A review by claire_melanie
Game Misconduct by Ari Baran

challenging dark emotional hopeful reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This left me feeling very conflicted - there were some sweet elements towards the end and it did genuinely feel like both characters grew as did their relationship but a lot happened off page. The beginning was really rough though and difficult to read. There’s enemies to lovers and then there’s just straight up violent abuse … The on-ice fights felt very outdated and I’m very opposed to romanticising poorly (or non) negotiated sexual behaviour.