Launching the Hockey Gods and Monsters series, Springer crafts a satisfying romance that blends fast-paced athletic action, supernatural seduction, and emotional drama.
— Publishers Weekly

Suckerpunch, by Elyse Springer
Hockey Gods & Monsters, Book 1

a gay paranormal hockey romance

First Release: October 1, 2019
Re-Release: May 15, 2020

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A rookie goalie with a secret and a handsome yet hotheaded defenseman clash in the locker room and on the ice—but their shared desire to make the playoffs might help them move from enemies to lovers.

When the goalie for the Seattle Cascades hockey team is injured while drunk driving and Alex Fanning is recruited to take his place, Alex thinks his dream has come true. But to hold on to his hopes, he must keep his vampire heritage secret as the sport moves to ban Paranormals. The sexy but infuriating defenseman Sasha Petrov won’t make that easy. The injured goalie was his best friend, and he resents Alex’s presence—maybe even enough to use his bloodline against him.

Tensions mount, but the realization that there’s more to their feelings than animosity hits both men like a punch to the gut. Alex and Sasha’s newfound friendship promises passion, but a shocking betrayal could cost them all the ground they’ve gained.

Suckerpunch is a “slow-simmering paranormal hockey romance” that “finds sparks flying both on and off the ice…” — Publishers Weekly (link)

The Seattle Cascades are a fictional NHL hockey team based in Seattle, Washington. You can find more about the players and team here.