Off the Ice (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) (Re-issue)
Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 25, 2019
Genre(s): Multicultural, Romance, Sports
Page Count: ~70,000 Words
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


(Previously published; newly refreshed by the authors)

He’s hot for teacher

NHL star Tristan Holt may be at the top of his game, but he’s already thinking one play ahead. Hitting the books in the off-season means he’ll have a business degree to fall back on when it’s time to hang up his hockey skates.

But his straightforward plan is complicated by his undeniable attraction to his sexy sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.

Impressed by Tristan’s brain as well as his brawn, Sebastian can’t help lusting after the gorgeous jock. With tenure on the line, Sebastian won’t break the rules by becoming involved with one of his students—at least, not until the end of term. Once final grades are posted, though, their naughty mutual fantasies can become reality.

Tristan’s not sure he’s up for being the poster boy for openly gay hockey players, but Sebastian’s never been the type of man to keep his sexuality—or his relationships—in the closet. For Tristan, being with Sebastian might mean risking more than just his heart.

I really, really LOVED this story.

Tristan Holt has decided to take a few college classes during the NHL’s off season. When he can’t get his sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz, out of his head, he decides to make a move and ask him out the day the semester ends.

Sebastian is trying to get tenure at the University and he’s got it bad for a student. How bad would it be to start seeing each other after class is officially over? It probably won’t last anyway…

I totally dug the whole Hot For Teacher aspect, as well as the age gap.

I loved every part of Tristan. I loved how he stood up for himself when accused of cheating. I loved how worried he was about his professor’s feelings. I loved how much he was embarrassed to express what he needed from Seb but did it anyway. He was a great teammate. He cared about his game and his team and his friends and loved his family. I loved how emotional he got over missing Thanksgiving with them.

I grew to love Seb at the end. I think if he wasn’t such a complete jerk at the start I would have given this a full five stars, but I was turned off on his character until the very end when I felt he finally showed some real emotion.

This was a great writing partnership between Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn. I have thoroughly enjoyed Gale’s previous hockey books and this was right up there. A must read!

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Advanced Review Copy

Galley copy of Off The Ice provided by Carina Press via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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