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Title: Linemates
Author Name & Publisher: D.K. Dunn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2015 – 224pgs


Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.

The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.

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This was a great story of a love that was lost only to come back into your life later on.. Although there wasn’t necessarily love there to begin with, there was an great friendship and one night of passion that ended in heartbreak.
I loved the way this story played out as there is a lot of feelings that have to be worked out before things can start to go well and the friendship (or more) can be explored.
The writing was excellent and left me wanting more even though the story was complete in every way.
The narrator did an excellent job adding to the story although there was a time or two when I felt like he didn’t quite hit the mark when trying to portray the emotions the characters should’ve been feeling. Other than that, it was very well done.
This book was good but not great. It certainly had action on the ice (and I’m a big Detroit [RW] Wheels fan) but the action in the bedroom was lacking. It took me a while to warm up to Veens (Derek) and Laddie (Trevor) but I did kind of. The characters to seem to be lacking in depth but eventually I warmed up to them. Unfortunately it was more than half way through the book. I absolutely hated Trevor in the beginning; I mean he acted like such a total tool. Eventually Trevor gets his head out of his a**, all due to Derek’s injury, and they finally get together. The ending felt like it kind of left me hanging although this clearly did not have a cliffhanger. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would like to see more from Derek and Trevor.
If you like lots of hockey and lots of hockey action this book is for you. If you want romance, this is not the book you want to read. There was more action on the ice than off. I was seriously skimming through parts of the book because I was so sick of hearing about hockey non-stop. I know it is a book about two hockey players and they live and breathe hockey, I get it. But that is seriously all the book is about, there is the back and forth with the hating Trevor from Derek’s point of view, then Trevor either being a super jerk or denying he is gay. NOTHING happens until right at the end of the book and then BAM it is just over! Trevor says he loves Derek, Derek has a few questions and then the book is over. We don’t find out if Trevor ever admits to anyone else he is gay, we don’t see if their relationship goes any further than one more bout of sex and words of love. This book had so much potential and fell short for me.


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D K Dunn has enjoyed writing since childhood. She penned her first story, which was a Snoopy/”Star Wars” mash up at the tender age of 8. Several years later her imagination is still running wild. Her best ideas come to her while she’s either stuck in traffic or in the shower.

She’s a proud fangirl, who loves “Supernatural,” “Star Wars,” and the Detroit Red Wings. Reality TV is one of her guilty pleasures. A day can easily be wasted falling under its siren-like spell. When she’s not writing or watching too much TV, she enjoys traveling, reading, vidding, cheese and ice cream. She’s a firm believer that you can’t go a day without cheese or a good laugh.

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