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Country Boy

(Hot Off the Ice #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Sometimes the toughest thing to have faith in is yourself.

The first time Paul Dyson met Robbie Rhodes, they ended up naked in Robbie’s bed. The last time they met, on the ice the morning after, Paul punched Robbie in the face and called him something he’d rather not repeat.

Two years later, they’re teammates on the Seattle Thunder hockey team.

Being gay is wrong, unnat
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
Published September 21st 2017 by Kelpie Press
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~Mindy Lynn~

I'm going to skip over all the grammar errors and misplaced names because in the end I really enjoyed the story.

Many are concerned about how heavy the organize religion was in the book. I say it wasn't that front and center as I thought it would be. It was there in the beginning and then at the end. Was Paul religious? Yes. He believes in God and in prayer. Good for him. I can't even pretend to understand what it is like for someone raised in a church and where that church has such an i

Guess what? There is actual hockey playing in this book! Yay! A lot of hockey romances have hockey players in name only, no action. Nice!

Unfortunately, Counrty Boy is a book that relies heavily on organized religion and the guilt that follows it as the main plot. Oh, man! I cannot STAND the righteous assholes who believe their god would send a gay person to hell. I hate it in real life and I hate it in my books. My review of Keira Andrew's A Forbidden Rumspringa goes into more detail if you are
Virginia Cavanillas
I've enjoyed the hell out of this book. It's kinda a second chance romance, mixed with some enemies to lovers, and those two things make this book  a better read than it's predecessor, City Boy. Or at least, for me, it is a more appealing and enjoyable story even if I wanted the "enemies" part to be longer. 

Country Boy is a good sport romance that tells us the story between Robbie Rhodes (we met him in book one) and Paul Dyson, a southern hockey player whose drawl drove Robbie (and I) crazy. 
Len Evans Jr
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I loved this book except for the parts that almost killed me and even those were well done. Ms. Wasp managed to one-up City Boy (book one) cuz even though it was awesome this one tops it easily! Ok, from the very start this was a hard book for me to read. Paul story is just a bit too close too home for me to be able read about his upbringing and family life with out it bringing up a lot of very painful memories. There were I number of times in the book where statements that Paul made expressing ...more
3,5 stars - I loved this one, but some things bothered me in the last chapters.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

There's a really good story here but it's suffering under the weight of some editing and proofing lapses, there's odd tenses, missing words and at one point, one of the MCs's father's name changes in the same paragraph.

As this is an ARC, I'm hoping they'll be ironed out before release as AE Wasp has a real talent for putting some serious messages in the heart's of her story telling.

This one surrounds the insidious way religion is used by a (thankfully small) minority to persecute and terrify
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!



This was soooo good. I had never read this author before this series and I gotta say, I love them now. The sex scenes??? Amazingly hot. Like, WOW. So well done. Like seriously haha.

But also this was a refreshing take, to me, on the "one is so deeply in the closet it seems like they'll never come out" trope. Because Paul is definitely that, but the way in which he gets to a place in which he can come out is different than what I've read in this past.

And these two were cute - an
Note: Before beginning my review of Country Boy, by A.E. Wasp, I wish to point out that on release day, the wrong draft was published on Amazon, one that was an even earlier edition than the ARC that I was given to read for this review. According to the author, Amazon now has the correct version, so if you purchased the book before this review was published, delete the copy from your device and allow it to be downloaded again.

4.5 stars – After finishing the first book (City Boy) in A.E. Wasp’s H
Sep 03, 2018 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie
Freebie at right now: ...more
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
"Robbie scooted back, putting enough distance between them. It feels like I love you? he signed.
Paul could only nod, every blink of his eyelids sending another tear slipping down.
Robbie smiled. That's because I do.
I love you, too, Paul signed back, grateful they didn't need to speak. What he felt was too big for words."

3.5 stars. The story had solid bones, with an intriguing enemies-to-lovers premise, sweet and sizzling chemistry between the heroes, and well-done dialogue. However, it didn’t fee
Aղցela W.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just finished. As I liked the first book of this series very much, I preordered this book and payed 2.99$.

It started out ok although I realized that I'm over stories about young guys being gay and living in fear of their homophobic parents. That's on me and not the book, yap.

But what is on the book is that I got a copy with many missing words and especially from chapter 35 til the end this whole thing went bonkers. There were unfinished sentences, no idea who wanted to say what, it read as if it
This book was good! Robbie and Paul don’t have it easy. Paul’s extremely religious background is not easy to overcome. So this book has all the angst the first one lacked.
But I enjoyed it and liked Robbie in particular. He was understanding without being a doormat and without compromising his own values.
This book has plenty of steam and lots of interesting secondary characters. I’m so looking forward to Sergei’s and his “twink” (as Jake calls them).
Free with Kindle Unlimited
Emily Seelye
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I generally liked this book about hockey teammates falling in love, but there were too many typos and missing words to warrant a higher rating.

*ARC provided by author
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by the author*

Even though we saw relatively little of Robbie in City Boy, I was really invested in him from the start- I was dying to read his story since I finished the ARC for the first book: it was the most painful couple days, having to wait until I got my hands (metaphorically speaking cause, you know, kindle) on this.

I'm more than happy to say this didn't disappoint! Robbie and Paul's story had a rocky but precious journey, and all kinds of feelings were involved in the expe
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always love a good hockey MM story.
~nikki the recovering book addict
5 stars!

