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Heated Rivalry

(Game Changers #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,095 ratings  ·  315 reviews
Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

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Published March 25th 2019 by Carina Press
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They hated each other but they couldn't keep their hands off each other...

Not so much enemies to lovers but enemies AND lovers.... nothing better ( this stuff makes me swoon)

This book pushed all my buttons in the very best way.I absolutely loved it.

Fierce rivalry on the ice rink and even fiercer passion between the sheets.

Shane and Ilya are both 19 when come into the media spotlight.Not just because they're such promising young players but their hatred for each other becomes legendary.Wouldn't
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I loooooved Heated Rivalry, and thanks to Rachel Reid, I'm on a total book high right now.

I have a weakness for hockey players and hockey romances, so I felt compelled to try another book in Rachel Reid's hockey series even though I didn't love Game Changer. And I'm SO glad I did because Heated Rivalry gave me all the feels.

Though the book has lots of sex in it, it's still a romance-first story, even though that romance is slow burn and takes a long time to get there. I loved seeing these two
“I want to be in your lap when you fuck me. Facing you. Holding you.”


GAAAAAAAH!!! BOOKS! BOOKS! And MORE BOOKS! Where would I be without BOOKS?


MC 1: Shane

MC 2: Ilya

Look at that cover!


I read Special Forces - Soldiers and said, This is the Best Enemies to Lovers story ever, nothing can ever come close. Then I read Captive Prince and I was like; This is the Best Enemies to Lovers story ever, ever, ever. THEEEEEN! I read this and I am like: This is the B
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Heated Rivalry, which can be read as a standalone, is very different from the first book in the series. It's edgier and has bitter undertones, while the first book was all sweetness.

This is a true enemies-to-lovers story in that the two MCs are huge rivals on the ice while fucking each other's brains out off the ice. Their torrid affair is super hush-hush.

The story spans several years. There is some angst, a lot of smokin' sexy times, and a strong HFN.

I loved both MCs and the secondary charact
Lordy lord, have mercy on my ovaries! LOL

Shane pushed the other man back against the shower wall and kissed him aggressively. It was always like this. Shoving and cursing each other and battling for control until one of both of them gave in and allowed themselves the release they both craved.

Damn, this story is an almost perfect hockey rivalry romance and soooo ticked all of my boxes...

Bildergebnis für checked box enemies-to-lovers with the suitable banter to prove it

Bildergebnis für checked box slow burn with years spent keeping their
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
True story. I read the first book in this series AFTER I read the blurb for this one.

One might say a solid case could be made for me having a "problem" with the enemies to lovers trope based on this information so... let's just keep it between us, k?

Ilya Rozanov was introduced in Game Changer but this could easily be read as a standalone. I liked the first book fine but I LOVED this one. Ilya and his bear tattoo having "for Russia!" ass shot to the top of my most favorite characters ever list.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot, clever and fun.
Super entertaining!
I think it's a must.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series Game Changer I mean who doesn't love a good gay "sports" romance ?? And hey...we are talking hockey here !!
But I've got to be honest and say that this second book, outshined the first one by miles ... for me that is. I absolutely loved this book and I fell head over heels in love with Ilya Rozanov... 7e6c22cc4c29adb0f4a619d0806b71f1

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor marry me please gif

This one has one of my favorite tropes... "enemies to lovers" Boy, do these two know how to have some awesome "hate/angry sex"!! My ovaries damn near
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

Sports reads are one of my favorite genre's. Add in a little enemies to lovers and I am one happy gal. I thought this was a great addition to the series.

While I found the first half a bit slow and repetitive, I was never bored. I think the build up of their relationship was important, but I just wanted them to hurry up and get to the part where Ilya and Shane weren’t just a hook-up for each other.

No unnecessary drama which is always a plus. Great chemistry, some good banter, and plen
I had not cared much for the first book in the series but I saw so many glowing reviews of this one I decided to give this one a try. Turns out this author is not going to be for me.

It started really good. For the first 15% or so I thought this was going to be a great read. We meet Shane and Ilya in their current messed up situation and then it jumps back in time to them being teenage rookies and just meeting. Then I realized this was a pattern. They meet up, have sex, leave. Meet up, have sex,
4.5 stars

Well damn. Straight to the favourites shelf.

