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How can they get past old wounds to find their perfect happy ending?

When winger Blake Conti signs with the national champion Bethesda Barracudas, he isn’t looking to get involved with anyone. Still bruised from an old relationship, his focus is on playing hockey. But when one of his new teammates turns out to be the hottest man he’s ever met, Blake wonders if he should reconsider his aversion to romance.

Mark Sakamoto—Sako—one of the Barracudas’ rising young stars, is immediately smitten with Blake. Deeply closeted because he fears revealing his sexuality to his family, Sako resists his attraction by using scorn and insults to push Blake away. Hurt by Sako’s behavior, Blake reacts in kind, and the two men are soon at war.

Just as their fighting threatens to disrupt the team, the unexpected happens, and Sako and Blake bond over a silly prank. Their newfound camaraderie soon develops into a relationship, and the men become inseparable. With “ice in public, heat in private” as their motto, they keep things secret, but as they fall for each other, Sako knows he has to tell his family the truth. He dreads their reaction, but it’s the only way he and Blake can live happily ever after.

Ice Devils is a low-angst, enemies-to-lovers romance featuring scorching athletes, light-hearted comedy, riveting hockey, sweet-steamy romance, and a beautiful HEA.

©2022 Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood (P)2022 Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

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Melting the Ice

Audio: Narrated by Mr. Nick J. Russo

I love the strong clarity of Mr. Russo's recordings. His voice pulled me in right away, and I became so invested in this action-packed hockey romance. I just adored the tension between Blake and Sako. The narrator absolutely nailed the initial animosity between the two teammates. Their constant sniping and snarky behaviors were so realistic. He made each character distinct, and it was so easy to follow along. I loved the progression from enemies to so much more, and this audio did a wonderful job presenting it. I so strongly urge you to listen to this top notch presentation that will have you grinning from ear to ear. Happy Listening!

Story Line: A sweet and full of good-feels romance from the married duo of Taylor and Harwood. They write down-to-earth stories centered around the theme of men finding their soulmates and tons of ice hockey. You don’t need to enjoy the sport of hockey to appreciate their work, but you must be a fan of a good HEA with very little angst involved.

Blake has just signed on to the Barracudas and has found himself with a very obnoxious teammate. Mark, better known as Sako, just knows how to push his buttons with a constant stream of put-downs and insults. Blake gives as good as he gets, and the pair are openly hostile towards each other.

Underneath the fury lies a whole ton of desire. The two men eventually join forces and play some pretty hysterical pranks on their teammates. Soon they find their dislike fading, being replaced with attraction and respect. In private, they could melt the ice they skate on. However, in public, they keep up the pretense of disgust and anger. Sako is fearful he might lose his parents if he comes out, and Blake understands. The men soon realize staying secret isn’t an option the longer they are together. They give each other strength that helps guide them to make the right decisions.

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Love Love Loveeee!!!

10/10 RECOMMEND!! This book follows two hockey players Sako and Blake. What starts off as am inner team rivalry turns into a full blown love story with a few hiccups along the way! You get to see their relationship blossom while at the same time dealing with real life situations. There is one part of the story that seemed a little catty to me, but after reading a bit further you can understand why one of the MCs acted the way they did and also taking into consideration the age of the men. Also the pranks lolllll oh they had me giggling!!!! overall I truly loved this book and Nick Russo once again brought these characters to life. I don't know how Ryan and Josh do it, but in my honest opinion this is another 5 star read!

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Ice Devils

"𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘵." 𝘔𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸. "𝘠𝘰𝘶'𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘨𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘐 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘸."



Ice Devils (Bethesda Barracudas Hockey 5) by Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood
Narrated by Nick J. Russo
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Blake and Mark have butted heads with each other from the moment Blake was traded to the Barracudas. When Blake catches Mark pulling some pranks on the team, they end up becoming unlikely partners.

I loved the banter and tension between Blake and Mark. Their chemistry is hot is enough to melt ice. I love the banter and friendships between all the teammates.

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood have a way with their words and make all of their books entertaining and heartwarming.

Nick J. Russo does another amazing job making the story so much more with the way that he brings all the components of the story and characters to life.

Ice Devils is an mm, sports (hockey), enemies-to-lovers, teammates-to-lovers, out-for-you, gay romance told in the dual first-person point of view.

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Awesome addition

Loving this series. each book and couple brings so much to the series. Outstanding group of men. Nick J. Russo did a remarkable job bringing this book of characters as well as the entire series of characters to life. you really feel the emotions through his voice. Keep writing these awesome stories gentlemen and I'll keep buying and listening to them. well worth the credit and your time to listen.

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Fun and Sexy

I loved reading this book. The characters are so much fun. The narrator does an awesome job and brings another dimension to this fun and sexy story.

