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Nick Porter has always loved hockey. Ever since he can remember, it's been his favorite thing in the world. It's too bad he never learned to play, he'd tell himself, but it was too late to do it now. Adults don't just magically learn to skate and join a hockey team. That'd be ridiculous. Except maybe they do? On a whim, he decides to sign-up for an adult beginner's class. H Nick Porter has always loved hockey. Ever since he can remember, it's been his favorite thing in the world. It's too bad he never learned to play, he'd tell himself, but it was too late to do it now. Adults don't just magically learn to skate and join a hockey team. That'd be ridiculous. Except maybe they do? On a whim, he decides to sign-up for an adult beginner's class. He learns to skate, joins a team, and meets a really hot teammate… and it’s pretty much a disaster from there on out.


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Nick Porter has always loved hockey. Ever since he can remember, it's been his favorite thing in the world. It's too bad he never learned to play, he'd tell himself, but it was too late to do it now. Adults don't just magically learn to skate and join a hockey team. That'd be ridiculous. Except maybe they do? On a whim, he decides to sign-up for an adult beginner's class. H Nick Porter has always loved hockey. Ever since he can remember, it's been his favorite thing in the world. It's too bad he never learned to play, he'd tell himself, but it was too late to do it now. Adults don't just magically learn to skate and join a hockey team. That'd be ridiculous. Except maybe they do? On a whim, he decides to sign-up for an adult beginner's class. He learns to skate, joins a team, and meets a really hot teammate… and it’s pretty much a disaster from there on out.

30 review for Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia ❤︎

    ✰ 3.75 - Jaromír Jágr - Stars ✰ “You’re such a fucking dork,” Brady said. “And I love you. More than hockey, more than Jagr." Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance is the literal definition of "awww" in book form. Seriously, this romance was really freaking sweet while being so very hockey at the same time. The romance in this book was oh so adorable, and while these boys really really really needed to learn the delicate art form of - ✨ c o m u n i c a t i o n ✨ I was surprisingly not all that ✰ 3.75 - Jaromír Jágr - Stars ✰ “You’re such a fucking dork,” Brady said. “And I love you. More than hockey, more than Jagr." Hockey Bois: A Beer League Romance is the literal definition of "awww" in book form. Seriously, this romance was really freaking sweet while being so very hockey at the same time. The romance in this book was oh so adorable, and while these boys really really really needed to learn the delicate art form of - ✨ c o m u n i c a t i o n ✨ I was surprisingly not all that bothered by it?! shocking right. In other news, thanks to this book I now officially have a favorite hockey player! Behold, Jaromír Jágr, former right wing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, you're welcome ladies & gents - that mullet = glorious✨ how can a girl resist?

  2. 5 out of 5

    msartemysia

    I am a complete sucker for hockey romance; I am also a complete sucker for slow burns featuring smart, thoughtful people that get to fall in love with their best friends. This book is both. I put it on my 'want-to-read' list because of the sweet cover, and it actually surpassed all of my hopes in terms of sheer cuteness. I LOVED IT. I am so insanely invested in Nick and Brady, I want to read other novels where they get to spend their life together, watch and play A LOT of hockey, and just... be. I am a complete sucker for hockey romance; I am also a complete sucker for slow burns featuring smart, thoughtful people that get to fall in love with their best friends. This book is both. I put it on my 'want-to-read' list because of the sweet cover, and it actually surpassed all of my hopes in terms of sheer cuteness. I LOVED IT. I am so insanely invested in Nick and Brady, I want to read other novels where they get to spend their life together, watch and play A LOT of hockey, and just... be. Did I already say that this book is sweet? It bears repeating: it is sweet, achingly so. The slow burn is perfect for these two characters who have a lot of growing up to do (don't we all?): any faster and it would have felt forced. I loved that it is one of those stories where love supposedly is the solution to any problem: yes, they are in love, but also yes, they have got some baggage - admittedly, Brady more than Nick. Learning to deal with the past to live an honest, happy life is one of the themes of this story (the other is universal appreciation for Jaromir Jagr, you love to see it). This is undoubtedly a romance novel, but it kind of crosses into a coming-of-age story, and it is so, so good. From what I gather from the author's profile, this is her debut. And what a debut. Lovely, lovely, lovely. A hug, a hot chocolate in front of the fire, your favourite person bringing you ice cream. So pure. Also: points for originality because I had never read another hockey romance involving beer league players. So lovely. I am completely enchanted. (Also, I am insanely invested in Young Greg's fate? I would love to read the adventures of this goofball)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Nixon

