Author: Eden Finley and Saxon James
Series: Puckboys, book 2
Publisher: Independent (May 11, 2022)
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (Hockey), M/M Romance
The worst part of being in love with my straight best friend is the fact he’s too oblivious to see it.
Years of pining have left me exhausted, and I need a break from Dex. I need space to get over my feelings. But when his relationship falls apart and he turns to me for comfort, I cave immediately.
If there’s one thing I hate more than being hurt, it’s seeing Dex struggle. I can’t leave him in a time of need, even if my friends say it’s my biggest downfall.
They say Dexter Mitchale is my weakness, but if that’s true, I don’t want to be strong.
I’ve always been the dumb one. It’s what I’m known for, and usually I don’t let it get to me.
I have hockey, and I have my best friend, Tripp. What more do I need? To settle down? No thank you. Marriage? Hard pass. According to ex-girlfriends, that makes me “irresponsible.”
But the solution I come up with to get over my fear of commitment might be my dumbest idea yet. Not only does it have team management breathing down my neck, but it puts a strain on my friendship with Tripp.
This PR nightmare could lose me the only person I’ve ever loved. Losing girlfriends is nothing. Losing Tripp? It’s not an option.
I’ll do whatever it takes to keep him.
FINALLLLLLYYYYYY! I have been waiting for Dex and Tripp’s book since they showed up midway through Egotistical Puckboy. Literally, the first thing I thought when they appeared on the page was “please tell me theirs is the next book” (and I am so pumped it is!!)
This is an incredible friends to lovers, my straight best friend, hockey romance. There are tropes upon tropes – some twists on fake relationship, marriage of convenience, forced proximity… *dreamy sigh* So much goodness all packed into one book.
My heart hurt so much for Tripp, who’s been in love with his best friend Dex basically forever. Dex isn’t always the brightest crayon in the box, but he’s so dang HAPPY. He reminds me of a golden retriever – you know, the one who thinks it’s still a puppy and doesn’t realize it’s fully grown and thus WAY too big to sit in your lap anymore, haha! The chemistry and tension between them is *delicious,* even when it seems like they’re both in entirely different spaces in their heads. Irresponsible Puckboy is fun and flirty, and had me both laughing out loud and ugly crying.
Tripp and Dex’s love for each other is fierce, and there are so many small, simple moments that just take your breath away. Take this excerpt, for example:
“I think … I think we need to start looking at us from the outside. If we’re ever going to make our relationships work, maybe we need to –” He takes a breath. “– stop being so possessive of each other.”
“I’m not possessive!”
“Who do I belong to?”
“Me, but –”
*dreamy sigh* That’s right, Dex. Tripp belongs to you, and don’t you let him forget it.
This is the second book in the Puckboys series, and while it can be read as a standalone the first book, Egotistical Puckboy is FANTASTIC and I highly recommend reading it (and reading it first as the leads of the first book are side characters in this one).
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are unbiased and my own.