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Humor, heart, HEA

Ice Devils has so many elements that I love in a book. It has snarky humor, hockey, and sweet and sexy characters. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did not disappoint. Blake and Sako are such fun and likable characters and the banter between them had me laughing out loud. If I could give it more than five stars I would. I highly recommend this audiobook! The narration is fantastic!

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Absolutely Blown Away!

I fell in love with this book the moment I read it, but listening to it narrated by Nick J. Russo made me fall in love with Blake and Sako all over again - times ten! Russo absolutely nailed the snark, the emotions, the voices, and every aspect of this wonderful book. I found myself grinning the entire time! I kid you not - big, goofy grin. I didn't even try to hide it.

These authors created something extraordinary when they wrote this book. This is enemies-to-lovers at its absolute best. I had no idea they had such snark in them! I need more, and I needed it yesterday. Blake and Sako are unforgettable characters. Their hatred was palpable even though it wasn't hatred at all. Just writing this review has me ramped up all over again. I'm telling you, this is an incredible book and an outstanding performance by Russo.

I felt every emotion from dislike to love, humorous to heartfelt, and lighthearted to serious. Everything poured from the page and felt incredibly real. This book pulled me in, and it still hasn't let me go. I promise you that this is one of those books you can't stop thinking about. It will easily become a comfort listen, and you will never grow tired of it. Never.

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For fans of enemies to lovers

Note:  This book is part of a longer arc series.  As such there are spoilers for prior books in the series, but it can be listened to as a standalone.

I enjoyed this addition to the Bethesda Barracuda Hockey series.  In this one, Mark Sakamoto and Blake Conti start off as something less than friends.  It's clear that this animosity is really the flipside of attraction.  Mark's obviously got some issues though since he basically attacks Blake after hours and kisses him at the practice rink and then runs away.  It's clear he's having a lot of trouble with his sexuality.  But he's terrified of his dad's expected reaction, so he's kept his sexuality WAAAAAY under the radar.  Blake is really pissed off at Sako's hot and cold act. They bond over the pranks that Sako has been playing on the team. Thus Blake and Sako become the Ice Devils - pranksters who keep the Barracudas on their toes.  When Sako finally confesses his issues, Blake gives him the benefit of the doubt because he is really attracted to Mark anyway.  Sako doesn't want anyone to know about them, so they agree to continue their animosity in public despite the heat behind closed doors ;)  They also find it harder and harder to keep their relationship secret.  Their captain has already caught on and others suspect.

When Sako almost makes a really bad judgement call not being honest with Blake about a misunderstanding involving a past hookup, things look like they might go totally sideways.  Thankfully Blake gets talked off the ledge by cooler heads ;)  Sako still is struggling, but he realizes until he comes clean with his family, he won't be able to move on with his life or be truly happy with Blake.  As much as he dreads it, he has to forge ahead and tell his parents his truth.  Regardless of their reaction he has to do it so that he can live his life out with Blake.

I really enjoyed this audiobook and especially Nick J. Russo's narration.  He must be a hockey fan because his narration of the games are filled with drama and action!  As usual, his performance levels up the material.  There is nothing too new or groundbreaking in this story but Sakamoto learning to accept his sexuality was well done.  Both he and Blake are sympathetic characters and I liked how their relationship evolved.  It was fun revisiting the guys from the previous books too :)  This is another good addition to the series and if you're a fan of enemies to lovers, hot sexy times, pro hockey players coming out of the closet and HEAs, you'll enjoy this one too.

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Snarky sexy fun

I already knew I loved this book but the audio only made it better! One great listen!!

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  • Lesetiger
  • 06-07-22

awesome and fun

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood are synonymous with heartwarming and entertaining books and Ice Devils is no exception. I love it when a book is authentically told and I can identify with the characters.
I like sports romances and these two authors describe the events in such detail that you feel like you're right there: in the locker room, on the ice, and in the protagonists' free time. And when the Barracudas have a hockey game, I can't help but root for them.
Mark and Blake are initially hostile to each other, but you can tell there is tension between them. Blake catches Mark playing a few pranks on the team and suddenly the two become unusual partners. I loved the tension and banter between the two.
What I also really enjoyed was meeting protagonists you already know from the previous volumes. The book can be read as a standalone, but if you've already read the other books, you'll have even more reading pleasure.
My favorite part of the book was when Mark came out to his parents. It was very emotional and very heartwarming. So good!
Great chemistry between the protagonists, romance, some hot moments, some humor, of course hockey and great camaraderie make Ice Devils an absolute feel good book.

Nick J. Russo brought the story to life with his pleasant narration pace and different voices for the various protagonists. He nailed the characters perfectly and he portrayed the emotions very well. An absolute pleasure to listen to!

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 06-08-22

Fun!

4.5 Stars!

Awww, I absolutely adored Ice Devils! While it's not quite part of a series, I recommend reading Nice Catching You since it's where Blake appeared first.

