Release Day Review by DMac: Checking it Twice, by Meg Harding

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Checking it Twice, by Meg Harding
Series: The Carlisles, Book #3 (Stand Alone)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Closeted professional hockey player Eric Belanger is falling hard for an out-and-proud male model. He’s unable to resist Dorian’s charm and pushing personal boundaries he never thought he’d cross. But Dorian is the kind of guy who deserves someone who isn’t afraid to be himself. Eric’s fears about what coming out will do to his career clash with the future he hopes to build with Dorian. He knows he’ll eventually have to make a choice.

Dorian Carlisle knows better than to date a man who wants to keep him a secret, but there’s something about Eric he can’t ignore. So he’ll take the risk, and it’ll be all right, because this isn’t a forever romance. He’s happy to live in the moment. But somehow, at some point, feelings sneak up on him and he’s not okay anymore. At a breaking point, Dorian must also make a decision. Their time together will either be the start of something wonderful or nothing more than a happy memory.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Coming Out
Closeted Character
Sports (Hockey)


This was very much a case of a good book that I just wasn’t into. Theoretically speaking it was a good book, because it had good writing, decent characters, etc., but it was just very blah for me.

It is the third in a series about the different Carlisle brothers falling in love, but I didn’t really feel like there was anything that I didn’t understand by not reading those first. Bunch of brothers who fell in love and then were in this book. Maybe by reading those books first it would have added some depth to this one?

I really wanted to like this because it was about hockey, but I didn’t really get into it. It was low in drama and high in sexy times, but the lack of conflict made it unrealistic for me. Or just boring. I felt like I was just reading a stream of information without getting emotionally invested. I didn’t find the characters relatable, and their romance wasn’t doing it for me. This makes it sound worse than it was, I promise.

It seemed more formulaic than anything, but it did its job, if that is what you’re looking for. Harding’s writing is solid and the story is fleshed out, so if it interests you I’d look into it more.


Meg Harding is a graduate student, currently studying MA Publishing in the UK. She plans to continue on to become an editor, all while continuing to write. When she isn’t writing she enjoys the theatre, concerts, and lazing about in front of the TV.

To find out more about the author and her books check out her website at 

You can purchase Checking it Twice from:
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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