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.
Goalie Ryu Mori was an intriguing personality in the first novel, Off the Ice, and I couldn’t wait to find out all about him and get his story. I was so thrilled to see the release of Goalie Interference (Hat Trick #2) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, which focuses on Ryu Mori and Emmitt Armstrong, both goalies for the Atlanta Venom. And what becomes a competition to become the starter for the team and incredibly, all while starting and maintain what neither expects to find, a real relationship.
One of the I find so interesting here is how the authors set the men up as people with comparative family histories and upbringing, even though from different parts of society,culture, and country. The dichotomy pulls them together even as it pulls us in to the sparks and popping hot dynamics of their relationship on and off the ice. The ice of Ryu to the heat of Emmitt and it really works.
I love all the elements and layers to these mens personalities that the authors have worked into their characters. From the personalities and expectations of their parents and their upbringing, to how each man handles their sexuality and being out or coming out to the team. It’s also learning out to adjust to a relationship while accepting the competition to be number one goalie, a huge element here.
I loved every aspect of this story. The romance, the team dynamics, the men and their families, and the competition for lead goalie. Just amazing. Another bonus? Being able to see the couple from the first story, teammate Tristan Holt and Professor Sebastian Cruz from another viewpoint. Very funny.
The games were exciting, the playing just like being there watching them on the ice. Fast, furious, and magical!
How I love this series.
I can’t wait for the next story to arrive. Love hockey, and romance? Even if hockey isn’t your thing, this series will be. Grab up both books and dive into a sport romance you will love to read.
Cover art is perfect. The graphic and action is everything. Love it.
Expected publication: September 30th 2019 by Carina Press
ISBN 1488053804 (ISBN13: 9781488053801)
Edition Language English
Series Hat Trick #2
Characters Ryu Mori, Emmitt Armstrong
setting Atlanta, Georgia (United States)