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I swore I wouldn’t do this again. Mix sports, school, and sex. But right now the only thing standing between me and the NHL is six feet of frenemy packed into a pair of form-fitting jeans that have me thinking all kinds of things I shouldn’t. Mostly how to get him out of them. I don’t just want Kolby. I need him. Because I’ve got to pass this theater class--yeah, I said th I swore I wouldn’t do this again. Mix sports, school, and sex. But right now the only thing standing between me and the NHL is six feet of frenemy packed into a pair of form-fitting jeans that have me thinking all kinds of things I shouldn’t. Mostly how to get him out of them. I don’t just want Kolby. I need him. Because I’ve got to pass this theater class--yeah, I said theater--if I’m going to keep my spot on the team. When tutoring sessions turn into dates-not-dates over Shipley Cider at Vino and Veritas, I realize it’s going to be harder than I thought to keep my hands on my stick and off of Kolby. Worse, I think I might be falling for him. But I’m not ready for that. I want to keep this thing between us on the down-low for now. But Kolby hates secrets. Especially his own . . .


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I swore I wouldn’t do this again. Mix sports, school, and sex. But right now the only thing standing between me and the NHL is six feet of frenemy packed into a pair of form-fitting jeans that have me thinking all kinds of things I shouldn’t. Mostly how to get him out of them. I don’t just want Kolby. I need him. Because I’ve got to pass this theater class--yeah, I said th I swore I wouldn’t do this again. Mix sports, school, and sex. But right now the only thing standing between me and the NHL is six feet of frenemy packed into a pair of form-fitting jeans that have me thinking all kinds of things I shouldn’t. Mostly how to get him out of them. I don’t just want Kolby. I need him. Because I’ve got to pass this theater class--yeah, I said theater--if I’m going to keep my spot on the team. When tutoring sessions turn into dates-not-dates over Shipley Cider at Vino and Veritas, I realize it’s going to be harder than I thought to keep my hands on my stick and off of Kolby. Worse, I think I might be falling for him. But I’m not ready for that. I want to keep this thing between us on the down-low for now. But Kolby hates secrets. Especially his own . . .

30 review for Showstopper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Renae Reads

    *** I received an eArc from Heart Eyes Press in exchange for an honest review.*** I loved this story!!! This story has probably one of the most fun dynamics between the main characters I have read in a long time especially in their Improv classes. I was laughing at the funny scenarios both characters were improving in. This was a fun installment to Vino & Veritas because it also included elements from Sarina Bowen's Moo U series as well. Kolby and Adam are the main characters who are attending Mo *** I received an eArc from Heart Eyes Press in exchange for an honest review.*** I loved this story!!! This story has probably one of the most fun dynamics between the main characters I have read in a long time especially in their Improv classes. I was laughing at the funny scenarios both characters were improving in. This was a fun installment to Vino & Veritas because it also included elements from Sarina Bowen's Moo U series as well. Kolby and Adam are the main characters who are attending Moo U and they are polar opposites in personality. Adam is a recently transferred closeted bisexual hockey player and Kolby is an out theater performer who is sunshine personified. Kolby and Adam end up attending an improv class and their chemistry and instant connection is clear from their first conversastion. Both Adam and Kolby are surprised at how taken they are with each other, which leads to a great foundation for a relationship, but their feelings come along with many risks as well. I loved the setting for this story, it was a great way to bridge both worlds of V&V and Moo U. My favorite scene is a hilarious improv skit towards the end and it entails "Circus Clowns," this scene had me bursting with laughter while smiling because of the undeniable connection on display between Adam and Kolby. This is a fantastic story that I cannot recommend highly enough.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Back on the 5* trail! Definitely one of my favourites in the series and jam packed with loads of my go to tropes. Regina Kyle pretty much hit everything I love about college sports romances and opposites' attract tropes in this book. I adored both Adam and Kolby but Adam absolutely stole my heart, he is just a giant teddy bear of a young man who has a heart of gold. Kolby is a bit prickly, understandably so given his background, but I liked that he was unashamedly himself, he doesn't hide his sexu Back on the 5* trail! Definitely one of my favourites in the series and jam packed with loads of my go to tropes. Regina Kyle pretty much hit everything I love about college sports romances and opposites' attract tropes in this book. I adored both Adam and Kolby but Adam absolutely stole my heart, he is just a giant teddy bear of a young man who has a heart of gold. Kolby is a bit prickly, understandably so given his background, but I liked that he was unashamedly himself, he doesn't hide his sexuality, but he does hide his vulnerability. Together they're just incredibly sweet and seriously sexy. Adam's had a bit of a traumatic time at his previous school, so he's wary of exposing his bisexuality, again something the narrative plays out well. But as he spends more time with Kolby, it becomes clear that he doesn't want to hide the connection they've found. They connect on all levels, not only are they sexually attracted to each other, but they also have mutual likes and interests and they're both determined to look out for the other, which makes not only for some really lovely conversations, but also hot times between the sheets! A couple of outside events add tension to the plot, there's the odd lack of communication elements but they're not the type which has me eye-rolling in annoyance. Both of these men are young and relatively inexperienced and they've both been burned before. I didn't feel it was out of place they'd both blow up at times and then find it difficult to make the first move to reconnect. There's some great grovelling too, on both sides, and a fabulous secondary cast of characters not only from the Vino & Veritas world, but also pulling in from the Moo U series too. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this one. #ARC kindly received from the publisher Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

