Review: Goalie Interference by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

giGoalie Interference

Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Series: Hat Trick, book 2
Publisher: Carina Press (September 30, 2019)
Kindle edition, 304 pages
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Summary
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!

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Rating: 5 stars

Review
Y’all know I love me a good M/M hockey romance. Especially when there’s a rivalry going on. And I don’t know what it is about them, but I definitely have a thing for goalies. Get a little enemies to lovers, no strings attached until -oops- we developed unwanted FEELINGS in there and Goalie Interference is hockey romance gold.

I really love the contrasts between the two leads. First you have Ryu Mori, the serious-faced, J-pop-handsome Japanese American goalie for the venom who has been serving his time as backup goalie and is ready for the starter position. Then there’s Emmitt Armstrong, the rookie upstart African American goalie who was just traded up to the Venom’s NHL team from his former AHL team. They’re both vying for the open starting position, and they’re both excellent at what they do even though they have very different approaches. (Honestly, their different styles reminded me a lot of The Cutting Edge – “Toe pick!”) Sparks fly between them, but is that intense atmosphere enmity – or attraction? MAYBE BOTH! *throws confetti*

It’s great seeing both some bi rep as well as men of color in hockey in this book. I’d never really noticed before picking up this book how completely white-washed hockey romance tends to be (rather like Regency hist-rom…) It seems like there are more sports romances about people of color in the football and baseball sub-sub genres, but hockey romances tend to be pretty white. I love to see the intersectionality of queer men of color here as well. Gale and Vaughn also address some of the stigmas about bisexual people coming across as people who just like to have lots of promiscuous sex. I’m hoping that the next book in the series will be about Morley finally finding someone he wants to settle down with, because he is HILARIOUS.

Goalie Interference is the second book in the Hat Trick series, but can be read as a stand alone. Now I need to go back and read the first book, Off The Ice, because I NEED more of Tristan and Sebastian right now!!

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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