The Nature of the Game

The Nature of the Game

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 tru...

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Title:The Nature of the Game
Author:Amy Aislin
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The Nature of the Game Reviews

  • Lelyana

    My rare five stars sport read! You need this book if you love hockey!

    Recommended!

  • Athira

    Hands down I love this book!! This is the second book in the series and it can be read as a standalone. This is my first book by this author and I regret not reading her works earlier.

    ✔Second Chance

    ✔Dual POV

    ✔Hockey Players

    This is an excellent read. I haven't read Mitch's and Alex's book yet and I regret that. I think it would be better if you read the first book before reading this one.

    Dan and Ash. I have no words. I read it in one sitting 'cause I just couldn't put it down. They are adorable

    Hands down I love this book!! This is the second book in the series and it can be read as a standalone. This is my first book by this author and I regret not reading her works earlier.

    ✔Second Chance

    ✔Dual POV

    ✔Hockey Players

    This is an excellent read. I haven't read Mitch's and Alex's book yet and I regret that. I think it would be better if you read the first book before reading this one.

    Dan and Ash. I have no words. I read it in one sitting 'cause I just couldn't put it down. They are adorable together. This book is the embodiment of angst with happy ending. Oh all the pining!!! There were times when I wanted to tell to stop being so blind.

    I sort of like Kinsey already! I think he's a good kind of asshole(Yeah those kind apparently exist) I'm looking forward to his book!!

  • Truuss

    Be prepared for an amazing deeply emotional ride with beautifully developed characters. I loved this wonderful genuine story hard.

    Dan has changed since the last time Ash saw him. Ever handsome, but more subdued and withdrawn. Ash should be mad and angry but facing the man who broke his heart six years ago didn’t left him indifferent.

    It was unavoidable he knew, but confronted with Ash was heartbreaking all over again.

    He left him six years ago and never got over him. He had his reasons and they we

    Be prepared for an amazing deeply emotional ride with beautifully developed characters. I loved this wonderful genuine story hard.

    Dan has changed since the last time Ash saw him. Ever handsome, but more subdued and withdrawn. Ash should be mad and angry but facing the man who broke his heart six years ago didn’t left him indifferent.

    It was unavoidable he knew, but confronted with Ash was heartbreaking all over again.

    He left him six years ago and never got over him. He had his reasons and they were heart wrenching. Ash doesn’t want to hear any explanation from Dan about what and why things happened the way it did. Oh boy the stupidest act ever, if he only knew!!

    Ash is wary, he can’t forget the hurt, they try to reconnect and struggling with it. The attraction is still strong but the gap and the hurt is so palpable. When a tornado destroys Ash his home and the Try Out Center for Youth which is sponsored by Ash’s NHL team, Dan is the first one to stands up and help.

    This story was so vividly written and the heartbreak palpable I was floored. At times it was so hopeless. This all amazingly written down, I completely got lost of time and surrounding.

    Alternating between past and present the relationship of Ash and Dan reveals before our eyes. So much love, so much connection, they were meant to be together, and now... these beautiful men who had to work so hard to let the past go. Every move, every turn with them felt so honest and real, absolutely not over-romanticized. It was deeply emotional I couldn’t keep my eyes dry.

    Thoroughly developed journey with the most engaging characters. The environments perfectly displayed. A story with depth, consistency and a lot of emotions, at times it just blew me off my feet.

    Highly recommended!

  • UnusualChild{beppy}

    4.5 stars

    Dan was forced by his mother to make a horrible choice several years ago, only to find out that it was all for naught. He is slowly making it right with his brother, and is determined to make it up to the man that he hurt. He gets his first opportunity at his brother's boyfriend's book signing, since the guy is a teammate and there to support him.

    Ash was really hurt when Daniel walked away with no explanations, and is kind of thrown for a loop when he meets Dan again at his friend's boo

    4.5 stars

    Dan was forced by his mother to make a horrible choice several years ago, only to find out that it was all for naught. He is slowly making it right with his brother, and is determined to make it up to the man that he hurt. He gets his first opportunity at his brother's boyfriend's book signing, since the guy is a teammate and there to support him.

    Ash was really hurt when Daniel walked away with no explanations, and is kind of thrown for a loop when he meets Dan again at his friend's book signing. He doesn't want to hear any apologies, or reasons, just wants to leave the past in the past. He's (mostly) moved on, although the hurt does still linger.

    Dan isn't willing to give up this time, though. He respects the boundaries that Ash sets up, but still sits on the edge of them, always there and reminding Ash of what they had, and could have again.

    Ash is going through quite a few things: he sort of accidentally came out (for a really good cause) as bisexual, his hometown is battening down for a hurricane, and Dan is quietly in the background, supporting him and being there for him. Ash doesn't know if he can forgive Dan, but he starts to think that he might want to move past it.

    This was told in present day and in flashbacks, from their first meeting to the fateful words that Dan texted Ash. Dan is so earnest and really, really wants to be himself again. The self that he thought he lost six years ago when he lost the two most important people in the world to him. To that end, he does take some time for himself, and to be there for his brother...and Ash.

    Ash is very leery, and while he comes to understand that Dan had his reasons for doing what he did, he doesn't want to know what they are. He was so hurt by Dan's past actions and he just doesn't want to chance going through that again. Dan sticks around, even though Ash isn't promising anything, and slowly the trust starts to build between them again.

    I felt so bad for both Dan and Ash. I mean, Ash was blindsided by Dan in the worst way possible. Dan thought he had an impossible choice to make, and he did it, but it hurt him and the people he loved.

