THE NATURE OF THE GAME
- Auteur : Amy Aislin
- Series : Stick Side #2
- Publisher : self-published
- Release Date : May 7, 2019
- Length (Print & Ebook): 87,000 words / 330 pages
- Subgenre: m/m contemporary romance
- Tropes: second chances
- Warnings: N/A
Six years ago, an ultimatum forced Dan Greyson to make a choice that cost him everything he loved most. One of those things? His boyfriend, hockey player Ashton Yager. Now that they’ve crossed paths again, Dan isn’t about to let the opportunity slip away. Ash’s reappearance in his life is just the catalyst Dan needs to escape the rut he’s fallen into…and win back Ash’s trust and love.
Ashton Yager, once burned and now a little bit shy, didn’t mean to publicly come out as bisexual. But now that he has, he’s got to deal with the consequences, including the fact that it might’ve cost him his NHL contract. With his job on the line, he needs to keep his head down, work hard, and play the best hockey of his life. Rekindling things with Dan? That’s not exactly keeping a low profile. It’s also never going to happen, not after Dan walked away once without an explanation.
When a hurricane forces Ash to seek shelter out-of-state, he and Dan find themselves in the same B&B, where old feelings resurface. But with everything Ash has on the line, does he dare play with fire again?
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“Gonna kiss me back?” Ash murmured against Dan’s lips, walking him backward until his back hit the wall next to the door. “Or just stand there like a corpse?”
Pushing against Ash, Dan reversed their positions and kissed him back.
God. Yes. More. More. But why? Oh, who cared. He shut his brain off and went with it, consequences be damned.
Ash’s mouth was hot and wet and firm, and his hands were everywhere at once. Every part of him Ash touched and stroked felt like it was being touched and stroked for the first time. Parts of him he’d thought dead flared to life.
Ash bent his knees and sank down on the wall, bringing their heights in line. Dan could feel Ash’s heart beating furiously between them, just as fast as his.
He was light-headed and his tongue was in Ash’s mouth and the world was a million times brighter than it’d been mere minutes ago.
Ash kissed as if he was starving. Dan met every kiss with hunger of his own and held on for dear life.
Finally, finally he could run his hands through Ash’s hair. The gray was coarser than the brown had been; Dan couldn’t get enough of it. Ash inserted a leg between Dan’s thighs, igniting his senses. Dan ripped his mouth away to gasp in air, making Ash smile against his throat. Hands at Dan’s hips encouraged him to move, and the pressure of Ash’s thigh on his erection made him see stars.
He dragged Ash’s mouth back to his.
Gentler, this time. Quieter. More sensuous than frantic. Kiss after kiss after kiss.
Dan pulled back to look at Ash, breathing ragged, and ran a thumb along Ash’s jaw and over his lips. Ash sucked his thumb into his mouth, tongue swirling around the tip.
“You kissed me,” Dan choked around a gasp.
Ash let Dan’s thumb pop out of his mouth. “Felt like it.”
Amy started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in the suburbs of Toronto, Amy is a marketer/fundraiser at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, her interests are many and varied, including travelling, astronomy, ecology, and baking. She binge watches too much anime, and loves musical theater, Julie Andrews, the Backstreet Boys, and her hometown of Oakville, Ontario.
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Exclusive Mini-interview with Amy Aislin for the Release Blitz :
How do you handle writer’s block?
I’m a panster, not a plotter, so I always start out writing a novel not knowing where it’s going to go, but also not fully knowing my characters either. I’ve found that when the writer’s block hits, it’s because I’m not yet fully acquainted with my characters. I don’t know them well enough. What do they really want, both internally and externally, and what’s preventing them from getting it? Once I have that nailed down, the story starts to develop much more smoothly.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
The Nature of the Game is my eighth published novel, which is how many books I’ve written. I’d say my favourite is On the Ice. Not only was it the easiest book for me to write—I was very intimately acquainted with the characters before I started writing—but it’s the book of my heart. It’s a slow-burn, friends to lovers story with a flirty college hockey player who meets his match in a demisexual NHL player. There’s a small part of me in most of my books, however certain facets of who I am are strongly reflected in both Mitch and Alex (the main characters in On the Ice), so it’s also a very personal book for me.
Do you have a favorite cover from one of your books?
My favourite cover from my books is the cover for As Big as the Sky, which was released in August 2017. My cover designer, Melody Pond, took my instructions and gave me back something that was a hundred times better than I’d imagined. The pink cover, flowers in the foreground, and house in the background perfectly set the mood of this low-angst, feel-good novella.
Secondary Characters: Why they are important to the story?
Secondary characters in my stories can be sources of conflict or sounding boards. In The Nature of the Game, my secondary characters take on both of these attributes. For example, one of the secondary characters in Dan’s life is a source of pain for him. By contrast, the secondary characters in Ash’s life are supportive, and help him talk through things he’s dealing with.
What’s your favorite scene from this book?
Well… [insert giggles]. My two lead characters are both bisexual men, however neither one has ever had sex with another man. My favourite scene in The Nature of the Game is one where they discover the joys (and trepidations) of anal sex. It’s quite a funny scene, if I do say so myself.