Off the Ice

Off the Ice

by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn

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ISBN-13: 9781488053757
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 03/25/2019
Series: Hat Trick , #1
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,186
File size: 1 MB

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Off the Ice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review of Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn Both Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn are new authors to me. I really like enjoy reading hockey stories and the premise for this story intrigued me. This is a MM story and one that was extremely well written. Tristan is an elite hockey player who is concerned about becoming the first hockey player in the NHL to come out. When he meets Sebastian, his sociology professor, those fears end up as a very real possibility as Sebastian is out and proud and Tristan is wildly attracted to him. This is a beautiful love story, full of heartache and angst, and about finding the strength to overcome fear and prejudice. I really liked both Tristan and Sebastian and really wanted them to get their happily ever after. I will certainly looking for future books from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
scottnl73 21 days ago
This was my first Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn book and I enjoyed this from start to finish. I liked that not a lot of time was spent building up to the possible romance between Tristan and Sebastian, but more focused on not only the relationship between them, but the fact that Tristan isn't out to the world yet. There's an age difference between the two, but one thing I really liked was that despite the physical difference in the size of both men, Tristan was the submissive in the relationship. There wasn't a lot of unnecessary drama, the angst was due to, again, Tristan not being out and how that was beginning to affect his relationship with Sebastian. A good ending, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
ButtonsMom2003 24 days ago
A great coming out story! This is the first book I've read by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn, either as individuals or as a writing team. It sure was a great way for me to get introduced to their work. I don't follow any sports—none, nada, zip, zilch—but for some crazy reason I really like reading sports themed romances. The blurb for this book is pretty good but it doesn't begin to convey the depth of this story. Tristan is a closeted NHL player who finds himself attracted to his harsh, demanding, and openly gay sociology professor. When they both realize the attraction is mutual, they have to fight the attraction until Tristan is no longer Sebastian's student. The depth in the story comes with how the writers detail the slowly developing relationship between the two characters and how Tristan has to decide between coming out and losing the man he loves. Writing reviews is probably not nearly as hard as writing a book but sometimes it is really difficult for me to come up with the right words to describe how much I love a book. Off the Ice is one of those books. The story made me laugh and cry big fat ugly tears but I loved every minute of it. Stories that affect me so deeply are the best kind and Off the Ice was one of those books. The Hat Trick series was originally published by Riptide Publishing. It has been refreshed by the authors and is now being released by Carina Press. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book in this series. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
Misty McMillen 25 days ago
4-4.5 stars If someone had told me all of the tropes and extras that were going to be in this book, I would have said that it had to be a mess, because no way could it all work. I would have been wrong. There’s student/teacher, closeted pro athlete, some mild kink, and age gap just to name a few. It’s not very angsty, the relationship is the central focus, and some outside forces impact it, but are fairly quickly resolved. Sebastian and Tristan were both really well developed, with great banter and dialogue. The secondary cast of characters was amazing, and nicely sets up the next books (which I am so excited for). There were some minor things that didn’t work for me, but it was completely personal preference. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy.
