Title: Thanks a Lot, John LeClair
Author: Johanna Parkhurst
My Rating: 4 stars/5
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Emmitt LaPoint has secretly been writing letters to his hockey idol, John LeClair, for years. So it’s probably only fitting that Emmitt’s small Vermont town seems desperate to make him the next LeClair. After all, Emmitt is about to lead his high school hockey team to the state championship, he has a near-perfect GPA, and he’s liked by almost everyone.
But even golden boys have problems, and Emmitt has more than his share. His father’s back in town to breathe down his neck. He’s happily dating his coach’s nephew, Dusty, but almost nobody knows he’s gay—and that secret is getting harder and harder to keep.
When Emmitt discovers Dusty is keeping secrets of his own, he’s forced to decide exactly what kind of golden boy he wants to be.
My thoughts from the Vault
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book. I chose to review it and this in no way impacts my opinion of it.
When I was asked to participate in this blog tour, I honestly felt like I couldn’t refuse. Hockey and romance made Thanks a Lot, John LeClair my second m/m novel and I loved it. This novel was adorable and had such a great message behind it.
I really enjoyed Emmit as a character and I struggled along with him during the course of the novel and felt as if I was there with him. Johanna has a wonderful writing style that absorbs you until you are a shadow in Emmit’s world.
Johanna really puts effort into this novel to make sure everyone understands the moral of the story, and that we should just love who we are and accept that we can’t really, nor should we, change ourselves.
I know the idea of this being a book involving hockey might turn some people off, but there really isn’t too much hockey in it. I am not a huge fan of hockey, as with most sports, I’d much rather play it then watch it, but I still understood what was happening in during the hockey scenes and didn’t feel lost at all.
Anyone who has a love of romance novels, just like I do, should pick up Thanks a Lot, John LeClair because I believe you will find it as enjoyable as I do.