Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life -- star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.
Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction. The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. Then their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight. Will their love survive or be put on ice?
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About Cassandra Carr
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
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By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
CC: Well, one of the things that makes me angry in this world is how gays of any type aren't free to be who they truly are, often for what I think are stupid reasons. Professional sports has always had a stigma against gay players, though the NHL is definitely the most tolerant.
So I wanted to write a story that would bring that issue to the forefront and make it the focus of the entire book. The fact that happened with a smokin' hot love story attached was even better!
HH: What do you like best about Jason and why will readers be pulling for him?
CC: I love Jason's character arc. He's so scared in the beginning, but when push comes to shove, he's right there. I think that's why the readers will pull for him.
HH: What do you like best about Patrick and why will readers love him?
CC: Patrick is the older, wiser half of the relationship. I like how he didn't minimize or make fun of Jason's fears. He acknowledged how hard it was to be a gay athlete. Readers will love that, I think.
HH: Are you hockey fan and even so, what sort of research did this work require?
CC: HUGE hockey fan. My team is the Buffalo Sabres (who are kinda sucking right now). I've been around hockey my whole life and I know more about it than 98% of the men I know, so I didn't need to do much research. The thing I actually did the most research on was the Olympic Village.
HH: What do you like best about their relationship and how is it different from those in your other works?
CC: Hmm. This is a tough one. I think that although obviously there's a lot of emotion and love between Jason and Patrick, they're more upfront about their attraction and whether or not they should do anything about it. Many of my other books have a little more angst about the attraction itself.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
CC: Oh gosh, let's see...well, I've had something like ten releases since mid-November, so readers can check those out. They're m/f since See the Light was my first m/m. If See the Light sells well I'll write another book. I already have an idea.
I have two books coming out in March - Velocity, Buckin' Bull Riders bk 4, and Should've Known Better, the very first book I ever wrote and the longest I've released to date. Then sometime this spring another volume of the Fondled and Gobbled series will release. Those are absolutely hilarious erotic spoofs. My story in the first volume pokes fun (and not very subtly) at a certain very popular erotic romance trilogy...
HH: What you enjoy most about being an author?
CC: The creation process. It's the coolest thing to be able to put an entire book down on paper (or in the computer) and actually have it make sense.
HH: What’s your writing schedule like?
CC: I only have part-time childcare, so there's no schedule to speak of. I write whenever I can.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
HH: Why will 2013 be a very good year for you?
CC: It's already been a kick-ass year for me! I won three Sizzling Awards, including Best Author. I'm nominated in three categories for the Menage Fan's Choice Awards. I've had tons of releases and have more coming. I feel like I'm coming to the top of that impossible climb all authors must make to be recognized in the romance community.
I'm still amazed when anyone recognizes or cares about me. It's typical writer insecurity. I was at a conference this past weekend and a reader came up to me squealing. I was very surprised when she got so excited to meet me. But I have to admit it was pretty cool too.
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