'Heated Rivalry' delivered on everything - great characters, a lot of heat, enemies to lovers, forbidden love, heat, some comedy, heat, so many feels...

...also did I mention the HEAT ?

Rising hockey stars Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov really do begin as enemies from the get-go. It's not simply that they're competing for the same prize - they just can't stand each other.

Ilya's a total douchenozzle, while Shane's has the golden-boy holier-tha
Moony Eliver
Hi. So... yeah. I loved the forking hell out of this story. As I read it, I kept expecting that saccharine (or a variety of different overboard elements) was right around the corner, but it never happened. The banter was on point, the protagonists were robust and stayed in character, the relationship was sexy and excellent and kept its tension throughout. Also, I might need to be a hockey fan now. Which is at least good timing, right here in the middle of the playoffs.

NB: I purchased this book p
4,5 stars

This is the second book in the Game Changers series by Rachel Reid. I haven't read the first book but I can honestly say this can be read as a stand-alone.

I'm not a fan of stories that span over many years, but here it worked for me. It starts in the present but then goes back to when the main characters met and their story is revealed slowly.

Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov are enemies on the ice but they just can't keep the distance. The attraction is huge! In bed they are like fire.
ORIGINAL OBSERVATION: “This sounds super cute but after seeing friend's reviews, I'm going to pass for now. Apparently there is limited romance in this one.”

FRIENDS TELL ME TO GO FOR IT ANYWAY: “Never mind, Ele and Mel changed my mind!”

CURRENT TIME: “I actually agree with the reviewers who said this book didn’t have much romance in it, until the last 20%.” It was hard to watch these men (view spoiler)
~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

So much angst!

I'm not a huge fan of angst that lasts throughout the majority of the book. I really hate it when the characters don't get it together until the book is almost over. I don't enjoy going back and forth from the past to the now. So with this book having all of that it really shouldn't have worked for me... Yet it did.

I liked seeing how it began and how the relationship developed throughout their teens into their late 20's. It gives the reader a chance to get to know the ch
Xia Xia Lake
This is now my 3rd favorite enemies-to-lovers book EVER after Captive Prince and Voinov's Special Forces - Soldiers.

I finished this one days ago but I didn't post my review because I found a tweet from the author that was making fun with other authors of a review written by a friend. Of course, I saw red and I got very. very pissed and disappointed. The author was called out by several of us and she apologized, mentioning she would never do it again.

So **cheers** to second chances.

Dear Rachel,
This is one of the books I wish I could read again for the first time

I love stories that span over many years of the characters' lives. They feel more real, wholesome and well developed. "Heated Rivalry" takes us through about a decade in Shane's and Ilya's lives and it gave so much depth to the story and the characters.

The book is split in four parts and it slowly takes us through the phases of their relationship, from the early days when it was more hate than anything else, all the way to pres
Moony Eliver
4/27/19 UPDATE: My review of this book is here.

4/26/19 UPDATE: The author apologized in this post —

4/25/19 This nonsense happens after a couple of trusted friends loved the book, and the day I was going to start it. Authors, please stop this shit. PLEASE.
"You are very beautiful."
"Hottest Man in the NHL, according to Cosmopolitan."
"They are idiots. They put me at number five. Five!"
"It does seem generous."

I'm pretty stingy with ratings. I know it, you know it, it's just how it is. However.. today is not that day.

"I like girls."
"Yeah, no shit."
"But I also like you."
"Well, lucky me."
"Not as a person, of course. But you have a good mouth."

This is an easy five because of the total and utter joy that is this book. I had such a good time reading it, se
2.5 stars

So I'll start by saying that Rachel Reid, a new-to-me-author, is talented and has a future in the genre. I did enjoy her writing style quite a bit.

But Shane and Ilya's story just didn't do it for me. Don't take my word for it because all I see are 4- and 5-star reviews for those with ARCs of this book.

