- Book Title: Home and Away
- Author: Samantha Wayland
- Publisher: Loch Awe Press (June 7, 2015)
- Book Length: 402 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Posting Date: October 12, 2015
Confession time: I know nothing, and I really do mean nothing, about ice hockey. Well, other than that it’s a sport, that it’s played on the ice, and that it uses a puck and goals, that is. But, it’s not a sport I’ve even been interested in and the most I’ve ever seen of it was a couple of minutes during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
When a dear friend asked me if I would be willing to review a story, I was happy to do so. I knew nothing about the story, but… I love reading, so, who cares. I did know it was an M/M story: lovely! Imagine my trepidation when I saw the cover featured an ice hockey player!
Home & Away, by Samantha Wayland, is centred around an ice hockey team but focusses on one of the managers overseeing a construction project for the team and one of the four owners. The two men couldn’t be more different: one an active ice hockey goalie, the other a stuck up Brit.
The story sees the two men flying to London, England, together, in search of Rupert’s four-year old stepbrother. Back in Canada, both men admit to be attracted to each other. Well, to themselves that is. After all, Callum is a professional athlete in a very manly sport: for one, this means he cannot be gay. Then again, coming out, or even having a secret same-sex partner, is nothing short of committing professional suicide. And, what about the lie he has so carefully built up with his best friend?
This story is heavy with passion, heat, anxiety, conflict, drama, love, romance, and firsts. However, it is light—read: very, very light—on ice hockey. (As a matter of fact, I have mentioned this sport more often that Ms Wayland does in her entire story!) Perfect for me, but, if you love your game… I can imagine you’d feel short changed. So, now you can start the story aware of the fact.
Like it, or not, the story line is very good and the characters feel true. I was hoping very quickly for the two men to find the love they so desperately needed. The characters, both main and supporting, are larger than life and feel like they could step (skate) right off the page at a moments notice. The setting works well and you can tell Ms Wayland has done her research.
Her use of the English language is perfect. No one smirked (other than when warranted), no one was constantly laughing!!! This might not sound like a lot, but a character that constantly smirks, or laughs, gets rapidly on my nerves. The editing was also very good.
All in all, this was an extremely pleasant read and I will definitely add her other works to my TBR list.
You can build a team, but you have to find your home.
Rupert Smythe is fond of many things. Callum Morrison isn’t one of them.
Rupert is a quiet, thoughtful business man and, sadly, a total wimp. Maybe not the ideal candidate to run a professional hockey team, but he signed on to do it anyway. As his life has reminded him on an almost daily basis since, this isn’t the most brilliant idea he’s ever had. And that was before Callum showed up.
Being in the spotlight is just part of being a professional athlete, but Callum needs a break. He arrives in Moncton unannounced, determined to help grow the team he just bought, and under the assumption he’d be welcome. Possibly he should have tried to make a better first impression.
Callum figures he can push through the rest of the summer, never expecting two kids, a host of friends, and his growing feelings for Rupert to derail everything he has ever believed about what he wanted, and what he could have.
Sam lives with her family–of both the two and four-legged variety–outside of Boston. She used to spend her days toiling away in corporate nerdville but was recently sprung from that hell. Now when she’s not locked away in her home office, she can generally be found tucked in the corner of the local Thai place with a few beloved friends (and fellow authors).
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