I loved Blake from the moment he showed up in NCY, he's so sweet, good-natured, and charismatic. He also has a naughtier side, loving to play pranks on his teammates, which is what makes him and Mark Sakamoto move past their prior animosity into a tentative friendship that quickly turns into more, but not before Sako messed things between them a few times. I liked Mark, even if it took me a while to get there. He did a few things that didn't endear him to me, but by the end, I was very invested in Blake and Mark getting their HEA (which was well worth the wait, btw).

Blake and Sako were great together, had amazing chemistry and I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship from enemies to friends to lovers.

I think one of my favorite parts of the book was a conversation Mark had with his parents. I found myself tearing up at the poignant scene. And like I've said before, one of the things I've liked the most about these books is the hockey action, Taylor and Harwood do a great job at making it relatable and fun to this hockey newbie.

You simply can't go wrong with a Nick J. Russo narration. His voice is youthful and he has this amazing and very pleasant timbre and wide range of different voices, not to mention fantastic comedic timing, which made listening to Ice Devils and Mark and Blake's story and their antics a great experience.

Overall, this was a great audiobook to listen to, fun and sweet and hot. Very recommendable!

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  • Laora
  • 05-31-22

Ice devils for all times

Josh and Ryan always know how to reach me as a reader so that I feel I am on the bench next to ice, in the lockerroom or a fly on the wall with the characters they create. And what I like best is that we keep meetibg previous characters for more than a cameo

This was a hot and hockey heavy mm romance about Mark and Blake who are the pranksters 'ice devils' of their hockey team. They have a snarky animosity, but through their pranks they bond and find there is more happening under the surface and become boyfriends whilst keeping the chirps going for their teammates.

Throughout the book their relationship develops and they both find their way to better communicate what they want and need from each other and realize it really is love. True to their writing style Mark and Blake have a sweet hea.

Josh & Ryan delivered another volume to their Barracuda hockey series and I am silently hoping for 'Gags' to have his story told next.

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For the audiobook:
Nick J. Russo brought the right amount of humour, care, love and heat in his narration of a book I really enjoyed reading and listening to. I can totally recommens this book and the ohters both in written and nareated form.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 05-30-22

Nick J. Russo is so perfect for this series!

I loved reading Blake and Sako’s story with my eyes when it was first published and I loved it all over again when I listened to this audiobook. Nick J. Russo does such a great job with New Adult stories and he’s really been doing a wonderful job with this series.

Playing for the same team, Blake and Sako begin as adversaries sniping at each other every chance they get. After bonding over a prank, they become co-conspirators pulling more pranks on their teammates. Agreeing to be “ice in public, heat in private,” their behavior confuses many of their teammates; others suspect that there is more to their relationship than that of adversaries.

They take things pretty slow, trying not to let their nearly uncontrollable attraction to each other escalate their relationship too quickly. Most of this story is fairly angst free and there are several light-hearted moments. But conflict is often needed to keep readers interested and there are a couple of great scenes where their relationship nearly blows up. I really felt the connection between these two MCs, as well as the connection all of their teammates had to each other.

One of my favorite parts of this story, and one that made my eyes leak way too much, was when Sako came out to his family. If a writer can get me emotionally invested in a book (e.g., bring me to tears 😊) then it’s nearly a sure bet that I am loving everything about it; that definitely applied to this story.

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  • P D
  • 06-08-22

Taylor, Harwood and Russo 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Another 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟story from Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood!
I’m loving this hockey series by these terrific authors and this latest release about Blake Conti and Mark Sakamoto ‘Sako’ does not disappoint.
This enemies to lovers tale is such a lot of fun. There’s pranks, banter between players and lots of laughter. When love blossoms there’s lots of sizzle as well as tender moments leading to a very romantic HEA.
Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood excel in character description and development. I always feel that I know the characters really well by the end of the story. I love that previous MCs from the series are included although each story can be read as a standalone.
I am grateful for their excellent details in the hockey games as I am fairly new to the game. They are so well written that I can follow the play as it’s happening and I don’t feel left out.
All in all a wonderful story which I highly recommend and now with Nick J Russo’s narration it’s perfection!❤️

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  • Pat Johnson
  • 06-02-22

In love from the start!

Ice Devils by Ryan Taylor and Josh Harwood was 100% perfect.

Sako and Blake play for the same hockey team, they play good hockey together and with the team but together they irritate each other like barbed wire .



Together they played tricks on the team which had me laughing loudly.

The banter between all the members is hilarious, wonderfully written and great to read …



Behind their snarky exterior is a whirlpool of emotions brewing …

Reading how these feelings grow into something neither of them had expected is written with much love and compassion.

How the team accepted their togetherness sent my emotions into overdrive.

When Sako came out to his parents, it was just so emotional, beautifully written with such tenderness that made my heartbeat flutter.

Ryan Taylor and Josh Harwood have written an exceptionally solid and polished book.

A solid five stars for this audiobook professionally narrated by Nick J Russo.