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COHEN It turns out making out with my best friend in high school could be considered gay. Who knew? Apparently, everyone but me. Now that it’s been pointed out, I can’t help reliving it in my head. Repeatedly. Goodbye Denial Town, hello Confusionville. When my path leads me down the gay dating app route, I don’t expect to meet anyone I like, but then I meet him. He can’t be mo COHEN It turns out making out with my best friend in high school could be considered gay. Who knew? Apparently, everyone but me. Now that it’s been pointed out, I can’t help reliving it in my head. Repeatedly. Goodbye Denial Town, hello Confusionville. When my path leads me down the gay dating app route, I don’t expect to meet anyone I like, but then I meet him. He can’t be more opposite than me. He’s smart, he hates hockey, and he identifies as demi—something I’ve never heard of. Yet I can’t deny something’s there. Something I want to explore in person. If only I could get him to agree. SETH All my life, I’ve felt broken. Sick of being asked if I could be gay by ex-girlfriends, friends, and even my parents, I join a gay dating app to prove a point. I don’t expect to find what’s always been missing. A real connection. The problem is, I’m too scared to meet him in person. He’s a hockey player, and I fear when he finds out my twin plays for the NHL, I’ll be overshadowed by my overachieving brother. Again. Worse yet, what happens if we meet and that connection isn’t the same? When I tell him I’m not ready, he’s disappointed but supportive. Fate, on the other hand, isn’t as accepting. I had no idea the person I’ve been falling for is someone I already know.


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COHEN It turns out making out with my best friend in high school could be considered gay. Who knew? Apparently, everyone but me. Now that it’s been pointed out, I can’t help reliving it in my head. Repeatedly. Goodbye Denial Town, hello Confusionville. When my path leads me down the gay dating app route, I don’t expect to meet anyone I like, but then I meet him. He can’t be mo COHEN It turns out making out with my best friend in high school could be considered gay. Who knew? Apparently, everyone but me. Now that it’s been pointed out, I can’t help reliving it in my head. Repeatedly. Goodbye Denial Town, hello Confusionville. When my path leads me down the gay dating app route, I don’t expect to meet anyone I like, but then I meet him. He can’t be more opposite than me. He’s smart, he hates hockey, and he identifies as demi—something I’ve never heard of. Yet I can’t deny something’s there. Something I want to explore in person. If only I could get him to agree. SETH All my life, I’ve felt broken. Sick of being asked if I could be gay by ex-girlfriends, friends, and even my parents, I join a gay dating app to prove a point. I don’t expect to find what’s always been missing. A real connection. The problem is, I’m too scared to meet him in person. He’s a hockey player, and I fear when he finds out my twin plays for the NHL, I’ll be overshadowed by my overachieving brother. Again. Worse yet, what happens if we meet and that connection isn’t the same? When I tell him I’m not ready, he’s disappointed but supportive. Fate, on the other hand, isn’t as accepting. I had no idea the person I’ve been falling for is someone I already know.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    This story felt like the slowest of suuuuuuper-slow burns that I'd ever read from Eden or Saxon, but not in a bad way at all. Previously straight, and possibly asexual or demisexual, Seth got a bit of a wake-up call when his most recent girlfriend broke up with him, calling him on his supposed attraction to the guy who played The Witcher and opening his eyes to a possible change in future dating endeavors. And jock-boy Cohen, aka "Richie", had also recently began to question his own strict hetero This story felt like the slowest of suuuuuuper-slow burns that I'd ever read from Eden or Saxon, but not in a bad way at all. Previously straight, and possibly asexual or demisexual, Seth got a bit of a wake-up call when his most recent girlfriend broke up with him, calling him on his supposed attraction to the guy who played The Witcher and opening his eyes to a possible change in future dating endeavors. And jock-boy Cohen, aka "Richie", had also recently began to question his own strict hetero status, so seeing the two meet and form a true bond over a gay chat app hit all of the right notes for me. Their back-and-forth banter regarding the over-abundance of dick pics on the chat site would've been a win for me, even if I hadn't already been a huge fan of stories where MC's meet over text, then not meeting in person until much later than usual in typical M/M romances. However, the total amount of banter and humor did feel slightly lower than in Eden's previous books. Yes, it was still there, but it didn't feel quite as prevalent this time out. To me, at least. Eventually, though, they did put two and two together and discovered (quite by accident) who "Richie" and "Einstein" actually were, which I enjoyed, but still may or may not have yelled at my eReader to just "TELL HIM ALL GODDAMN READY" a time or two. Allegedly. ;- ) I'm not sure who else might experience this, too, but by around 40% in, I was thinking that the story "could" have possibly wrapped up within the next 3 or 4 chapters, then I looked at my book location and saw that I hadn't even hit the half-way mark in the book yet. So the pacing felt a bit wonky for me, but then I kept reading and everything evened out as I suspect Eden and Saxon had intended all along. The angst was kept in check pretty well; however, I do have to admit that, with Seth thinking that he might be asexual, the story had A LOT more steam than I'd initially suspected. And flip-floppy steam at that, so no complaints from me. heh I have to admit that the first two books in the series have been my favorites so far, but this one still held its own nicely and fit in well with the previous books. I'm guessing that the next MC would most likely be Asher, a new freshman member of the hockey team who'd recently lost both of his parents, but I could be wrong. Overall, I'd rate this one at around 4 stars and recommend it to fans of the series. ----------------------------------------------- My ARC copy of the book was provided by the authors in exchange for a fair, unbiased review and will be *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited membership when it is released. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  2. 5 out of 5

    Snjez

    dnf @ 58% I've tried, but I'm not invested in this story at all. I like Cohen, he's sweet, but it really bothers me that (view spoiler)[he keeps calling himself dumb and, what's worse, the others don't disagree. (hide spoiler)] I don't think I like Seth that much and the way their relationship develops doesn't work for me, either. The story itself is nothing special. It just feels bland and it's not what I expected. dnf @ 58% I've tried, but I'm not invested in this story at all. I like Cohen, he's sweet, but it really bothers me that (view spoiler)[he keeps calling himself dumb and, what's worse, the others don't disagree. (hide spoiler)] I don't think I like Seth that much and the way their relationship develops doesn't work for me, either. The story itself is nothing special. It just feels bland and it's not what I expected.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wendys Wycked Words