  3. 4 out of 5

    ellie

    2.5 stars⭐️ the potential so many of these books in this series have... then they end up being so goddam lacklustre is unbelievable. the way i was a lil obsessed with these two in the beginning chapters😌 idk something about their snarky, nervous flirting did it for me. some might find it boring, but i honestly found it so realistic. they were both reluctantly crushing on each other, wanting to make a move, too scared to, unsure about the other person’s feelings but always desperate to be in the sa 2.5 stars⭐️ the potential so many of these books in this series have... then they end up being so goddam lacklustre is unbelievable. the way i was a lil obsessed with these two in the beginning chapters😌 idk something about their snarky, nervous flirting did it for me. some might find it boring, but i honestly found it so realistic. they were both reluctantly crushing on each other, wanting to make a move, too scared to, unsure about the other person’s feelings but always desperate to be in the same vicinity of each other. Adam not knowing whether he wanted to smack or kiss Kolby was honestly delightful to read. their interaction at the bookstore was one of my favourites— Kolby buying Adam that book despite struggling for money and balancing three jobs, and Adam wanting to bundle Kolby up in his coat to protect him🥺 daydreaming about kissing each other while also being standoffish af with each other. the dichotomy of their feelings was just so fun to explore. although, all that juicy goodness only lasted like the first 20% of the book? possibly a bit longer? bcos this felt so rushed😒 i was shocked how quickly they started dating then the following chapter, several weeks have gone by of them dating and doing loads of different things— SHOW ME!! and by the end of said chapter... they’re already experiencing relationship issues. it was maddening how off the pacing was. it’s like the author tried to squeeze so much into such a short amount of time that it stifled the impact of the romance bcos the story kept constantly jumping from one thing to another with little (if any) cohesiveness. so when i hit roughly the 50% mark, i skimmed. a lot. bcos it was all just too much to keep up with while not being fully developed and explored. nothing really lasted too long until the story shifted into the next conflict or drama and it got boring real quick. like give me romantic development over plot any day of the week. bcos a jumbled, overflowing plot can stifle the romance and that’s what happened here unfortunately— and it also made Kolby and Adam feel underdeveloped and slightly one-dimensional. kinda snuffed out that initial spark i felt when i started reading ://// a lot of the books i have read in this series have been like that. they start off fabulously and im finally like “this one is it!! this is the one im gonna rave over” only to get to a certain point where all that hope just dwindles and eventually dies. Eden Finley’s book is probably the only one i thoroughly and wholeheartedly enjoyed in this series without any qualms or hesitations... which is pretty disappointing😬 i have read ten out of eighteen... and only one i would thoroughly recommend? yikes :/// they’ve all just fallen victim of mediocrity imo, with the authors making most of them way too insta-lovey then the rest of the book dragging out and trying to fill the rest of the book with either unnecessary drama or lacklustre development. i mean, literally the pacing of this, Stronghold, Unforgettable, Booklover, Hideaway, and Heartscape were all so similar and off putting that i couldn’t enjoy any of them to their full potential :/// they all got together in some capacity so quickly that led to the rest of the book just being filler. it seriously ruined a lot of books with amazing potential. and the whole storyline involving Adam’s ex, Chase, felt super fucking tactless. the author going down the route of using false sexual assault allegations to add drama to the plot was not it :/// it just contributes to the stigma that all victims of assault are liars and shouldn’t be believed. i didn’t like the implications of that message at all. definitely bumped this from a three to a two star read😐

  4. 4 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Kolby + Adam Adam just transferred to Moo U. He's a hockey player and he was in a little bit of a scandal at his last school. So that means only hockey and studying this year! No guys or girls! Kolby is a out and proud gay guy who dreams of being an actor in New York. He 'escaped' his über religious mormon family a few years back and is now happily living his best gay and theater life in Burlington. And now he has to tutor this hot jock! LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! ☺ ═════════════════ Adorable! I really Kolby + Adam Adam just transferred to Moo U. He's a hockey player and he was in a little bit of a scandal at his last school. So that means only hockey and studying this year! No guys or girls! Kolby is a out and proud gay guy who dreams of being an actor in New York. He 'escaped' his über religious mormon family a few years back and is now happily living his best gay and theater life in Burlington. And now he has to tutor this hot jock! LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! ☺ ═════════════════ Adorable! I really enjoyed reading this. Kolby and Adam are so cute! Both have their hopes and dreams and plans for the future and those did not include falling in love right now. Especially for Adam, who has to really concentrate on school and hockey this year. This was a really sweet sports and acting love story. I adored those two guys! And as I mentioned in every one of my World of True North reviews - I could read these kinds of books every day for the rest of eternity! I also wouldn't mind seeing this whole world on Netflix one day! Can't wait to get more Vermont soon! SHOWSTOPPER was such a sweet + funny + sporty + theatery M/M love story! I loved reading it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Kolby + Adam - they'll be sold out in no time! 💜 💜

