Title: Goalie Interference (Hat Trick #2)
Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 30th 2019
Genre(s): Sports Romance
Page Count: 304 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s goalie vs. goalie in this brand-new enemies-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn…
Ryu Mori has had a stellar season as goalie for the Atlanta Venom. So when he’s called into management’s office, he’s expecting to hear he’s the new starting goalie for the team, not that some new guy—an incredibly hot, annoyingly bratty rookie—is here to compete for his spot.
Not everyone gets to play in the best league in the world. Emmitt Armstrong knows that, and he’s not about to waste the opportunity after grinding his way from the bottom to the top. If the Venom is looking for a meek, mild-mannered pushover, they’ve got the wrong guy.
Ryu doesn’t want to admit the other goalie’s smart mouth turns him on. Beating Armstrong at practice feels good, sure, but there are other, more fun ways to shut his rival up.
In this league, it’s winner takes all. But there’s more to life than winning, and if Emmitt and Ryu can get past their egos and competitive natures, they might just discover they work better as partners than they ever imagined possible.
One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!
This book is approximately 72,000 words (less)
Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn was enemies to lovers goodness! It’s not always a favorite trope of mine, but they nailed it out of the park. Ryu Mori was coming off a great past season and expecting to be the starting goalie, but the team management has different plans when they bring in Emmitt Armstrong. There was so much to love about this second installment; let’s get to it.
-DIVERSITY. Emmitt is African American, and Ryu is Japanese American. I don’t think I’ve ever read an M/M romance where both main characters were POC. In this day and age, that’s fucken sad. I was a little emotional when I stopped and thought about that. Heartfelt thank you to both authors.
-UST. There was some serious sexual frustration built up between these two.
-Relationship growth. I love the progression from enemies to “friends” with benefits, to more.
-It was nice to catch up with Seb and Tristan from Off the Ice.
-The end was HFN. Honestly, I expected it given their situation. I admit I had anxiety building up to the conflict- I had no idea how their situation would resolve itself. I was okay with the outcome.
++Can this be read as a standalone? Absolutely, but the first book, Off the Ice– is pretty awesome, so don’t miss out.
I’m digging this writing duo. Sports, steam, diversity, and romance- I’m here for all of it!