    #SpoilerWarrior I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it was a sports romance *about* sports, and not just like “hey we play hockey but we’ll never really mention any ice time”. I love how flawed and realistic both characters were. I love that it wasn’t a race to the sheets. This was very slowly paced but not in a way that i felt like it dragged on. Honestly, I love that there weren’t any adult themed scenes; that intimacy was conveyed through growing emotions and bonding and not through sex. #SpoilerWarrior I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it was a sports romance *about* sports, and not just like “hey we play hockey but we’ll never really mention any ice time”. I love how flawed and realistic both characters were. I love that it wasn’t a race to the sheets. This was very slowly paced but not in a way that i felt like it dragged on. Honestly, I love that there weren’t any adult themed scenes; that intimacy was conveyed through growing emotions and bonding and not through sex. Thank god for a romance that doesn’t just fall into trope. And I absolutely love that Nick never once pressured Brady into doing more emotionally than he was ready for. There were a few editing errors/typos that could have been addressed and I always been bad for mentioning in it books but also it drives me WILD, but it wasn’t so badly edited that it got in the way of my enjoyment. And tbh the texting scenes weren’t my favorite but even those were realistic in that that’s how *i* text people. I think the author has a great grip both on character building and real world romance and I’m excited to see what else they bring to the book world.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Izaminifee

    I’m conflicted about this one. I like the fact that it was about hockey, I mean really hockey not just pretense of MCs being hockey players without the plot to back it up. The fact it was an adult recreational hockey league gives a good down to earth feeling and is definitely more original than a pro one. But something was missing. There is no sex scenes (just a hint at) and no real escalating of heat, building intimacy and it’s a turn off for me in this case. Without having to be an erotic read I’m conflicted about this one. I like the fact that it was about hockey, I mean really hockey not just pretense of MCs being hockey players without the plot to back it up. The fact it was an adult recreational hockey league gives a good down to earth feeling and is definitely more original than a pro one. But something was missing. There is no sex scenes (just a hint at) and no real escalating of heat, building intimacy and it’s a turn off for me in this case. Without having to be an erotic read, I think it will have been a must to have access to these stolen moments between them in order to see a progression in there relationship and having a better understanding of the dynamics they were getting at. At the time, it was a bit long without much events or different kind of mood giving a change of pace. Will have consolidated the fact that Brady was in fact okay with the guy on guy sex aspect of the relation but not with the actual display of is sexuality. Could have been a really nice read but as it is, I’m giving it a 3.5 because of it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ami Rose

