The sequel is finally here! Shane and Ilya’s story, first seen in Heated Rivalry, continues in this long-awaited hockey romance from Rachel Reid.
“Everything you could want from this magnetic couple! A passionate, sexy, emotional sequel that grips your heart! Shane and Ilya forever!” —#1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely, author of Hopelessly Bromantic
To the world they are rivals, but to each other they are everything.
That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other. How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family…from the league. If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret. He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?
Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist. The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.
It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.
It’s time to make a call.
I have finished reading the book. I’m probably going to read it at least once more in between the time that I finish this review and release day. I still can’t believe we actually got a sequel to Heated Rivalry. Sure, Reid treated us to a couple of bonus scenes, and of course, Ilya made a point of popping up in all of the other books, like the malevolent trickster god that he is, but a real life full-length sequel? It still feels too good to be true.
First of all, this is the 6th book in a series, and you don’t necessarily have to read all of the books before this one—although you should—you absolutely have to read Heated Rivalry first. You are simply not going to appreciate the journey that Ilya and Shane have been on to get to this point. You, the reader, need to experience over a decade of “you’re the worst, now kiss me” semi-annual hookups in order to truly understand everything at stake in the sequel.
Oh, you want to know something about the plot? Well, as I’m sure you’re aware, Heated Rivalry ended with Ilya moving to Ottawa to be closer to Shane, who plays for the Montreal team. After a couple of years of that, they decide that it’s not enough, but neither one of them is out publicly, so what are they supposed to do?
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, this book was EVERYTHING. It had me absolutely sobbing, something that doesn’t usually happen with books. Sure, I’ll get misty eyed, but Ilya and Shane’s angst had me full-on ugly crying. But don’t get me wrong—this book isn’t a whole Flowers from the Storm angst journey. There are plenty of comedic moments, mostly involving Ilya stealing the show and/or roasting Shane for eating clean.
Speaking of which, those two have some amazing chemistry. I thought their whole secret rivalry enemies to lovers thing worked to their advantage in terms of intensity, but wow, together for over ten years is even better. Trust me.
I would absolutely recommend The Long Game. Fans of the series will not be disappointed by this sequel, and I am looking forward to buying the paperback version of this book… and the Audible… and let’s face it, the Kindle edition so I can see what other people are highlighting. Well done, Rachel Reid!
I received a digital ARC of this book from Carina Press/NetGalley