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Vicki and Tommy aren't just enemies on the ice—they're explosive off it too...in more ways than one. Noah Viklund doesn’t play hockey in order to make friends. That’s not what the game means to him. And he especially can’t stand the Sea Dog’s new rookie, Tommy Tremblay. After all, Tommy’s the sort of player that gets under Vicki's skin. He’s reckless. He’s wild. And he won’t t Vicki and Tommy aren't just enemies on the ice—they're explosive off it too...in more ways than one. Noah Viklund doesn’t play hockey in order to make friends. That’s not what the game means to him. And he especially can’t stand the Sea Dog’s new rookie, Tommy Tremblay. After all, Tommy’s the sort of player that gets under Vicki's skin. He’s reckless. He’s wild. And he won’t take anything seriously. But when a chance meeting during the offseason shows Vicki what a good boy Tommy can be for him, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep seeing him as the bad guy. After all, how can he hate the only man who has ever made him feel worthy? Tommy is tired of Vicki’s stuck-up, holier-than-thou attitude. He’s fought hard to get where he is, and he’s not going to let some tightly wound guy make him feel like he doesn’t deserve his hard-won success. So, he can’t explain why they keep falling into bed together, or why he’s starting to fall for the man he’s supposed to hate. They both know this shouldn’t work, but the more they try to push each other away, the more their souls seem to connect. The question is, will they find a way for their hearts to be vulnerable and let love in? Open Ice Hit is a steamy MM romance set between the fictional NHL teams of the Brooklyn Phantoms and the Queens Sea Dogs. It contains hate that might not quite be hate, team as found family, sick goals from soft hands, some really stinky marine animals, praise kink a mile wide, and an unexpected journey that might just be worth taking.


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Vicki and Tommy aren't just enemies on the ice—they're explosive off it too...in more ways than one. Noah Viklund doesn’t play hockey in order to make friends. That’s not what the game means to him. And he especially can’t stand the Sea Dog’s new rookie, Tommy Tremblay. After all, Tommy’s the sort of player that gets under Vicki's skin. He’s reckless. He’s wild. And he won’t t Vicki and Tommy aren't just enemies on the ice—they're explosive off it too...in more ways than one. Noah Viklund doesn’t play hockey in order to make friends. That’s not what the game means to him. And he especially can’t stand the Sea Dog’s new rookie, Tommy Tremblay. After all, Tommy’s the sort of player that gets under Vicki's skin. He’s reckless. He’s wild. And he won’t take anything seriously. But when a chance meeting during the offseason shows Vicki what a good boy Tommy can be for him, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep seeing him as the bad guy. After all, how can he hate the only man who has ever made him feel worthy? Tommy is tired of Vicki’s stuck-up, holier-than-thou attitude. He’s fought hard to get where he is, and he’s not going to let some tightly wound guy make him feel like he doesn’t deserve his hard-won success. So, he can’t explain why they keep falling into bed together, or why he’s starting to fall for the man he’s supposed to hate. They both know this shouldn’t work, but the more they try to push each other away, the more their souls seem to connect. The question is, will they find a way for their hearts to be vulnerable and let love in? Open Ice Hit is a steamy MM romance set between the fictional NHL teams of the Brooklyn Phantoms and the Queens Sea Dogs. It contains hate that might not quite be hate, team as found family, sick goals from soft hands, some really stinky marine animals, praise kink a mile wide, and an unexpected journey that might just be worth taking.

30 review for Open Ice Hit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nark

    3.5 stars. 🏒 contemporary sports romance (hockey). 🏒 enemies-to-lovers. 🏒 D/s dynamics. 🏒 praise kink. 🏒 hot hate sex. 🏒 a lot of cute moments. 🏒 lots of cringy text messages. 🏒 cute swedish pet names. 🏒 no stupid break ups, or unnecessary misunderstandings at the end. 🏒 a close friend group/found family. 🏒 a lot of intriguing side characters. 🏒 some funny banter. 🏒 i really enjoyed this overall! “Noah tilted their faces until he was covering Tommy’s cheeks with kisses, making him laugh and glow with l 3.5 stars. 🏒 contemporary sports romance (hockey). 🏒 enemies-to-lovers. 🏒 D/s dynamics. 🏒 praise kink. 🏒 hot hate sex. 🏒 a lot of cute moments. 🏒 lots of cringy text messages. 🏒 cute swedish pet names. 🏒 no stupid break ups, or unnecessary misunderstandings at the end. 🏒 a close friend group/found family. 🏒 a lot of intriguing side characters. 🏒 some funny banter. 🏒 i really enjoyed this overall! “Noah tilted their faces until he was covering Tommy’s cheeks with kisses, making him laugh and glow with love. there was nowhere in the world he’d rather be.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rosabel

    Have you read the first page of a book and thought: Uhmmm this is not gonna be for me. Well, this was it. 🙃 So I DNF, couldn't stand the way they spoke. *starts to consider getting cats* *feels like a bitter bitch* 🥲 Have you read the first page of a book and thought: Uhmmm this is not gonna be for me. Well, this was it. 🙃 So I DNF, couldn't stand the way they spoke. *starts to consider getting cats* *feels like a bitter bitch* 🥲

  3. 5 out of 5

    moonlight ☾ [semi-hiatus]