SRKirchner 29 days ago
Sweet and well-written, this book hit all the right notes for me. The teacher-kink dynamic was just enough to be hot without being weird and I liked the power dynamic. I enjoyed that the difference in ages was apparent through their approaches to life, but it wasn't focused on. I had a hard time connecting with Sebastian at times, as he often let his intellectual side get away from him, but the way he and Tristan balanced each other out was nice. I always have a hard time with stories in which one partner struggles with the other being in the closet, but I liked the way it was handled so everything was still Tristan's choice. I also enjoyed the way Sebastian's ethnicity played a role in the story without being the focus. It's always fun for me to try to figure out who the rest of the books in a series will be about and I'll definitely be checking them out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great tension through the beginning and sweet mixed with spice through the second half.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series! Tristan Holt is a pro hockey player in Atlanta on his summer hiatus and taking college courses to finish his degree in business management. He's interested in his sociology class, and his sexy professor, Sebastian Cruz, an out and proud gay Puerto Rican man who never quails at speaking truth to power. Prof Cruz can't help noticing fit and burly Tristan, either. Unfortunately, Sebastian makes some wrong assumptions, and levels an accusation that reveals all of his own prejudices. Tristan not only calls Sebastian out on it, he accepts Sebastian's apology, and that allows Tristan to feels safe enough to not only reveal his hidden sexuality, but also his deep attraction. Not that they can do anything about it. But...summer school is over soon, and Tristan wouldn't mind his austere professor taking him well in hand. If Sebastian is willing to take that next step. The chemistry between them is intense, and their mutual love of classic rock and muscle cars helps draw them closer. Tristan is a 23 year old pro athlete, and Sebastian is a mid-30s professor, but they share a love of learning, too, and Sebastian's prejudices are settled once he gets to know Tristan up close and very personally. The biggest hurdle they face is Tristan's unwillingness to come out. There are gay players in the NHL, but none of them are out and on an active roster; Tristan doesn't want to be the vanguard player. Tristan hasn't even come out to his parents or teammates, and he's rather confident they won't mind. Sebastian isn't pushing Tristan to come out...at first, but, the longer they date, the more Sebastian realizes that he can't just be Tristan's public "friend." This conflict felt real, as did the anguish. They have to take a step back, and think about their lives, careers and goals. Sebastian takes the advice of his good friend to really examine his motives, and his decisions. Sebastian is a prickly guy, who is sometimes self-righteous, but he's also humbled by Tristan's quiet dignity, and his kindness. Sebastian wishes his relationship with his own parents was as loving and accepting as Tristan's is with his family. Tristan's personal life and his professional face are two very separate spheres, but he recognizes the need to be honest with his closest friends and family. I liked how this shook out, with Tristan being happier in his relationships. There's a lot of hot moments, and some good discussion of prejudice, in the context of wealth, power and professional sports. I'm looking forward to reading more in this new series. Expect some interesting power plays in the bedroom and on the ice, and teammate shenanigans. There's heart with the heat, and even a "hot for teacher" reference that brought me back to sixth grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured this one in a few hours, staying up way too late, but it was beyond worth it. Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn are just brilliant and I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next one in this series. For the most part there’s a lack of drama and I really appreciated it. Tristan and Sebastian had so much chemistry and they easily move from just sleeping together to being in a relationship. There’s no angst over that fact, it’s easy and natural. Of course Sebastian wants Tristan to come out to his team so that they can be together as a couple around their friends so that causes some brief heartache for the characters but it’s written really well. I liked that they didn’t get in a fight and break up. Instead they talk and Sebastian asks Tristan to think about what he wants before they continue. Just personal preference but I wasn’t a big fan of the face slapping in the bedroom. It was written very tastefully so nothing against the book, just not my thing. Characters can really make or break a romance and in this one, Gale and Vaughn have exceeded all expectations. Tristan was amazing and I love him from the very beginning. He’s smart, generous, confident, and beyond sexy. He’s constantly battling misconceptions about himself because he’s a jock, but I respected the dignity he displayed when handling those issues. He wasn’t afraid to call Sebastian on it when he makes the same mistake. I also loved that even though he wasn’t out he didn’t completely shut himself away with Sebastian. Sebastian was also great in all his gruff and hard nosed ways. He takes a little bit to warm up to but I never disliked him. He’s concerned with starting something with a student but once classes are over he just can’t stay away from Tristan. I particularity enjoyed watching Sebastian become a hockey fan the more he gets invested in Tristan’s life. He’s proud, determined, and devoted and I loved him by the end of the book. I’m really excited for more in this series, especially with the revelations at the end of the book.
