narration. He paces the story well and injects just enough emotion at all the right points. I particularly enjoy Sterling's male character voices, which he does really well. I just wish he wouldn't use such high-pitched voices for the female characters.

Told from a dual POV, I was loving this right up until the third quarter (when it unraveled with miscommunication, as Aaron pushes Caleb away, which completely frustrated me) until it finally corrected itself at almost the very end.

It's a well written story, with likable characters, an interesting romantic plot, good narration, and a very sweet HEA ending. If it weren't for the late miscommunication I would be rating this much higher. I hate unnecessary miscommunication in a story, but that's a personal peeve of mine, so your mileage may vary.

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Fun story

The story is great, gotta love Hockey Players! Most of the audio was great. Flowed very well. Unfortunately Finn switching to falsetto to be a girl was not enjoyable for my ears. Great narration except for that. Go Red Wings...lol