Here is why I couldn't rate it higher:
1. The way the story was told - Opening chapter is some weird hate sex, with no context, and it was totally jarring - not totally hot. And then the ne
*4.5 stars*

This took me completely by surprise. I admit I had second thoughts after requesting this book and I let it sitting in my kindle for weeks ! Sports romance is not really a favorite genre and this is the first book I read by this author. Joke’s on me! I only have a couple of niggles but overall, there is so much to love about this book!

-Enemies to lovers done so right! At first it’s real enemies and the sex is nothing but crazy chemistry between them. But the transition to more feelings
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book is utterly delicious, I absolutely love enemies to lovers and this one takes that trope and runs with it in a brilliant way.

Not only is the narrative style itself unusual - the story starts with a Prologue in the present time and then takes the reader seven years in the past to tell the epic romance of two ice hockey rivals - but the enemies to lovers element is twisted from an incendiary sexual attraction into a deep and abiding love.

I even wasn't in the slightest bit bothered by t
I ❤ this book 🤗🤗
Sweet, funny and endearing.

The writing was amazing. The way the story unfolded was brilliant. Both mc’s were sexy and likable.
Ilya was hella funny and Shane super adorable.

The sex scenes were a little too tame but still enjoyable.

Buddy read this with the amazing Jennifer A!
Thanks again love 😘
Rachel Reid
Sep 17, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Heated Rivalry is the second book in the Game Changers series and it is Ilya Rozanov's story! I had a lot of fun writing this one. It's pretty different from Game Changer. It's not quite enemies-to-lovers, but if you're a fan of that trope this might be for you.
Michael S.
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I devoured this last night, start to finish in one sitting. Even better than the first entry in this series, and I was a big fan of that one.

Ilya and Shane read as having very distinct voices for me, and I loved their odd couple dynamic. In many M/M works I find myself frequently backpedaling to pick up the thread of dialog and remind myself who is speaking because the leads sound (and often are) so similar, but not here. Ilya being a non-native English speaker certainly helps, but even without
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steamy, emotional, and alluring!

In this second novel in the Game Changers series, Heated Rivalry, Reid gives us a sweet and spicy, enemies-to-more romance that highlights the struggles and hardships of falling in love with someone of the same sex when you’re a professional athlete.

The prose is tender and titillating. The characters are bold, driven, and charming. And the plot is a sultry, push-pull tale full of sexual innuendoes, red-hot chemistry, flirty banter, familial drama, friendship, comp
Well, well, well .... colour me surprised! I read for the romance, the angst, the drama and the feels so was kinda nervous when these two were already boning in the prologue. I can do without the sizzle and smex but not the romance, so was worried that Heated Rivalry wasn't going to work for me. How wrong I was, I freaking loved this book, LOVED!!

Yes, there was a lot of sizzle and sex, yes there was a lot of separation due to them both being on opposing teams and yes there were other bed partner
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, m-m
Ilya and Shane

This story just got better and better. Hot as hell, witty and emotional.
There was a moment i was a bit afraid of what would come... and than omg than it became even better ! Exactly what i was waiting for!

Over a time of many years they just sort of hated each other and were only angry fucking each other’s brain out. But over all these years slowly something changed. They had their highs and lows together. The urge to see each other began to be unbearable.
To the breaking point of
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, contemporary
This book is rated in three parts:

Prologue: 10/10 Little black hockey pucks
Parts 1 and 2: 6/10 Little black hockey pucks
Parts 3 and 4: 9/10 Little black hockey pucks

Why this disparate rating?

The prologue is awesome.

The first half of the book is so repetitive I almost put it down (despite some brief scenes that sparkled and great characterization).

The second half of the book is lovely. I grinned while reading. This is rare but occurs when just the right things happen with just the right chara
Other than the ending, it was perfect.
Can we at least get a short story... like... what happens to them 5 years down the road? That would be cool.
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Rachel Reid is the pen name of Rachelle Goguen. She chose it because it is much easier to say, spell and remember than Rachelle Goguen!

Rachel writes cute, romantic smut, mostly about hockey players.

Rachelle co-hosts a comic book podcast called Living Between Wednesdays.

Rachel/Rachelle lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has always lived there, and it's looking like she probably always will. She has

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