    The story was a steady pace, slowly building on the old feelings, and cultivating new ones. It was easy to see why these two fell for each other in the first place, and very interesting to see that the hurt wasn't just brushed aside for twue wuv, that it

    make everything better. Their relationship was strengthened for having been tested and put through the wringer, though, and I really like the place that they ended up, because it felt honest and strong enough to survive anything.

    I didn't rate this higher because

  • Emalie

    ~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest opinion

    I really, really liked The Nature of the Game and I'm not that big of a fan of second chance novels, but I liked the way it was done here. What normally bothers me, is that the main character forgives too quickly. That isn't the case here. It was done in a timely manner that seems appropriate to me.I'm also a big fan of dual POV and ice hockey romance in general. So this book has all the things I like.I can absolutely recommend The Na

    ~ ARC provided by the author in exchange for my honest opinion

    I really, really liked The Nature of the Game and I'm not that big of a fan of second chance novels, but I liked the way it was done here. What normally bothers me, is that the main character forgives too quickly. That isn't the case here. It was done in a timely manner that seems appropriate to me.I'm also a big fan of dual POV and ice hockey romance in general. So this book has all the things I like.I can absolutely recommend The Nature of the Game and also the first book, On the Ice, of this series. Though you can read The Nature of the Game without having to read On the Ice.

    Rating: 4 stars

  • Emily Seelye

    Six years ago, Dan’s mom blackmailed him into doing her bidding, and in the process, he hurt both Ash and himself.

    Now, Ash is back in his life, as a teammate of his brother’s bf, and he wants to make amends and possibly start over.

    I love second chance romance and this didn’t disappoint. There’s a bit of a rocky road to their HEA, but their relationship is definitely stronger this time around.

    *I received an arc

  • Kelly

    Arc copy courtesy of LesCourt

    All reviews are voluntary, and my honest opinion.

    Dan's number one problem is he has major communication issues, which to be fair is a regular trope in some of these stories. Six years ago Dan and Ash were secretly dating, they were just about to come out to their families and move in together when Dan found himself being blackmailed by his mother. Ash was essentially left at the altar when Dan didn't show up for their plane flight, and broke it off with him via text

    Arc copy courtesy of LesCourt

    All reviews are voluntary, and my honest opinion.

    Dan's number one problem is he has major communication issues, which to be fair is a regular trope in some of these stories. Six years ago Dan and Ash were secretly dating, they were just about to come out to their families and move in together when Dan found himself being blackmailed by his mother. Ash was essentially left at the altar when Dan didn't show up for their plane flight, and broke it off with him via text.

    Six years later, Dan's mom has broken her promise, and things are finally different. Dan runs into Ash for the first time at his brother's book signing but things can't ever be the way they were again, can they?

    The characters do have chemistry, and in particular I find Dan very likable because he's just trying to protect everyone around him, even if he is a bit misguided. The two of them can be kind of aggravating with their lack of communication, but that's not entirely surprising given the initial break-up, and festering resentment. This is a sweet second-chance romance between two men who never fell out of love.

    Ash is a hockey player, and I think with the cover focusing so primarily on hockey I was expecting a little bit more about the sport, but the cover could have just as easily had a woodworker for Dan, other than the sub plot about Ash coming out as a bisexual hockey icon.

    I'm more interested in Dan's love of legos, his enjoyment of onesies, and their flirting with nerd culture references. A solid re-kindle romance.

    Rating 4/5 would re-read.

  • Cadiva

    Full review tomorrow.

    I really enjoyed book one in this series, but Dan and Ash's story absolutely captured my heart. One of my favourite tropes is the second chance romance and here Amy gave us one where there was never any doubt about just how much these two had loved each other when they were younger.

    Without going too deep into spoiler territory, I wanted to punch people a lot while reading this book and any narrative which stirs that kind of emotion in me is a winner. My heart broke for what

    Full review tomorrow.

    I really enjoyed book one in this series, but Dan and Ash's story absolutely captured my heart. One of my favourite tropes is the second chance romance and here Amy gave us one where there was never any doubt about just how much these two had loved each other when they were younger.

    Without going too deep into spoiler territory, I wanted to punch people a lot while reading this book and any narrative which stirs that kind of emotion in me is a winner. My heart broke for what Dan went through, he hurt possibly even more than Ash did because he had a further betrayal to compound him turning his back on the love of his life.

    When they began to make their way through friendship and into love again I was so happy. Then I wanted to punch Ash at the same time as giving him a massive hug because I could totally understand his behaviour while I wanted him to acknowledge that Dan wasn't the person he'd thought he was.

    All ends up though this was a very satisfying read! Now I'm wondering about Alex and Ash's teammate Kinsey 😉

  • Kathleen

    The couple things I enjoyed about this story included the gut-busting scene of our protags having sex for the first time and the witty, snarky dialogue. But the miscommunications, the martyrdom, the hot and cold, and the melodrama prevent me from giving it more than three stars.

  • Amy Aislin

    EDIT May 8:

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    EDIT May 8:

    I'm running TWO giveaways for a Stick Side prize pack! The first can be entered via Rafflecopter:

    ?. The second is being run on Instagram. Check out this post for more details:

    . Entry deadline for both is May 13.

    EDIT April 19:

    The first excerpt is up! Check it out here ->

    EDIT April 18:

    Want to win an ARC? Check out this post ->

    . Contest ends April 30.

    EDIT April 11:

    Cover reveal at Joyfully Jay with a giveaway for a chance to win an ARC!

    . Contest ends April 15.

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