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The Nature of the Game

Book two of the Stick Side series
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Six years ago, an ultimatum forced Dan Greyson to make a choice that cost him everything he loved most. One of those things? His boyfriend, hockey player Ashton Yager. Now that they’ve crossed paths again, Dan isn’t about to let the opportunity slip away. Ash’s reappearance in his life is just the catalyst Dan needs to escape the rut he’s fallen into…and win back Ash’s trust and love.

Ashton Yager, once burned and now a little bit shy, didn’t mean to publicly come out as bisexual. But now that he has, he’s got to deal with the consequences, including the fact that it might’ve cost him his NHL contract. With his job on the line, he needs to keep his head down, work hard, and play the best hockey of his life. Rekindling things with Dan? That’s not exactly keeping a low profile. It’s also never going to happen, not after Dan walked away once without an explanation.

When a hurricane forces Ash to seek shelter out-of-state, he and Dan find themselves in the same B&B, where old feelings resurface. But with everything Ash has on the line, does he dare play with fire again?

Cover art by Natasha Snow


“I am loving the heck out of the Stick Side series and can't wait to read even more.”Dog-Eared Daydreams

“If you love a good sports trope that takes two broken hearts and puts them on a path to their happy ever after then pick up Amy Aislin’s latest—it’s a great read!”—Sammy Diverse Reader

“I just really love this book. It feels classic and timeless. The love between Ash and Dan is palpable and perfectly inevitable. I can’t wait to see what happens next with this series, because Aislin is rocking it!”—Love Bytes Reviews

“I was totally thrown into their story and did not put this book down until I reached the last page. I need more from this wonderful series!”Bookbub reviewer Kathy P

"The characters have such a powerful presence about them that they draw you in and keep you wanting to learn more about them. I cannot wait for another book in this series to come out. If it is half as good as this book was then it will be an incredible read."—Tosha at Gay Book Reviews

"[Ash and Dan] were so good together. I felt their relationship in my bones."—Kirstin at Gay Book Reviews

“Dan and Ash. I have no words. I read it in one sitting ’cause I just couldn’t put it down.”—Rainbows and Sunshine


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