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Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander's game - definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn't just crazy talented, he's got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he's captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won't let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane's not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he's as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him - except Shane. They've made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option...

©2019 Rachelle Goguen (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 28-09-2021

Loved it!!!!

This book had me smiling the biggest smile the whole way through. I was right there with the characters

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Loved!

I adored Ilya Romanov and the very slow relationship development between Shane & Ilya………but Ilya was the star of this couple for me. He was such a stirrer, and the audio was fabulous to listen to, the narrator did a wonderful performance with Ilya and making his personality shine, I smiled & laughed so many times at something Ilya said or did throughout the storyline.

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Perfect fireworks on and off the field!

Always competitive, Pro Hockey opposing team captains, Shane Hollander & Ilya Rozanov, have been rivals for years, each trying to best the other. The press and the crowds love their clashes and aggression, but no one suspects that the two have been lovers for as long as they’ve been rivals. Rachel Reid has produced a strong second book in her Game Changers series. The story is a series of vignettes over many years showing us each of the times Shane and Ilya’s team schedules have landed them in the same city, where they compete then catch a few precious moments with each other - there are always fireworks on and off the field. Both being closeted, they refuse to even entertain they have feelings for each other, let alone any notion of a permanent relationship, until another player openly outs himself and they dare to dream. It’s a compelling character-driven portrait that highlights the pressures facing elite gay athletes. Tor Thom provides excellent audio narration - he voices all characters well, but his deep voice really suits Ilya’s character perfectly.

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I really loved this book. super sweet & low angst. narration was good too. these characters were so easy to love and I can't wait to read the next one too

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Loved it!

I had already read the book and knew I’d enjoy reliving this adorable couple’s story again in audio form. I’m still getting used to audiobooks in general so the deep voice of the narrator threw me at first, but, very quickly I came to enjoy his style and way of voicing this story. Really well done!
I’ll be honest, I’m selfish and I need Rachel Reid to write another book about Shane & Ilya. Not sure if she plans too, but in the hope she’s keen, there is definitely more story to tell.

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  • W. Floyd
  • 03-11-2019

I enjoyed reading Heated Rivalry but listening to it , was even better!

Few months ago, during an Ice Hockey reading mood , I "discovered" Rachel Reid and her Ebook, Heated Rivalry .

Simply explained... It is one of the hottest and sweetest, Enemies to Lovers , MM Sports Romance I have ever read . And now, I am adding listened, to the statement above.

Tor Thom narration was phenomenal.
He embodied über confident , Bad Boy of Hockey ,and Russian Sex God, Ilya Rozanov perfectly. He nailed Ilya's Russian accent . It was even better than the one in my head.

The same goes for his portrayal of Canadian , all around good guy, sweet , friendly and charismatic , Good Boy of Hockey Shane Hollander.

And the hot AF, descriptive dirty-sexy and utterly delicious sexy times were AMAZING.

Full disclosure, I was a bit hesitant about buying this audio. Tor Thom is a , new to me, narrator and the reviews of Game Changer, book 1 were polarizing; some loved it passionately , others didn't. However, I followed my gut and liked the audio sample of this book Heated Rivalry . I am incredibly happy I took the chance as I clearly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I am still on the fence about book 1 , Game Changer and it's more than likely , I will be skipping it.

Rachel Reid book and Tor Thom performance deserve my treasured audio credits. And that folks, is one high compliment coming from a certified audio credit hoarder, as me.😁😊😁😉 It's funny because is true!!!


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  • Karen Lane
  • 27-10-2019

5 stars for book 1 & 2

These books are brilliant. The writing is great, and so are the characters. I wasn’t sure about the narrator at first, but I fell in love with him also.

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  • Sue
  • 03-12-2019

Great hea

Loved the book and recording
Also how they got their happy ending without totally going public yet
Would love a sequel to this story!

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  • Katie Phillips
  • 06-12-2019

I love hockey books.

