ROMANCE

Goalie Interference

Carina: Harlequin. (Hat Trick, Bk. 2). Sept. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781335215789. pap. $8.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488053801. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Ryu Mori has played for the NHL team Venom for years, and now that the spot of starting goalie is open, it’s time that he’s promoted. Emmitt Armstrong has been traded to the team as a new reserve goalie, or so he believes, since it’s soon clear that both Emmitt and Ryu are competing for the position. Ryu disdains the rookie’s cocky attitude on the ice but secretly wishes to keep Emmitt’s mouth and the rest of his body occupied off the ice. Initially, the competitive spirit between the two makes their hook-ups catch fire, but once the season heats up, the stress of maintaining a winning streak while also contending for starting goalie threatens their tentative relationship to break. In this second in the “Hat Trick” series (Off the Ice), Gale and Vaughn suffuse plenty of sexual tension throughout by pairing Ryu’s chilly confidence and reserve with Emmitt’s outgoing arrogance in a rivalry that raises that tension sky-high.
VERDICT Fans of sports romances will adore these two alpha males trying to figure out how to work and play together nicely.

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