    Ever since I started this series, I have wanted Seth's story. I fell in love with him in book 1, which was his twin Foster's book. I felt so bad for him losing his best friend to his twin brother, that I just wanted him to find the love of his life right that second!!  I have loved all the books in this series, but Seth has been my favorite from the start and I just needed him to find his happiness. And to be honest... I even wanted him to find more and better than his brother. Yes, I am mean I k Ever since I started this series, I have wanted Seth's story. I fell in love with him in book 1, which was his twin Foster's book. I felt so bad for him losing his best friend to his twin brother, that I just wanted him to find the love of his life right that second!!  I have loved all the books in this series, but Seth has been my favorite from the start and I just needed him to find his happiness. And to be honest... I even wanted him to find more and better than his brother. Yes, I am mean I know... But like I said... I could understand his resentment towards his brother and best friend. I know he loved them and I know they loved him... but they also kinda left him behind. That is how I feel about the whole thing anyway. And don't go getting me all wrong because I also loved Foster's book. I just don't have to agree with how the characters behave, to love the book. As long as they can make me feel... I am all good ;) Which Seth and Cohen did plenty .. making me feel. All I wanted was for my favorite character Seth to end up with the very best and guess what?? He got the absolute best!! Because Cohen... he is the creme de la creme of book boyfriends. What an awesome, funny sweet, and hot guy!!! This was a very slow burn... And I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Delicious I say. I laughed my ass off reading their back and forth banter and I sweated my ass off when they started discovering the merits of gay-loving together. Yowza...  It took some time but once these two were in... they were all in :P This was definitely my favorite in the series so far, but I highly recommend all the books. No idea if there will be more, but I hope so and if not, I really hope these two will start a new project together in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Florence .

    1.5 stars I am very disapointed I didn’t enjoy this one. I loved the first two books in the series and I was so damn excited for this book but I ended up only enjoying three things about it. I really enjoyed when they were talking online, that was really fun. I loved how Seth being demisexual was portrayed, it was really well done. And I loved Ritchie, he was the sweetest, I just wanted to give him a big hug. Quick summary: Seth gets broken up with and his girlfriend tells him that he should exp 1.5 stars I am very disapointed I didn’t enjoy this one. I loved the first two books in the series and I was so damn excited for this book but I ended up only enjoying three things about it. I really enjoyed when they were talking online, that was really fun. I loved how Seth being demisexual was portrayed, it was really well done. And I loved Ritchie, he was the sweetest, I just wanted to give him a big hug. Quick summary: Seth gets broken up with and his girlfriend tells him that he should explore if he’s into guys and his sexuality in general so he signs up to a online dating website where he meets Ritchie (aka Cohen). Ritchie is a hockey player and he kissed a guy because he was before and is now exploring his sexuality because he didn’t realize that not everyone kisses their best friend because they’re bored and that he might be into guys. They start talking online and do some exploring together. Firstly, I wasn’t a fan of the tone and the pacing of the book. Something just felt very off about it. The first half of the book is them meeting online and the second half is them being together after they meet in real life. As soon as they got together in real life, it was like nothing happened at all. We didn’t get to see a lot of their first moments together and I was really sad about that. Also, there was no weird moment or a transition to them being together. As soon as they meet in real life, they were perfect together. That felt so unrealistic to me, I didn’t buy it at all. I really enjoyed the slow burn at the start, but as soon as they got together, it was like nothing happened anymore, at all. Also the last 30-40% dragged so much. It felt like it took me 8 hours to read it. Which is weird because the first 50% went by really really fast. Second, I started disliking Seth so much by the end of the book that I just wanted Cohen to find someone else or to be alone. He just really wasn’t nice to me and I didn’t feel like he was nice to Cohen either. Sometimes he said comments about Cohen that really weren’t nice and I didn’t appreciate it at all. He wasn’t that suportive of Cohen and sometimes it seemed like he thought that Cohen wasn’t capable and it really annoyed me. Seth seemed to mostly like Cohen because he is hot. We got to see a lot about how he thinks Cohen is so hot but nothing else, I never saw how he could be so in love with Cohen because he rarely said nice things about him that weren’t how hot he is. I get that it’s hard for seth to trust but he didn’t seem to have any trust in Cohen even if they talked for months online. It felt wrong to me, I felt like he should have trusted him at least a little at that point. Also, I didn’t enjoy how Seth was so guarded with Ritchie, he has issues and needs reassurance and he didn’t want to rely on Ritchie to give it to him, I wish he would have trusted his man to be there for him more. Third, I had so many issues with the fact that Cohen kept calling himself dumb. One, I fucking hated how no one told him that he was wrong and that he wasn’t dumb. Even Seth never disagreed with him when he said it, he just laughed at me it rubed me the wrong way. Expecially since Cohen WAS. NOT. DUMB. He was a simple man and all, but nothing about him was dumb. I also didn’t appreciate how the book tried to convince you that Cohen is dumb. It was used to describe the smallest things, here is an example: “Sometimes I come out with super smart and insightful things.” Seth smiles. “Other times you ask where your phone is when it’s in your hand.” Nothing about this makes him less than human, or dumb as I was supposed to believe him to be. This is perfectly normal human behaviour. I really don’t like the word dumb in general and the way it was used rubed me the wrong way. It was used to describe every little thing that didn’t seem perfect, every time Cohen did something a bit quirky, he was called dumb. I. Hated. It. So. Much. Fourth, at some points the characters started to sound exactly like the other character and it took me out of the story so much. Like at some point Cohen (whom I was being told every two pages is dumb) used the word ‘’heteronormative’’ in a regular sentence and it threw me for such a loop. I just felt like the characters blended together at some point and they didn’t stay true to their character arc. Fifth, it annoyed me so much how Seth mostly refused that Ritchie talk about hockey. I know that Seth has issues with hockey because it always made him feel like he’s unwanted but thats what Ritchie loves. Ritchie is a fucking hockey player and he LOVES IT. I wish he would have allowed him to talk about it from times to times atleast. Seth’s issues with hockey were his own problem and the least he could have done is let his man talk about the thing he loves the most in life, atleast some times. I don’t think it’s fair to ban your partner from talking about their favourite thing in the world, thats a sure way to dim someone’s spirit. Sixth, It was always made such a big deal that Seth is needy in a relationship. The thing is he would literally only send one text Ritchie to ask how his day was and then apologized because he was being needy. How the fuck is that needy? You guys are dating. Texting people is normal and not needy. Also, I hated how Seth stopped himself from doing a lot of things that he thought was needy when they are just considerate things that a partner normally does (at one point he stoped himself from calling his man to wish him good luck before a hockey game and I didn’t get it, how is that needy? It’s just a nice gesture and i’m sure his man would have loved it!) Seventh, the fucking drama at 80%, it pissed me off so much. Seth fucked up, did something that can affect Ritchie’s entire career BEHIND RITCHIE’S BACK and then he was mad at Ritchie because Ritchie was mad at him because of it. I hated how he refused to apologize to Ritchie because he thought he did the right thing. I don’t care what you think, you hurt your partner, you apologize for it, that simple. Also I hated how he kept saying how it was the best for Ritchie while ignoring what Ritchie thought was the best for him. Ritchie is perfectly okay to decide what he wants on his own, i’m sure the guy knowns what he wants, he does not need you to decide for him. Also what the fuck?? Seth didn’t see it as breaking Ritchie’s trust but it so was. I was so pissed at him for it because even if you think you’re doing the right thing, he hurt his partner so he should have apologized for that atleast. That scene made me dislike Seth so much. Also I was so mad when Ritchie just basicly forgave Seth on the spot. Seth fucked up badly and shattered Ritchie’s trust and he didn’t even have to growel a little, or even apologize. I felt like all of this wasn’t fair to Ritchie, at all. I’m really sad I didn’t love this one because I really wanted to but i’ll still continue with the series, i’m so excited for Asher’s book, I love him already!

