Hockey Romance - SAMPLER
featuring extended excerpts of THE LONG GAME and SEASON'S CHANGE
by Rachel Reid, Cait Nary
Pub Date 26 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 26 May 2022
Carina Press & Carina Adores (Harlequin), Carina Press
Carina Press invites you to experience the thrill of Hockey Romances this winter! Enjoy reading the first three chapters of The Long Game by Rachel Reid and Season's Change by Cait Nary in this exclusive sampler.
The Long Game by Rachel Reid (on sale April 26, 2022)
To the world they are rivals, but to each other they are everything.
That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other. How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family…from the league. If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret. He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?
Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist. The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.
It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.
It’s time to make a call.
Book 1: Game Changer
Book 2: Heated Rivalry
Book 3: Tough Guy
Book 4: Common Goal
Book 5: Role Model
Book 6: The Long Game
Season's Change by Cait Nary (on sale February 1, 2022)
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.
Book 1: Season's Change
A Note From the Publisher
This sampler offers readers a chance to read the first three chapters of THE LONG GAME by Rachel Reid and SEASON'S CHANGE by Cait Nary.
I have never raced to NetGalley faster to download this sampler of the first three chapters of The Long Game - and they did not disappoint!! Only issue is having to wait for the rest of the book - April cannot come soon enough! The seeds of tension that was placed in Role Model are there front and center in these chapters, so deftly blended with deep abiding love Ilya and Shane have. I, for one, cannot wait to continue to see Ilya and Shane's relationship evolve, and it was wonderful to see/hear about other characters so early in the book.
The first few chapters of Season Change have me hooked - and it will be interesting to see how Olly and Benji's relationship develops. Olly's struggle is immediately well-crafted, and I'm looking forward to learning more about Olly. I know this is a book that I will be reading the day it comes out.
I'm so excited for both of these! I love both these authors and the first few chapters lived up to expectations. Can't wait to read the full books.
One debut author (Cait Nary), one consistent favorite author (Rachel Reid), and two absolute bangers!
Rachel Reid's books have never let me down and it looks like this one is shaping up to be just as incredible as the rest. I find samplers to be a really indicator of the potential of a book - if something hooks me within a mere couple of chapters, it's probably going to be a great read and this was absolutely the case here.
As for Season's Change by Cait Nary, I was fortunate enough to receive an arc of this and was surprised by how incredible it was. My favorite types of books are those that you go in thinking "oh is going to be a fun read" and then by the end it absolutely knocks it out of the park and you go "oh, I don't just like this, I love it. This is everything." Season's Change is one of those books. This was the most gorgeously written slow burn with one of the best portrayals of mental health that I've seen in a sports book. Season's Change was a delight and a shocker, and I say this very affectionately. I'll be thinking of this one for a long time.
ILYA AND SHANE!!!!!!!!!! Swoon. Sigh. Snort laugh. I love these two characters so deeply. I flew through their teaser chapters. I cannot wait for their book. I so enjoyed seeing Ryan and Fabian. The glimpse into the youth hockey camp. A few short chapters and I am even more thrilled and high anticipating this book than before reading the teaser.
I have already had the pleasure of reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is slowburn sports romance goodness that embraces the sport. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series.
I loved both these previews.
I have read the whole Game Changers series (a few times over now), and am excited for The Long Game. Getting a little taste was both exquisite and torture. I want more! It sets up the story so well. It is the perfect amount of information/set up and still feels like we are moving along and getting a distinct feel for how this story will might be (not in an obvious plot points way, but rather the tone and feelings. All the good stuff!). I cannot wait to read the rest!
Cait's story was completely new to me and I immediately pre-ordered it after reading the synopsis. Absolutely sold!! And then I read those first 4 chapters and am in love with these characters and already feel invested in their story and well being and I love that this doesn't feel like it'll be a "brush things under a rug" type of book. Based on just these first few pieces, I am excited to see if my suspicions are correct and cannot wait to read the rest!
The Long Game by Rachel Reid
It is no exaggeration when I say this is my most anticipated read of 2022. Shane and Ilya have never strayed far for my thoughts since I first read Heated Rivalry in 2019 - nor the 4 times I’ve reread it since then.
The first three chapters of this much awaited sequel are packed with all the humor and character I expect from Reid and the Game Changers series, as especially Shane and Ilya.
I can’t wait for the full book.
Season’s Change by Cait Nary
There is very little I enjoy more than a good mm hockey romance, throw in veteran x rookie and opposites attract AND forced proximity and I. Am. Sold.
This first taste of Nary’s writing had a bit of everything I enjoy.
Opening with Olly’s POV, it was easy to get invested in his drive and passion for hockey, and to root for his success in his new team.
Benji’s fresh and wide-eyed wonder and desire to prove himself is so infectious and heartfelt.
I can easily see myself falling for these two and their story, and can’t wait to see how their relationship develops.
Loved the sampler from both of these books!
I'm so excited for The Long Game, it's my most anticipated novel of 2022. Already in these three chapters, there's so much angst and plenty of foreshadowing for the remainder of the novel. I can already see the differences Ilya and Shane have in outing their relationship to the world. This book is going to hurt and I'm SO ready for it!
Season's Change has me so intrigued ! From just these three chapters, I feel like this is the type of book that you want to read in one sitting because you can't help yourself. I'm already so invested in Olly and Benji! I'm very excited to continue reading this book, now that I have a full arc of it!
I am pretty much salivating to get my hands on both of these books after reading these samples. I'm already a huge Rachel Reid fan and love the Game Changers series. The Long Game is my most anticipated book of 2022. Cait Nary is a new author to me and after reading the sample I very much want to read the rest of Olly and Benji's story.
The Long Game by Rachel Reid sample reaction review
Jan 19th 2022 - Holy wow I just read the first 3 chapters (thank you Rachel and Netgalley for the sampler). Based on these 3 chapters, I think the wait for the rest will have me dying and the angst I'm sensing will be the final nail in my coffin. I NEED THE REST OF THIS BOOK!!!
Phenomenal start to a hockey romance. The sample of Season’s Change by Cait Nary has me absolutely hooked. The first few chapters of a book aren’t make or break for whether I’ll continue reading, but they are usually the difference between a 3 and 5 star book.
From the first few sentences, there is a tension and almost an air of mystery that is incredibly compelling. The pain and frustration coming from Olly is palpable and I need to know where it’s coming from. The end of the sample gives you the beginning of the story and leaves you wanting the whole picture.
I’m going to immediately pick this book up and I can’t wait to read it.
Review of the full text of The Long Game submitted separately.
I was so excited to learn that a preview of The Long Game was available and it did not disappoint, especially getting to read from Ilya’s perspective. The beginning chapters were seamless and we picked right back up with Ilya and Shane’s journey. They are completely in love but it is also clear that Ilya and Shane will have to work for their happily ever after. April cannot come soon enough!
I was very intrigued by the opening chapters of Cait Nary’s Season’s Change. Olly and Benji were well developed characters and Cait drew the reader in immediately. I want to learn more about Olly’s struggles and am definitely rooting for his and Benji’s happily ever after.