Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM Transgender
Summary: Mario McGarrity has been around the block – and rink – more than a few times.
He’s creeping up on retirement age, has some dings and dents, and says what’s on his mind. Not exactly what most would consider a luxury ride, but his beautiful Lila – the transgender woman who stole his heart – loves him like no other woman ever has despite a little rust here and there.
Everything is good – no, great – aside from the distance issue, until a surprise from Lila’s past crops up and moves in with her. Can Mario be the family man that Lila needs, or is this one game the old vet is unable to skate in?
>: How much did I just adore Marco Seamus McGarrity? Italian Irish kilt-wearing, tough as nails hockey player who is funny as hell, loyal as they get and absolutely besotted by his amazing woman, Lila. “This woman could call me Stupid McAssMunch and I’d fall down to kiss her polished toenails.” Also, “It struck me as I settled onto my stomach that if Lila asked me to cluck like a chicken at center ice, I’d do it and throw in a free dance.” Honestly, love-struck.
Marco and Lila don’t live close but Marco makes that three hour drive to see his lady, especially when he’s hurt and needs her. Or when he’s lonely. Or when he just, you know, needs her. She’s his special everything and he’s her Seamus. So it is with some trepidation he finds out that in her long ago past that she rarely speaks of, the “Lost Years” as she calls them, there was a little secret. Namely, Lila has a son and he’s troubled and coming to live with her. Yikes.
There’s so much for Marco to deal with – the addition of a teenage son into their fairly new relationship, soul searching about his hockey future and the one that made me saddest, his realization about his faith, something so important to him. Honestly, when he was talking to the priest, who was kind if confused, I just wanted to hug Marco.
There’s also the issue of the new goalie on the Cougars, August. He’s adorable, young and a “…a six foot tall mound of rosy skin and garbled replies.” I liked August so much. “You ever been with a man?” “Mumble mumble mumble mumble.” Yep, we get it, August.
Marco may think he’s not parent material but he’d be dead wrong. He’s got his own way of dealing with it, sometimes different than Lila’s (and sometimes I thought she was in the wrong) but effective nonetheless. I’d recommend this book, angst free and funny.