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The Long Season

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In Roaring Twenties Chicago, eighteen-year-old farm boy and hockey hopeful Brett Bennet is drafted to the big leagues of the city's first ever team. His deepest secret catches fire when he meets the dashing but reclusive goalie, Jean-Paul Moreau. As they circle one another finding out who they truly are, their lives are changed in ways neither can control.

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Published June 1st 2016 by Bold Strokes Books
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May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sport, the-1920s, debut

I have to be honest, I didn't finished it. I read only the first 74% then I went to the end and read the last 2 chapters. I could have skimmed the last 25%, the result would have been the same: I didn't like this book.

And I was so certain, I would like this novel!

Brett Bennet and his best friend and partner on ice Mickey MacKay are chosen as the best players of a province small hockey team in Delavan, Wisconsin, to join a new ice hockey team in Chicago.
They are high motivated and ambitious to
Jay Bell
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Long Season is, in essence, a story of a small-town boy who makes his way to the big city to chase after his dreams. This includes love. And hockey. WAIT! If you’re allergic to the very idea of sports, like I am, please don’t go. Not yet. This book has so much more to offer. The Long Season takes place in Chicago during the roaring twenties. The main character, Brett Bennet, arrives in a city stifled by restrictions and seeped in decadence. This makes for an interesting setting, since so muc ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
In the 1920’s the game of hockey is in flux. Teams are being born and dying in the blink of an eye, and the national leagues are not much better. But things are looking up for Brett Bennet and the town of Chicago as the Blackhawks struggle to shine in their new city. Brett, newly moved up from a minor league, is full of hope and nervous energy when he and his friend board the train to Chicago. They don’t know what to expect, but they have dreams of finally making it big in the sport they’ve devo ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-for-me, netgalley
ARC FOR NETGALLEY. I am a sucker for sports books, especially Hockey, so this one intrigued me being a historical hockey M/M. While it had much of what I typically look for, I just could not get into this one. Perhaps for me it was the style in the way the story was told did not work in this book, the flashbacks were choppy. The other issue was there were too many conflicts that just seemed to be pilled on, where I would prefer more character development, history and real relationship connection ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
For the most part, I enjoyed the book immensely and consider it to be well worth the time to read. I do not agree that the book had a happily ever after ending, as I see Brett and Jean-Paul having some very complicated times ahead at the end.

My one criticism is the book could have benefited from another 25-75 pages. Most of the characters were very interesting and some more space for development and for the characters to breathe wouldn't have gone unappreciated, at least on my part.

May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Fair warning to y’all before you get this book: it is very hockey heavy and is extremely slow to get to the romance.

I am very torn about how to review this book. As a novel/work of fiction I really enjoyed it. You can 100% tell that Gurley did his research. However as a romance I don’t know if it really worked for me.

The biggest problem for me, in the romance department, was that Brett and Jean-Paul didn’t really have any chemistry or sexual tension. It seemed more like a romance of convenience
Heather Rawlins
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh man did I love this story. Don’t tell, but I kept picturing Connor McDavid (I'm an Edmonton Oiler fan, but that didn’t stop my love for these 2 Blackhawk hockey players) as Brett and I loved Jean-Paul. The author was so descriptive. I felt like I was watching the hockey games on TV. I can’t imagine how it must have been in the 1920s, but Michael Vance Gurley sure made me want to visit Chicago even more. There were so many places, buildings, people he described. I just loved the story. The sto ...more
Jeff Adams
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hockey-books
Gurley's done an incredible job mixing the romance of Brett and Jean-Paul trying to make something work against all odds -- and part of the odds is Jean-Paul who at 25 has already accepted that he's not supposed to have love -- with old-time hockey and the roaring twenties. It was a treat reading what the gay scene in Chicago (and there was a scene) was like back then. Plus a huge dose of hockey--from the extremely rough ways the sport was played to how difficult it could be to travel from place ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is no more colorful time in Chicago history than the 20's. This setting is not a mere backdrop but almost a character in of itself within this novel. This book goes beyond a typical romance story as the thorough research of this time brings to life a period where professional sports and the people that played and paid were not prepared for changes circling around them. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed. Purchased copy.
Teresa Hoard
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Long Season kept my attention the entire time I was reading it. It was very interesting to learn some things that I did not know about the 20's. Being from Chicago made it feel even more familiar to me. The struggles were real!! I would reccomend this book to everyone!. I would love to read a Sequel!!!!
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was rooting for Brett and Jean-Paul. It was fun to read about their love story with the back drop of 1920s Chicago.
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Michael Vance Gurley writes fiction with unconventional settings. Whether he is writing about hockey players in the Roaring Twenties or magicians in Victorian England, he promises something different. His first novel, The Long Season, discovered the secret world of professional athletes from the Jazz Age who fall in love with one another. Traveling around the world with a passion for history broug ...more