    4.5 stars ☆ ❝ Tommy shrugged. "It's irrelevant now. I made it. We made it. We're out there, night after night, sacrificing our bodies just so we can do something we love with guys around us that are like our brothers—most people don't get that, Noah. Most people don't get to experience what it's like to love something as much as we do. We're the lucky ones. So if your dad is telling you to quit, his opinion is bullshit. You know what you're doing is worth it for you. It's obvious every time you s 4.5 stars ☆ ❝ Tommy shrugged. "It's irrelevant now. I made it. We made it. We're out there, night after night, sacrificing our bodies just so we can do something we love with guys around us that are like our brothers—most people don't get that, Noah. Most people don't get to experience what it's like to love something as much as we do. We're the lucky ones. So if your dad is telling you to quit, his opinion is bullshit. You know what you're doing is worth it for you. It's obvious every time you skate, okay? So. Enough with the drinking and moping. You're in the fucking NHL. Act like it. ❞ my heart is soft for Tommy and i adore Tommy and Noah together. 🥺🤍 RTC

  4. 5 out of 5

    Starla

    Reread Nov 22nd, 2021- My brain is doing the thing where I can't focus on new books, but the old ones are too familiar, so I reread this, and man, this is so hot and their dynamic just checks all of my boxes. I'm tempted to change my rating to 5 stars😍😍 First read “How about you get on your knees and show me what your mouth is actually good for.” Tommy just… buckled. There was no thought, or resentment, or resistance, just want so scorching it left only the bare nerves of a body behind. This i Reread Nov 22nd, 2021- My brain is doing the thing where I can't focus on new books, but the old ones are too familiar, so I reread this, and man, this is so hot and their dynamic just checks all of my boxes. I'm tempted to change my rating to 5 stars😍😍 First read “How about you get on your knees and show me what your mouth is actually good for.” Tommy just… buckled. There was no thought, or resentment, or resistance, just want so scorching it left only the bare nerves of a body behind. This is a great veteran/rookie enemies to lovers story, passionate with a tiny bit of codependency, pining, D/s dynamic and some praise kink. Tommy and Noah are great characters, and I loved their chemistry, the relationship development, and the way they first got together was amazing. The frustration and the UST was off the charts. They were completely addicted to one another right from the start, and seeing them try to resist it, but also trying to find any possible excuse to get together was great. It's a really intense relationship, and it's very very hot. The writing is really good, and even though a couple of times it felt like the two writing styles don't blend that well, for the most part it worked. Sometimes it was a little dramatic, but I'm a sucker for emotions. The main reason I'm rounding down is mostly that I thought the plot fell apart a little at 80%, and I lost interest for a while. The epilogue was lovely though, so it ended on a high note. Another reason were (which I think also affected the pacing) the secondary characters. I liked most of them, and I read the prequel novella, but I never really connected with that throuple, so the three of them being so prominent in this book made me skim quite a bit. I loved the ending.😍😍 It's a little cheesy, and unrealistic, but OMG, I could almost hear Noah's words in the arena at the end, and I loved it. Anyway, I will be following this series, I hope a certain Russian player gets his book too👀

  5. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    dnf @ 20% 💥 the writing style was so jumbled. it was difficult to keep up at times and i felt like i was missing half the story? it was written like i should know what was being mentioned? literally made me feel illiterate lmao. 💥 pacing was way off - the first time we see them interact in person after talking so much shit about each other ends in sex... where is the build up?? 💥 i didn’t care for either character - Tommy was obnoxious af while Noah was way too severe and broody. 💥 and ultimately, dnf @ 20% 💥 the writing style was so jumbled. it was difficult to keep up at times and i felt like i was missing half the story? it was written like i should know what was being mentioned? literally made me feel illiterate lmao. 💥 pacing was way off - the first time we see them interact in person after talking so much shit about each other ends in sex... where is the build up?? 💥 i didn’t care for either character - Tommy was obnoxious af while Noah was way too severe and broody. 💥 and ultimately, i had to force myself to keep picking this up. and in 24 hrs i had barely made a dent (which very rarely happens to me). i was just bored to tears.  

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    "Vicki stared him down, so close Tommy could smell the mint on his breath. It was heat, and shaking earth and something strange going through him - a desperation for movement, for release." Make no mistake, Open Ice Hit by E.M. Lindsey and Marina Vivancos is hot 🔥🔥🔥. It ticks so many of the tropes that I LOVE to read, like: 🌶M/M enemies to lovers 🌶sports (hockey) romance 🌶rival teams 🌶hate sex It also includes some other tropes that aren't necessarily my favourite (and also note the trigger warnin "Vicki stared him down, so close Tommy could smell the mint on his breath. It was heat, and shaking earth and something strange going through him - a desperation for movement, for release." Make no mistake, Open Ice Hit by E.M. Lindsey and Marina Vivancos is hot 🔥🔥🔥. It ticks so many of the tropes that I LOVE to read, like: 🌶M/M enemies to lovers 🌶sports (hockey) romance 🌶rival teams 🌶hate sex It also includes some other tropes that aren't necessarily my favourite (and also note the trigger warnings in the book's foreword) but may be yours, like: 🖤praise kink 🖤d/s undertones 🖤hurt/care The basic premise of the story is that Tommy Tremblay is the new kid on the block, superstar ice hockey player for the Queens Sea Dogs, 19 years old and way shorter than his peers in the game, so he feels he has to 'big note' and play rough to get noticed and to mark his turf. Noah 'Vicki' Viklund is 24 years old and plays for the Brooklyn Phantoms, rival team to the Sea Dogs. He hates Tommy with a vengeance because he thinks he's a dirty player, who purposely injured his team mate. The two MCs have to do a photo shoot together at the start of the season and their rivalry bubbles over into something more.... If you can take the book at face value (as I generally did) it's a great enemies-to-lovers read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hence the 4 stars. BUT. I felt as though I had fallen into the middle of a series, or at least a spin-off of a series. So many of the side characters seemed to have such strong character and story arcs, that I really felt as though I was playing catch-up to the plot. In fact, three of the players on Vicki's team are in a relationship that is actually the storyline for a novella introduced AT THE END of this book, Between the Pipes. I'd strongly suggest you read this novella FIRST to lay down some background for the main event. Which is well worth the read💜💙. 4 ✨✨✨✨