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    College in Burlington, Vermont is where Adam is a rising hockey star. He had a bumpy ride to get here. Kolby is the vibrant, sassy theatre student who will be tutoring Adam in Improvisation Class. Adam is a blonde hottie, muscled, with an 8-pack, strong athlete and isn't all the way out yet, except to his loving family. Kolby is happy, struggling and lively, a tall and lean, pierced, rusty brown shaggy haired guy, who juggles three jobs to make his plan work. He was tossed aside by his religious College in Burlington, Vermont is where Adam is a rising hockey star. He had a bumpy ride to get here. Kolby is the vibrant, sassy theatre student who will be tutoring Adam in Improvisation Class. Adam is a blonde hottie, muscled, with an 8-pack, strong athlete and isn't all the way out yet, except to his loving family. Kolby is happy, struggling and lively, a tall and lean, pierced, rusty brown shaggy haired guy, who juggles three jobs to make his plan work. He was tossed aside by his religious Mormon family for being gay. Adam and Kolby grate on each other at first because of misconceptions, but the spark of attraction is there. Little by little they learn about each other, except for the home situation that Kolby doesn't reveal. Their sexy times are scorching the sheets and very satisfying. When Kolby's younger sister, Hannah shows up, she spills his secret, and Adam feels left out, but recovers quickly. He's out to the team now, and he understands when the whole tale is told. I like these two men, who truly have a real relationship blooming. The Improv Class is meaningful and fun. The guys feel so comfy together, and they have a deal. Loved their time with Adam's family, too. Hannah is my least favorite character, because she was immature and unappreciative, but she is Kolby's sis, so... I loved Adam and Kolby's willingness to talk things through. It's a terrific tale of young love, finding a place in the world, openness, and tasting true love. Simply fantastic! ENJOY ! ======

  6. 5 out of 5

    NicoleR.M.M.

    3,5 stars. Showstopper is another enjoyable addition to the Vino & Veritas series. It's no secret I am enjoying this series quite a lot, mostly because of the high level of writing, but also because of the setting in Vermont and the fact that there are cameos in every book from characters from previous books. It's like meeting with old acquaintances over and over again! In this series the books are written by a variety of authors, of which some authors have written their first mm romance, as was 3,5 stars. Showstopper is another enjoyable addition to the Vino & Veritas series. It's no secret I am enjoying this series quite a lot, mostly because of the high level of writing, but also because of the setting in Vermont and the fact that there are cameos in every book from characters from previous books. It's like meeting with old acquaintances over and over again! In this series the books are written by a variety of authors, of which some authors have written their first mm romance, as was the fact with Regina Kyle. It never ceases to amaze me how well all these authors must have communicated, 'borrowing' each other's main characters and writing them in a way that suits them. In Showstopper we meet Kolby and Adam, two college students who don't start off really well, but once they are kind of forced to get to know each other better, start to develop feelings. Both have been hurt in the past, and are careful when it comes to falling in love, but it still happens. That's what love does, doesn't it? Anyway, a lot of things happen, they both get hurt unintentionally. But it wouldn't be an mm romance if it didn't have a happy ending! There was humor in this well written story, as well as likable characters with chemistry and some steamy first times. If you enjoy this series, this is another book you wouldn't want to miss! I kindly received an ARC from the publisher and this is my honest review

