Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: Goalie Interference | Hat Trick Series by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

goalieIt’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!

3 Stars

Romance | Sports and Games | M/M Romance | LGBT | Contemporary

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during blog tour with ANovelTakePR in exchange for an honest review***

Whooo, I mean who doesn’t like a good enemies to lovers hockey romance? Gah, I am a sucker fangirl for sports romances, and I know what you are thinking, how can I like these romances and yet hardly watch sports – oh easy, the books are better! Crazy, but work with me here on that one. But seriously, I love a good M/M Romance and anything set in a hockey based genre, oh yeah you bet your bottom dollar I am there!

Keep in mind, Goalie Interference is a intermingled series, but can be read as a standalone – I personally have not read book one, so for me I didn’t really notice a difference going, but you have been warned.

Now, where to start…Obviously the characters.

It was a fifty fifty for me on the characters. Ryu was definitely the more older, intimidating character, maybe more seasoned attitude would be best to describe him. Then Emmitt had this childlike, naive sweet attitude about how output his energy. I felt that though I really liked the characters personalities some of the time, it was most of the time that Ryu was either bland, not really able to peg his person, this really just made him seem really closed down while Emmitt seemed bratty, overly annoying and I honestly did not like how he represented himself. I like a good cocky attitude, but something for me did not quite mesh well with how he was portrayed.

The romance itself was definitely passionate, fun and rather entertaining to say the least. The constant bickering and ranting these two fellas spew is downright delicious. When they weren’t trying to throw each others game off they were literally throwing the other in a sexual fit. The tension melted from them. I will admit though, I was a bit miffed with how Ryu was conflicted about his coming out. I simply didn’t understand his full reasoning behind his resistance, but at the same time I really liked how he evolved because of the relationship.

Overall, I enjoyed it but it wasn’t memorable for me, especially the characters. Sure, it was easy read, quick, entertaining enough but it lacked a connection. Both Ryu and Emmitt irked me while making me swoon, so I was conflicted majority of the read. Nonetheless, I am a hardcore sucker for hockey romances and when you have two brooding alpha-males battling it out in the rink and in the sack, I am all hands on deck. And now that i know this is a series and that many people enjoyed Off the Ice, I am obviously going to have to go back and read!

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