    Adorkable idiots on ice It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve read a fluffy m/m romance book. This one did not disappoint! I have a lot of messy, complicated history with hockey and so it took me longer than normal to finish reading this book. But the characters drew me in deep and once I got past my own hockey history I didn’t want to put this book down. I teetered between KISS ALREADY and TALK TO EACH OTHER while burning through pages. It reminded me of fond hockey memories and soothed som Adorkable idiots on ice It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve read a fluffy m/m romance book. This one did not disappoint! I have a lot of messy, complicated history with hockey and so it took me longer than normal to finish reading this book. But the characters drew me in deep and once I got past my own hockey history I didn’t want to put this book down. I teetered between KISS ALREADY and TALK TO EACH OTHER while burning through pages. It reminded me of fond hockey memories and soothed some negative ones. Both for me and the characters. I love the way the author tackled Brady’s issues. And while miscommunication was a big part of the plot, it made sense with the characters and where they were together for them to have those coping mechanisms. It didn’t feel frustrating in the way other miscommunication is our main problem type of stories can be. I loved it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    this is extremely cute but it is SLOW-BURN™️. also, it’s very very PG with no on-the-page sex scenes which i’ve seen people rate m/m books low for not having sex scenes 🙄 so this is a warning for those kinds of people.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A cute read that is full of heart and which touches lightly on some deeper issues. As someone who has played in rec league hockey, I can verify that all of the little details were correct, and it added to my enjoyment of the story. There’s honestly nothing more irritating than writers who haven’t done their research, and I can absolutely say that this story is true to life in terms of how rec leagues operate and what playing for a team is like. I also found the two MCs and their storyline very c A cute read that is full of heart and which touches lightly on some deeper issues. As someone who has played in rec league hockey, I can verify that all of the little details were correct, and it added to my enjoyment of the story. There’s honestly nothing more irritating than writers who haven’t done their research, and I can absolutely say that this story is true to life in terms of how rec leagues operate and what playing for a team is like. I also found the two MCs and their storyline very compelling, and the interactions between the two of them kept me engaged and turning pages. The biggest criticisms I have with this book are just general pacing problems and also grammatical errors and typos. I really think this book could have been tightened up to have a better narrative arc, and the 400+ pages at times turned into a bit of a slog. I also occasionally felt inundated with characters. There were so many people to keep track of, and I think I only had a grasp on the physical description of Brady as being similar to Tom Wilson, so they all sort of blurred together into one solid mass at some points in the story. In the end, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but I think the pacing was a bit uneven and the typos were irritating after awhile. I also would have liked to see more character growth for Nick as well as for Brady. I feel like Nick pretty much stayed the same the whole time, whereas Brady really grew and came out of his shell. I don’t want to say more and give anything away, but maybe there’s room for a sequel? In spite of my prior criticism, I would definitely give a second book by this author a chance.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ~✿ Maria ✿~

    Firstly: Loved the cover! It's what initially got me interested in the book. I love a good hockey romance and I especially enjoyed how it was a recreational league so it was about regular guys instead of fancy NHL players that are usually written about. This book was heavy in technical hockey talk so for someone like me who doesn't really watch hockey and just loves books about it, it felt like it dragged on a bit. I wish it had been more evenly split with the hockey talk + romance. The heavy foc Firstly: Loved the cover! It's what initially got me interested in the book. I love a good hockey romance and I especially enjoyed how it was a recreational league so it was about regular guys instead of fancy NHL players that are usually written about. This book was heavy in technical hockey talk so for someone like me who doesn't really watch hockey and just loves books about it, it felt like it dragged on a bit. I wish it had been more evenly split with the hockey talk + romance. The heavy focus on hockey bled into their relationship so I felt like we missed out on the connection between the two MCs, there was a lot of explaining instead of showing (with no sexual scenes), I was left wondering about their personal relationship. A positive was the slow burn romance, I think the author did a great job telling a realistic story of two guys falling in love and the struggle of accepting one's sexuality. (Nick deserved better tho IMO but I'm glad they worked it out in the end). One thing I really had an issue with was (view spoiler)[ the introduction of Brady's depression AT 90% OF THE BOOK??? It was literally mentioned in one scene and then not properly addressed afterwards. Mental health is so important and if Brady's depression was so debilitating that it affected his life and in turn the past events of the book, I think it was a disservice to the story to introduce it so close to the end when it felt the story was wrapping up. (hide spoiler)] I think this is the first book by this author so all in all it was a decent read and I would read future books by them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tiffaney

    I’m a bit conflicted with my feelings on this one. What I enjoyed was that this was truly a hockey romance. This books wasn’t just about two hockey players who fall in love. The guys play in a recreational league. And not the NHL or college which was refreshing. I’m not that familiar with the sport from from my POV I felt like the author was actually a fan and knew their stuff. There was a lot of technical talk but I didn’t find it off putting for someone who isn’t a fan of Hockey or isn’t a casu I’m a bit conflicted with my feelings on this one. What I enjoyed was that this was truly a hockey romance. This books wasn’t just about two hockey players who fall in love. The guys play in a recreational league. And not the NHL or college which was refreshing. I’m not that familiar with the sport from from my POV I felt like the author was actually a fan and knew their stuff. There was a lot of technical talk but I didn’t find it off putting for someone who isn’t a fan of Hockey or isn’t a casual fan. This book is really long. I loved the progression of Nick and Brady’s relationship of being a team crush to friends lovers and then ultimately boyfriends. The one thing that kept me from truly connecting with the characters is the lack of intimacy. The men are in their late 20s but reading this book felt like it was for a younger audience. When I say there is ZERO STREAM I mean there’s zero steam lol sex is non existent even through they have it. Not even fade to black just mentioned. Barely there kisses and stolen moments. This was a hugeeeee peeve of mine. I need something and I got nothing here. There’s also conflict with Brady and his acceptance of his sexuality and mental health and it just felt like it was very misplaced towards the end of the story. Idk I felt like I wanted to love this story but I just liked it enough. Would I recommend this one? Probably. I don’t know 🤷‍♂️ if I’d read this author again though. I just have no interest in reading romance with grown men and the story feels like it’s catered as young adult novel. I’ve read ya that had more kisses and sex.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie Burrows