  7. 4 out of 5

    julia ☁

    [ 𝟰.𝟮𝟱 / 𝟱 ✩ ] ᴍᴏᴏᴅ ᴍᴜꜱɪᴄ — ᴇʏᴇꜱ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴀ ꜰᴀᴄᴇ ❛Open Ice Hit❜ ended up being such a pleasant surprise, and I can say with absolute certainty that I am beyond excited for more books from this writing duo (Marina Vivancos, E.M. Lindsey). ❝… There’s nothing better than winning when everybody thinks you’re gonna lose.❞ [ 𝟰.𝟮𝟱 / 𝟱 ✩ ] ᴍᴏᴏᴅ ᴍᴜꜱɪᴄ — ᴇʏᴇꜱ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴀ ꜰᴀᴄᴇ ❛Open Ice Hit❜ ended up being such a pleasant surprise, and I can say with absolute certainty that I am beyond excited for more books from this writing duo (Marina Vivancos, E.M. Lindsey). ❝… There’s nothing better than winning when everybody thinks you’re gonna lose.❞

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten Pullen

    New fave hockey book. So much heart, smut, growth, chirping. Honest and heartfelt.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ky

    * 3 stars * "Open Ice Hit" is the beginning of a new series, but there's also a prequel out that you can grab and get a feel for this universe if you want. Noah and Tommy are professional hockey players for two rival teams, both in NYC and at the beginning of the story, they don't exactly like each other. In fact, hate is a more accurate description. The start of their relationship - if what they had at first can even be called that - wasn't smooth. There was a constant push and pull between them * 3 stars * "Open Ice Hit" is the beginning of a new series, but there's also a prequel out that you can grab and get a feel for this universe if you want. Noah and Tommy are professional hockey players for two rival teams, both in NYC and at the beginning of the story, they don't exactly like each other. In fact, hate is a more accurate description. The start of their relationship - if what they had at first can even be called that - wasn't smooth. There was a constant push and pull between them as their chemistry was as palpable as their dislike. Noah had a few family issues that were holding him back and dragging him down. He loved hockey, but his family's attitude toward him and his decision to play professionally, weighted heavily on him and affected the way he saw himself from time to time. I didn't like anyone from his family and it was hard to see Noah being crushed by their behavior. Tommy didn't have family issues. He was a young player just starting his career and he was easy-going and approachable. He made friends easily and he was open with those he liked. He was the sunshine to Noah's grumpiness. That's not to say that Noah was bad though. He was just much harder to get close to. He was loyal and protective with those he considered friends, but it was difficult for someone to get that title. That's the reason it was such a significant moment when he lowered his walls with Tommy and he started to relax around him, teasing him, taking care of him, sharing bits and pieces of his past with him... One of my favorite things about this story is the fact that it spans almost a whole year and on top of that, it has an epilogue set ten years in the future! I love both of those things! However, there was something missing from the story. I can't put my finger on it, but something didn't connect. Be it the characters or the plot or both... Also, there were times that I got confused as to how much time had passed or where were the characters and stuff like that. There weren't errors in the text, but the connections between the scenes needed some more work, in my opinion. Still, that wouldn't have been enough for me to give the story just three starts. There was something else that didn't work for me. I can't say there was some specific thing that went wrong, because there wasn't, so it's probably just me and this particular story that aren't a good match. I don't know who the next story will be about, but I'll keep an eye out because I'm not giving up on this series just yet. ~ I read an ARC of this book. ~