  5. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~3.5~ The first 40 percent of this book consists of Seth and Cohen texting each other and exploring their sexuality virtually. Not gonna lie. This bored me to death. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel, the MCs come clean. Well, Seth figures out Cohen is his Richie and then confesses that he's Einstein. After that, it's all sugar and spice and everything nice. Because Seth already feels a connection with Cohen, he's ready to get down and dirty, which is not his usual MO, as he's demisexua ~3.5~ The first 40 percent of this book consists of Seth and Cohen texting each other and exploring their sexuality virtually. Not gonna lie. This bored me to death. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel, the MCs come clean. Well, Seth figures out Cohen is his Richie and then confesses that he's Einstein. After that, it's all sugar and spice and everything nice. Because Seth already feels a connection with Cohen, he's ready to get down and dirty, which is not his usual MO, as he's demisexual. I loved the ending and might read the next book in the series. I have not read the first two CU Hockey books and found the constant mention/presence of previous MCs a little annoying, so I recommend not being a rebel like me and reading the series in order.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    DNF. Time of death: 60% ish. I present to you part two of today’s edition of, “Life is too short to force yourself to keep reading books you aren’t clicking with.” I’m hoping this isn’t the beginning of a DNF streak. Or is two books already a streak? 🤔 The first two books in this series were wins for me, especially book two. In fact, I think I’ll reread book two soon. And I’ll read the next one with no hesitation. But this one wasn’t for me. The first 40% or so was quite enjoyable. While I had to DNF. Time of death: 60% ish. I present to you part two of today’s edition of, “Life is too short to force yourself to keep reading books you aren’t clicking with.” I’m hoping this isn’t the beginning of a DNF streak. Or is two books already a streak? 🤔 The first two books in this series were wins for me, especially book two. In fact, I think I’ll reread book two soon. And I’ll read the next one with no hesitation. But this one wasn’t for me. The first 40% or so was quite enjoyable. While I had to suspend some disbelief that the two didn’t figure out who the other was, I thought it was fun. However once they did know, something happened and I started to lose interest. Some of this is a case of it being me and not the book. I think that readers who are not a fan of angst will enjoy this more than me. Once in a while, I like angst free too. But more often than not I do need at least a little. Not even angst necessarily but more push and pull. So again, this might be a me thing. Which is one big reason why I’m not rating this. It’s possible things went in a different direction later but as far as I read, they had not. And I was having no real desire to return and find out. Also why was Zach so terrible in this? I hate when I love a character and then find myself loathing them in future books. Oh 🐳. Moving on to the next. What that will be I don’t know. Hoping whatever it is will get rid of my book grump mood.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Cohen and Seth were amazing! I can't even pick who was my favorite from this book because I fell in love with both of them so easily. They were both so adorably confused and I thought it was amazing that we got to read their journey to figuring out who they were and what made them happy. Especially when they were trying to figure things out together. I absolutely loved their banter and could read their messages all day without getting bored. The story was so cute a NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Cohen and Seth were amazing! I can't even pick who was my favorite from this book because I fell in love with both of them so easily. They were both so adorably confused and I thought it was amazing that we got to read their journey to figuring out who they were and what made them happy. Especially when they were trying to figure things out together. I absolutely loved their banter and could read their messages all day without getting bored. The story was so cute and Seth and Cohen were so sweet with one another but there was also a huge dose of hotness and oh my lord was it steamy. I can't get enough of these two and I already want to go back and read their story all over again. This book gets a huge recommendation from me and I know any MM romance lover out there will fall for this couple and their story just as hard as I did. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Underwhelming after my love for the second book, I mean I read Jacobs and Becks book like 3 times already so I think I was hyping this one up a little too much. It was cute but I think these two had the least chemistry than the past two couples in my opinion. But the ace/demi rep was great and made me real happy I love seeing it in more and more books because we need more representation.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Best one yet! I absolutely adored this one, it wasn't at all what I was expecting and I was captivated from the start with Seth's struggles and Ritchie's determination to do the best he could for him. This one's a bit more angsty but it's not misplaced, Seth is coming to terms with the fact he's not only probably demisexual but that he's losing the closeness of his friendship with Zach now he's settled with Foster. Seth's also still harbouring resentment towards his twin, who he thinks has everyth Best one yet! I absolutely adored this one, it wasn't at all what I was expecting and I was captivated from the start with Seth's struggles and Ritchie's determination to do the best he could for him. This one's a bit more angsty but it's not misplaced, Seth is coming to terms with the fact he's not only probably demisexual but that he's losing the closeness of his friendship with Zach now he's settled with Foster. Seth's also still harbouring resentment towards his twin, who he thinks has everything easy, and he's floundering a bit when he's offered some advice by his ex-girlfriend. Ritchie's also exploring the fact he's realised he's bisexual and that it wasn't usual or normal to practice kissing with your best mate when you're teenagers. But he isn't ready to announce it to the world yet, even though his ice hockey mates continue to take the mickey out of him. They meet, anonymously, via a chat app for hooking up as both of them try to discover more about themselves and find an instant connection, first through friendship and, as the bonds grow, through exploring sexual activity on the phone together. The reader gets a peek into the wider world surrounding them as they constantly go through a series of near misses at finding out they're the ones texting each other until it all comes to a - gloriously sweet and seriously steamy - head not quite literally though while on a visit to see Foster playing professional NFL. What I loved the most about this book was just the way they both grew into themselves, their respect for the other, their determination to be their best selves and to try and work through their relationship and grow stronger. Ritchie is going down as one of the best book boyfriends ever, he's funny, kind, courageous, and can't understand why Seth likes him because he's so smart and knows where he's going with his career. But Seth is also a total cinnamon roll because he's been nursing this fear of being broken, or being lesser than his younger twin, and dealing with fears of being overly needy and clingy. Together they're just an absolute delight and the Epilogue is beyond words sweet! Now on to Asher and hopefully an intervention on his path of self-destruction. #ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Papie

