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Thrown Off the Ice

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Mike knew he was making a mistake when he let the rookie climb into bed with him. He just didn't know it'd be a mistake that would follow him for the rest of his life
ebook, 280 pages
Published December 13th 2018
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judith by: Jan
5+++ Stars.

One of my favourite books this year

I read a friend's review of this a few days ago and all she wrote were TWO I waited because I know what she's like.If she rates a book highly she always writes more.But she didn't and after reading this I understand why.

I could try and tell the story but I won't,I couldn't do it justice but this book is the reason I LOVE reading.The reason why I wade through samples,finish a mediocre book I know I'm going to forget.....because every so
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan by: Laxmama
***** 6 Stars *****

Don't ask.

1st read, 27 August 2019
2nd read, 16 September 2019
3rd read, 03 November 2019

Absolutely epic.
This is among the best books i have read this year, well that is until something comes along. The reason why i enjoyed this book is because i went in blind and enjoyed the experience.

Please!!! if you are not planning to read this book, KINDLY stop spoiling it for those who are going to read it. Give them a chance to experience this wonderful book on their own.


5++++++++ stars

Once in a while you come across a book like this that leaves you speechless.

Jan said; "Don't ask" she has a point. I am
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
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hockey player lights out gif - Google-Suche

There are not enough - and more importantly no appropriate - words in this bloody world to describe what this book meant to me, so I won't even try.

One of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read, that's for sure.

Thanks to everyone who put this book on my radar and to my BR partners in heartbreak, Nazanin, Christelle and Jan, and to our great supporters Jude and Shile! I couldn't have done this without you!
Moony Eliver
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Moony by: Jan
I just finished my second read within 2 weeks, and thinking that another read would get this story "out of my system" might just be the most delusional I've ever been. I'm going to attempt a few words this time, but I still don't like my chances of being terribly coherent.

Thrown Off the Ice is unlike anything else, but it's not just its uniqueness that has made it so dear to me. It's an honest and raw love story, with an affective narrative voice and on-point character evolution.

I don't know
It was two sentences that enticed me.
It was two words that sold me.
So I’ll throw my two cents in with two pictures....

Because things started out...with sex. But that was just the beginning.
It may have ignited the fire but love kept the coals burning.

And I held onto every word, every page, every chapter...
begging not to fall.

Wait!!! I lied...I have one more.
Mike. Since he tells us their story...
this is what I see when I think of him.

Is he sweating? Crying? Or melting? You decide....

This is
No one grows up dreaming of being an enforcer.

What's this, another m/m hockey romance that gets five stars from me? Am I becoming predictable? Well, no. Because nothing about this book was expected.

"Why can't I just stay with you?"
"Because I'm not a fucking lunatic. And I would become one if I had to deal with you all the fucking time."
"I'm here all the time anyway."
"And I'm already one day away from killing you."

Starting with that summary : short and to the point, right? Sure, but no. But it

That hurt like an effing mofo, but I'm so glad Judith and Jan convinced me to read Mike and Liam's story. I loved every single word, even the ones that gutted me. The writing is absolutely superb, the feels, the laughs, the tears, the fantastically rich characters - perfection.

My best read of 2019 and probably will always be in my top 5 reads ...... ever. Simply phenomenal and worth every chuckle and tear, this one is worth more than all the stars.

I wish I could be more eloquent, but the feels
Xia Xia Lake
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Xia Xia by: Laxmama, Jan, Moony, Shile
First of all I want to thank Laxmama and Jan for digging this book out of whatever hole it was hiding in since it was published almost a year ago. For the past three weeksit had dominated my feed in the likes that I've only seen for The Silver Cord. Then to Moony and Shile for messaging me to drop everything and read it asap.

So I started with high expectations, and boy-oh-boy were my expectations delivered. One of the best books I've read this year.

This is not a hockey MM romance, not some
5 Stars

I’m just a girl, sitting in front of a computer, asking y’all to love this story as much as I do.

To all my fellow fluffy-romance readers, take heart: you will not only survive this story, but you will find it lifts you up and fills your heart with sooo much love.

Let Gloria Gaynor’s lyrics carry you forward:
“At first I was afraid, I was petrified…
Do you think I'd crumble…?
Oh no, not I, I will survive…”

I admit it. This story scared me. I am one of the softest, squishiest, gooiest readers.
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Goddamn this book!
It's one of my favorites now and I'll never forget it... <3
Kaje Harper
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up late reading this one, and just started an immediate reread. The main character's narrative voice is spot on, and the story rolls along with a glorious inevitability. I was captured, from the moment Mike, big, thirty-year-old defenseman enforcer on the Oilers, thinks "No, bad rookie!" at Liam, eighteen-year-old five-foot-eight talented center who is making it clear that what he wants most off the ice is Mike. There is humor and heat, understated love and pain, from the first meeting ...more
One of the best books I've read in years. Definitely the best book I've read so far this year. It's 5++++ stars from me.

I didn't know anything about it going in & I think that's the best way to read it. You need to experience the wide range of emotions it will bring.

It took me a chapter or two to get used to the writing style (if you read fanfic you won't have an issue). I also wasn't sure about Mike at first. He's a complicated man and it took me longer to warm up to him than Liam. I
Brian Johnson
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-romance
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I thought I knew what I was getting into with this, because despite my best efforts to avoid spoilers, my feed was absolutely inundated with updates and reviews. I've never seen anything like it. It was as if this book took over Goodreads for a couple of weeks -- at least my little corner of Goodreads.