  7. 4 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    Adam is a transferred hockey player at Moo U, Kolby is a theater student at the same college, they attend the same improv class. Though at first glance they seem very different they share a very strong attraction and they both hide their pasts. Will they trust each other or will their failed past relationships sabotage their future together? I've enjoyed to follow Adam and Kolby’s journey, it was fun and emotional, you can easily notice how these two guys are a match made in heaven. They are st Adam is a transferred hockey player at Moo U, Kolby is a theater student at the same college, they attend the same improv class. Though at first glance they seem very different they share a very strong attraction and they both hide their pasts. Will they trust each other or will their failed past relationships sabotage their future together? I've enjoyed to follow Adam and Kolby’s journey, it was fun and emotional, you can easily notice how these two guys are a match made in heaven. They are still young and their story is not steady, there will be some misunderstandings and grand gestures but they will learn from their mistakes. If you like Opposites Attract trope Showstopper is the right book for you. Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Shenanigans for the #win!! What ridiculous fun this story turned out to be. It wasn’t just the storyline itself that was fun but so were Kolby and Adam! This was a genius set-up that I could have read for a long while! The improv class alone entertained me to no end! Shenanigans!! *sigh* This binge-read I did with the last 5 stories in this series was truly epic and Showstopper added the best comic relief I’ve read in a while! This is one story I wish were longer and longer for that alone! T Shenanigans for the #win!! What ridiculous fun this story turned out to be. It wasn’t just the storyline itself that was fun but so were Kolby and Adam! This was a genius set-up that I could have read for a long while! The improv class alone entertained me to no end! Shenanigans!! *sigh* This binge-read I did with the last 5 stories in this series was truly epic and Showstopper added the best comic relief I’ve read in a while! This is one story I wish were longer and longer for that alone! That’s not to take away from all the other goodies this story had to offer, though. It was well written with no plot points just hanging there or dramatic events milling around just for drama’s sake. This was a total #funfest I would highly rec to every reader out there! Sidebar: I love the fact that the story has a thin attachment to Moo U hockey which highlights it's versatility in The World of True North! So props for that :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    What lesson we learned here, boyz and girlz: grand gestures didn’t always work!! 😆 Another winning installment from the V&V universe. Love the unusual plot too - not too angsty not too steamy and a generous dollop of wit and humour thrown in. Adam and Kolby fit together beautifully with their opposing traits and backgrounds. The coming together of the two leading characters over fortuitous circumstances felt genuine and natural, as did the developing connection between them. And the story being t What lesson we learned here, boyz and girlz: grand gestures didn’t always work!! 😆 Another winning installment from the V&V universe. Love the unusual plot too - not too angsty not too steamy and a generous dollop of wit and humour thrown in. Adam and Kolby fit together beautifully with their opposing traits and backgrounds. The coming together of the two leading characters over fortuitous circumstances felt genuine and natural, as did the developing connection between them. And the story being told alternately in first person’s from both men’s POVs lent us into their secrets and the pain they still healing from. To add to the story were the secondary characters in all their variegation; some veering close to cliche territory (from my perspective) yet (fortunately) didn’t dwell too much into it. While I enjoyed grand gestures in a story now and then, I loved how Adam and Kolby addressing the issue (that sometimes it could backfire when done too frequently). As an enemies to friends to lovers romance, SHOWSTOPPER is touching, entertaining, and a tad bittersweet. It’s my first Regina Kyle’s book and I found the writing to flow smoothly and easy to follow. All in all the experience left me wanting more, I might go and check out the author’s backlist titles. Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    A total treat of a book, clever and witty, and I was grinning the whole time I read it. I pretty much thought it was a perfect romance book. I just really and truly loved Adam and Kolby and I want everyone to read this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)

