Time to Shine

Posted October 17, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Time to ShineTime to Shine by Rachel Reid
Narrator: Cooper North
Published by Carina Adores, Harlequin Audio on September 26, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ+ / Bisexual
Length: 11 hours 20 minutes
Pages: 352
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Library, Publisher
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"Rachel Reid's hockey heroes are sexy, hot, and passionate!" —#1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Game Changers series comes a merry and bright hockey romance about finding your place, finding your people and finding your way back to the one you love the most.

For Landon Stackhouse, being called up from the Calgary farm team is exciting and terrifying, even if, as the backup goalie, he rarely leaves the bench. A quiet loner by nature, Landon knows he gives off strong “don’t talk to me” vibes. The only player who doesn’t seem to notice is Calgary’s superstar young winger, Casey Hicks.

Casey treats Landon like an old friend, even though they’ve only interacted briefly in the past. He’s endlessly charming and completely laid-back in a way that Landon absolutely can’t relate to. They couldn’t have less in common, but Landon needs a place to live that’s not a hotel room and Casey has just bought a massive house—and hates being alone.

As roommates, Casey refuses to be defeated by Landon’s one-word answers. As friends, Landon comes to notice a few things about Casey, like his wide, easy smile and sparkling green-blue eyes. Spending the holidays together only intensifies their bromance-turned-romance. But as the new year approaches, the countdown to the end of Landon’s time in Calgary is on.

I just loved Landon and Casey! Landon gets called up to the NHL and meets one of the star players, Casey, who happens to be a very friendly man. Casey eventually invites Landon to live in his house while he plays with the team until the injured goalies can return. I have a soft spot for hockey romances and have enjoyed Rachel Reid’s work in the past so I jumped at the chance to read this book and I was not disappointed.

Landon and Casey are both dealing with some issues. Casey hates being alone, which is a problem when you live by yourself in a huge house. Landon is working his way through grief after losing someone close to him. As they spend more time together, they form a friendship and huge crushes on one another. I thought that the chemistry between this pair was very well done. The romance is a little more slow burn but it was nice to see things build between the pair.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Cooper North did a great job with the story. I have enjoyed this narrator’s work in the past so I was excited to see that he would be performing this book. He has a very pleasant voice and is able to add just the right amount of emotion to his reading to bring the story to life. His narration added to my overall enjoyment of this story. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to others. I enjoyed going on this journey with this pair of characters that were easy to fall for. I hope to read much more of this talented author’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Carina Adores.

5 responses to “Time to Shine

  1. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed this one. It just popped onto my radar from a recent newsletter from another author and I’ve been curious about it. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

  2. This looks interesting and a bit different from the usual NHL romances. I love when I really connect with characters so I will have to check this one out.