Book Reviews

The Magic Broom by Teegan Loy at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 25-June-2013

Book Blurb

With the winter Olympics on the horizon, Cody Mikkelson’s editor assigns him several stories about athletes in the area with gold medal aspirations. But there’s a catch: Cody has to try all the sports when he interviews the athletes—and he is so not an athlete.

The day before his torment begins, four new guys move into the apartment down the hall, including the handsome Shane Spicer. Cody is immediately desperate to figure out if Shane is gay, but both men have busy schedules, leaving little time to socialize. So Cody heads back to work and goes to interview the local curling team, where among brooms, laughter, a sore backside, and an unexpected meeting, Cody finds he just might get his chance after all.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".

Book Review

Cody Mikkelson of 'The Magic Broom' by Teegan Loy begrudgingly accepts a sports assignment which his newspaper editor insists upon. Cody is not into sports, but he wants to keep his job. The kicker is, he has to participate in a short lesson for each sport before the athletes grant him an interview. Cody is certain that he will end up with aches, pains, cuts and bruises; he's also sure that he will feel humiliated; but he never dreamed that he would find love in the process.

Even though Cody didn't want the assignment, he is a good sport about it. He throws himself into his job and does the best he can. Cody made the sports lessons more tolerable by describing not only the game, but the effort it takes suiting up in the uniforms provided. Cody's humorous rendition of getting ready for each sport and comparing one outfit with another, had me doubled over, laughing at his antics with explanations like this: “It took him fifteen minutes of acrobatic maneuvering to wiggle into the skintight suit. His goods were on display, which wasn’t all that impressive since it was so cold outside. His balls were trying to crawl back inside his body.” Surprisingly, the athletes, although obviously amused, respect how hard he is working to participate and learn about their sport. Each game is explained succinctly, with enough description to understand the basics without running it into the ground. As the week went by though, I felt really bad for Cody who could hardly move. By the end of the week, he's almost ready to quit, but to his merit he keeps trudging along. 

Shane is a nice guy from the start and the attraction between him and Cody is immediate. The pizza mixup is a good opportunity for an introduction between Cody, his friend Kira, and the new neighbors. I was impressed by their generosity and openness. Although Cody is hoping Shane is gay, he honestly can't tell for sure and neither can Kira; he has to wait for more clues from Shane. Shane is pleasantly surprised, as is Cody, when he shows up to interview and participate in the sport of Curling. I'd never heard of it and it sounds totally confusing; even with a brief introduction, I was lost. Shane is happy to be able to share his sport with Cody, who catches on relatively quickly; he's not too embarrassed except that, as part of the game, they keep yelling “harder, harder” which immediately causes his libido to kick into gear.

This is a short, sweet love story, with just enough sports jargon to make it understandable. I appreciated the education in each of the sports; it helped me admire the athletes even more than I did before being reminded of their dedication and sacrifices made for their discipline. I'd recommend this story to anyone who has an interest in Olympic sports, and finding love in unusual places. Thank you, Teegan, for the sports lessons.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 70 pages/17569 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013