    3.5 stars! This was so cute. I loved the first half of the book. The online messaging, the fun banter, the initial getting together! The sex! 🥰🔥 It was awesome and made me smile and wish I could skip work and just read all day. I thought it was going to be a 5 star read. But then, much like the other books in this series, I was like “so what now?”. They’re cute and sweet. They’re together. They’re happy. Let’s move on. Next? Yeah it dragged. I love seeing MCs coming out to their families, interact 3.5 stars! This was so cute. I loved the first half of the book. The online messaging, the fun banter, the initial getting together! The sex! 🥰🔥 It was awesome and made me smile and wish I could skip work and just read all day. I thought it was going to be a 5 star read. But then, much like the other books in this series, I was like “so what now?”. They’re cute and sweet. They’re together. They’re happy. Let’s move on. Next? Yeah it dragged. I love seeing MCs coming out to their families, interacting with their friends. But here I felt like we had to wrap everything perfectly, going through every single coming out, announcing it to every single secondary character. Also, while I loved catching up with previous couples, I really don’t understand what Foster is doing with Zach. Ugh. I found him annoying in his own book, but here I wanted to slap him every other page. 🤷‍♀️

  11. 5 out of 5

    coriolis

    4.5!!!!!! AYYYYYYYY this was so good!! But I feel the same way about this that I felt about Face Offs & Cheap Shots. It was really good, but it just went on a little too much after they got together. I care a lot less after the couple is actually together if they're happy and there's no angst. This had a tiny tiny bit of angst, but not much. I said this about the last book, that companion stories are great because in the next books you can see your couple together and happy. Like seeing Jacobs an 4.5!!!!!! AYYYYYYYY this was so good!! But I feel the same way about this that I felt about Face Offs & Cheap Shots. It was really good, but it just went on a little too much after they got together. I care a lot less after the couple is actually together if they're happy and there's no angst. This had a tiny tiny bit of angst, but not much. I said this about the last book, that companion stories are great because in the next books you can see your couple together and happy. Like seeing Jacobs and Beck as a couple in this book? Amazing. Superb. Fantastic. Beck was PEAK in this book. Just seeing them together, talking about their hockey camp, sitting on each other's lap. And then when the one team member was like, "Is everyone on this team gay??" I was like yes, I hope so. But I did still really love this. I loved the buildup via text. Their banter was really cute and adorable. Then when they finally realized who the other was. I was giddy. So fun. Loved it. I do love the trope where people know each other online and then interact in real life but don't know. So Thanksgiving. Amazing. Love. It was also cool to read about someone exploring their sexuality in a way that was more than, "I thought I was straight but I'm actually bi." (I mean, I love that too, but it's nice for a change up!) Idk how good the demi rep is, but I thought it looked pretty good! AND CONFIRMED BOOK FOUR ABOUT ASHER YAAAAAAAAAS. As soon as Seth mentioned something about Asher looking at Cohen I was like, "YES GIVE ME ASHER BOOK 4!!!!!" ~~~~~~~~~~ I WAS HOPING IT WOULD BE COHEN BUT COHEN AND SETH??? Happy birthday to me!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    LOVE Goal Lines & First Times by Eden Finley and Saxon James. -Demi -Bisexual -Friends to lovers -Slow burnish -Chemistry -Steamy -Sports Romance -College-age -Feel-good vibe -CYBER LOVE FTW!! Seth & Cohen start anonymously messaging each other through a dating app, and it was so damn funny and sweet, not to mention NSFW messages! It had it all. What an excellent addition to an outstanding series! Highly recommend it! 4.5 Stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    haletostilinski