  10. 4 out of 5

    ML

    Noah is in deep hate with Tommy AND their tension is smoking hot. During a photo shoot the heat and sexy times spills….SO hot. As I read this book, I kept thinking I really should have read the Zed prequel that they had free on Prolific Works. The triad is in this book a lot! I’m too deep into the book now but I’ll be reading that immediately after I’m done with this book. Tommy and Noah are very opposites attract. The hate sex is fun until they realize it’s more than that. The push and pull that Noah is in deep hate with Tommy AND their tension is smoking hot. During a photo shoot the heat and sexy times spills….SO hot. As I read this book, I kept thinking I really should have read the Zed prequel that they had free on Prolific Works. The triad is in this book a lot! I’m too deep into the book now but I’ll be reading that immediately after I’m done with this book. Tommy and Noah are very opposites attract. The hate sex is fun until they realize it’s more than that. The push and pull that normally annoys me in other books didn’t in this one. The characters are so endearing. You can’t help but fall in love with them both. Noah has a bunch of baggage and Tommy is so shiny and new. I think his optimism was what Noah needed in his life. The sex, the hockey, and the fighting was a perfect combo for me. The HEA was pretty sweet too! **Side note 📝 chirp is said 23 times! I’ve never heard the term used in this way and I had to look up how many times it was said because I knew it was MANY MANY times.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    MM Romance Rivals to lovers/Hockey romance I’m not sure 🤔 what to say about this book. Let’s start with the positive. I liked the couple and thought they were well suited for each other. They understood what the other one needed and there were no stupid breakups once they were all in. I liked the hate sex and the way Tommy loved to be controlled. HOWEVER… There was a lot I just couldn’t vibe with. The writing style was hard to follow at times and I found myself unable to fully pay attention, havin MM Romance Rivals to lovers/Hockey romance I’m not sure 🤔 what to say about this book. Let’s start with the positive. I liked the couple and thought they were well suited for each other. They understood what the other one needed and there were no stupid breakups once they were all in. I liked the hate sex and the way Tommy loved to be controlled. HOWEVER… There was a lot I just couldn’t vibe with. The writing style was hard to follow at times and I found myself unable to fully pay attention, having to read some of it multiple times to understand wtf was going on and it affected my overall feelings towards this book. Then, I didn’t care for the most of the secondary characters especially the throuple. Apparently, there is a prequel to this story about the throuple (Kevin, Davesh and Zed) and they play a huge part in this book. I kept feeling like I was missing something important like this prequel should have been read first even though this one is the first book in series and nowhere does it say anything about needing to read that. I didn’t even know it existed until after I finished the book. Lastly, there is no way Noah would let Tommy rail him without prep especially since Noah never bottoms and the one time he tried prior to this, he didn’t like it. I can suspend some disbelief about the hockey like asked but this is too much. Also, I don’t want to read about someone’s “hairy pucker”. There’s nothing hot about that especially during a sex scene. Like ew. I dont know why but something was missing for me with this book. The magic wasn’t there but I’m not sure if it’s me or if it’s the book. I’ve been in a weird mood lately and since I’m a mood reader, I worry this may be a me thing and not the book kind of thing so maybe take my review with a grain of salt.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars Open Ice Hit is an engaging sport romance with a full on, enemies to lovers vibe. If you are a fan of growly hate sex, this book is for you, as there is a lot of it. Noah is still furious at Tommy for what Noah considers a dangerous hit that caused injury to his teammate, Zed. The fact that Zed doesn’t hold Tommy accountable doesn’t matter to Noah, he still hates Tommy. But also, he finds Tommy incredibly hot and can’t stop checking out Tommy’s Instagram thirst tra A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars Open Ice Hit is an engaging sport romance with a full on, enemies to lovers vibe. If you are a fan of growly hate sex, this book is for you, as there is a lot of it. Noah is still furious at Tommy for what Noah considers a dangerous hit that caused injury to his teammate, Zed. The fact that Zed doesn’t hold Tommy accountable doesn’t matter to Noah, he still hates Tommy. But also, he finds Tommy incredibly hot and can’t stop checking out Tommy’s Instagram thirst trap photos. So we can tell from the beginning that there is some chemistry here, though there is a very slow burn to get them from enemies to even friends. A lot of the early scenes are intense sex that drives both men wild, but also makes clear they have little interest in being in the same room once the dust settles. Noah is also very public about his dislike for Tommy, including speaking out in interviews about how he thinks Tommy is a dirty player. So there is an interesting relationship here as the men have this intense sexual chemistry, but still are very much at odds personally for much of the book. Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Florence .

    Full review to come soon As a Canadian, I always have to read any book about hockey. And I love enemies to lovers, so much. I wanted to love this book so much but it just wasn’t all I wanted. I really liked the main characters and the hate sex was super hot, which is always a win in my book. But I just didn’t really feel the connection between the main characters enough for me to enjoy the romance between them, I wish that I felt more of a connection between them but I felt like they were closer Full review to come soon As a Canadian, I always have to read any book about hockey. And I love enemies to lovers, so much. I wanted to love this book so much but it just wasn’t all I wanted. I really liked the main characters and the hate sex was super hot, which is always a win in my book. But I just didn’t really feel the connection between the main characters enough for me to enjoy the romance between them, I wish that I felt more of a connection between them but I felt like they were closer to friends than lovers, which is just not what I want in a romance novel. But hey the book was sweet and very entertaining and the sex scenes were hot, so really it went pretty well as far as reading experiences can go. I received an ARC of this book, and this is my honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teeny