So I couldn't help but know this was going to be angstier than my usual jam. Yet between the allure of 1) that cover, 2) hockey players in love, and 3) my friends going absolutely gaga for it, I

OMG!! !! This is me right now after finishing the book:

It was so gloriously alive in the way it was written! The style was quick, slick and to the point. Just like a hockey game. It flowed and then it hit you. The writing left me breathless at times, but never enough to set this book down!!

This is a story of how one 18 year old rookie and a 31 year old enforcer fall for each other. It’s the story of how Liam refuses to let growly enforcer Mike be. It’s a story of
A couple of weeks ago I started seeing this book popping up in my feed, all raving stars. Quite frankly I was already a goner for the cover, it has a certain pop art appeal that's unusual in romance. My mistake was starting it late on Friday night. I got a chapter in and knew I was in the hands of an author with heft and an original voice. I also felt an immediate kinship with Mike. What I forgot was that weekends are generally filled with RL activities. I've never hated a weekend so much. ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, favorites
I had no idea what I was in for ... I figured it was sport based and I’m thinking “hmm ok I’ll give it a go” ... color me happy this was beautiful. A persistent love that far surpassed perceived boundaries between a young rookie and a tough enforcer. Bless Liam for his heart and determination... he was perfect and just who Mike needed. I loved this so much I read from dusk till dawn. ...more
**5+++++++ stars read**

A gamut of feels pouring out of each chapter. That...that is why I love reading. There is so much mixed and packed in this book : unforgettable characters, a whirlwind of light and angst, it’s scorching hot, it’s deep, it’s fun, it’s painful, it’s raw, it’s emotional,….It figuratively put me down on my knees.

To be honest, I didn’t really knew what this would be about : for once, I barely looked at the blurb, didn’t read any reviews. I thought it would be another sport
Just finished and I’m equally awed and gutted. Starting a second read straightaway. This is one of the best and most compelling life stories I have read. Proper review to follow after the reread.

*** Updated on October 19th

It took me a month to reread Taylor Fitzpatrick's Thrown Off the Ice. After rushing through the story the first time around, my second time in the company of Mike Brouwer and Liam Fitzgerald was all about enjoying each line, word and change in the book, already knowing the
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I know I’ve said this before, but another shout out can’t hurt. I fucking love this place! Thrown Off the Ice by Taylor Fitzpatrick caught my eye when it popped up in a friend’s feed last week and I’m so happy it did. It’s a hidden gem! One I know I wouldn’t have found without goodreads. I don't even want to think it, but I would have missed out on Liam and Mike. You have to meet these two!

Mike Brouwer is a hockey player through and through. He’s an intimidating, veteran enforcer, who takes and
4.5 stars

If you look at the Kindle page for this book, you will see it is not listed in the romance category since it doesn't follow the "rules" of genre romance. Fortunately, I don't really care about those rules as long as the story is good and this is one damn good love story. There are plenty of reviews that will help you out with spoilers or tags and feel free to ask me if you want to know what rules are not followed, but I'm glad that I went in not having read them (I do wish I hadn't read
There’s a LOT I want to say about this, so much. SO much. I just can’t though.

I’ll think about them, Mike and Liam.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“Why do you only apologize for things that aren’t your fault?” Liam asks. “I’m a contrary bastard?” Mike guesses. “Sounds about right,” Liam says.

This book came quite highly recommended, with so many 5 star ratings that I had high hopes but also some fear that it may not measure up. Well, I'm hear to tell you that it's well deserving of it's high praise. The impact of this book didn't hit me though until literally the last chapter. A chapter I cried through. And let me tell you, I don't
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grumpy ice hockey enforcer Mike gets knocked down by the implacable resolve of Canadian rookie Liam's crush.
This is the love story of the rest of their lives.
I'm not a fan of hockey - I've never been to a match or even watched a full one on TV. But it was kind of interesting finding out about the game.
What's for sure is that Mike's story could and does happen in oh so many sports I love.
I've been a long time waiting for this book. It's not just lovely, it's important. All the stars.

RTC, maybe..
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know what to say, which happens to me a lot when I *love* a book. I have a hard time putting my feelings into words. Mike and Liam's story gutted me. But, it's one of my favorite reads this year. Highly recommend.

ETA: The writing style takes a little getting used to, but stick with it. You won't be sorry!
Laura Lascarso
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very special story told in one of the most engaging voices I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Also sad as hell. Thank you to Moony Eliver for the wreck-ommendation.
Sam (AMNReader)
Errr...well buckle up...

I'm about to write an extremely middle-of-the-road review for an extremely high 4.75 average rating book. The reasons are plentiful. And I feel it deserves some justification...because I have yet to see even a 4 star rating.

First off, let me just mention: romance status-or things I'd wish I had known but you know I don't read reviews prior to books...
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Taylor Fitzpatrick was born in Toronto, Ontario. She declared to her mother at the age of three that she was going to grow up to be an author/illustrator. The illustration thing didn’t really pan out. She is an avid hockey fan, though to her brother’s eternal consternation she did not become one until after he stopped playing competitively. She has an Honours degree in English Literature from the ...more
“You’d think, after preparing for years, knowing the way things would end for over a decade, the big picture if not the details, that it would hurt a little less when it happened, that it might even be a relief. It doesn’t, and it wasn’t. Sometimes it feels like it hurts more every single day.” 0 likes
“Jesus, Mike picked up a fucking puppy long before he picked up Bella, didn’t he.” 0 likes
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