    I absolutely adored this third installment in the series about Richard "Richie" Cohen from the previous book, who was the one who was surprised to learn that not all straight dudes just make out with their male friends at some point, and Seth Grant, Foster's twin brother. Seth doesn't think he's as straight as he thought he was, but that he's more demisexual, and when his ex-girlfriend suggests he tries meeting someone online so they can talk first and really get to know each other before somethi I absolutely adored this third installment in the series about Richard "Richie" Cohen from the previous book, who was the one who was surprised to learn that not all straight dudes just make out with their male friends at some point, and Seth Grant, Foster's twin brother. Seth doesn't think he's as straight as he thought he was, but that he's more demisexual, and when his ex-girlfriend suggests he tries meeting someone online so they can talk first and really get to know each other before something happens, Seth takes her up on that suggestion. And Richie, now that he's been made aware that he might not be entirely straight but isn't quite ready to go there with a guy, is given the advice to try online dating too, to see if he finds a connection with a guy but it isn't too intimidating as in person would be. Richie and Seth meet online. Richie gives his first name, but he's known as Cohen with the team, and in his profile he says he goes to UVM instead of CU when a get a creepy message from some other guy. And Seth doesn't give away his name because he's not ready, and so he's called "Einstein" by Richie. And over about 5 or so months, these two only know each other through text, and they talk all the time, and start to fall for each other. By the time they find out who the other is, the chemistry is electric and they almost naturally fall into a relationship with each other. It doesn't really matter to them that their both men either, they just slowly figure it out with each other, but the love was already there, the feelings, so that the physical just came together almost seamlessly with them. The scene where they find out each other's identity and get together was just perfect, I absolutely loved it. Because the romance was already built up so well and these two were already in love, that when they kissed and more, it just worked. The rest of the story was them being together, but working out how they can stay together, as Richie's final college year/hockey season is coming to an end and Seth still has a year of graduate school and then getting his phd to do, so how are they gonna make it work? It isn't all smooth sailing, but these two work through it and come out better for it. Seth is just such a sweetheart and Richie too. They were so sweet together and so good together. They were perfect for each other, and i just loved this installment. I'm interested to see what Asher, the new freshmen team member, is all about in his book. Because he didn't come off the best here, even though it's understandable with what he's going through. But I wonder who will bet he one to get through Asher's walls and defenses. Definitely recommend this one, and two MASSIVE thumbs up from me. Can't wait for the next one! <3

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosabel

    Welp, this was not what I imagined, but it was decent enough. 🤓❤ Before Richie and Seth met each other face to face I was enjoying the story, the anticipation that they can be in the same place without knowing, the buildup to their meeting and most of all the fact that they were two guys trying to explore and discover their sexuality, who found in each other a safe place to be was sweet and totally couple goals. Then they meet and wow what a disappointment, so anticlimatic! I wanted to feel somet Welp, this was not what I imagined, but it was decent enough. 🤓❤ Before Richie and Seth met each other face to face I was enjoying the story, the anticipation that they can be in the same place without knowing, the buildup to their meeting and most of all the fact that they were two guys trying to explore and discover their sexuality, who found in each other a safe place to be was sweet and totally couple goals. Then they meet and wow what a disappointment, so anticlimatic! I wanted to feel something explosive but nope, and the meeting actually happened earlier than I thought, so the rest of the story was boring to me. I loved Richie, I don't think he's dumb and I was charmed by his patience and understanding. Seth I didn't feel much about, I think his reasoning for doing stuff was really contradictory and I don't think that's got something to do with his sexuality but with his selfsteem and that wasn't talked about or tackled in the story, a shame. There were also other details that didn't make sense to me, some actions that Seth did that were totally opposite to what he had been struggling with and even Cohen had that issue. I dunno, it needed more though and flavor in my opinion. My least favorite but I'll still read the next one in the series. 🥰❤

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maartje

    Goal Lines and First Times surprised me in... the worst way possible. I didn't like this book at all compared to the previous two in this CU Hockey series. The pace of the story wasn't the greatest and the chemistry between the two MC's was non-existent to me. So, sadly, it only gets 2 stars. Purely for my Teddy and Topher. The story is about Cohen, the ice hockey player, and Seth, Grant's (MC first book) twin brother. Advised by their friends, both men join a gay chat app to explore their sexual Goal Lines and First Times surprised me in... the worst way possible. I didn't like this book at all compared to the previous two in this CU Hockey series. The pace of the story wasn't the greatest and the chemistry between the two MC's was non-existent to me. So, sadly, it only gets 2 stars. Purely for my Teddy and Topher. The story is about Cohen, the ice hockey player, and Seth, Grant's (MC first book) twin brother. Advised by their friends, both men join a gay chat app to explore their sexuality. And surprise surprise, they both start talking to each other without knowing they are talking to each other. Seth knows he is demi and wants to emotionally connect before taking their relationship to the next level... which is meeting irl. Cohen wants nothing more to meet "his Einstein" and start a relationship. Firstly, I don't want to say that this book is bad but... I didn't love it. I didn't love anything about Goal Lines and First Times. Except for the rare Beck/Jacobs moments. Other than those, nothing really got to me. The way the book was divided into fragments, rather than a continuous story felt so off in comparison to the first two books. I almost wanted to stop reading, which is rare for myself. Secondly, I never related to or liked the MC's Cohen and Seth ever. The relationship between Seth and Cohen wasn't captivating to me. And it seemed so shallow at some points. I felt they went REALLY FAST after Seth was hesitant to meet his chat app partner irl because of him being demi. But yeah the moment they met they were having sex straightaway. JUST AFTER they found out about each other?! That just isn't logical to me but maybe that is personal. And damn I rolled my eyes so damn loud everytime someone mentioned their "chemistry" or "how strong their connection is". Even the overcompensated sex talk in this story was annoying. Goal Lines and First Times wasn't anything like the previous books. I LOVED the other stories and its MC's. PLEASE READ Power Plays and Straight A's and Face Offs and Cheap Shots because they are AMAZING!!! Just read Goal Lines and First Times for its rare Beck/Jacobs moments! Maybe someone else will love this book, but it wasn't for me. On a sidenote, I am actually looking forward to Asher's book?! That is gonna be so interesting!

