Change on the Fly by Stephani Hecht is a sweet and sexy fast-paced read that is a perfect way to keep warm on a cold winter's night. It is the fifth book in the Blue Line Hockey Series and one of my favorite books in the series so far.
Ever since he was a child, Aldrich has wanted to be a professional hockey player. Just when his dreams are starting to become a reality, he is injured during a game and within the space of seconds; all of his dreams start to crumble around him. Not only does Aldrich lose his career, he's lost his boyfriend AND because of his slow recovery process must live with his sister who things that everything she owns must be pink and/or frilly. But, just when Aldrich starts to believe that any chance he might find happiness is over, his childhood best friend, Nobel, comes back into his life and Aldrich begins to have hope for his future again.
I loved this book. Both Aldrich and Noble are very likeable, realistically written characters that easily live and breathe off of the pages and into this reader's imagination. There is an undeniable chemistry between them that sizzles and just gets hotter as the story progresses. The childhood memories they shared were very sweet and poignant and made their reunion more romantic and fascinating to read about. I also enjoyed the humor and the secondary characters in this book and I hope that Zimon might one day get his own story.
I do wish the book had been longer. I felt as if I just got a tiny glimpse of Aldrich and Noble's story. There is so much I would have loved to read about that was sadly missing. I would have loved to see how Aldrich and Noble worked through some of their issues and really come together as a strong partnership. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment in the series.
Even though Change on the Fly is the 5th book in the Blue Line Hockey series, I think it could easily be read on its own. Although, I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and if you are looking for a sexy, quick series to read, I highly recommend this one.
Here are the Blue Line Hockey Series books in order:
Between the Pipes
Change on the Fly
From a very young age, Aldrich knew two things--he'd grow up to play professional hockey and he'd make his mentor fall in love with him. After years of hard work, both are within his grasp. Not only has a professional team called him up from his farm club, but the man he's dreamed of for years has finally noticed him.
Then everything is brutally torn from him when he suffers a career-ending injury and finds himself dumped before the relationship has even really started. Depressed, he retreats to his childhood home where he runs into his former best friend and hockey buddy, Nobel. They rekindle their friendship and grow closer...in more ways than one. Aldrich is shocked to realize that not only has he been overlooking what could be the best thing in his life, but love may have always been right in his own backyard.