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(Seattle Steelheads #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  91 reviews
A forty-something single dad, a twenty-something hockey star, and a whole lot of baggage. No, this couldn’t possibly blow up in their faces.

Officer Geoff Logan has his plate full. His cop’s salary and Marine retirement aren’t enough to make ends meet. He’s got war wounds and demons that are in it for the long haul. His teenagers are, well, teenagers, plus they’re pissed t
Published March 27th 2019
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3.5 stars

Probably in the top 5 for best HEA ever. It's worth reading for that alone!

Full review shortly.
I very much enjoyed this first book in Witt's new sports series. Although I had to suspend disbelief at times, I found all the characters endearing. I was also pleasantly surprised at the casual diversity. It warms my heart to read about inclusion that is the norm instead of the plot arc.

This book has a lot to recommend it. If you like any/all of these you'll likely enjoy the story.
* Sports romance
* Rebuilding after abusive relationships
* Age gap romance
* Bisexual MC
* Ex-military PTSD
* Inclusive
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. Both the characters were likable and the problems understandable. The book was emotional and sexy and well written. I liked that some of the characters were diverse without making it a big deal and that the type of sex they had wasn't "typical" for regular m/m books. I also liked that it looked fairly realistically at the issue of gay domestic partner abuse and the perceptions that come with it, both external and internal. Also, that there is more than one kind of abuse and ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
3 stars

I wanted to love this so much but argh...they were like teenage girls sometimes. I don’t mean to downplay abuse, both physical and mental, but I don’t get the feeling that this book was tackling abuse as a topic but rather more of a plot point and both Asher and Geoff flip flopping and using past abuse experiences just feels pointless so I’m not too cut up about complaining about it.

The epilogue did make me smile so that did bump up the ratings and the fact that it is a hockey romance ha
4.5 stars!

I really enjoyed this one, it was really good.

Both Geoff and Asher have recently gotten out of abusive relationships - one emotional and mental, and another physical (as well as emotional and mental, of course) - when they meet. In fact, Asher is literally just breaking up with his abusive boyfriend when he and Geoff meet, as Geoff is a cop who is called to take care of the disturbance - because Asher broke up with his ex in public so he couldn't do anything in private - well, he does
This book had my feelings rebounding all over the place! Lol!

I liked it well enough, the writing was great and I loved the pacing and characterisations for the most part. What I didn't like however was Geoff's back and forth actions regarding Asher. He was a great guy and all but he knowing he was being manipulated and STILL behaving the way he did annoyed me to no end. Asher had been through hell and back so did not deserve any of that.

I get that this book dealt with abuse but after a point i
I read this romance in one happy sitting. While Ashe is a hockey player and the sport and fame are vital to this story, the really plot is about two heroes recovering from abusive relationships.

Geoff, older and a father of teenagers is so lovely and Ashe, our ginger hero is just as kind.

They both hurt. I really love how human they are and how complex their lives are. The dating is nice.

My favorite besides the healing love and self acceptance and compassion is all the subtle work with with pow
3.5 stars

I liked the set-up. I liked that the two ex-es were both abusive but coming from different side (physical and emotional) so Geoff and Asher had their own personal issues to deal with. I especially LOVED the two women in Geoff's life: his partner, Laura, and his ex-wife, Valerie... because they ROCKED.

BUT, all the sex scenes distracted me from the story -- because I kept skimming/skipping over them, I just didn't feel like reading any of the scenes *shrugs*. And I wish those scenes are r
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LA Witt is unpredictable for me. This one had all the settings correct. It was the sort of May/December I love, where the age difference is part of who they are and something to be negotiated, not where the younger ones goes juvenile, and the older one plays an authority figure role. Also hockey players which I like for no logical reason, as well as cops, and ex military!

Witt does a great job of deconstructing the aftermath of abusive relationships. In fact, this is the focus of the story. There
This was an alright read if you don’t mind a fair bit of repetitive dialogue and internal musings. I liked the two MC and the basic plot but found it dragged quite a lot in places because these guys have been through a lot of previous relationship trauma and are “stuck” in it for most of this. But I will say it’s not very often I read a book where a MC has an aversion to anal sex. Especially where it’s not a case of “top or bottom”, the character just doesn’t like any of it. And the how and why ...more
3 Stars
L.A. Witt
Mar 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Available March 27th.
3.5 Stars

I'm a little torn on this one.

There were some laugh out loud moments, but too many tropes and too much angst for my usual tastes.

That being said, there were actual gameplay sequences, though not fully fleshed out, and I could really feel the connections and conflicts between the MCs.

I can also see potential in upcoming titles in the series. It has to be hard to start something new from ground zero; there is always a possibility that nothing new will ever measure up.

In this case I don't
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
This was a miss for me. As others have said, it wasn’t so much as a hockey book as a relationship driven story which is fine, but most of the relationship evolution happened separately which is not satisfying to read. So with no notable hockey action and most of the relationship development happening through individual woolgathering, something was missing.

