A review by dalstellar
Game Misconduct by Ari Baran

emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Okay long overdue but here is a review finally. I've been anticipating this book for so long and started reading it when it came out but put it away until I had brain space to read something I actually cared about lmao. So finally!!! Finally!!!

Um, this book was really good. A masterpiece some might say.

I don't usually feel like characters feel like real people but these ones did I would not be shocked if I woke up this morning to discover I was in a universe where they were real hockey players. They have flaws, personalities, fleshed out backstories and families. And this is true for not just Mike and Danny. Bee, Singer, Reed, etc - they all have stories.

I love this book because it does what hockey romances should: it actually focuses on the hockey and the story is very much dependent on the main characters being professional hockey players. It's not just a story with a backdrop of hockey it is a hockey story and it worked so much for me.

Also it respected how serious hockey injuries and playing through injury can be and didn't just use it for angst. It was real and I appreciate that it asked questions of is it worth it? If you've put all you had into hockey, which is incapable of loving you back, what do you have?

I love Buddy.

I love Mike's family background it really got me lol

The sex works for who the characters are

My emotions while reading were basically ouch that hurts :-) very Mike and Danny pressing each others' bruises

Um there's probably more but tbh I'm at work rn lol. TLDR loved it