    I don’t have words for how much I loved this book except to say that I’ve read it twice in three days and have already restarted it again. The writing style was great, the plot was great, the hockey was great, all the characters were great, the humor was great, the slow burn was satisfying as hell, and I just really freaking loved everything about this book. It was just so sweet and warm that it felt like being wrapped in a book blanket, and I totally needed that. Also, no hot and heavy content I don’t have words for how much I loved this book except to say that I’ve read it twice in three days and have already restarted it again. The writing style was great, the plot was great, the hockey was great, all the characters were great, the humor was great, the slow burn was satisfying as hell, and I just really freaking loved everything about this book. It was just so sweet and warm that it felt like being wrapped in a book blanket, and I totally needed that. Also, no hot and heavy content to be found here, but it certainly doesn’t feel like an absence- this book is all the warmer for its fade-to-black scenes. The writer’s ‘about the author’ mentions a background in writing fan-fiction and it shows- in all the absolute best ways. Please, dear author, write more books like this one, especially if they include more hockey and more adorable boys being mildly dumb. Another plus- the length. I’m an abnormally fast reader and I fly through most average romance novels in an hour or two. There was so much plot and stuff to love in this one that I felt giddy every time I checked in the Kindle app and discovered I wasn’t even halfway through yet. Love love loved this book. It was my 100th book read this year and it was totally worthy of the honor. If you like hockey, sweet romances, or cute dumb boys who just can’t get it together, this is your book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So I pretty much never write reviews but this book made me want to write something. I love (MM) hockey romance and I read a lot of it and I really loved this one. Only ‘flaw’ for me was that it sort of lacked on page hotness when Nick and Brady finally got together, though that did kind of fit in with the general sense of the book. Cause this was a real slow burn. And yes, the lack of communication was frustrating at times but waaay more believable and lifelike than most storylines in hockey rom So I pretty much never write reviews but this book made me want to write something. I love (MM) hockey romance and I read a lot of it and I really loved this one. Only ‘flaw’ for me was that it sort of lacked on page hotness when Nick and Brady finally got together, though that did kind of fit in with the general sense of the book. Cause this was a real slow burn. And yes, the lack of communication was frustrating at times but waaay more believable and lifelike than most storylines in hockey romance. I loved the attention hockey got in this book. I’m a big fan, so reading about hockey and characters who love hockey makes me happy. At times, the writing style and language kind of reminded me of Winging it, which was one of the first hockey books I read and really liked. This one was just a bit sweeter. Also, nice to read about normal people instead of pro athletes. I loved that the author took the time to tell this story. I sort of wish the book was even longer cause I didn’t really want to say goodbye to the characters... I’m really curious to see what’s next from this author!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    4.5 stars Look I am completely obsessed with Nick and Brady along with the whole Jagr team. This book could’ve been 1000+ pages and I would’ve glad devoured it. I loved the slow burn and the growth of their relationship. And honestly, the growth of themselves in general. Brady and Nick both had their flaws but they finally figured out how to communicate with each other to make their relationship work. Gods I love them. This book had me smiling and laughing like an idiot. It wasn’t perfect and the 4.5 stars Look I am completely obsessed with Nick and Brady along with the whole Jagr team. This book could’ve been 1000+ pages and I would’ve glad devoured it. I loved the slow burn and the growth of their relationship. And honestly, the growth of themselves in general. Brady and Nick both had their flaws but they finally figured out how to communicate with each other to make their relationship work. Gods I love them. This book had me smiling and laughing like an idiot. It wasn’t perfect and there was some grammar/spelling errors but it didn’t bother me as much as it normally does. I can’t wait to see what else A. L. comes up with.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I really enjoyed this a lot. I loved the slow burn and all the hockey shenanigans. It was very relateable. More slice-of-life than steamy romance and that's really what I wanted. It was also fairly funny. Not like fall out of your chair laughing, but it induced a few chuckles out of me. That, plus the dopey grin I wore for probably like 50% of the book. Overall, I just really enjoyed it. Of course, now that I found a book I loved and wanted to read more of the author's stuff, I realize the autho I really enjoyed this a lot. I loved the slow burn and all the hockey shenanigans. It was very relateable. More slice-of-life than steamy romance and that's really what I wanted. It was also fairly funny. Not like fall out of your chair laughing, but it induced a few chuckles out of me. That, plus the dopey grin I wore for probably like 50% of the book. Overall, I just really enjoyed it. Of course, now that I found a book I loved and wanted to read more of the author's stuff, I realize the author has no other books out. This is a curse I bear. First Casey McQuiston, then Charlie Adhara, now this! Dear A.L. Heard, WRITE MORE BOOKS! Love, Your new fan