    I'm really wavering with my rating here.... On the one hand: ✔✔✔ Angry/hate sex ✔✔✔ HAWT kinky sex ✔✔✔ Power Exchange ✔✔✔ Panty melting dirty talk ✔✔ HEA ✔✔ Character and Relationship development I loved every interaction Tommy and Noah had throughout the story, even the angry ones, though how everything developed has me a bit confused. Maybe it was the weird time jumps that varied between some hours to a few months but was never clearly stated so I had to do double takes on whole paragraphs assuring my I'm really wavering with my rating here.... On the one hand: ✔✔✔ Angry/hate sex ✔✔✔ HAWT kinky sex ✔✔✔ Power Exchange ✔✔✔ Panty melting dirty talk ✔✔ HEA ✔✔ Character and Relationship development I loved every interaction Tommy and Noah had throughout the story, even the angry ones, though how everything developed has me a bit confused. Maybe it was the weird time jumps that varied between some hours to a few months but was never clearly stated so I had to do double takes on whole paragraphs assuring myself I didn't actually miss something or maybe because we spend more time in the heads of the MCs than they did talking. Tommy for all of him being 19yo he was more self assured, confident and generally put together than Noah that was 24yo battling with his personal demons, having a crappy attitude, being closed off and thinking constantly what ifs and how he was getting old for NHL. I know athletes have an expiration date but this dude! Wow! He left everything behind, defied his father to follow his dream but he was doing it, all the while with the dark cloud of his father above his head.... But whatever, they worked well together once Noah started trying to leave his misconceptions behind and put some of his angst aside and actually live his life. The epilogue was very good in establishing their HEA but I still feel that something is missing from their relationship development. Oh well... Onthe other hand I don't mind being thrown in the middle of the story but I do require that at some point the authors will catch me up with info sprinkled here and there. Did that happen? NOPE! You might be wondering what the heck I'm talking about. Well that heck was the thorn in this story that is the throuple of Davesh, Kevin and Zed that were EVERYWHERE in the freaking first half of the story and hockey WASN'T even in season for them to have so much freaking page time! That throuple has a story, Between the Pipes, that frankly if you do MMM pairings, I don't even if I knew this even existed, I would recommend to read it before starting this so you can know some of the things that are taken for granted in this book! *frustration level: 100!*. Seriously the times that I felt that I should know something about what was going on an scene in the first half were numerous and throwing me off the freaking story. Another *I should know this but I don't* moment are the two teams, Phantoms and Sea Dogs, their players and the positions they play that is treated like forgone knowledge. The only hockey I know is fiction hockey okay? The authors at the beginning ask of us to suspend disbelief regarding Cochlear Implants in contact sports and two teams in the Eastern Conference facing each other for the Stanley Cup and yeah ok no problem. But the thing was I had to suspend disbelief when it came to: - Three players on a team being in a gay relationship. - Instagram videos of drunk players, no way that would fly with coaches and the League. - A generally missing preseason, the gym-sessions and training the players have to do. - Tommy having a serious concussion, his absentee family in his care, his fellow team players playing nurse for him and Noah being able to take care of him for, I wanna say, 2 days but this is one of those ambiguous time skips. So really this felt more like Fantasy Hockey than real hockey. Noah seemed to gather quite a bit of knowledge, pretty early on (38%), on how to please Tommy even though they had only gotten together 3-4 times, one was penetration, one was frottage and one or two BJs, and almost all of them anger/hate sex. But can I fault him when Tommy described them "fucking constantly" (63%) when they have gotten it on about 6-7 times in a period of 5 months or so?! And finally one of my pet peeves (view spoiler)[Noah taking Tommy's cock with no prep, only the lube he put on the condom and it was his first time! Although that is ambiguous too since as Noah muses he tried once before but "it didn't last". Now, does that mean that he stopped it before any penetration happened, only the head was inserted and he stopped it or whatever is anyone's guess but let's go with the first since he says to Tommy that he is his first. (hide spoiler)] I really wanted to like this more but the hockey didn't feel real and all the little things that I noted kept me from being immersed in the story. Will I read the next one that I suspect is Vanya's story? HECK YEAH! I received an ARC from Gay Romance Reviews and this is my honest review. P.S.: I'm with Noah regarding the sea's snot.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Crisana

    A pretty good start of a new series. I have not read the prequel story and will probably keep it that way as I don't like MM+ much. However, I'm definitely looking forward to more books in this series. I'm a sucker for sports books ;) A pretty good start of a new series. I have not read the prequel story and will probably keep it that way as I don't like MM+ much. However, I'm definitely looking forward to more books in this series. I'm a sucker for sports books ;)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vilma

    *3.5 stars I do like epilogues showing the characters' lives a few years ahead, but I just wanted more in the present before that. Moments like where they came out publicly as a couple and whether the rivalry between the teams increased, etc. Overall a good hockey romance and I will for sure read the next book as well! I am very curious to see who it might be about *3.5 stars I do like epilogues showing the characters' lives a few years ahead, but I just wanted more in the present before that. Moments like where they came out publicly as a couple and whether the rivalry between the teams increased, etc. Overall a good hockey romance and I will for sure read the next book as well! I am very curious to see who it might be about

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    DNF @ 13% A collection of random facts: >Before I read the reviews for the prequel novella, I never would have predicted that I might one day DNF a Marina Vivancos novel. (Much less an MV novel with hockey boys, which should be the best thing EVER.) >I have never tried anything by E.M. Lindsey before. >Not that I read very far, but the slightly altered NHL they've created here was working fine for me, and that was my biggest concern when I picked it up. Who knows if that would have held true, but it DNF @ 13% A collection of random facts: >Before I read the reviews for the prequel novella, I never would have predicted that I might one day DNF a Marina Vivancos novel. (Much less an MV novel with hockey boys, which should be the best thing EVER.) >I have never tried anything by E.M. Lindsey before. >Not that I read very far, but the slightly altered NHL they've created here was working fine for me, and that was my biggest concern when I picked it up. Who knows if that would have held true, but it felt like something that would be realistic to achieve in 10 to 15 years if players start coming out now, so I just imagined it being set slightly in the future. >I decided to read this one before the prequel because I wasn't sure I'd be able to suspend my disbelief far enough to include acceptance of an NHL throuple just yet. I don't think it's necessary to read them in order, even though the throuple is featured very heavily at the beginning of this one. It does feel a little like being dropped into the middle of something, but I think that's more about the clunky writing than the circumstances they're writing about. In theory, everything they created here should have worked really well for me, but something was seriously off with the writing. I skimmed several chapters ahead to see if it would even out but couldn't find any reason to have hope, so I decided to call it early. It feels disjointed, and I might not have even read this far if I wasn't such a big MV fan. >I don't understand what happened and I want to pout about it :(

