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The Rest of the Story Broché – 12 janvier 2023
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Let me earn it.
I keep things simple. I’m a classic one-night wonder. Relationships? Are you out of your mind? No. No way. Not interested. My heart is vulcanized rubber, puck hard, and that’s the way I like it.
Then I'm traded to the absolute worst team in the NHL, the Rocky Mountain Outlaws, and I’m hit with a one-two punch.
First: I’m asked to step up and lead the team, which is every kind of bad idea you can imagine. I'm a head-down, mind-my-business kind of guy. Mr. Uninvolved, Mr. No, Not Me, Mr. Find Someone Else. But these players have been through a mess of hell, and someone thinks I can help pull them together.
The Outlaws are made up of jaded veterans and wide-eyed rookies, and we have no business whatsoever succeeding. We are scrappy and plucky and built out of spit and duct-tape… and whatever we’re doing, it’s working.
Second: The first day I’m in Boulder, I go over the boards and come face-to-face with a pair of blue eyes and lose my heart. Boy, howdy: meet my new co-captain, Shea Darling.
He’s way, way off-limits. It's a stratospherically terrible idea to want or crave him. This crush, this infatuation, is going nowhere fast.
Yeah, right. I’m gone for Shea. I’m head over heels, and I’m all tangled up in something I can’t understand or control. This isn’t me. I don’t fall in love. And there’s nothing simple about Shea, or about the Outlaws. This team is finally putting up the wins, and we are making something of ourselves. Falling for my co-captain while we’re on a Cinderella run could jeopardize everything we’re striving for.
But then there’s this one night.
And this one kiss.
And everything changes.
Eighty-two games in a season.
Twenty men hungry for redemption.
One co-captain who could be my forever.
This is the rest of the story.
The Rest of the Story is a friends-to-lovers, hockey players/teammates MM romance, and includes themes of survivorship.
The Rest of the Story is set in the same universe as Gravity, but each novel can be read independently. You do not need to read Gravity first to enjoy The Rest of the Story.
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Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B0BS8VXW3L
- Éditeur : Independently published (12 janvier 2023)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 376 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8372448186
- Poids de l'article : 508 g
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 2.41 x 20.32 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 8,985 en Littérature érotique (Livres)
- 51,921 en Anglais
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À propos de l'auteur
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Le second aspect que j'ai vraiment apprécié, est le contexte : l'ambiance éprouvante au sein d'une équipe de hockey gangrénée par l'attitude plus qu'abusive d'un leader littéralement psychopathe... Nous avons donc l'interaction de plusieurs personnages, avec une situation explosive évolutive. Le point fort de Tal Bauer étant l'émotion, on se retrouve dans un maeltrom de sentiments exacerbés.
Alors oui, c'est trop trop... mais on est sous le charme !
Meilleurs commentaires provenant d’autres pays
Tal Bauer owes me another four hours sleep because, as I read this relatively low angst (as in there’s not loads of whinging whining!), but still with its own heart-breaking moments romance, I just knew he was going to lay down a gut punch which would totally blindside me.
And he did, waaaaaaaaay past the usual 75% break-up/Third Act crisis point comes a crashing blow which you never see coming and I couldn’t even be mad with him, because it completely fits within the narrative.
You’ll get no spoilers here, but it’s not dramady, it’s not Tal throwing in something just to raise the tension stakes. It feels wholly believable and it’s an earned part of the plot which rocks your very core.
However, this is also Tal Bauer, so happy ending absolutely guaranteed and how he brings around that resolution is an incredible piece of writing that drags on every tender part of your soul and makes you wish with every breath of your body as he mends what was broken and turns it into something beautiful.
Rather like the Japanese art of Kintsugi.
Before that he’s given us a tale of so many emotions. Those of an ice hockey team which has not only hit rock bottom, but plummeted beyond the surface and into a cave of despair. Those of a jobbing player who’s hit his 30s and knows he’s reaching the end and those of a young gun, a 24-year-old rookie who’s holding on to every bit of hope he can.
This is a romance about hope, about opportunities which open where you’d never expect them. It’s about finding strength in the hidden places. It’s about love, oh boy is it about love.
And not just romantic love. It’s about families, both those made in blood and bones and those created in the molten fire of an ice hockey dressing room and out on the arena. It’s about making promises and then doing whatever it takes to make that future happen.
It’s a barnstormer of a book and I fell head over heels for every single person – bar one! – who appears within its pages.
And I want my four hours of sleep back please Tal Horatio Nelson Bauer!
Morgan isn’t the type of guy to stir the pot, he’s happy towing the line and not standing out in any way until he’s traded…
Arriving at the outlaws he discovers something is very very wrong with the team and he is begged for help, as soon as he sees the problems with his own eyes he doesn’t hesitate to step up and deal with the issue.
With Shea by his side he puts the team back together creating a rock solid family in the process, then tragedy hits the team when they least expect it, he steps up again and builds the team back up.
Morgan has a lot of self doubt to work through but with others believing in him he starts to believe in himself and exceeds all his own expectations becoming the man others know he can be.
This is an epic story of love, survival, family and the power of good, keep those tissues handy but trust Tal to give you the HEA they all deserve.
This is my first read by Tal Bauer and I don't think my review will cut the mustard to describe how good this book is.....
I fell in love with the cover and just had to see what was inside! I was not prepared!
The writing is different to what I'm used to and it painted a fabulous picture of the Outlaws and their journey, I could see them all so clearly.
An incredibly angsty, moving and heart wrenching story (x this by 100 and you might get what I feel) . I found it riveting and gripping in places, I was holding my breath, my heart in my mouth. No it's not an action movie but its one hell of a story about the team, the love, the bond, the team spirit and of course the love between Morgan and Shea.
The storytelling here and the many individuals and their character development were outstanding. It’s a long read but so good I’m sorry that it’s finished.
Morgan Elster is a 30 year old experienced Ice Hockey player on a team in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with only a couple years left on his contract. He’s debating whether to pack it all in and retire to Florida when he’s told he has been traded to the “Rocky Mountain Outlaws” in Boulder, Colorado, a team so far down the ratings they hardly merit a mention.
He’s not a happy man, but he has to be on a plane there tomorrow. On arrival he meets up an old friend who plays for the “Outlaws” and is shocked listening to the story he tells him. His friend begs him not to jump on a plane and leave, just come and take a look.
When he meets the team players for the first time on the ice, he is shocked to his core at the sight of these men. Thin, tired and traumatised, they look like wrecks. They’ve been starved, overworked and neglected. When the team captain Isaac Coates arrives Morgan has to control himself. However, a short while later, when he sees him hitting a young player with the stick, he asks some older players to record this on their phones. Morgan is a huge man, he slides down the ice and has the captain squashed and beaten into the ice before he’s pulled off him.
As events unfolded following this altercation, the team captain is fired, a new Management is started and Morgan agrees to stay for 1 year.
What happens during this year is a beautiful story, you will surely cry but also share in the joy. There are super characters here, standouts are Shea, Brody, Lawson, Gavin and Kathy, the new Vice President of the franchise. From such broken men a wonderful found family is formed and they start to dream again of that Grand Prize, the Stanley Cup.
This is Tal Bauer at his best, and the two Novellas that he offers at the end to catch up with the guys is like a full length book, of the healing of a couple of characters, slowly and beautifully, finding themselves in each other.
So well worth the reading. Together with the novellas, this should be a 10 ⭐️ rating.