Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Checking It Twice
SERIES: The Carlisles, #3
AUTHOR: Meg Harding
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 218 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2016
A Carlisles novel
Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.
Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory.
Dorian Carlisle has never hidden the fact that he is gay from anyone. Dorian and his twin Denver are both models. Dorian is on a modelling job in Florida when he has to work with a group of professional hockey players. One of the players Eric Belanger, has caught Dorians eye and now he’s smitten.
Eric Belanger is so far in the closet he surprised he’s not in Narnia by now! Eric has always been focused on making it to the NHL and he’s determined nothing is going to stand in his way, especially not the fact that he’s gay. Eric has only ever been with one man, a one night stand that his two closest friends walked in on him with and that means there are a total of three people that know he’s gay. Everything changes when he meets Dorian, at first Eric tries to deny the attraction even to himself but he finds he can’t get Dorian off his mind. Eric then decides he’s going to be “just friends” with Dorian, until he can’t deny the fact that he is insanely attracted to him and he’s spending all his time either thinking about him, talking/texting him or spending time with him.
Dorian is afraid he’s falling in love with Eric, the only thing wrong with that is that he’s already told Eric that he has not and will not hide who and what he is. Eric has agreed to this but asked Dorian if they can keep their relationship quiet for a while, Dorian has his reservations but he reluctantly agrees. Things aren’t perfect but they’re somewhat bearable, until Eric is traded to an NHL team and he becomes terrified that someone will out him that he becomes an absolute dick to Dorian. When Dorian sits down and reviews their relationship he doesn’t like where it’s at or where it’s heading, he’s not happy and he knows that Eric isn’t either so, he does the only thing he can do and breaks up with Eric.
I heartily recommend that you get your own copy of Checking It Twice to find out if Eric can find his way out of the closet and if he can patch things up with Dorian so they can have a chance at a real and honest relationship.