Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love Avon Gale’s hockey romances so much! This story about two NHL goalies competing for the same spot on the same team is a wonderful mix of hockey action, team banter, and heart.

When we first meet Ryu, he’s disciplined, cold, and determined. In contrast, Emmitt is loud, arrogant, and passionate. It was Emmitt who first caught my attention but Ryu who ultimately stole my heart. The tension between the two goalies is fabulous. Fiercely competitive on the ice, both men try to deny the attraction they feel and the heat that simmers between them. There are some very steamy scenes in this story – and the power struggles between Ryu and Emmitt are even better in the bedroom. I love the common ground they find, and I love the balance their connection brings to their lives – and to their games.

As always, Gale seems to know hockey players and she captures their voices beautifully. This story doesn’t have quite the same humour or snark that make books like her Power Play and Save of the Game all-time favourite reads, but it is a fun, exciting story. I love the diversity of the characters in this book and I think Ryu and Emmitt’s experiences as black and Asian hockey players are explored thoughtfully and respectfully. This story will easily stand alone, but I’ll always encourage new readers to start at the beginning of the Scoring Chances books.

This is the second book in the series. I love reading sports romances, and this one has a lovely twist which I thought worked really well – pitch two goal keepers against each other to take lead spot, and then make them realise that they are attracted physically to each other.

Emmitt Armstrong joins the Venoms and finds that Ryu Mori, the sitting goalie, almost automatically takes an immediate dislike to him. It is he guesses inevitable, but a shame, as he finds him a very beautiful man. "Army" doesn't advertise the fact, but he has had relationships with both men and women, and Ryu definitely attracts him physically.

As the two men are made to work in tandem through the season, they come to a working truce, and find that the attraction may be mutual. In fact, they find that they have more in common than they might have ever expected, particularly when it comes to the pressures from their parents.

We get plenty of hockey action, and benefit from the insight of two goalies with different styles as they deal with the pressure of being in goal as they get ever closer to lifting the Stanley Cup. We also catch up with Tristan and Seb from the first book, and I am looking forward to the next installment of this enjoyable sports romance series.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
2.5 stars
M/M Sports romance

This is the second in this series, however, you do not need to read the first one in order to understand the characters. The characters from book one are secondary in this book.

Ryu has been the goalie for the team for several seasons. However, now that they have a real shot at the Stanley Cup, his team will bring in a new goalie to train too.

Emmitt has wanted to play in the NHL for as long as he can remember. Despite his dad’s disapproval, Emmitt knows that he’s worked hard for this. He has made it.

But Ryu has worked too hard to let some smart-mouthed youngster come and take his spot. Emmitt has put too much time and himself into becoming the best to make it. These two are at odds from the very beginning.

And while I can get behind a rivalry story, this just missed the mark. They have hate sex, but can’t seem to talk without falling into bed. Then their relationship moves from hate sex to relationship status, but they seemed to have missed a few steps from hating each other to loving each other.

Overall, this was predictable and somewhat slow. I wanted a different kind of conflict. Also, I’m unsure what their ethnicity had to do with the story, but there seemed to be some kind of underlying theme that either I missed or just didn’t understand what the authors were trying to convey.

Also Available in the Hat Trick Series

Book 1
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our Off the Ice post.

Avon Gale

AVON GALE wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it—even if it was a bit weirder than the other hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after—though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. By day, Avon is a hair stylist who loves her job, her clients, and the opportunity to spend her time being creative and making people feel happy and look fabulous.

When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music, or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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Piper Vaughn

Romance author, tea drinker, book junkie, tattoo enthusiast, typewriter collector, flirt. Lover of hedgehogs, piercings, tattoos, and hockey.

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Goalie Interference (Hat Trick #2) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn to read and review.

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