  16. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5 Stars! I liked some of the cyber messaging. But the first half was a bit slow. I liked it more once they figured out who each other were. As a whole I didn't love Seth's character. Cohen's was better. It wasn't bad but not my favorite of the series. Still an overall enjoyable series that I will continue reading. Really hoping Asher gets a book, I found his character intriguing and want to know what his story is. 3.5 Stars! I liked some of the cyber messaging. But the first half was a bit slow. I liked it more once they figured out who each other were. As a whole I didn't love Seth's character. Cohen's was better. It wasn't bad but not my favorite of the series. Still an overall enjoyable series that I will continue reading. Really hoping Asher gets a book, I found his character intriguing and want to know what his story is.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    this book was... lacklustre for me. and im pretty disappointed since not only has this series been amazing so far, Eden Finley’s books always hit the mark for me. the first 50% was probably a five star read for me. i thought the whole ‘we know each other online and in person but don’t know we know each other’ was done so well. and it was pretty funny watching Cohen and Seth interact without knowing how obsessed they were with each other online. i liked the slow burn pace in the first half which this book was... lacklustre for me. and im pretty disappointed since not only has this series been amazing so far, Eden Finley’s books always hit the mark for me. the first 50% was probably a five star read for me. i thought the whole ‘we know each other online and in person but don’t know we know each other’ was done so well. and it was pretty funny watching Cohen and Seth interact without knowing how obsessed they were with each other online. i liked the slow burn pace in the first half which i didn’t even feel like was slow burn but just necessary for the story to progress. but i started to feel underwhelmed, i guess, once Seth and Cohen realise they’ve been talking to each other online. and i think it was due to the in-person transition from practically strangers to being in a relationship. it was far too quick for my liking. i know some complaints have been that this was super slow burn, but I’ve read all of Mariana Zapata’s books, so this honestly didn’t feel that gruelling. so if anything, the moment Seth and Cohen realise they’ve been talking to each all this time, i felt that they reconciled those two sides of themselves way too quickly. they just fall into bed and a relationship almost as soon as they realise the truth. there didn’t seem to be any awkward fumbling that id expect from two people who don’t fully know each other but know each other’s online personas. i loved the book up until they got together bcos it was just smooth sailing once they got together and i didn’t see that being realistic. and i didn’t fully understand WHY they wanted to be together? i didn’t feel that bone-deep chemistry i felt with Foster and Zach, and Beck and Jacobs. and i think that was bcos Seth and Cohen just fell into their relationship without really building up to it, in person. and i know they knew each other pretty well from their online interactions but talking to someone online and being in a relationship with them in person are two vastly different things. so when they realised who the other was, i just expected more. it felt too easy which made it unbelievable. and i thought the conflict towards the end was low-key dumb lmao. idk feel like it could have been anything but that? was just weird and i didn’t vibe with it. however i really appreciated the demi rep in this book! and im super curious for Asher’s book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueleen ♡

    Every time I read a new book in this series I can't decide which one is my favorite. It doesn't help that we get plenty of page time with previous couples Foster and Zach and Beck and Jacobs to remind me how much I loved their stories. Funnily enough Beck is one of the first to figure out there is something going on between Cohen and Seth and proceeds to help them by drawing attention away from them in the most ridiculous of ways. [After Foster asks Beck if he's okay because his face is pure sho Every time I read a new book in this series I can't decide which one is my favorite. It doesn't help that we get plenty of page time with previous couples Foster and Zach and Beck and Jacobs to remind me how much I loved their stories. Funnily enough Beck is one of the first to figure out there is something going on between Cohen and Seth and proceeds to help them by drawing attention away from them in the most ridiculous of ways. [After Foster asks Beck if he's okay because his face is pure shock after adding it all up in his head] " I'm fucking fantastic So fantastic, I'm buying everyone a round of fruity-as-fuck cocktails. Want one, Cohen? Seth? Of course you do! This is great. Lunch is great. What a fantastic day." It just gets better from there. The sweet thing is Cohen and Seth don't want to hide for long. They've spent months getting to know each other online without actually seeing each others faces or knowing their real identities. Seth and Cohen start out their relationship with a strong emotional connection before it ever turns into a physical one and I think that's why their relationship is so solid once they start spending time together in person. It also gave them time to finally settle into what they both identify as. Seth is demi and his relationship with Cohen helps him understand what that means and helps him to not feel like something is wrong with him. He can be passionate and enjoy the physical aspects of a relationship just like everyone else, it just takes him longer to make it to that point. Cohen was so understanding and patient with Seth I just wanted to snuggle the man. He even actively put work into learning about being demi and the ace spectrum in order to make sure he was as supportive and knowledgeable as possible. Seth was important to him and he didn't want to make any easily avoidable mistakes or pressure him in any way. I loved how they got to explore this new part of themselves together for the first time. It made it that much more special. On the other hand, Seth was exactly what Cohen needed. He never made him feel dumb, even though Seth is known for his intelligence and working towards a PHD. The two were on even footing with each other from the start. They both laid all their shit bare in their chats before even meeting. Seth discussed his supposed neediness causing issues with previous relationships and Cohen was honest about how he sometimes feels stupid and things go over his head. There was no hiding their flaws or time spent looking for the each other's because their major issues were out in the open almost from the start. All of this lead to an adorable (and super hot!) relationship which ends with a pretty solid HEA. We are also given a little glimpse into one of the MCs for CU Hockey Book 4 which will be about Asher, a new hockey player on the CU team. The man is an asshole and a total hot mess if I do say so myself so his book should definitely be interesting. I can't wait until we find out who he falls for. 4.75 hockey romance stars ** This ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review **

