Cross Checking the Atlantic by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Dan Alston plays his first game of hockey at the age of four. He kisses his first boy at the age of fourteen. Both are intense moments, and both lead Dan to fundamental realizations about who he is. The first: this is what he wants to do with his life. The second: if he wants to play hockey, he needs to make a choice when it comes to who he wants to be.

Dan’s whole world becomes hockey. He’s a professional player living his dream, playing the sport he loves for a living, and he’s made his choice. He’s in the closet. It’s a compromise, but it’s one he’s come to terms with.

When his carefully planned life is derailed by a career-ending injury, Dan doesn’t know how to adjust to a world without the game he loves. Faced with trying to fit back into a life built entirely around hockey, he decides to uproot everything and move to England, where few people know the game and fewer still are likely to ever recognize him as a player. Dan lands in Brighton at the beginning of his quest for a new start—and for the chance to explore his sexuality, taking a cautious step out of the closet in a place where nobody knows his name.

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Short Story, approx. 10,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

MY REVIEW: The main complaint I have about this story is that it’s too short. I want more, which is always a good thing, right? Yes and no. The fact that I want more of this story speaks to the story being interesting and my desire to get to know the characters better AND to the fact that it almost felt incomplete.
Dan gets lucky that his first time out in his new home, he runs across someone he can feel for. Simon. There are moments of connection, but it mostly feels like an extended crush. So I say, if you’re looking for HEA, I don’t think this is it. It seems like HFN, with potential.
I’m happy with the writing and the editing is fine. Overall, though this is not the author’s best work, it is a quick, enjoyable read.
I received a free advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest & unbiased review.

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