Off the Ice

Avon Gale; Piper Vaughn
Off the Ice
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
October 2017
Book 1 of Hat Trick
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can't play hockey forever. One day he'll retire—if an injury doesn't force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn't count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.

Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can't afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian's dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that's one line Sebastian won't cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.

But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can't imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

Book Review by Ana (reviewer)
Oct 30, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
81 people found the following review helpful
OFF THE ICE delivered so much more than I expected. I started reading mostly sure I was going to like it, but a little cautious because I'm not too fond on sports-themed books. I finished the book with a huge grin on my face and very much in love with the great characters the authors had created.

Tristan is a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom. He decided to finish his business degree and start taking sociology, where he meets Sebastian, his professor, who's trying to progress on his career volunteering to teach summer classes. Sebastian wasn't expecting to have a sexy hockey player tempting him while he's trying to focus on doing his job. They had a rocky start, but the attraction is clear for both men. The temptation becomes too much and, once the classes are over, nothing seems to get in the middle. But Tristan isn't out yet, and he's terrified of what it would mean for his career. Will love be enough? Or will the prospect of losing what he loves be too much for Tristan?

I loved this book. I don't think I'd read in a while a couple that seemed so perfect for each other. They are both equally great characters, I tend to choose a favorite among the couple, but these two made it hard for me; they were both amazing characters. They have a great chemistry. I smiled so much while reading some of their interactions. I loved the way they talk to each other, they are so adorable. And there's one scene that involved some kind of trivia game that I'm sure I won't be able to get out of my mind for a while, and I loved it. It was fantastic.

The book was very well written, it had a steady pace. The plot is really good, with a little bit of angst, but we get the happy ending I think most are expecting. I knew nothing about hockey before reading this book, but the authors had such a great ability to make it a very interesting subject, that I'm mostly interested on watching a game and see if I can remember all I'd learn.

Another thing I liked about the book was the positive way they approach the feelings of the main characters, they weren't promoting the stereotype of a sportsman who doesn't show any emotion. Tristan, as well as Sebastian, was able to feel whatever he wanted and show it the way he decided to do it, without the concern of what others would think. I really loved that.

Even though I loved most of the book, there were a few things that were a little troublesome for me, maybe the biggest one was near the end. There was something about the story that felt a little forced. I'm not saying much about it but I think it makes the reader know that there will be a next book, and I do appreciate a next book because I loved the author's writing, but I really don't like to force the idea of a certain character as a MC and it kind of felt this way at the end.

Overall it was a great book. I think anyone who likes M/M pairing will be able to enjoy it. The authors make an amazing writing team.
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