amatate More than 1 year ago
I love hockey in general and therefore enjoy reading hockey-centric romances, especially when I know the author(s) loves the sport as much as I do. When I saw Miss Gale and Miss Vaughn were teaming up to co-write a hockey series, I was stoked. Then I read the blurb. The teacher/student dynamic in romances makes me uncomfortable, so I’ll admit seeing it made me hesitate, but as a big fan of Miss Gale’s, I decided to give it a chance anyway. After reading two books by this author duo, I have to say they write fantastic, dynamic characters who grab and hold my attention cover to cover. As much as I was concerned about the teacher/student relationship, the way it played out didn’t make me feel awkward or diminish my interest in this couple and I actually liked the way the authors approached and resolved this conflict. Actually, considering this book dealt with the common plotline of a closeted pro-sport player and the ensuing conflict of him choosing whether or not to come out, the teacher/student aspect offered a pleasantly different focus. The chemistry between Tristan and Sebastian was incredible, with a perfect shift from the initial lust-driven physical attraction to a deeper emotional connect that made it realistic and impossible to ignore. In fact, the chemistry was so intense that, despite not being crazy about the alpha/beta roles this couple took on in the bedroom, I couldn’t deny they were ridiculously hot together and perfect for one another. This happens to be the second release by these authors that employed a sexual dynamic outside my comfort zone. And yet, the fun, fast-paced dialogue, great primary and secondary characters, and enjoyable stories ensure I’ll read whatever it is they release next. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
Tristan is a professional ice hockey player, but he still wants a backup plan. During the off-season, he has decided to return to education, and finish his business degree. He's hoping to keep his head down and blend into college life. What he didn't expect was his hot gay professor. Sebastian is focused on his career he can't afford any distractions. A little eye candy during his lectures is okay as long as it stays at that. He can't date a student, but when schools out Tristan may just be too much temptation. This is a Male/Male romance novel with ex-rated scenes and a little ice hockey. The story is realistic and an easy read. 4 stars out of 5. *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
tradermare More than 1 year ago
In this coming out tale, Tristan and his professor Sebastian have a good spark between them, and once they are no longer in any academic relationship, Sebastian and Tristan hook up. What was a physical attraction turns into more over the months they are together. They really are cute and fit each other quite well. But there's one sticking point -- Sebastian is out and Tristan isn't. This becomes a source of conflict between them, and it isn't going away. I liked the exploration of the dilemma Tristan faces in Off the Ice. And since I really liked Tristan and Sebastian together, I felt his pain too. There weren't any real surprises here, so it was the interaction between the two main characters that kept me reading. There's a definite dominant/submissive flavor to Tristan and Sebastian's relationship and their love scenes weren't the usual fare in M/M and I liked that too. Overall, no big surprises, interesting characters and dynamics, in a fairly typical sports-themed M/M. An ARC was provided for review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Tristan Holt, a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom hockey team knows that he needs to keep his eye on his studies, and not on his sexy Puerto Rican sociology professor Sebastian Cruz. It’s a good thing it’s a short course because he doesn’t think he’d last any longer without giving in to his impulses, especially when he gets the impression that Sebastian might not turn him down. Sebastian is on his way to tenure, and keeping his reputation squeaky clean is a must. When Tristan gets up the nerve to express his interest, Sebastian is clear that nothing will happen while Tristan is in his class. But when the final grades are up, he takes Tristan up on his offer to meet and see what happens. One steamy night together and it’s clear that they have a connection. But Tristan isn’t out to his teammates and isn’t sure that he’s ready to be the gay poster boy of the NHL. And Seb knows that he won’t be satisfied for long remaining a secret. Can they find a compromise that will give them the happy ever after they want with each other? This one scores a goal with me! It has all the elements that I expect and enjoy in a hockey romance. There are some great on ice action scenes, as well as important locker room conversations. Tristan’s gotten so good at hiding that he’s gay that he struggles to confide in his friends, even the close ones, but as he gets closer to Seb, he knows he doesn’t want to keep it a secret forever. Coming out to his parents is the first hurdle, a stressful endeavor on its own, which had me as tense as Tristan! The authors do a great job of balancing the more emotional scenes involving his family and teammates with the easy-going banter of the guys on the team and their nights out. Though Seb and Tristan initially connect due to their smoking sexual attraction and kink preferences (let’s just say the professor/student thing turns them both on), it’s not long before they find themselves looking forward to daily non-sexual interactions as much as the steamy sex that they both enjoy. While they agree to keep things a secret for the time being, Seb makes it clear that it’s a non-starter for a long-term relationship. He’s been out as a gay man for years and won’t go backward. This puts a lot of pressure on Tristan, especially as he starts to care for Seb. The second half of the story deals with the more intense emotions and situations that result from their continuing relationship. The conflict is believable, and its resolution is well done, leaving the reader very satisfied with their happy ending. Plus, there are several secondary characters introduced that I can’t wait to read about! Off the Ice delivers an emotional and sexy romance well worth the read.