Role Model by Rachel Reid
The Game Changer series by Rachel Reid has long solidified itself as one of my favorites.
Ab-rific covers aside, these books pack so much substance, and Role Model was no exception.
We've caught a glimpse of Troy before in previous books, and his reputation wasn't the best but one could quickly tell there was more to him than met the eye.
We officially meet Troy during a major low moment for him. He's been dumped by his secret boyfriend for another man, one who is Out, and got into a fight with his best friend Dallas Kent, which not only resulted in the end of the friendship but in Troy losing his position of a great team and being traded to a scrappy one.
To make it worse, his reputation has been strongly linked to his ex-friend Dallas, an all around terrible human, and his chances of making connections with his new teammates are extremely low.
Enter Harris. As Grumpy meets Sunshine, we get to watch Troy break out of his shell, overcome some of his self-imposed mental blocks, in truly excellent slow burn fashion.
I love how Reid d0esn't shy away from heavier real world issues, and it's so refreshing to see it, especially in Hockey romances.
I'm so excited to see where this series go next, and if you need me I'll be counting down the days until "The Long Game."