This is my first Shey Stahl book, and I wasn't disappointed.
We meet Evan Masen an NHL hockey player, who lives & breathes hockey and has done for as long as he can remember. Also encouraged by his father, who had been a player in the leagues too.
His attraction to the "puck bunnies" is heightened by his sportsman status; a member of the Chicago Blackhawks no less.
Returning from an after game celebration, negotiating the bitter snow, he hears a sound that takes him into an alley. What he finds there, completely turns his life upside down...a girl, Ami, badly beaten and literally left for dead.
He takes her to the hospital, and then there starts the story...
I loved the writers dual POV, especially later on in the story. I did think that the extensive description of elements of the game, the rules, the transgressions, would put me off. But as we get further in, you can see the relevance and when the game gets tight you are put right there, appreciating the adrenaline rush!
Evan was a "heart" boy and was endearing from the offset. His attraction to Ami was beautiful to watch, and was totally reciprocated by her. Her attitude to life and resignation, given the sadness she had experienced, was uplifting.
I will most definitely be delving into the rest of this series..