Goalie Interference by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Publication Date: September 30th 2019
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Hat Trick #2
Blurb: 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.
Rivalry blooms and tension runs high in the sequel to Off the Ice. Ryu was sure he would be named as the starting goalie for the Venom for the season, instead he’s playing tandem with Emmitt, the new transfer. Now Ryu and Emmitt are playing for the same spot. The tension on the ice soon boils over to some stress relief off it, and everything gets that much more complicated as it gets harder and harder to untangle themselves from each other.
I have been eagerly awaiting Goalie Interference for a while now, ever since I fell in love with Tristan and Sebastian in Off the Ice, and it did not disappoint. It was so wonderful to watch Ryu and Emmitt come together, first with antagonism and then with feelings. Honestly, I’ll never be over the ‘lets just ease the tension with casual sex, oh no there’s feelings’ trope.
I really liked how Gale & Vaughn handled the conflict between Ryu and Emmitt. With both of them going for the same spot in a highly competitive sport, there is obviously going to be tension there even without a romantic relationship on the cards. There can be a fine line between conflict and unnecessary drama, the latter of which I’m not a fan of, but it’s not the case here. It’s understandable without being over the top or contrived and it was really nice to see Emmitt and Ryu sort it out maturely.
I loved how much we got to see of Sebastian and Tristan, along with the rest of the team. Gale & Vaughn don’t leave their side characters or previous leads behind. Sometimes books in series can feel like each title is in its own bubble and although it’s a continuation it ends up feeling too separate from the rest of the books but that doesn’t happen here.
The last part of the book did seem to speed up and then end quickly, however, I really enjoyed Goalie Interference and finished with a huge grin on my face! I love this series and can’t wait for book three.
*I received a review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*