Sunday, December 27, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Trade Deadline by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Trade Deadline

A Second Chance Hockey Romance

Hat Trick Book 3

by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn 

It’s a reunion to remember…

Don’t miss this friends-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn.

Daniel “Bellzie” Bellamy should be on top of the world—a Stanley Cup is the perfect topper to his fourteen-year NHL career. But despite the post-win high, something’s missing. When the chance to play for his hometown team, the Miami Thunder, comes along, he’s open to it. And when he runs into an old friend from his past soon after he makes the move, he wonders if it might be kismet.

Micah Kelly never thought he’d see his childhood crush—and first kiss—again. Danny Bellamy moved on to bigger and better things when they were teenagers, and the idea that Micah’s relationship with the professional hockey player could be anything more than one-sided Instagram thirst seems too good to be true.

Maybe too good to be true is the new reality, though. As the season goes on, Micah teaches Daniel to surf, and Daniel introduces Micah to his lovable pack of rescue dogs and the world of being a hockey boyfriend. Life is good. But when things on the ice don’t go as planned, they’ll have to decide if their rediscovered romance is built to last.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

I liked both of the earlier Hat Trick books, and much like those, Trade Deadline is low on angst and high on wit, steamy romance, and likable characters. That said, there's just something about Daniel and Micah that pulled me in and held me tighter than the earlier couples in the series. To be honest, I'm not even sure what that something was, but for whatever reason, I was all in and invested in Daniel and Micah getting their happily ever after. These two make such a sweet couple, and I love how they talk through issues. There are a couple of things that could've been big problems, but I really like how those things are dealt with. The romance is engaging and sexy, and the conclusion is absolutely perfect for Daniel and Micah. We also get to catch up with other characters from the series while this one still works as a standalone for those who haven't met the rest of Daniel's team, including Morley who is still my favorite character in the series even though he hasn't gotten his own HEA. This one doesn't have as much gameplay as the first two books, but it makes sense for this story, and it's still loads of fun. 
❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Carina Press

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