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Summary

What if love threatened to destroy everything you’d worked for?

Hockey right winger Tyler Jensen isn’t thrilled to get the news he’s been traded to the Bethesda Barracudas. The team may be red-hot in the rankings, but there’s someone there he’d rather not have to see every day.

Defenseman Kevin Moore is one of the top-rated rookies in the country. He’s living the dream playing for the Barracudas - until he hears that his old high school crush Tyler is joining the team. Ty was once everything Kev wanted, but their age difference got in the way. Tyler decided a three-year gap was too much and left Kevin behind.

In Bethesda, Tyler doesn’t take long to notice that Kevin has grown up into precisely the kind of man he can’t resist - brawny, brainy, and beautiful. Kev feels the pull, too, and as the men become closer, they work hard to keep their budding relationship secret. Professional hockey may be welcoming gay players now, but Ty and Kev aren’t sure management would like the idea of two Barracudas taking teamwork to an entirely new level.

As the playoffs loom, news of their romance gets out. Ty and Kev, caught in a storm of controversy that threatens to destroy them, need a power play to save their careers. How will they find one before it’s too late?

Fire in the Ice delivers on the promise that second chances can work and dreams can come true. If you like exciting hockey, plenty of humor, a beautiful HEA, new adults, young athletes, and enough heat to burn down the house, this book is for you.

©2021 Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood (P)2022 Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

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Love on the Ice - brilliant narration!

After recently listening to the audiobook "Nice Catching You" by these two authors and being completely enthralled, I was very happy to hear that another audiobook by Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood has been released.
I love their writing style because it is heartwarming. The story hooked me from the beginning, it's emotionally written, has ups and downs and great characters.
It's not hard to fall in love with Kevin and Tyler. They were drawn very vividly, so as a listener I really enjoyed following them on their journey. Of course, Nick J. Russo, who brilliantly voiced Kevin and Tyler's story, also contributed to this. I absolutely loved the game in the stadium when the Barracudas were playing for a spot in the PlayOffs. It was almost as if you were there yourself. Magnificent.

Kevin and Tyler have known each other for a long time, their paths have crossed every now and then and then lost each other again. Now they play on the same hockey team and you can feel the attraction and the sparks that fly between them. Kevin and Tyler are very likeable and captured my heart in an instant. But how do the two of them handle it when the press suddenly makes a huge fuss about their relationship? Tyler and Kevin have to deal with difficulties that were portrayed very realistically, there is some drama but there is also a lot of support.
I was very happy to meet again some characters from the previous book. However, you can read "Fire in the Ice" independently and as a standalone. But for me, it added to the fun of reading that I already knew the backstories of the secondary characters.
This book is another intriguing, entertaining, and diverting story from the pens of two very talented authors.

Nick J. Russo did a terrific job of capturing the characters. I love the way he brought the story to life. He is very good at portraying the emotions of the protagonists and he has a pleasant voice that pulled me along as a listener. As always, it was a pleasure to listen to Nick J. Russo with his great, talented voice and pleasant storytelling pace.

Highly recommended!

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New to me Authors

I've never been into Ice Hockey, and it's not really that big in the UK, so I usually pass by books about it. However, I am part of Ryan and Joshua's Facebook group, and when I saw this book was on audio, I gave it a try, and yes, I'm now converted.

I love their style of writing. The characters had a great backstory and were well rounded. I loved that the two main characters had some history but not as lovers.

All in all, I would recommend this book and will look for more audibles by this couple.

The narration by Nick J Russo was on point. He got excited at the right spots and let me feel like I was actually at the game. I sped up the narration to 1.50 on Audible, which is my norm.


Fire in the Ice
By: Ryan Taylor, Joshua Harwood
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins


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Kevin had a huge crush on Tyler when they first met, but seeing as they were 3 years apart, Tyler thought of Kevin as only a kid and broke his heart in the process. Now, Kevin is older and Tyler has certainly noticed the handsome man he's become, but Kevin wants nothing to do with him. Tyler might need to grovel a bit if he wants a chance with Kevin, but is Kevin willing to give him one?