Alright. I don’t have any idea why. I don’t like hockey but I love hockey books. I have read any hockey book I can get my hands on; the good, the bad, the brilliant. I think I have listened to every M/M hockey book on audible and this my friends.... is the best.

It starts with a simple rivals to lovers story but it quickly gives each character so much depth and background as they struggle to come to terms with who they are from age 18 on. Ilya who is comfortable in his skin and identity but comes from a tough background and an unforgiving country and Shane who is struggling with who he is.

These two wouldn’t have worked if they had truly dated when they were 19 but as they aged they kinda became perfect for one another. No one can understand them like the other and so many times in romance novels you get the story but you don’t feel the connection. This book you totally get the connection, the feelings, the history and I just want to keep relistening over and over.

Buy it. Now. Do it. Worth all the credits.

And yes Tor’s accent for Kip in the previous book is well.... not the best and off putting but I’ve listened to him before and he’s brilliant and he BRINGS it full force in this one.

It is harder to write praise than criticism but my gawd this book is just amazing.

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  • TALIA
  • 29-08-2020

A new author for me!♡♡♡♡♡

I have had the pleasure of read and listening to lots if not hundreds of MM romance books. While this author is new to me I have found her work to be among some of the best writers of MM romances. I'm talking about the talented Lucy Lennox, Eden Finley and the lovely sisters Becca & Krista Ritchie. This book contains a bunch of hockey, which some sports romances don't. It is so well written, it gives the history of both Shane & Ilya and the progression of their relationship. I found myself finishing this book in one day, it was that good. I highly recommend both this author and this book series to others. Happy Reading book lovers!

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  • Aethena Drake
  • 01-09-2020

Great story. Great narration.

I had mixed feelings about the first book in this series. I picked up the second one because there was a sale. I am very glad that I did. i enjoyed the characters so much more in this book. The dynamic was more interesting to me.

Why enemies to lovers relationships seem more realistic to me than a pro hockey player meeting a love interest at a smoothie joint, I have no idea.

Narration also seemed more comfortable in this book too. I have already purchased the next book in this series, and I will be probably keep reading/listening as long as the characters are still engaging.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-08-2020

Totally hooked

I liked the first book in this series but this one was a whole different story, I love it! Can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out!

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  • H. Spanarella
  • 09-10-2020

Shane & Ilya

Shane and Ilya. Swoon. You know the characters you can’t get out of your head when you finish reading their book? This is the case for me with these two - Shane and Ilya. They just have staying power. I’ve read this twice, and loved it more each time. I recently read the fourth book in this series where Ilya makes a cameo appearance. It started me thinking about these two all over again, so I grabbed the audio to get a different perspective of these two. This was a new to me narrator and he did a great job bringing this story to life for me. I thought his narration for Ilya was fantastic, and it totally worked for me. He drew me into the story, and while known to me, he still kept me sneaking listens in whenever I could. For those new to Shane and Ilya, you’re in for a great with this book. While second in the series, it can standalone, however I recommend the whole series. It hit so many high points for me: closeted athletes, first times and hockey! Their story was truly an emotional ride and I got all the feels with their story. I laughed, I cheered, and I got teary. Oh! And holy hotness! So much sexy times and chemistry between Shane and Ilya. The chemistry was SO hot. Being a big hockey fan myself, I definitely had a certain set of hockey players in my mind for this story. Despite that (haha), it was a great read and I enjoyed the narration as well. I would highly recommend this to hockey fans and MM romance readers alike!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-2020

ughhh, the narration...

i absolutely loved this book, that's why i decided to listen to the positive comments and give the audio a try.
i really tried to like it...i mean, the narrator's voice isn't unpleasant and he isn't horrible, he's just...flat. where is Ilyia's sassiness and the humor and, most importantly, the scorching hot intimacy between these characters!??
yeah, just...nope:((

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-2020

I really did like it

I very much enjoyed this story and I wish there was a second book of them. I want to know how life is for them later down the line

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  • Book addict
  • 05-10-2021

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book. Some people seem to have an issue with this narrator but I found him decent.

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