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    3.5 stars rounded up. Wayyyyyy too many side characters. Impossible to keep people straight Felt like it was trying to be heated rivalry but angrier and not quite succeeding Why are two teams from the same city/division playing each other in the Stanley Cup final? Overall, decent but not great. It’s not what I’d recommend for people looking to venture into sports/MM hockey romance, but if you’re a fan of the genre it’s a solid enough installment Contains: enemies to lovers, hate sex, enemies with 3.5 stars rounded up. Wayyyyyy too many side characters. Impossible to keep people straight Felt like it was trying to be heated rivalry but angrier and not quite succeeding Why are two teams from the same city/division playing each other in the Stanley Cup final? Overall, decent but not great. It’s not what I’d recommend for people looking to venture into sports/MM hockey romance, but if you’re a fan of the genre it’s a solid enough installment Contains: enemies to lovers, hate sex, enemies with benefits, secret sex, D/s, praise kink, breath play, not-great-aftercare, both players, sorta age gap (19 to 26), swedish+Canadian heroes, rival teams, hurt/comfort (concussion) 5/5🔥

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dhai

    Yes yes yes!

  21. 4 out of 5

    DTM

    3.5-4.o stars...I am torn with this book…On one hand I loved Tommy and Vicki (Noah) together, when they were together…Vicki's baggage, the smoking hot hate sex, Tommy’s need, their electric chemistry and their banter..…On the other hand there was a lot of filler, unrelated to the main MC’s moving the relationship forward, which seemed to be there just to get them to the next SMOKING HOT sex scene…and they were all SMOKING HOT LOL I am not a huge fan of collaborative writing…Some books are writte 3.5-4.o stars...I am torn with this book…On one hand I loved Tommy and Vicki (Noah) together, when they were together…Vicki's baggage, the smoking hot hate sex, Tommy’s need, their electric chemistry and their banter..…On the other hand there was a lot of filler, unrelated to the main MC’s moving the relationship forward, which seemed to be there just to get them to the next SMOKING HOT sex scene…and they were all SMOKING HOT LOL I am not a huge fan of collaborative writing…Some books are written seamlessly and some feel like 2 different books going on at the same time…this book is the latter for me…At 40%, I was ready to be at 70%…It’s tough because the MC’s are on different teams and can't be together all the time which I totally understand....I just think there could have been more communication between them ie texts, Skype etc which would enforce the transition from hate to love in a more organic way…I do recommend you read the free short first as it quite good and SMOKING HOT as well and those characters play important roles in this story!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Badhran