    Hunky hockey player - check Laid back drama student - check Student who needs a tutor - check! Adam has to change colleges to continue playing hockey, and has plans of going pro. Once there, he meets Kolby- a drama student who has no problems balancing performance and his off-campus jobs (three of them)! Adam needs help - he's stuck with a late registration after transfer, and ends up in an theater class where he's required to do some improv. Something he is dreading. Enter Kolby. He's dealing wit Hunky hockey player - check Laid back drama student - check Student who needs a tutor - check! Adam has to change colleges to continue playing hockey, and has plans of going pro. Once there, he meets Kolby- a drama student who has no problems balancing performance and his off-campus jobs (three of them)! Adam needs help - he's stuck with a late registration after transfer, and ends up in an theater class where he's required to do some improv. Something he is dreading. Enter Kolby. He's dealing with is own drama from his past, and doesn't need a relationship to get in the way of finishing his goals. One of them is learning to skate for an audition. Can you see where this is going? These two have dealt with past breakups, yet cannot fight their feelings for each other. Their backstories will tear at your heart strings, and have you rooting for them both!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    I did not expect to be back at Moo U for this book and was so excited when that was the case! I can't even tell you how many times at this point I have googled Burlington and surrounding areas so that I can some time take a trip over there and pretend like I could go to all of these places in real life (especially Vino & Veritas). Kolby and Adam were a great couple that I knew I was going to like from their first run-in where they clashed a little bit (while also still both being super attracted I did not expect to be back at Moo U for this book and was so excited when that was the case! I can't even tell you how many times at this point I have googled Burlington and surrounding areas so that I can some time take a trip over there and pretend like I could go to all of these places in real life (especially Vino & Veritas). Kolby and Adam were a great couple that I knew I was going to like from their first run-in where they clashed a little bit (while also still both being super attracted to one another LOL). I love that they both were put in situations around the other where they weren't at their top form (Kolby on the ice doing lessons and Adam in improv class) because I feel like that made them a little more vulnerable. I loved how once the team found out about the two, all but Slags immediately were super supportive to Adam. That's what we need more of in this world. Those Moo U boys really are unparalleled. Also, and I feel like this isn't a HUGE spoiler since most romances have one side of the couple doing some kind of grand gesture at the end to make up for whatever they messed up, but I was super glad that Kolby just wasn't having it and walked out. Sometimes I come to hate that formula. Why do they always need to do some big huge thing to be forgiven? Why can't they just talk things out in a small and normal way? That's what happened here and I felt like it fit perfectly and I wouldn't have wanted to change one thing about it. Finally, Regina Kyle, I love you. You added some really great pop culture references that I was obsessed with and even just a mention of a TV show and a book I love made me enjoy this book that much more. I'm a simple gal, what can I say? lol Huge thanks to Heart Eyes Press for allowing me to read an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I adored this story! Especially that it was not only a Vino & Veritas novel but it crossed over to the Moo U Hockey series. Best of both worlds. This story hooked me right from the beginning. Kolby and Adam are such fantastic characters. After transferring to Moo U after an incident at his last school that was better off left behind, Adam just wants to focus on school and hockey. He is being recruited to play for the NHL and he won't jeopardize his chance. Unfortunately for him being a transfer I adored this story! Especially that it was not only a Vino & Veritas novel but it crossed over to the Moo U Hockey series. Best of both worlds. This story hooked me right from the beginning. Kolby and Adam are such fantastic characters. After transferring to Moo U after an incident at his last school that was better off left behind, Adam just wants to focus on school and hockey. He is being recruited to play for the NHL and he won't jeopardize his chance. Unfortunately for him being a transfer isn't always the best when it comes to academics. Being last to pick classes means getting stuck with some pretty unappealing classes and for Adam that's Improv. A theater class that makes him want to run and hide. It's one thing to play hockey in front of everyone but to act on stage? No thanks. But it isn't totally awful when Adam shares a class with Kolby, the guy who couldn't change his schedule but is actually in Adam's class and a theater major. Oh, did Adam mention how hot Kolby is? Adam knows he shouldn't be looking for relationships so he tries to squash down his feelings for Kolby, not that Kolby makes it possible. Kolby works 3 jobs to attend Moo U. His parents basically disowned him when he came out to them so he moved to Vermont is doing everything he can to stay and graduate. When Kolby meets Adam he doesn't expect the force that pulls to him toward Adam. He's different than what he expected. And when Kolby needs to learn to skate for a future audition, he takes the chance to spend more time with Adam. And it isn't long until these two give into their feelings. But there are some complications that threaten to break them apart. Like Adam's reluctance to tell the world he is bi. He isn't hiding it, but he wants to establish his rep with hockey first then there is the reason he moved to Moo U in the first place. And as for Kolby, he's had his heart broken before and his family situation isn't exactly great. He's not so sure he ready to put it all out there. It'll take a little of bit of bravery for the two of them to find a way to be together. I absolutely loved this story. Like I said earlier, the great crossover of series, hockey, and Kolby and Adam. Their chemistry was great. There were so many threads to this story I loved. Their personal stories and their journeys to overcome it. Just when you think everything is okay, there is a new twist. Their falling in love story. The hilarious banter between them and the entire improv class thread. So hilarious! The unpredictability of it all. I couldn't put the book down. A really great addition to both of these series. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars I liked the vibe of this book from the start as Adam and Kolby meet and clash as Adam is trying to change his improv class. Kolby works in the school office that Adam visits and the while the men are eyeing each other, the rest of their meeting doesn’t go so well. Adam is a transfer student and a hockey player and he didn’t want to start over, but trusting the wrong person put his entire life in jeopardy. Adam’s family knows he’s bisexual, but in the world of hockey A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars I liked the vibe of this book from the start as Adam and Kolby meet and clash as Adam is trying to change his improv class. Kolby works in the school office that Adam visits and the while the men are eyeing each other, the rest of their meeting doesn’t go so well. Adam is a transfer student and a hockey player and he didn’t want to start over, but trusting the wrong person put his entire life in jeopardy. Adam’s family knows he’s bisexual, but in the world of hockey, he knows it’s better to keep it quiet. The path to the end of book didn’t keep the momentum going as much for me with gossip and secrets being exposed and the addition of Kolby’s sister didn’t quite fit in for me, but the guys are college age trying to navigate a lot. The final scenes pull together again, making their journey a worthwhile one to read about and it would be great to see these guys again in the future. Read Michelle's review in its entirety here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Engaging Of the five additions to Vino and Veritas, 3 of them were kind of duds for me, but thankfully Showstopper brought it back and ended on a high note. I really enjoyed the personalities and dynamics of Adam and Kolby with interesting backstories. But it is kind of a gray area to include a false sexual assault accusation as part of the plot, especially when we emphasize believing victims. Maybe then consent between Adam and Kolby could have been emphasized strongly and emphatically to balan Engaging Of the five additions to Vino and Veritas, 3 of them were kind of duds for me, but thankfully Showstopper brought it back and ended on a high note. I really enjoyed the personalities and dynamics of Adam and Kolby with interesting backstories. But it is kind of a gray area to include a false sexual assault accusation as part of the plot, especially when we emphasize believing victims. Maybe then consent between Adam and Kolby could have been emphasized strongly and emphatically to balance out. Certainly there’s never a hint of non-consent, but it wouldn’t have been out of line to include a discussion of consent either. Overall that aspect of the story could have been handled differently.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    I loved it! Showstopper is the first book I’ve read by Regina Kyle and I loved it. I’m a sucker for a good New Adult story and when it includes coming out and opposites attract, I’m in heaven. This story wasn’t overly angsty but there were a couple of peaks and valleys in the story and each time my emotions were all involved and a few tears were shed. Kolby was burned before when he dated a guy who was in the closet. Adam is bi-sexual but he’s not ready to be out to his new college team. Both of th I loved it! Showstopper is the first book I’ve read by Regina Kyle and I loved it. I’m a sucker for a good New Adult story and when it includes coming out and opposites attract, I’m in heaven. This story wasn’t overly angsty but there were a couple of peaks and valleys in the story and each time my emotions were all involved and a few tears were shed. Kolby was burned before when he dated a guy who was in the closet. Adam is bi-sexual but he’s not ready to be out to his new college team. Both of them have secrets that they aren’t ready to tell but things have a way of coming out… I got so involved emotionally while reading this and that’s exactly how I like a book to affect me. Kolby and Adam are young but both of them have had some hard knocks that caused them to grow up quickly. There were many tension-relieving light hearted moments in this book which I enjoyed. I especially loved how Kolby doesn’t swear but instead has some really creative substitute words and phrases. The sexy time moments were really hot. Oh, to be so young again with such quick recovery times. 😊 This really was a great story. In the backmatter of the book Regina Kyle says that this is only her second male-male romance. I need to check out her other one and I also hopes she writes more MM stories. A copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews

    Showstopper is a fabulous college sports romance by Regina Kyle. The seventeenth book in the multi-author Vino & Veritas series, this one is easily read as a standalone. I adore this book. Adam and Kolby are a delightful mix of opposites attract, sports, and theater. I love it all. I adore the way things progress for the men and the connection between them. And omg, this one has all the feels when it comes to their theater class. Just swoon! Of course, I also laughed out loud at one scene too. A Showstopper is a fabulous college sports romance by Regina Kyle. The seventeenth book in the multi-author Vino & Veritas series, this one is easily read as a standalone. I adore this book. Adam and Kolby are a delightful mix of opposites attract, sports, and theater. I love it all. I adore the way things progress for the men and the connection between them. And omg, this one has all the feels when it comes to their theater class. Just swoon! Of course, I also laughed out loud at one scene too. Adam's background is wonderfully multi-layered, creating a character who's easy to love. He's a closeted, bisexual hockey player. But there's a secret in his past that he's keeping closely guarded. And then there's Kolby. Wow, there's a lot more going on in his life than I anticipated. The boy just needs some love and support. The teammates make a great group of friends. I love stories with a lot of secondary characters like this one. Showstopper is one of my favorites from this series. Regina Kyle had me invested from the start and I couldn't get enough of this couple.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    Showstopper is a college romance, hurt/comfort, hockey player/theatre major story that's a good addition to the Vino and Veritas series. Adam has moved to Burlington to play hockey for Moo U after some issues at his previous university. He ends up having to take an Improv class when all of his other choices are full and this brings him in contact with Kolby. First at registration desk, trying to change his class, then it turns out Kolby also takes the class so they end up getting the chance to sp Showstopper is a college romance, hurt/comfort, hockey player/theatre major story that's a good addition to the Vino and Veritas series. Adam has moved to Burlington to play hockey for Moo U after some issues at his previous university. He ends up having to take an Improv class when all of his other choices are full and this brings him in contact with Kolby. First at registration desk, trying to change his class, then it turns out Kolby also takes the class so they end up getting the chance to spend time together and end up working on that spark that they both felt the at their first meeting. Adam isn't out to anyone at Moo U, understandable after his last place but what he and Kolby end up having together may just be worth it, though Adam isn't the only guy with secrets with Kolby holding out on his past for a reason. These two seem to work well together. They definitely have a strong chemistry from the first time they meet, subtly checking each other out, and then moving onto classmates. The more time they spend together, the more they find they like about each other, even if it's not things that they have in common. Both men have been hurt in recent years by the actions of others and so it's easy for them to take a while to trust or jump to conclusions but I enjoyed how things worked out for them. It's got a little bit of angst dotted throughout the story as revelations are made and trust is broken but they come back together stronger and work hard for their HEA. They've both got a great set of friends who are supportive, Adam with pretty much the whole hockey team and Kolby has his best friend, Ian, and sister, Hannah. I enjoy the moments we get to catch up with previous characters from the series as well, binding all of the books of the series together and hugely enjoyed the shout out to Whose Line Is It Anyway? I love that show and agree with Kolby about Wayne being one of the best on there :-) I received an ARC and am happily giving a review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the seventeenth book in this multi-author series based in Sarina Bowen's True North world. I have read many of them, and really enjoy catching up with old friends, and reading about new loves. This is a sports college based romance, which still links into V&V. I really enjoyed a different location that linked into the familiar friends. The reason that Adam joined Moo U mid course may have been something which coul ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the seventeenth book in this multi-author series based in Sarina Bowen's True North world. I have read many of them, and really enjoy catching up with old friends, and reading about new loves. This is a sports college based romance, which still links into V&V. I really enjoyed a different location that linked into the familiar friends. The reason that Adam joined Moo U mid course may have been something which could damage his NHL chances, but when he ends up with an Improv class to make up credits, he really cannot face! He appeals to have it changed, but instead ends up working in class with Kolby, the very person who would not change it for him! There is such an interesting chemistry between the guys, but neither of them are prepared to act on it. Both burned before and both focussed on their dreams of success in their fields. It is lovely being a bystander as we get to see them grow as people, as well as together. They are intelligent, fun, and intensely sexy. They have to deal with some difficult issues, but thankfully learn that communication - whether improv, or well planned - can get the right results. Another very good addition to the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    3.75 stars rounded up Despite the two conflicts made me roll my eyes a bit - (view spoiler)[First, Adam is a bit hurt because Kolby keeps his Mormon past a secret, which I also don't understand why Kolby thinks Adam will mind -- and then second, one of those "mishaps" situations in which a 'scandal' in Adam's past comes to light but it's not actually Kolby's fault but Adam doesn't want to talk about it (hide spoiler)] - because, as the book shows, they can be resolved if the two men just work it 3.75 stars rounded up Despite the two conflicts made me roll my eyes a bit - (view spoiler)[First, Adam is a bit hurt because Kolby keeps his Mormon past a secret, which I also don't understand why Kolby thinks Adam will mind -- and then second, one of those "mishaps" situations in which a 'scandal' in Adam's past comes to light but it's not actually Kolby's fault but Adam doesn't want to talk about it (hide spoiler)] - because, as the book shows, they can be resolved if the two men just work it out from the beginning (or willing to listen to the other party)... BUT, this was also light in mood (not too angsty, not too heavy) and I loved Adam and Kolby's chemistry. I think they fit together. This book also has a couple of grand gestures - albeit one working and one, not so much *laugh* ... and I enjoyed that. PLUS, it has wonderful cast of friends (Adam's hockey player team mates, Kolby's friend, Ian, and later on Kolby's younger sister, Hannah). It's the right book for me at the moment and it gives me dollop of satisfaction in the end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mari Cardenas