I really liked Kevin, and although I wasn't sure if I could like Tyler, he grew on me as the book advanced. They were great together, for the most part, and I enjoyed seeing them move past their misunderstandings and become a couple. My only issue with them (and with the story) was something I also struggled with in Nice Catching You, and that was them naming their d*cks. It was jarring and had me skipping ahead in some of the steamy scenes so I didn't have to deal with listening to it, which I hated doing.

I loved catching up with Nick and Jacob, and I adored Cleevs (who I hope gets a story) and also Tyler's dad and Kevin's mom, who were both sweet and fun.

I really enjoyed the hockey action and the progression of this sweet second-chance romance. Fire in the Ice was fun, steamy, engaging and the conflict was well done and seemed realistic enough.

Nick J. Russo's amazing performance only added to my overall enjoyment of the book. He has a pleasant tone with a wide range of emotions and voices, and he, along with Mr. Taylor and Mr. Harwood, somehow made hockey an interesting subject to listen to, even if I've never seen a game in my life. Definitely an audiobook I have no trouble recommending.

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Loved it as an ebook, even more in audio.

I read this book with my eyes about a year ago and I loved it. Listening to the audiobook brought back the great memories I had of reading this but it also made me love the story even more. Nick J. Russo puts so much emotion into his audio performance that it feels like I’m listening to real people/real friends telling me their story.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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Friendship, love and respect are key.

This book was as good as I hoped it would be, the authors took me on a whirlwind set in the wonderful world of a fictional NHL league with out and proud players. Kevin & Tyler have known eachother since prep school, and find themselves as players on the same very progressive team. I loved all the story building, attention to detail and the love for the characters that shines through the whole book.

I enjoyed 'meeting up' with Nick & Jqcob and other characters from the previous books and being introduced to new ones.

The narration by Nick J. Russo was well done, he made it a lively read. I am always surprised by the fact how little details in the written book can grap my attention in the audiobook.

I highly recommend this audiobook if you love hockey, heat, sweet guys, who find their hea and a lovely voice to listen to.

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  • Kat E.
  • 21-03-22

Love on the Ice

Mr. Russo did a top-notch job portraying an array of different voices. I found his tone strong, and this audio definitely held my attention. I really love this narrator’s voice, and he brought life to this romance on ice.

You could feel the initial tension between Kevin and Tyler. Tyler’s yearning to be closer to Kevin was so intense. Kevin’s distrust and hurt were masterfully portrayed as he explained how he felt used. A powerful audio presentation that I heartily recommend. If you love stories filled with past hurts and a hopeful future romance, you will surely be pleased. Happy listening!

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A sweet story that is heartfelt between two hockey players. Right Winger Tyler Jensen is living the dream of playing for the Bethesda Barracudas. He used to date the team’s captain Nick years ago and has maintained a genuine friendship with him.

Tyler was seventeen when he first met Kevin, three years his junior. Kevin has just plain grown up, much to Tyler’s delight. He is no longer a kid but a hunky defenseman now playing on the same team. Kevin seems to radiate anger because of Tyler’s obliviousness to Kevin’s crush and was not the best of friends over the years. Kevin is full of hurt and distrust, much to Tyler’s dismay. Tyler was his friend when it seemed convenient, and his insensitivity really was hurtful to Kevin. Naturally, Tyler was totally oblivious to any of this.

The men finally talk, and the mutual attraction just crackled. Life on the ice is pretty sweet until their growing relationship complicates things. Two men romantically linked on the same hockey team? Oh yes – this could cause problems. Hockey and love make for a great book, with a bit of drama and some sizzling scenes. A memorable story that I truly enjoyed.

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  • Deb L
  • 20-03-22

Great audio makes a wonderful even better

Nick J Russo did a fabulous job of bringing Tyler and Kevin to life. I had read the book when it first come out, but the audio brought new insight to all the characters. I only keep a few books downloaded to my phone all the time, but this is definitely one I'll listen to again and again. If you love hockey and you love characters who are willing to work through their trials together, this is the story for you.