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heavenly Rose

    4.5 stars I loved this book more than I did the previous one. I found it easy to connect with Cohen and Seth because both of them were down to earth, real, and so damn lovable characters. Their chemistry was unforced and palpable, and they're just so freaking adorable together. I especially loved the dialogue and smiled and laughed through most of it, and I loved their cute banter. A cute and angst free book with a dose of delicious sexiness and possessiveness, just what my heart needed. 4.5 stars I loved this book more than I did the previous one. I found it easy to connect with Cohen and Seth because both of them were down to earth, real, and so damn lovable characters. Their chemistry was unforced and palpable, and they're just so freaking adorable together. I especially loved the dialogue and smiled and laughed through most of it, and I loved their cute banter. A cute and angst free book with a dose of delicious sexiness and possessiveness, just what my heart needed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    CottonCherry

    My favorite so far. Maybe because i really am a sucker for slow burns and demi characters, maybe because Seth and Cohen are so damn sweet together. What a cute, delightful read. I just couldn't stop smiling. My favorite so far. Maybe because i really am a sucker for slow burns and demi characters, maybe because Seth and Cohen are so damn sweet together. What a cute, delightful read. I just couldn't stop smiling.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Finally a book in this series that I actually finished and enjoyed! 3.5 rounded up. Out of the three summaries, this definitely sounded the most up my alley and one of the few things I enjoyed about what I read from book 2 was Cohen, so I was tentatively optimistic! Funnily enough, one of the few characters I actually liked in book 1 was Seth who I thought, and continue to think, isn't fully appreciated by his brother/best friend. I liked that Seth took some responsibility for his feelings of jea Finally a book in this series that I actually finished and enjoyed! 3.5 rounded up. Out of the three summaries, this definitely sounded the most up my alley and one of the few things I enjoyed about what I read from book 2 was Cohen, so I was tentatively optimistic! Funnily enough, one of the few characters I actually liked in book 1 was Seth who I thought, and continue to think, isn't fully appreciated by his brother/best friend. I liked that Seth took some responsibility for his feelings of jealousy here, but I also think they're pretty normal/valid, and frankly I also think that, when your best friend and brother hook up and then proceed to spend all of their free time together and essentially turn you into the third wheel and make no time to hang out with you one on one without obsessing over their other half... well, I think that's super shitty and would absolutely make me upset and I do wish there'd been more of a talk/acknowledgement that Seth isn't the only one at fault. But I digress, LOL. As for the relationship, I was very into it! I liked Seth and Cohen, individually and together, and as somebody who identifies as demisexual, I really loved the very explicit and detailed representation here. I really saw a lot of my own experiences reflected in Seth's journey which is always fun to see. The pacing here does feel a little off, partially because it felt like the authors were trying to tell too much of this pairing's story to get them all wrapped up in a bow, but I enjoyed reading about them and felt the development of the relationship itself was quite organic. I also liked the conflict as it felt both realistic and not overdone. I'm also.... tentatively intrigued by Asher and his big brother, one of which (likely Asher) I can only assume will be the focus of the next book should this series continue.

  22. 4 out of 5

    June

    I'm pretty disappointed, to be honest. I'll try not to give out too many spoilers because I think this is me, not the book, and everyone should figure out for themselves whether it works for them or not. So. Cohen and Seth meet on an app, after they both figure out something about their sexuality. Cohen figures out he might be bi, Seith figures out he might be demi (and attracted to men). Seth insists that they should take the time to form an emotional connection before meeting, and Cohen is okay I'm pretty disappointed, to be honest. I'll try not to give out too many spoilers because I think this is me, not the book, and everyone should figure out for themselves whether it works for them or not. So. Cohen and Seth meet on an app, after they both figure out something about their sexuality. Cohen figures out he might be bi, Seith figures out he might be demi (and attracted to men). Seth insists that they should take the time to form an emotional connection before meeting, and Cohen is okay with that. A few things which made no sense in my head: - You can totally form an emotional connection in person and agree not to have sex straight away - or ever, right? Seth's reluctance to meet Cohen in person felt like it was convenient for plot reasons. It delayed their meeting for months and I didn't feel like they grew much closer in the time. - Cohen only figures out at 24 that repeatedly making out with his (male) best friend at 16 means he was attracted to guys. I mean, come ON, really??? - Some things checked out with Seth being demi, but others made no sense to me. Something happens around 40% which made my eyes bulge out. Another problem I had: I couldn't tell their voices apart. Their internal voices were so similar, and I'm tired, so I made a mental list of attributes for both of them 🤦‍♀️ Hope it works for you guys, because I'm probably just grumpy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily T

    Be still my heart! The love I have for all the characters Eden and Saxon have created is unmatched! Cohen and Seth absolutely stole my heart! These sweet, sweet, sweet men on the journey to finding out who they are and discovering each other is beautiful! You feel the love, feel the confusion, and just love on these two HARD. Their connection and their energy jumps off the page. It keeps you turning the page because you don’t want to miss a second of their story. So, so, so much love for these t Be still my heart! The love I have for all the characters Eden and Saxon have created is unmatched! Cohen and Seth absolutely stole my heart! These sweet, sweet, sweet men on the journey to finding out who they are and discovering each other is beautiful! You feel the love, feel the confusion, and just love on these two HARD. Their connection and their energy jumps off the page. It keeps you turning the page because you don’t want to miss a second of their story. So, so, so much love for these two 💙 MM romances are some of my favorite books to read, and Eden and Saxon are the best! I have recommended their books to so many people because I have so much love for their worlds! Another touchdown in the fourth inning 😉

