Title: Enforcing Emory
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.
Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.
While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.
Enforcing Emory is a beautifully told story that I found hard to put down. I admit at times this was an uncomfortable book to read, but then it always is when I read or hear about how who you love can bring about such a outpouring of hate and violence.
On the flip side, Emory’s family and the love and acceptance they have always have shown Emory and Nik just warmed my heart! I admired Nik’s bravery and courage to give love a chance. He knew what he stood to lose because of it, but his determination to live his life and be proud of who he is and loves, quickly made him a favorite of mine.
Enforcing Emory is a very well written story of love between two wonderful young men and their journey of self growth, sacrifice, determination and ultimately of acceptance.
Mickey B. Ashling is an author I will always easily recommend. Her stories are always thought-provoking and well-written and a welcome addition to any library.
Review by: Cheryl
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