Title: Goalie Interference
Series: Hat Trick #2
Author: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Expected publication: September 30th 2019 by Carina Press
Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★
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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Since this is an Arc Review there won't be any spoilers (I think)
Army is a man who knows he’s hot and shares that with the world. He’s also absolutely adorable and loves his mom, can he be any more perfect? Yes, because he’s a great goalie and socially conscious. Emmitt is intense about everything, from hockey to personal relationships and his POV chapters show us that there’s a lot of thinking that goes behind the carefree image he puts out.
Ryu is the definition of self-discipline. He works hard and has made friends with his team but doesn’t let anything distract him. He’s maybe too laced up but that doesn’t make him any less interesting and when he falls in love he falls hard, which I love.
Best frat-boy-in-an-adult-body friend you could ever have. He’s casually supportive and always there to talk to anyone who needs it.
My baby boy is so grown up! Look at him living with his boyfriend and taking him to team-related meetups! He is pure and I love him
The humor, sometimes stories forget that they can be less serious and still be good, this book has some really good one-liners and is just fun to read altogether.
The rivalry was sooo good, they were pushed against each other in the worst way and these two assholes fell in love
I’m a hockey nerd so all the descriptions of playing and goaltending were perfect.
The solidarity between the queer athletes! I love people supporting each other and even more when they don’t have to but do it anyways. In the previous book it felt like Holtzy was isolated even when most of the team was fine with him but here we get to see queer players thriving and it was beautiful.
Speaking of, seeing Tristan and Seb appear throughout the book and be happy was a lovely way to reference the first book.
Another thing that stuck out to me is how the attraction morphed into feelings in a completely natural way. It didn’t feel forced or predictable, it just was.
Judging by the abundance of bare-chested selfies, he had an allergy to shirts.
“Do I want to know what that is?” Sebastian held up a hand before anyone could clue him in. “No, I’ve decided I don’t.”
I know that feeling, Seb, and you are probably right…
Maybe if everyone was as superstitious as goalies, they wouldn’t have these problems.
I mean, he’s not wrong but goalies walk a fine line between superstitious and mad
He was going to show those assholes that the only person who could chant Ryu’s fucking name was him, while Ryu pounded him into the mattress.
If you know what the goalie chant is then you get this, if not then this sounds like Emmitt just got angry at Ryu’s fans… could go either way
I’ll give it 5 slap shot to the face
(because I know just how fun those can be)