  24. 5 out of 5

    Athira

    Absolutely adored Seth and Richie!! I love books where they meet online anonymously and fall for each other but also know each other in real life and this one was perfect. I love how they both grew into their best version throughout the whole book and were determined to make the relationship work. Richie is the absolute best!! He is so caring, understanding, adorable and funny while Seth is a bit insecure and fears being needy but still so damn cute. My favourite part is how Seth doesn't make hi Absolutely adored Seth and Richie!! I love books where they meet online anonymously and fall for each other but also know each other in real life and this one was perfect. I love how they both grew into their best version throughout the whole book and were determined to make the relationship work. Richie is the absolute best!! He is so caring, understanding, adorable and funny while Seth is a bit insecure and fears being needy but still so damn cute. My favourite part is how Seth doesn't make him feel dumb or stupid. I loved seeing the development of their friendship and more, through their chats. This is the third book in the series and is written in dual POV. While it can be read as a standalone, reading in the order would provide maximum enjoyment. Beck and Jacobs cameo was so so good! They are both coming to terms with their sexuality and it was great to see Seth accepting that he is demisexual. I've been waiting for Seth's book because I felt so bad for him in the first book. But Richie is an amazing guy and they are perfect together!!! If you love online meet cute, hockey, great banter, an adorable nerd/jock romance with some super hot scenes, definitely check this out! *ARC provided by the author via Foreword PR in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about this book. It was one of those books that made me want to call in sick to work to be able to keep reading. It just made me so happy the entire time, and I loved Cohen and Seth so much. It does take a while for them to actually get together, but honestly, it wasn’t annoying and it worked so well with how the two of them are I think any other way would’ve been ridiculous. And their chat conversations were so amazing that I didn’t miss them being in the same phys I loved absolutely EVERYTHING about this book. It was one of those books that made me want to call in sick to work to be able to keep reading. It just made me so happy the entire time, and I loved Cohen and Seth so much. It does take a while for them to actually get together, but honestly, it wasn’t annoying and it worked so well with how the two of them are I think any other way would’ve been ridiculous. And their chat conversations were so amazing that I didn’t miss them being in the same physical space at all. If you’re looking for a sweet, slow burn leading to some pretty good steam with the most loveable characters and such good pan/Demi rep, this is the book for you! Plus there’s one instant of non communication and as soon as it comes to light guess what they do? They communicate! This review is pretty ramble-y and I’m sorry about that, I just am on an endorphin high with how much I loved this book. READ IT.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Maurix

    I'm one of those incredibly lucky people who got to read the book early on, and man oh man what a book. WOW. I loved Foster and Zach, I loved Jacobs and Beck even more because I just fell in love with this world and now we get Cohen and Seth! I didn't totally see this match before reading, but I had faith in Eden and Saxon for choosing these guys, and yes, they did so well. I was already a big fan of Cohen in previous books and this one made me only fall harder. He's like a puppy dog, loyal, cut I'm one of those incredibly lucky people who got to read the book early on, and man oh man what a book. WOW. I loved Foster and Zach, I loved Jacobs and Beck even more because I just fell in love with this world and now we get Cohen and Seth! I didn't totally see this match before reading, but I had faith in Eden and Saxon for choosing these guys, and yes, they did so well. I was already a big fan of Cohen in previous books and this one made me only fall harder. He's like a puppy dog, loyal, cute, full of hilarity, can't be mad at him. Seth was a little harder to understand because he's more mysterious and keeps to himself, but once he really let go, all puzzle pieces fell together. They're both great individual characters, but together they're even better. I loved this book and can't wait for the next, hopefully it won't be too long before we get it. 5/5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelsie ♡

    4.5 Stars I’m not sure if this surpassed my love for book 2(hate sex is hardly topped), but if not, it was suuuppeerr close. I adored goofy Cohen and slightly neurotic Seth. Watching their connection bloom through text was adorable. I’m a firm believer in the ability to create a deep connection online so I really enjoyed that aspect, and I’d say the “we don’t know we’re talking to each other” phase went on just long enough to add some UST. (that sexting scene *phew*) They had a great back and for 4.5 Stars I’m not sure if this surpassed my love for book 2(hate sex is hardly topped), but if not, it was suuuppeerr close. I adored goofy Cohen and slightly neurotic Seth. Watching their connection bloom through text was adorable. I’m a firm believer in the ability to create a deep connection online so I really enjoyed that aspect, and I’d say the “we don’t know we’re talking to each other” phase went on just long enough to add some UST. (that sexting scene *phew*) They had a great back and forth banter that I love in my couples, and there’s also no large miscommunication resulting in a breakup which I’m always glad for. Seth was too precious and I felt so bad that he kept being told he was too much. Thank god for Cohen legitimizing all his feelings. And Seth returned the favor by supporting Cohen’s aspirations vehemently. A+ boyfriends honestly. 😍 I found this to be a huge feel good that had me smiling a lot. PS: Very excitedly anticipating Asher’s story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Oh my! guys this book will have you crying with laughter and sitting on the end he of your seat wondering who will realise first. In this one we meet Richie Cohen and Seth Grant yes you read that right fosters twin brother has a story of his own. I loved him in fosters book and now we get to see him come into his own. This story follows two people as they come to terms with their sexuality and try to find the label that suits them that they are comfortable with. I have two scenes in this book th Oh my! guys this book will have you crying with laughter and sitting on the end he of your seat wondering who will realise first. In this one we meet Richie Cohen and Seth Grant yes you read that right fosters twin brother has a story of his own. I loved him in fosters book and now we get to see him come into his own. This story follows two people as they come to terms with their sexuality and try to find the label that suits them that they are comfortable with. I have two scenes in this book that are my favourite one of them being drunk Seth this scene had me crying with laughter and at 2am when everyone in the house is asleep probably wasn’t the best time to read that particular scene. The other is the reveal of who the other is that scene just made me want to jump in the book and hug it out! If you haven’t started this series yet you definitely should it just keeps getting better

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maite

    I can’t believe I DNFed a book in these series!!! I looooved the first two books. LOVED. but this third one wasn’t it. I never felt the chemistry, and when they saw each other, everything happened waaaay too fast. I was also a bit let down by the writing in some parts. SAD!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Dnf @ 44%. I’m not feeling any connection and I’m tired of Cohen calling himself dumb.

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