Have you ever tried to grab a thought, one you just knew would make everything make sense, but it’s just out of your reach, so you get more f
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
This should have been an absolute hit with me. I can't put my finger on why it wasn't. Both of these men had issues. Hell, their ISSUES had issues. That should have been the beginning of some really good hurt/comfort. And it was, but... I don't know. It just didn't work for me as well as I would have liked. It does have a very solid HEA. It was worth reading to get that. I just needed more... something. I don't know what. It still turned out to be an easy Sunday afternoon read. I'll count that a ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Not so sure about this one, too much hesitation, not enough fun perhaps.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, lbr, ebook

Thank you, L.A. Witt for jumping on the hockey bandwagon! This story actually felt like it was dipping its toes in the hockey pool, but being the first of the series, I’m ok with that. This focuses mostly on Geoff and Asher and their relationship issues. The hockey aspect is really just Asher’s occupation, and although it does affect things, it sort of takes a back seat. This also deals with another big issue – domestic violence/abusive relationships. Both Asher and Geoff were in them – it is ho
Valeria  DePaula
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
✔ Letto! La trama è più o meno così: Geoff è un genitore divorziato di 42 anni e Asher è una stella dell'hockey e tutti due hanno un bagaglio enorme da portare.
Geoff Logan è un ex militare che ha troppe ferite di guerra da poter dimenticare di esserci stato, adesso fa il poliziotto e ha due figlie adolescenti in piena fase, arrabbiati con il padre perché si è lasciato con il fidanzato che "loro" amavano.
Asher Crowe è il ricco giocatore con un salario di 7 cifre, una casa in collina, un compagno
Ntokozo M
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Both the characters in this book had been through the toughest of times and honestly deserved the happy ending they got. This book was one of those easy reads where nothing crazy happened but the characters went through some stuff and then realized they were better together right on time. It made a great change from my recent reads and honestly felt like a fresh breeze. I’ll definitely be coming back to the land of these wild hockey players because the team is so lovable and so supportive and I ...more
Maria R.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I usually love age difference/ healing romances but this one was just okay at best for me. I think I had a hard time feeling the connection because they were both so tied up with their past abusive relationships. I highlighted the line by Geoff wondering if he could be Asher's boyfriend when he was still in the throws of being Marcus' ex. That was insightful given the mindset both Geoff and Asher were in. I think the connection also paled because we didn't see good conversations, no miles
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ku, mm-romance, sport
I loved Asher, Geoff and the supporting characters. Great read.

But some bits draggggged. Too much introspection, particularly towards the end.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Picked this up yesterday intending to read a few chapters... but had to read through to the end!

Review to follow.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon, pre-ordered, m-m
3.5 As good as expected

I always like Lori’s moderate angst-level romances and reading this was everything I like plus, hockey! Not a ton of hockey but enough to create the right backdrop for Asher and Geoff’s relationship. The abuse each man went through drew them together but the shared attraction felt pretty natural. Dual perspectives are great for insight although I’d have preferred lees of their internal monologues. Not having any homophobic incidents as devices was refreshing, considering
4.75* I absolutely loved this story: an age gap, a marine and cop, a hockey player, both overcoming abuse from their exes, mental health and PTSD, kids etc.etc.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebound by LA Witt is the first in her Seattle Steelheads hockey series. This is a m/m story that covers a lot of ground--domestic abuse, age difference, PTSD, being out as an athlete... Ms Witt does a great job dealing with these in a realistic, balanced way.

Asher Crowe is a professional hockey player who's been living in his own private hell. On the surface, he's got it made, but at home, his boyfriend is cruelly manipulative, using fists and words to hurt while hiding behind a smiling facade.
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story centers on a pretty heavy issue. Asher is a celebrated gay hockey player who is hiding the fact that he has finally ended a relationship that was physically abusive. While Asher is aggressive and physical while on the ice playing he is tentative and somewhat passive in his relationships due to feelings of inadequacy. He meets Geoff a police officer who responds to a tense and volatile incident at a restaurant when Asher breaks up with his abuser. Geoff has had his own issues of abusiv ...more
Gabrielle Morgan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Calling this book "fun" feels like a misnomer, because it deals very strongly with past abuse, both physical and emotional, and obviously that's not a fun topic. But even with the serious themes, it felt fun to read, so I'm sticking with it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely, though I admit I was a bit thrown by the changed hockey names (PHL instead of NHL, all new team names even aside from the main fictional team...I've apparently been spoiled by books that incorporate the familiar in with
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a satisfying read

Things I love about this: fairly decent portrayal of family abuse survivors and the conditioning they undergo, a happy trans kid with normal everyday teen problems, realistic talks about the spectrum of desire
Things I didn't like: I found it hard to sympathize with both MC's at times, which is not normally a problem for me; sometimes the anxiety and second guessing went on for a long time and instead of sympathising, I wanted them to just get on with it. There are plenty
For a book with a hockey puck on the cover in a series about a hockey team, there is a severe lack of hockey in this book. (I SAY AS IF I HAVE ANY SORT OF EXPERIENCE WITH THIS)

Three stars mostly because it's just not my dynamic jam. Geoff and Asher are good characters and I enjoyed the last fifth of the book a lot, but the vast majority of the book is working through both of their traumas from different abusive relationships and deciding whether they're even in a place to start a new relationshi
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L.A. Witt and her husband have been exiled from Spain and sent to live in Maine because rhymes are fun. She now divides her time between writing, assuring people she is aware that Maine is cold, wondering where to put her next tattoo, and trying to reason with a surly Maine coon. Rumor has it her arch nemesis, Lauren Gallagher, is also somewhere in the wilds of New England, which is why L.A. is al ...more