    4.5 Stars!  This was such a fun addition to the series, and yet, it can totally be read as a standalone. Each book in this 'verse is written by a different author and some characters/places overlap, and you can read them in any order. I'm sad to think this is the first book in the last batch because I've loved losing myself in the Vino & Veritas world. I loved Kolby and Adam from the start, they had this scorching chemistry even when they were antagonizing the other. I adored seeing them get to kn 4.5 Stars!  This was such a fun addition to the series, and yet, it can totally be read as a standalone. Each book in this 'verse is written by a different author and some characters/places overlap, and you can read them in any order. I'm sad to think this is the first book in the last batch because I've loved losing myself in the Vino & Veritas world. I loved Kolby and Adam from the start, they had this scorching chemistry even when they were antagonizing the other. I adored seeing them get to know and fall for each other and interact with Adam's hockey teammates. The only thing I would've liked to see more of was to see Adam's ex getting his comeuppance, LOL, but that's just me being greedy. I enjoyed that Regina Kyle didn't drag the conflict(s) for too long and instead focused on the story. And it was a great one. Opposites-attract, sort-of-enemies-to-lovers, not overly angsty, and plenty of fun, this is definitely a book I'll be reading again in the future. Very recommendable! *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Stauffer

    4.5 Stars We’re nearing the end of the series, and oftentimes, even long series written by different authors, the quality suffers a bit once you get to book 17—BOOK 17—but not with this series. It just keeps getting better, and (at minimal) on par with the one before. I find myself excited to read each one. This one is a prime example. I’ve never read a book by this author before and I’m wondering how that happened? This book was well written, with great characters, and a very engaging storyline 4.5 Stars We’re nearing the end of the series, and oftentimes, even long series written by different authors, the quality suffers a bit once you get to book 17—BOOK 17—but not with this series. It just keeps getting better, and (at minimal) on par with the one before. I find myself excited to read each one. This one is a prime example. I’ve never read a book by this author before and I’m wondering how that happened? This book was well written, with great characters, and a very engaging storyline. I swear I had just sat down to read and all of a sudden I was halfway finished. I adored Adam and Kolby. I liked how we didn’t have to wait very long for them to admit they liked each other. I also appreciated that Adam’s closeted status wasn’t a carbon copy of every other story out there. It gave it a unique spin. I couldn’t vouch for its realism, because I’m not a closeted hockey player, nor do I know any, but it was a fresh change of pace, nonetheless. If you enjoy engaging characters, a smooth flowing storyline, and hockey players then this book is one you won’t want to miss. Even though it’s part of a series, it very easily stands on its own. ***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trader (RedHotBlueReads)

    Just finished this and it is TERRIFIC! Great characters who I wanted to spend time with, a sweet frenemies to lovers story with just enough conflict to keep things humming along. From the delicious meet-cute , the flirtatious banter, to meeting the parents, and the first disagreement, this was just a classic M-M romance. Adam and Kolby are just fabulous together. I loved every page of Showstopper!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sharing The Book Love

    I haven't read Moo U but it was cool to get a glimpse of this. Kolby and Adam, geek and jock but both with hidden depths. They work when you'd expect they wouldn't. Enjoyed this read. This is another instalment in the V n V world, can be read as a stand alone but honestly you want to read them all. I haven't read Moo U but it was cool to get a glimpse of this. Kolby and Adam, geek and jock but both with hidden depths. They work when you'd expect they wouldn't. Enjoyed this read. This is another instalment in the V n V world, can be read as a stand alone but honestly you want to read them all.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annia Lennox (DaydreamingThroughBooks)

