Book Review: Common Goal by Rachel Reid

Common Goal

Author: Rachel Reid
Series: Game Changers, book 4
Publisher: Publisher (date)
Kindle edition, 282 pages
Romance, Adult romance, Contemporary romance


New York Admirals goalie Eric never thought his friends-with-benefits arrangement with much-younger Kyle would leave them both wanting more…

Veteran goaltender Eric Bennett has faced down some of the toughest shooters on the ice, but nothing prepared him for his latest challenge—life after hockey. It’s time to make some big changes, starting with finally dating men for the first time.

Graduate student Kyle Swift moved to New York nursing a broken heart. He’d sworn to find someone his own age to crush on (for once). Until he meets a gorgeous, distinguished silver fox hockey player. Despite their intense physical attraction, Kyle has no intention of getting emotionally involved. He’ll teach Eric a few tricks, have some mutually consensual fun, then walk away.

Eric is more than happy to learn anything Kyle brings to the table. And Kyle never expected their friends-with-benefits arrangement to leave him wanting more. Happily-ever-after might be staring them in the face, but it won’t happen if they’re too stubborn to come clean about their feelings.

Everything they both want is within reach… They just have to be brave enough to grab it.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is a super steamy age-gap romance with LOTS of mutual pining. So much pining… There were so many times I was clutching at my heart and sobbing at this book “Just TALK to each other, you big dummies!” At the same time this book is so fun and sexy, and flirty in this bumbling sort of way (oh, Eric…). As a woman married to a man who came into my own bisexuality rather later in life, I love that Eric is taking the chance to explore his identity and embrace his bisexuality as more than “in theory.” There were a few moments in this book where Kyle reassures Eric that his identity as bi is valid even if he never hooks up with another man that really got to me. It’s so comfortable and accepting and also sweaty and exciting and adventurous, I just loved this dang book and just really didn’t want to put it down.

This is the fourth book in the Game Changers series. It can be read as a stand-alone, though a lot of the characters from the previous books in the series show up or have a mention and you’ll get the most from those little interactions if you’ve read the previous books. Spoilers for the first book in the series, Game Changer, and Scott and Kip (the leads of book 1) play a big role as the best friends of both leads for this book. I haven’t read Game Changer (yet – clearly I NEED TO) and was able to pick up on anything missed through the background given in this book, so it’s not require reading to enjoy this one.

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

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