This frenemies to lovers second entry in the Hat Trick series works well

Goalie Interference (Hat Trick, #2)Goalie Interference by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this second entry in the Hat Trick series from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn.

The goalie is one of those mysterious characters who always seem to be full of cute and bizarre quirks but here it was more a case of two men, both of colour, fighting for a starting spot and finding they didn’t hate each other after all.

I loved the contrast in character and approach to how they tended goal between Ryu and Emmitt, they’re complete opposites and this played a major part in the build-up to their first explosive encounter which was full of passion and fire.

However, I truly fell for them as they realised that, in spite of what seemed to be quite different backgrounds, they had so much in common because of a weight of expectation they not only put on themselves but also felt from their fathers (and mothers in Ryu’s case).

This is a beautifully written enemies to frenemies to lovers romance and I was cheering all the way for them to make it. The hiccups on the way felt absolutely believable to me, never plot for plot’s sake, and I was shouting at my Kindle for them to get their heads out of their backsides and sort it out!

There’s a lot more ice hockey in this one than there was in the first book and I loved it, I’m a huge sports fan so I like actually having some sport in my sports romances!

Sexy, sweet and with a very solid HFN that I could see lasting beyond the ice if they were both willing to put the effort in and the readers’ expectations are firmly left with the knowledge that these two will be tandem goaling the blue line for the Atlanta Venom for many years to come.

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

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