Saturday, March 24, 2012

In the Penalty Box by Riley Shane

In the Penalty Box (Seattle Marauders, #2)
For four years, writer Landon Quinn has struggled to forget the one night he spent with Seattle Marauders defenseman Gregory Samson. Then Landon’s life takes an unexpected turn, and he finds himself back in Seattle and face-to-face with the man who broke his heart.

Samson doesn’t know what he did to run Landon off all those years ago, but he’s sure Landon’s leaving was for the best. The bright, beautiful young man Landon had once been was far too adoring, far too open, for the closeted hockey player’s peace of mind. The intervening years have only made Landon an even sexier temptation -- and Landon’s return presents Samson with a whole new set of problems.

Attraction sizzles between them, but having been burned once by Samson has left Landon twice shy. Even as Samson convinces Landon to let him out of the penalty box and into his life, Samson has to face the fact that his closely guarded secrets may come to light. Caught between the ghosts of his past and the promise of a future with Landon, the hockey star must decide if now that he's come off the bench, he's ready to come out of the closet.

                                                                      3.75 STARS

This book is book #2 of The Marauders series, a NHL team. I liked this story for the most part, and a few things that I didn't. First the whole paranoid that someone would know that Samson was gay eventually started to grate on my nerves, and made him come across as an asshole, and then him not dealing with his unrequited feeling for Kyle needed to be addressed, because honestly if I was Landon, there's no way in hell I  would have forgiven Samson. 

For me Samson came across as not a good guy, even with the horrible things that happened to him when he was younger, he just didn't really redeem himself in your eyes. Landon on the other hand was an adorable character that I wanted to protect and take care of him. Their love story was okay, but there were things I'd have liked answered. I wouldn't have minded more on the secondary characters too. It's still a pretty good book, and I would read more by this author.

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