I love me a good ice hockey focused romance

Off the IceOff the Ice by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am such a sucker for a sports romance and I’m particularly keen on ice hockey as it’s a game I know little about but which seems to have such a great sense of community.

That this one also came along with an age gap, a stern Puerto Rican professor and a wee bit of humiliation kink and a light sprinkling of power exchange BDSM made it all the more delicious.

Every bit of the narrative worked, I liked the tensions which were introduced as Tristan had to consider the outcomes of coming out and Sebastian’s concerns over not being forced back into the closet.

The sex is hot, but it also has purpose to help anchor Tristan when he gets overwhelmed by his career and his feelings. The spankings, and his need to be lightly humiliated, felt completely grounded in the narrative and not just there to add in some sex.

I loved the secondary characters too, especially Sebastian’s friend RJ and Tristan’s teammates, although I thought one element of the plot was a bit out of left field and seemed to be there only as a way of setting up what I suspect will be book three.

Still, that’s my only criticism and why it didn’t make it into a five star read. I’m very much looking forward to book two though with both goalies in focus.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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