Another winner!! I read this out of turn. I read the first book, which baffles me today because I apparently didn’t like it much, which then caused me to kinda drop the entire series altogether. Then yesterday, I stumbled upon book 4 and liked the sound of it and decided to give it another go. And loved it to bits!!!

So then I tried this, even though the blurb didn’t really appeal to me but gosh, does the story really get to you. So I think I’ve decided that AE Wasp blurbs really need to
Don Bradshaw
Great story! The "church " vs gay theme has been done a bazillion times and it should keep being done until the uneducated finally learn. I was quite surprised by Stoney and his thoughts and fears. It did not ring true to me. Robbie and Paul were both well done characters. I was happy to see Bryce and Dakota again. I enjoyed the way Ms Wasp wove the men's private and public lives together. This was a much better edited book from the last offering. ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I do love hockey books and this was one of the best since Understatement of the Year. Robbie and Paul had a short but fraught history when they ended up on the same NHL team. They quickly addressed the past (hockey style with fists but also sweetly with ASL) and tumbled towards their future but family and religious pressures run deep and the tentacles are hard to unwind.

What set this book apart from other “religiously driven homophobes” in the genre was the juxtaposition between Robbie, who was
The blurb does say that Paul is in the closet because of his religion. But it is more that he has such self-loathing over being gay that he is really in self-denial rather than just in the closet. It is the major conflict in this story. And it is Paul's constant denial that Robbie finds more difficult to handle than he thought it would be. But mainly this whole story revolves around Paul and his misgivings about being gay. Everything else, even Robbie's issues, seem to be filler. I would have li ...more
Sep 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
💝FREE on Amazon today (9/4/2018)!💝

Sometimes the toughest thing to have faith in is yourself.

The first time Paul Dyson met Robbie Rhodes, they ended up naked in Robbie’s bed. The last time they met, on the ice the morning after, Paul punched Robbie in the face and called him something he’d rather not repeat.

Two years later, they’re teammates on the Seattle Thunder hockey team.

Being gay is wrong, unnatural, and there is no room for them in his world. Paul’s heard that his whole life. So w
I think I liked book 1 better, but this one was pretty good. One thing to note before starting this- make sure you have the correct, updated version from Amazon. Cause when I first read this, the editing was kinda meh, and then the last three chapters were a complete and total mess. I looked up some reviews on Ammy, found out there was a mistake when uploading, got the correct version, and things were much better. Not positive about the editing all the way through until I go back for a reread, b ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Country Boy is the second book in the Hot off the Ice series by A.E. Wasp. This is a great story about two closeted hockey players, Robbie and Paul, and how they fell in love and their journey to come out and be true to themselves and their family, teammates, and fans.

I greatly enjoyed the characters and their teammates and families. The storyline was interesting and flowed nicely, and I can't wait to see who the next book is going to be about. The chemistry between Robbie and Paul was hot and
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Goes a little deeper

This wasn’t quite as heavy going as I was afraid it might be. It had its moments but I enjoyed the “Love triumphs over all” ending. Also that both men knew their happinesses depended on themselves and not the other. As a recovering Southern Baptist and born-again atheist, I have a hard time with religious themes. So I got really aggravated with Paul’s dad and pastor jackass but mostly at Paul.

A.E. Wasp really did do a pretty good job showing the effects the worst kinds of re
Michael S.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
While this story leverages the incredibly heavy “organized religion vs. lgbt people” trope for drama, the MCs are strong and vibrant enough not to get crushed beneath its weight.

It’s not necessary to have read book 1 first, but it’s fun going into this book already having met Robbie and looking forward to getting his and Paul’s perspective on established characters.

Details like Robbie’s efforts to adapt his learning and communication style and Paul’s idiosyncratic speech help make them sympathet
This love story is much more angsty than the first one in the series but it is just as good.

Paul is struggling to accept his own sexuality and integrate it into his deeply held faith. He risks losing his church community and his connection to his family. Wasp does a great job exploring this tensions and the crisis of worldview with care and respect.

Robbie is trying to figure out if he want to be out in the media as a sports figure and if being with Paul is what he should do.

These two heroes c
Socially Book Nerd
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
once I finished city boy, I was dying to read country boy. Robbie's story didn't disappoint. Robbie isn't out to everyone in the NHL, his teem mates know his coach knows. but the Club is waiting on him to make his preference known, they have a plan in place and are ready to be proactive. Paul is so far in the closet he can't see the door. Until Robbie a one time hook-up long long ago in their junior league days, is his new team mate as he gets his first call up to the majors. Can Robbie and Paul ...more

I absolutely loved the majority of this book and was incredibly invested in the story and the characters. However, the last 15% or so, especially the last few chapters, felt very, very rushed and incomplete. I did make sure I had the most updated copy of the book before I read, but there were still a whole lot of editing errors that drove me a bit bonkers. All in all, I liked this book, just not quite as much as the first in the series. I'm hoping there's a third one coming featuring (view s
keren davidi cohen
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mm, mm
There is nothing like young love😉😉
This is the story of Robbie and Paul, enemies to lovers
And their dealing with being gay ןn the professional hockey league
I love books that have a sports theme.
Because it is a topic that is relevant to this day
The difficulties that professional players experience in this regard
Their dilemmas.
Great book for a great series

Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book. I was surprised. I admit, like Robbie, I struggle mightily with understanding people that let religion dictate under what conditions you can just simply love all of your child so I expected to have to push myself in places with this book, but surprisingly, Paul's issues didn't bog the story down as I had anticipated.

However, the resolution at the end was way too rushed, coincidental and easily resolved and took a lot of the legitimacy away from how hard Paul was working to reconcile
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