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The Play of His Life by [Aislin, Amy]
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Length: 143 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Former best friends turned lovers Christian and Riley haven't seen or spoken to each other in six there a better time than the holiday season to reconnect with your favorite person?

The last person Christian wants to run into on a visit home to spend time with his mom over the holidays is his former best friend-turned-lover-turned-ex. But there Riley is, in all his tall, chiseled, blondness. The same guy who walked out on him six years ago, breaking his heart in the process. Who knew he’s still in love with the jerk? (Oh yeah, he did. What? Who says denial isn't healthy?)

Two years ago, Riley was injured out of the NHL, but he's got his own bakery now and a quiet life selling quiches and cupcakes to his customers. Then Christian unexpectedly walks back into his life, forcing Riley to question his choices. Especially that one choice he made six years ago that walked him out of Christian’s life. Now if only he had the courage to tell a boy how he really feels about him…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MLR Press (April 28 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072DVM2VM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #156,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This fun, sensitive and witty read from debut author Amy Aislin will have you both laughing and shedding a tear or two over her MM romance. I’ll admit, this is not my usual genre, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are sweet and loveable, yet still flawed and relatable. The story grabs you from page one and keeps you turning the pages late into the night. The romance is steamy, but also not over the top. The one warning I will give readers is this: you may leave this book wanting more; more Riley and Christian and more Shimmer-spiked hot chocolate!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Lucy May 14 2017
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The Play of His Life is part of the MLR Shimmer series, where the stories are loosely tied together by the name of the place that serves Shimmer, Warm Glow (here, it is a bakery) and the booze itself, Shimmer. Shimmer causes different reactions in people depending on what they use to mix it. This is a story of two men with a history who just maybe have a second chance.

Christian’s mother is a little sneaky, sending her boy to the bakery when she knows he is going to run into Riley, his ex-best friend and former lover. I have to be honest, I didn’t love Riley. I ended up being okay with Christian wanting Riley (you know, as if he needed my permission) but Riley himself pulled a really nasty move at a bad time, even worse when you realize that he had been Christian’s best friend, so wasn’t there when Christian needed him most.

The fact that Christian takes blame for things, “I’m sorry for not being strong enough to hold on to you” made my heart hurt for him. The first time they break up was so understandable and so sad for them. I don’t want to say they have misunderstandings, because it seems deeper than that. “Is this why you won’t come home? Because you think I don’t…I don’t want you here?” Riley thought he could have it all – hockey and Christian.

Riley had been a pro hockey player and remained friends with many of the players, so he brings Christian to a party where he gets to meet famous players. Christian proceeds to act like a total swooning fanboy and it’s adorable. “I scared him away, didn’t I?” Whatever, he didn’t even care. “My life is made. I can die happy now.” Cutest thing ever.

There are so many clues that these two never stopped thinking of each other and I liked that. From the T to the scrapbook to the hospital visit to the gifts in the closet, they wanted to be there for each other but just didn’t make it work. There were a few times I wanted to shake them and tell them, “One of you SAY SOMETHING!” But, particularly in the case of Christian, I got why they didn’t. Why they were a little afraid. I ended up pulling for them and hoping things would work. There’s hockey in the story but it’s more of a backdrop than an active character and that worked.
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved Christian and Riley’s story May 12 2017
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I loved Christian and Riley’s story. Of course, they play hockey, they are friends to lovers, they are hot in the sack, and they are already out and proud. So many of my favorite tropes that I was destined to read and love this book. Even though the story starts with them being estranged, I was thrilled that it didn’t dominate the storytelling. It was enough that they eventually talked it out, but I am so glad they didn’t dwell on it for the whole book. This was another case of Susan loving on a sweet sports book. I must be on a roll considering fluff is not my go-to sports romance, normally.

But, although this is sweet and romantic, it is also fun, and you know there are underlying issues that the guys need to work out before they can move on, together. There was no meeting and falling in love, they’ve already been best friends since they were seven and in love since they were fifteen. The issues occurred when they were in college and life and hockey got in the way. They never fell out of love, they just never communicated. That is realistic to me, and I believe it truly happens to the best of us. Sometimes we think it’s better to not say anything if you are afraid of the answer.

In this case, our boys are so freaking cute, and also steaming hot together. Love and sex was never their problem, but it takes a very cool, meddling mother for the two of them to realize that the past belongs in the past, and in order to find that elusive happy ending and finally be together then they need to learn to talk it out and be honest. They do.