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Rules of the Game

by

Brigham Vaughn

 

Rule #1: Never give up on love.

Hockey is Noah Boucher’s life. He even walked away from a chance at a relationship for a career as a star goaltender. But when an injury sidelines him and he crosses paths with the man he left behind, everything changes.

Noah is determined to have it all: a return to the ice, one final season to lead the Toronto Fisher Cats to the Cup—and a future with Simon Lawrence.

Simon is stunned to see Noah again, and all of his old feelings come rushing back, along with off-the charts chemistry. But Simon has been burned by relationships in the past, and his own career as a photographer and gallery owner is at a turning point. Trusting Noah to put him first—even while struggling to reconnect with his team and dealing with media scrutiny—is a tall order.

When catastrophe strikes just as the playoffs are heating up, Noah will have to make a choice: risk the man he loves or bend the rules to prove this time, Simon comes first.

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Rule #1: Don’t fall in love with the coach

Gabriel Theriault’s been skating on thin ice for the past two seasons with Toronto but his arrest following an off-ice fight is the final straw.

His only shot at redemption is to start over in Evanston and prove that he still has what it takes to be a pro player.

No more fights. No more drinking. No more random hookups.

Rule #2: The team always comes first

Years ago, Lance Tate’s on-ice injury ended his career and marriage.

His long road to recovery led to a job he loves as assistant coach with the Evanston Otters, and he wouldn’t dream of giving that up.

Until he meets Gabriel.

The French-Canadian is nineteen years younger, burdened by too much responsibility, and the most intriguing man Lance has ever met.

He’s also the absolute last man Lance should get involved with.

The draw between them is impossible to resist—even if it could cost them the game they love.

Their only chance at winning it all is to change the rules.

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Rule #1: Don’t fall in love with your family’s sworn enemy

Taylor Hollis brought home gold at the Olympics, then quit competitive skating at the height of his career.

Four years later, he lives a quiet life teaching figure skating classes and looking for the perfect guy to settle down and build a family with.

When the Evanston River Otters hire Taylor to take part in a feel-good media piece, he’ll have to defy his father and work with the son of the man he detests.

And his one weakness is a hot older guy who’s good with kids.

Rule #2: Choose your loyalties wisely

Last season, Jamie Walsh left the Chicago Windstorm after a nasty divorce and falling out with his linemate.

Now he’s getting settled as a new forward for the Otters.

His biggest priority is his five-year-old daughter, Ava, but he can’t ignore how attractive he finds her skating teacher.

The only man he’s ever been interested in.

The more time they spend together, the harder it is for Jamie to ignore his feelings.

Too bad Taylor’s father has always blamed Jamie’s dad for ruining his hockey career.

Jamie and Taylor are perfect for one another but they’ll have to ignore both of their families’ unwritten rules if they let themselves fall in love with the enemy.

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Rules of the Game Reading Order:

Curious about the reading order for Rules of the Game? There are two series within the Rules of the Game universe, following two hockey teams. This is the chronological reading order:

Road Rules (Evanston River Otters Prequel) – Available Now on Prolific Works 

Bending the Rules (Toronto Fisher Cats) – Available Now

Changing the Rules (Evanston River Otters) – Available Now

Unwritten Rules (Evanston River Otters) – Available Now

Rules of Engagement (Evanston River Otters) – Coming in 2022

Breaking the Rules (Evanston River Otters) – Coming in 2022

Excerpt from Road Rules:

Blood roared in Zane’s head when Ryan swept in, snatching the puck from the Nashville forward. No, damn it, he’d lost it to Nashville again. Heart in his throat, Zane watched Lindy snag it back, flying toward Nashville’s goal line before passing it back to Ryan. Nashville’s defense swarmed him, and Zane caught that faint flicker of movement from Ryan that urged him on. The puck shot out from the scrum and flew toward Zane. Without a second of hesitation, Zane slapped it toward the goal, snaking the puck between the goalie’s outstretched leg and catcher.

For the briefest second, he held his breath, prepared for a rebound, but no, it was in! The lamp lit up and the roar that left Zane’s mouth was the loudest sound he’d ever made in his life. They’d done it.

They were going to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The team swarmed the ice, their bodies colliding in a celebration as they rattled their sticks and whooped and hollered their excitement.

Zane lost his stick in the chaos and tossed away his gloves, but when he felt the thud of Ryan’s body against his and the low, rough, “God I fucking love you, Murph,” there was only one thing Zane wanted to do.

He tore off his helmet as he turned and reached for Ryan’s too, unstrapping it, mouth already seeking Ryan’s while he let the gear tumble to the ice.

There was no fear, only joy when he kissed Ryan, digging his hands into his sweaty hair, laughing against his mouth as Ryan picked him up off his skates.

“Well, that’s one way to celebrate a win,” someone mumbled, but Zane didn’t care who had said it or if they were okay with it.

Hell, Zane didn’t care what anyone thought. Because while this win was the culmination of all the work he’d poured into hockey for his entire life, he would never have made it here without Ryan. Without Ryan, it would never be the same.

Back on his skates, Zane ended the kiss with a fierce final stroke of his tongue and pressed their foreheads together. “I fucking love you too, Hartinger,” he whispered roughly.

“You and me until the end?” Ryan asked, his entire being so filled with joy Zane could almost taste it.

Zane pulled back, grinning. “You and me.”

 About the author


Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours. A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.

Her books range from short stories to novellas to novels. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings. Pronouns: she/her

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