Dustin Charleston has just been traded to the Arizona Hares hockey team. As an otter, he’s not too pleased by this. Arizona is dry, he’s leaving his home behind, and he has to move in with a stranger. Things take an even steeper plunge when he meets his roommate.
Chandler Kipling is the captain of the Hares, a least weasel, and he’s got a bit of a thing for his new teammate. Too bad that teammate seems to hate him. And Chandler’s romantic strategies leave something to be desired. Will Dustin be able to get the message he’s trying to send? With a little time, their nightmare might turn into a dream—if they can get past their differences.
Cover created by Catt Ford / Published by Dreamspinner Press June 1st / Length 15k.
“This story has it all. A little drama, a little cluelessness, a little hockey game amidst a fight, and a lot of hot sex. Perfect!” – Christy Duke
BEING SENT to play for the Arizona Hares is Dustin Charleston’s idea of a nightmare. A really bad joke. He loves hockey, don’t get him wrong, but right now he hates it with a fiery passion. He thought he was playing well for the Michigan Mountain Lions, thought he’d be with that team for a while. He was there for three years. Knew how things worked. The last thing he expected was to get the call that he’d been traded. Especially when the season had barely started. He thinks trades shouldn’t happen a month into training. It feels like someone checked him into the boards and kept tripping him every time he tried to stand up.
Arizona is just the icing on the cake. He’s an otter shifter, and they’ve sent him to a desert. He’s going to be reduced to taking laps in an indoor pool. Does Arizona even have rivers? He knuckles at his eyes. They probably do have rivers. He’s being a bit of a baby about this. But he’s upset. It’s not right. He rolls his forehead against the cool window of the plane and watches Phoenix come into view as they get closer to the ground.
It’s going to be his new home. He’s going to have to buy a new place and live in someone else’s spare room till he does. He has no clue who’s going to get saddled with him. All of his belongings are still in Michigan, waiting to be sent to him. All of his former teammates are there too. None of them have texted him. He tries to pretend that doesn’t hurt.
The plane touches down with a hefty jolt, and he grits his teeth.
He doesn’t want to be here.