    Open Ice Hit is about two professional hockey players - Tommy Tremblay and Noah “Vicki” Viklund - who are on rival hockey teams, fresh off of Tommy’s team winning the Stanley Cup instead of Vicki’s. Tommy just wrapped up his rookie season and won the Cup, so his confidence and cockiness knows no bounds. He makes some risky moves on and off the ice and that got him on Vicki’s radar. Vicki is emotionally closed off and known as a “hockey robot” to his teammates and throughout the league. He relies Open Ice Hit is about two professional hockey players - Tommy Tremblay and Noah “Vicki” Viklund - who are on rival hockey teams, fresh off of Tommy’s team winning the Stanley Cup instead of Vicki’s. Tommy just wrapped up his rookie season and won the Cup, so his confidence and cockiness knows no bounds. He makes some risky moves on and off the ice and that got him on Vicki’s radar. Vicki is emotionally closed off and known as a “hockey robot” to his teammates and throughout the league. He relies on his team to fill in for his family and is so protective of every one of them. When Tommy accidentally injures Vicki’s friend and teammate Zed, all bets are off. When these two show up at a modeling job together, the heat is too much to handle and things get crazy from there. Tommy and Vicki have a connection but it starts out as hate sex and turns into so much more. They’re steamy and so vulnerable when they’re together, even when things are questionable between them. Seeing their relationship grow into more, when they accepted their feelings and started really talking, was so sweet. Their journey was a rough one but as we saw in the epilogue, everything turned out perfectly for them. I really wanted to give this one 5 stars, but I felt a little too disconnected to Tommy and Vicki. They kept their feelings hidden from each other, but I think they were a little too hidden from the readers as well. And Tommy’s maturity was admirable, but kind of hard to believe. He’s nineteen, playing professional hockey and going to college...that’s a lot and we never once see him be anything other than put together. I loved the team dynamics and all the personalities of Tommy and Vicki’s teammates. I’m really excited to see who ends up getting a book of their own next - already looking forward to stepping back into the Sin Bin world!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Good book, well written, lots of hot hate sex in the beginning. I love hockey romance, I really love sports romance that doesn’t use homophobia as a reason the MCs can’t be together. I very much loved that gay hockey players wasn’t a concern for anyone in this story. Enemies to lovers isn’t usually something I read/enjoy and there were spots in this one I didn’t enjoy for that reason. The way Noah (Vicki) treated Tommy after their first couple hookups as an example. But I enjoyed this book even in Good book, well written, lots of hot hate sex in the beginning. I love hockey romance, I really love sports romance that doesn’t use homophobia as a reason the MCs can’t be together. I very much loved that gay hockey players wasn’t a concern for anyone in this story. Enemies to lovers isn’t usually something I read/enjoy and there were spots in this one I didn’t enjoy for that reason. The way Noah (Vicki) treated Tommy after their first couple hookups as an example. But I enjoyed this book even in spite of that. I enjoy both these authors’ books individually and am happy to report that their joint writing is just as skilled. There were some spots I wanted to smack Noah for hurting Tommy, but his reasoning and back story eventually shed light on his actions and they got their HEA. By the time the book was over their love was well earned. Heat: 8/10 (lots of hot hate sex, pin-him-against-the-wall-and-devour-each-other in the beginning, that turned softer and kinder later) Storyline: 8/10 (personal preference as enemies to lovers isn’t my thing, but I’d highly recommend it if it’s yours, and I still really enjoyed the book) Character development: 9/10 (well written, flawed characters who grew through the book) Overall: 8/10 (would recommend) I also read the pre-novella, Between the Pipes, about Kevin, Davesh, and Zed. It was good for a novella, but I wish it had actually been the first full length book in the series. I would have LOVED to see more development between these three. Couples who find their third is a weakness of mine. I still enjoyed it, but definitely wanted more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    *4.5* This is a really great start to a new hockey series from these authors. I enjoyed the found family that they have among the teams and the competition is healthy between them but Noah is still hurting over the injury Tommy caused to his teammate in the playoff final last season. It means there's a lot of tension between the two to start with, mostly from Noah as Tommy already has Zee's forgiveness. Noah's character is quite rigid and stoic except for when it comes to those he cares about. Thi *4.5* This is a really great start to a new hockey series from these authors. I enjoyed the found family that they have among the teams and the competition is healthy between them but Noah is still hurting over the injury Tommy caused to his teammate in the playoff final last season. It means there's a lot of tension between the two to start with, mostly from Noah as Tommy already has Zee's forgiveness. Noah's character is quite rigid and stoic except for when it comes to those he cares about. Things comes to a head, so to speak, for them after working together and it leads to some amazing high tension, high heat moments. It slowly develops as they get to know each other and reveals what they actually need and want from each other. Tommy's character is quite light hearted, having worked hard to prove his worth to be in the NHL and loving what he does. Noah is fighting some demons from his past and it's not until some of the moments he shares with Tommy that he gradually reveals more of himself to the young man who comes to mean so much to him. This is an enemies to lovers hockey romance with some great friendships, angst filled moments, hot hate sex which moves into something much more meaningful for the MCs. I really enjoyed how their relationship developed across the hockey season as they showed their dedication to their sport whilst trying to understand what grows between them. I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    4.5 Stars Open Ice Hit is the first book in The Sin Bin series. This EM Lindsey and Marina Vivancos tale is a delightful enemies to lovers romance. Being an avid fan of sports romances, I was super excited for this book. And, damn, it's everything I hoped it would be. Noah/Vicki and Tommy are the perfect combination of animosity, hatred, chemistry, and love. Their hatred leads to a D/s relationship they never saw coming. It's hate sex and more hate sex, with plenty of light kink involved. And th 4.5 Stars Open Ice Hit is the first book in The Sin Bin series. This EM Lindsey and Marina Vivancos tale is a delightful enemies to lovers romance. Being an avid fan of sports romances, I was super excited for this book. And, damn, it's everything I hoped it would be. Noah/Vicki and Tommy are the perfect combination of animosity, hatred, chemistry, and love. Their hatred leads to a D/s relationship they never saw coming. It's hate sex and more hate sex, with plenty of light kink involved. And then the feelings come. Seeing these two let their walls down and start melting for one another is fabulous. From the start, everything between these two is complicated. The sex isn't cut and dry, they are stuck sneaking around, and they have plenty of outside problems. And of course they're rivals. This is a story with a controlling father who causes plenty of pain and unresolved feelings. Ugh, I both hated this as it made me so angry. But it certaintly adds tremendously to the character's layers. There's a lot going on in this book. And I enjoy it all. The sports moments are enjoyable. The obstacles in their way are great. And the issue of coming out to anyone is well done. There's an age gap that also adds plenty to this tale. And, omg god, I adore the ending. Open Ice Hit is a riveting book. This EM Lindsey and Marina Vivancos collab is enjoyable from the start. I couldn't put it down. Definitely pick up this book the next time you're in the mood for hate sex, some D/s, and sports. You won't regret it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miriah

    I really enjoyed this! I don’t normally connect well with E.M. Lindsey’s writing, but it worked really well in this book with author Marina Vivancos, who I’ve never read before. I love hockey books, I love enemies-to-lovers, and I love when one character takes care of the other. I also love the grumpy & sunshine trope, so this really ticked a lot of boxes. I liked both characters a lot and the plot kept me interested the entire time. The only thing that made me roll my eyes was a tiny bit of sex I really enjoyed this! I don’t normally connect well with E.M. Lindsey’s writing, but it worked really well in this book with author Marina Vivancos, who I’ve never read before. I love hockey books, I love enemies-to-lovers, and I love when one character takes care of the other. I also love the grumpy & sunshine trope, so this really ticked a lot of boxes. I liked both characters a lot and the plot kept me interested the entire time. The only thing that made me roll my eyes was a tiny bit of sexist language. There was no stupid miscommunications or anything, it was all just a lovely story about Noah and Tommy. The sex scenes were incredibly hot, and my god, where has praise kink been all my life. There was a ton of cute moments as well, with good banter and realistic conversations. Some of the texting made me cringe at the beginning, but I got used to it. I also really liked all the side characters! I also liked the reference to the NHL as an organization sucking. Because they really, really do. I will definitely be reading the prequel as well as the next book in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    M

