Tough Guy: A Gay Sports Romance

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Carina Press, Jan 13, 2020 - Fiction
“This is a sweet, satisfying romance.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

They have nothing in common—so why does Ryan feel most like himself whenever he’s with Fabian?

Pro hockey star Ryan Price may be an enforcer, but off the ice he struggles with anxiety. Recently traded to the Toronto Guardians, he’s determined to make a fresh start in the city’s dynamic LGBTQ Village. The last thing he expects to stumble upon in his new neighborhood is a blast from his past in the fabulous form of Fabian Salah.

Aspiring musician Fabian loathes hockey. But that doesn’t stop him from being attracted to a certain burly, ginger-bearded defenseman. He hasn’t forgotten the kiss they almost shared back in high school, and it’s clear the chemistry between them has only intensified.

Fabian is more than happy to be Ryan’s guide to the gay scene in Toronto. Between dance clubs and art exhibits—and the most amazing sex—Ryan’s starting to feel something he hasn’t experienced in a long time: joy. But playing the role of the heavy on the ice has taken its toll on his body and mind, and a future with Fabian may mean hanging up his skates for good.

Game Changers
Book 1: Game Changer
Book 2: Heated Rivalry
Book 3: Tough Guy
Book 4: Common Goal
Book 5: Role Model

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User Review  - spinsterrevival - LibraryThing

This was so well done and gorgeous. I loved that Ryan and Fabian were so perfect for each other. Ryan’s mental health was a big part of this, and I thought it was handled well but wished there was even more healing shown. Read full review

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User Review  - samnreader - LibraryThing

I wasn't even looking forward to Ryan's book. Until, that is, I started reading it. See, I'm having trouble pulling myself away from news (most of us) and other various things at the moment. Despite ... Read full review

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Chapter Three
Chapter Five
Chapter Eight
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyFour
Chapter TwentySix

Chapter Fifteen

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About the author (2020)

Rachel Reid has always lived in Nova Scotia, Canada, and will likely continue to do so. She has two boring degrees and two interesting sons. She has been a hockey fan since childhood, but sadly never made it to the NHL herself. She enjoys books about hot men doing hot things, and cool ladies being awesome. You can follow Rachel on Instagram at rachelreidwrites and Twitter @akaRachelReid, and on Goodreads. Her website and blog, where she writes more things, is

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