    This was good and a fast, easy read. It’s more of a 3.5 star, but I round up. This felt like maybe it fit more in the Moo U series than Vino and Veritas series. But I do get that V&V is the LGBT+ series. It’s just that the plot and tone felt more like Moo U. I was very happy to see Lex again-he was one of my favorites from Moo U. Kolby and Adam were both good characters. They were easy to like, but I never 100% cared about either of them. I just never got emotionally invested. Maybe if they were m This was good and a fast, easy read. It’s more of a 3.5 star, but I round up. This felt like maybe it fit more in the Moo U series than Vino and Veritas series. But I do get that V&V is the LGBT+ series. It’s just that the plot and tone felt more like Moo U. I was very happy to see Lex again-he was one of my favorites from Moo U. Kolby and Adam were both good characters. They were easy to like, but I never 100% cared about either of them. I just never got emotionally invested. Maybe if they were more deeply developed. The romance was pretty standard, but I have no real complaints. It has very minor enemies-to-lovers elements. Very minor. Kolby and Adam have some cute banter. Their relationship is pretty physical but they also talk a lot which I like reading about in my romances. I could do without multiple grand gestures, but I get why it happens and a lot of people do like it. I never know how to end reviews. I would recommend picking this up especially if you liked the Moo U books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris Pereira

    College romances are either a hit or miss for me and Regina Kyle knocked this one out of the park (or into the net I should say). An absolute hit! Hockey player/theater geek was a pairing I never knew I thought I needed until now. I absolutely adored both Adam and Kolby and I loved the growth of their relationship. From one antagonistic encounter to soulmates. They do both come with baggage and their age does show at times. College students are nowhere near perfect and I'm so happy Regina wrote College romances are either a hit or miss for me and Regina Kyle knocked this one out of the park (or into the net I should say). An absolute hit! Hockey player/theater geek was a pairing I never knew I thought I needed until now. I absolutely adored both Adam and Kolby and I loved the growth of their relationship. From one antagonistic encounter to soulmates. They do both come with baggage and their age does show at times. College students are nowhere near perfect and I'm so happy Regina wrote them as exactly that. Two young adults still learning who they are and how they fit in the world. Both Kolby and Adam make mistakes and fumble a bit but they always make up, learn and grow stronger as individuals and as a couple. The banter between them was great and I loved their dynamic. The chemistry, lust, and love that they have for each other is captured perfectly. I hope Regina Kyle has plans to write more M/M romances because I am officially a fan!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Absolutely Wonderful I truly loved this book. It really had me hooked from the beginning and I was so disappointed when I came to the end. Kolby and Adam are totally swoonworthy with their strong believable characters and the interesting storyline had me reading late into the night. I just couldn’t put it down until I knew that everything worked out in the end. I sincerely hope that Regina Kyle writes more books like this. I loved it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    It was good... It was good. I am not a fan of college new adult characters but this was very decent. I would have liked more at the end and the video shoot and his sister exploits

  29. 4 out of 5

    Batwoman

    A very cute couple! Adam and Kolby have you hooked right from the start. So does their chemistry! Even though they tried avoiding it due to their pasts. But once they gave in, there was no stopping it. Absolutely love reading their story! I love sports romances. But loved how Kolby is an actor. You don’t get to read an actor and sports romance very often. Highly recommend this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Kolby and Adam were amazing in Showstopper, by Regina Kyle, a wonderful installment to Vino & Veritas especially because of its inclusion of elements from Sarina Bowen's Moo U series. Kolby and Adam are students at Moo U and are totally opposites. Kolby is an out and proud drama student who has moved on from his Mormon roots and the family that disowned him. Adam is a recently transferred, bisexual hockey player with a little bit of a scandal in past. For that reason, he’s keeping his bisexualit Kolby and Adam were amazing in Showstopper, by Regina Kyle, a wonderful installment to Vino & Veritas especially because of its inclusion of elements from Sarina Bowen's Moo U series. Kolby and Adam are students at Moo U and are totally opposites. Kolby is an out and proud drama student who has moved on from his Mormon roots and the family that disowned him. Adam is a recently transferred, bisexual hockey player with a little bit of a scandal in past. For that reason, he’s keeping his bisexuality under wraps, though he's not truly closeted. He is determined that his new teammates get to know him for his game rather than any drama surrounding him. Kolby and Adam are both taking an improv class, where their chemistry and magnetic attraction is evident from their first conversation. Their interactions in their improve class ranged from romantic to hysterical, creating some laugh-out-loud moments. These two have an undeniable connection which shows how natural they are together. I adored both guys, but Adam stole my heart being such a cinnamon roll, or giant teddy bear, with a heart of gold. Kolby is more guarded, prickly, and defensive, with makes sense when you learn about his background and all the hurt he has dealt with. I did adore that he was a “what you see is what you get” type of person; not hiding his sexuality but definitely hiding his vulnerability. Adam and Kolby connect on all levels, not only are they sexually attracted to each other, but they share mutual likes and interests, and they're both determined to look out for the other; which makes not only for some really lovely conversations, but also sizzling, hot times between the sheets. PHEW!! A couple of outside events add tension to the plot and there's the lack of communication parts which may or may not distracted from the story. The groveling scenes add another layer of the feelings these two have. Ms. Kyle hit on everything I love about college sports romances and opposites' attract tropes in this book. She provided a tale with sizzling chemistry, laugh-out-love scenes, well defined characters and a fabulous secondary cast of characters not only from the Vino & Veritas world, but also pulling from the Moo U series too; plus meeting Hannah Banana, and Ian added some fun scenes to the story. I highly recommend Showstopper to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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