    4.5 stars. That was unexpectedly excellent. I haven't read anything by either of the two authors, so I had no idea what was coming, but of course, all you have to say to me is "enemies-to-lovers hockey romance" and I'm there like a bear. I just didn't expect to enjoy it so much. Noah Vicklund is a grumpy Swedish hockey star and he hates the effervescent Tommy Tremblay, a young player on a rival team, for reasons expounded in the book. But they have mad chemistry and end up having a scorching aff 4.5 stars. That was unexpectedly excellent. I haven't read anything by either of the two authors, so I had no idea what was coming, but of course, all you have to say to me is "enemies-to-lovers hockey romance" and I'm there like a bear. I just didn't expect to enjoy it so much. Noah Vicklund is a grumpy Swedish hockey star and he hates the effervescent Tommy Tremblay, a young player on a rival team, for reasons expounded in the book. But they have mad chemistry and end up having a scorching affair in which Noah is kind of a dick, the guy's got issues. I loved the slow, delicious transformation of their relationship from something jagged and resentful into something so sweet and aching. I really liked Tommy. It was also very, very hot. It did kind of ick me out that Tommy was 19 (Noah was like 26) and I'm really not ever on board with adults dating teenagers, but then again I didn't consider myself an adult at 26 (I still don't, actually). It also felt like a bit of an alternative universe where major NHL stars were just like queer and out and it was a complete non-issue. Sounds fake but okay. That aside, I kind of fell in love with this book. I am always and forever going to compare any hockey enemies-to-lovers stories to Rachel Reid's Heated Rivalry because that is the benchmark, and this one actually holds its own really well in the comparison. Hopefully this author duo gives us more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Enemies with benefits? Tommy Tremblay is a rookie playing in the Stanley Cup when his aggressive play results in him tripping Zed, an opposing player. The spill results in a torn ACL. Zed’s teammate, Noah, takes offense to the brash youngster’s play, and can’t understand how Zed can so easily forgive Tommy. But when Noah and Tommy are both booked for an underwear modeling gig in the off-season, Noah begins to see the appeal. Though it starts as aggressive Dominance/submission play, there’s somet Enemies with benefits? Tommy Tremblay is a rookie playing in the Stanley Cup when his aggressive play results in him tripping Zed, an opposing player. The spill results in a torn ACL. Zed’s teammate, Noah, takes offense to the brash youngster’s play, and can’t understand how Zed can so easily forgive Tommy. But when Noah and Tommy are both booked for an underwear modeling gig in the off-season, Noah begins to see the appeal. Though it starts as aggressive Dominance/submission play, there’s something about Tommy that starts getting under the normally standoffish man’s shell. The “Hate sex” that they initially engage in is hot. But both soon realize that their feelings are going beyond “sex the sport” to something deeper. That’s all to the good as far as I’m concerned. To each his own, but I’m a bit baffled about why these two find being hateful to each other so sexy. When they start caring for each other, that’s when my “feels” kick in. It’s also a bit weird that Tommy gets so turned on by being praised. It’s clear that Noah is the one with a hateful father that’s never given him the paternal approval that he still feels is missing. This is the first in a series and there’s even a thruple involving one of Noah’s team-mates that is intriguing. I understand it’s detailed more fully in a freebie that’s mentioned at the end of this book. I’ll definitely be checking that out, and waiting for book #2. ***Note: I am voluntarily reviewing this after receiving a complimentary copy ***

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie ♡

    4ish Stars I wasn’t sure about this one when I first started. Some of the dialogue came off cringy/cheesy, but I was jonesing for a good enemies-to-lovers story so I forged on, and I’m glad I did. It wasn’t a perfect story, but some parts really worked. Banter, fighting, subtle D/s, hate sex, no manufactured breakup drama, and some truly sweet moments. It almost reminded me of of Heated Rivalry. Nothing can really compare, but if you love Heated Rivalry as much as I do then this might strike a fe 4ish Stars I wasn’t sure about this one when I first started. Some of the dialogue came off cringy/cheesy, but I was jonesing for a good enemies-to-lovers story so I forged on, and I’m glad I did. It wasn’t a perfect story, but some parts really worked. Banter, fighting, subtle D/s, hate sex, no manufactured breakup drama, and some truly sweet moments. It almost reminded me of of Heated Rivalry. Nothing can really compare, but if you love Heated Rivalry as much as I do then this might strike a few of those same chords for you. “Tommy sacked up and let it out. “I really fucking like you, okay? Like…like like you. A lot. And I get it if you don’t feel the same way, but I can’t—” “Tommy,” Noah interrupted. “Shut the fuck up.” Can you feel the love? 🥰

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Woods

    Wonderful Of course, a hockey book by EM Lindsey would be just as spectacular as any of their other books. Wonderful characters, great storyline. Tommy and Vicki have been at each other's throat since their friend injury, so neither expects when hate sex becomes something more. KU, contemporary, hockey, enemies to lovers, set in US, Swedish and Canadian players, small age gap, BDSM light. Wonderful Of course, a hockey book by EM Lindsey would be just as spectacular as any of their other books. Wonderful characters, great storyline. Tommy and Vicki have been at each other's throat since their friend injury, so neither expects when hate sex becomes something more. KU, contemporary, hockey, enemies to lovers, set in US, Swedish and Canadian players, small age gap, BDSM light.

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