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love a good slow burn romance. I don’t usually leave written reviews but had to for this one because as a Pens fan I found this to be SO delightful. The hockey details were plentiful and the atmosphere of the beer league and the Jagr Bombs so colorful. I left off one star just for pacing, like I wish the author had introduced some of the back 1/4 elements a little earlier, but otherwise, I thought this was a great read. Except for the brief part where Nick has the gall to defend Tom Wilson - i I love a good slow burn romance. I don’t usually leave written reviews but had to for this one because as a Pens fan I found this to be SO delightful. The hockey details were plentiful and the atmosphere of the beer league and the Jagr Bombs so colorful. I left off one star just for pacing, like I wish the author had introduced some of the back 1/4 elements a little earlier, but otherwise, I thought this was a great read. Except for the brief part where Nick has the gall to defend Tom Wilson - in the words of Brady, “jfc, kill me now.” :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a wonderful slow burn hockey romance. It’s only one point of view and I kinda wish we got to see inside of Brady’s head, but that would make it a very different book. I love the members of the hockey team! It was such a lovely, motley group. As someone who likes hockey but never played, it was great to experience a newbie hockey journey through Nick’s eyes. If you like Check Please!, but kinda wish it was about adults and not college kids, then this is the hockey romance for you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cotes

    Hockey boy loves hockey boy! Slow burn! Post-injury confessions! Ragtag beer league team! A really really solid debut. It felt a little long and could have stood to be edited a tad, but lovely to read and Nick is great.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Totally amazing! Nick and Brady are fantastic characters with actually realistic problems and I love them both very much. Read this in one sitting way too late at night and it was worth EVERY SECOND of lost sleep. Can I give it more than 5 stars????

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth H.

    Five stars. A bit too long but very sweet. It was nice reading an unusual hockey romance.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Funny, cute, a lovely read. Please give more thank you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elleh

    3.5!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    A fantastic slow-burn romance that feels oddly relatable. I think it’s ‘coz it’s set in an adult rec league and not the NHL (or the minors) that make it feel like it could happen to anyone (read: me), you know? May be after I move to a place with an actual rink that hosts anything remotely close to a stick and puck? I’d love a sequel on Gail and Terry, or on Jenna! Also hoping that Young Greg is revealed to be secretly gay by then. Absolutely no reason for that - I just wish he were, ok? 😂 Edit: 2 A fantastic slow-burn romance that feels oddly relatable. I think it’s ‘coz it’s set in an adult rec league and not the NHL (or the minors) that make it feel like it could happen to anyone (read: me), you know? May be after I move to a place with an actual rink that hosts anything remotely close to a stick and puck? I’d love a sequel on Gail and Terry, or on Jenna! Also hoping that Young Greg is revealed to be secretly gay by then. Absolutely no reason for that - I just wish he were, ok? 😂 Edit: 2nd read. Author, please, I beg you, write another book! ❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

  23. 5 out of 5

    Blue-Reveries

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Celia Weise Ramsay

  27. 4 out of 5

    C

  28. 4 out of 5

    Max

  29. 5 out of 5

    Logan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Casanova

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