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  • Sandpiper
  • 15-03-22

Wonderful performance of one of my favorite books!

I didn’t think I could love this book more but the way Nick J. Russo brought these characters to life left me blown away. I’m so glad the team of Taylor/ Harwood decided to put their books out in audio too. This book is full of exciting hockey action, second chances and so much heat I thought my AirPods would melt! Low angst but plenty of chemistry to keep the tension high. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves an engaging story of two men who fall deeply in love and aren’t afraid to show their tender side.

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 20-03-22

Heartwarming, Engaging, and Well Narrated!

I read this book when it was first released. It wasn't hard to fall in love with Kevin and Tyler. I love how these authors write their characters. They don't just tell you about them on paper; they draw a picture with their words so vivid it's as if you know them. It's as if you can picture them in your mind - not just what they look like, but who they are as a person. Add onto that the amazing narrating talents of Nick Russo, and you have one heck of a story. Nick perfectly captures each moment in the wonderful story. He brings it to life in a way that leaves you all the more fond of this book.

Beyond the captivating characters lies a story that grabs your attention and holds on from start to finish. I enjoy character-driven storylines, and this one does not disappoint. There's no formula, no contrived drama. Instead, they experience things that are authentic to these men's situations. They are not in the closet, but that doesn't mean they don't face difficulties because they fell in love and just so happen to be teammates. It makes for a refreshing take on the journey called romance.

While this book shares some side characters from a previous book, the storyline is independent and completely wraps up by the end of the book. It can be listened to without having heard (or read via e-book) any of the other books (the ones before and the ones after). Fair warning, though - the side characters will make you like them.

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  • BookSnuggle
  • 18-03-22

Fun and Sexy Romance

This book is one of my favorites and the audiobook is an awesome addition to this beautiful story! Nick Russo, narrator, did an awesome job of bringing the characters to life and another dimension to Kev and Ty’s story!

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  • Rosie
  • 15-03-22

5 Star LIsten!

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood have done it again! This book was everything! It has so many things that I love in a book; romance, action, hockey, lovable characters and a well deserved HEA! Tyler and Kevin have such chemistry that their romance is off the charts. Nick J. Russo did a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. If you love romance and hockey you will love this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-03-22

So much heart

This book is full of so much heart. Kevin and Tyler are gorgeous together and I love that we get to see Nick and Jacob again from Nice Catching You. A great book that is narrated to perfection by Nick J. Russo.

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  • Shelby
  • 21-03-22

YESS YESSS YESSSS!!!

I 💯💯💯 PERCENT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!! Trust me, you WILL NOT be disappointed!!!!

Also, if you love hockey, then this book is where it's at! Not only a story following the relationship of these men, but you also get some real hockey focal points 🖤🖤

I honestly feel like Ryan and Josh outdid themselves with this one‼️‼️‼️‼️ I've been a fan from book one, and my love for their work just continues to grow!!!!❤🧡💛💚💙💜🖤

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  • Margaret
  • 19-04-22

What can I say amazing, 🥰🥂🔥🔥🔥🇧🇧

Every single thing about this book was perfect,Amazing I laugh it was emotional, Please tell me there is more of this book to come

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  • I❤️Books
  • 27-03-22

I didn’t want it to end! ❤️

This wasn’t just a book, but more so a beautiful and soulful journey. Tyler and Kevin have scorching hot chemistry starting on the first page, but this book goes much deeper. They learn that their love can endure the toughest of trials as long as they face them together. This book made me laugh, cry and weak in the knees. We also get to see some old friends while meeting a host of fun new characters.
I would be seriously remiss if I did not acknowledge that this is a book that will make a difference in lives. There are so many athletes who are forced to live in the shadows in order to play the sport they love. This book and these authors are giving them a voice and hope.
The only bad part about this book was that it ended! If I could give it more than five stars, I would!

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