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ARC Review: Goalie Interference

Author: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Publication date: 30 September 2019

Publisher: Carina Press

Series: Hat Trick #2

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PLOT:

It’s goalie vs. goalie in this brand-new enemies-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale Goalie Interferenceand 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.

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Goalie Interference is the second in the Hat Trick series, following the story line of Ryu and Emmitt, both goalies in the same ice hockey team, going for the main goalie spot. Of course, with competition comes tension, and with tension comes a need to release that tension (in some way or another).

In shocking news, I requested another book on Netgalley that is apart of a series without reading the first in the series! I got excited when I saw everyone talking about this on Twitter and had to request it and then I got approved and it was then I realised it was number 2 in the Hat Trick series. Yet everything made sense, and I followed it all pretty well. I do still want to read the first in the series purely because I did love Tristan and Sebastian and I want to read about how they became how they were in this book.

I am an absolute sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope as much as the next person, and this book delivers this trope wonderfully in my opinion. I will admit I’m not normally a major fan of character driven books, personally preferring plot driven books. However, this book was the perfect character driven book and I loved every minute of it. It honestly didn’t bother me the less important plot as I was just so invested in the characters. I also found that the plot was consistently paced and I’m glad it didn’t slow near the end.

ALSO! I loved the representation in this book! However, how accurate it is, I cannot comment on it, as I did feel that the representation of Ryu’s Japanese-American family to be somewhat stereotypical of an Asian family. I would recommend reading an own voices review to see if this is an accurate representation or not. I also liked the fact that racism in sport was brought up, and I think it was a good start to begin to address this fact, as this is such a big issue in all sports.

I cannot wait to finally read the first book in the series, and also read the next book in the trilogy! I’m intrigued to see which character the next book follows!

Thank you very much to Carina Press for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars/5

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Have you read any of the Hat Trick books? What did you think of the series so far? Let me know in the comments!

Cait

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