Want some fun, awesomely written rivals-to-lovers romance? Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn serve up some delicious hockey-based sexual tension with Goalie Interference, a story where competition moves from the ice to the bedroom to the battlefield of the heart.
Emmitt Armstrong wakes up from a Cabo San Lucas–based tequila coma to some bad news – he’s being traded. Enraged because he led the Chattanooga Raiders to the Calder Cup, he’s somewhat mollified to learn that the best offer has come from the Atlanta Venom, an NHL team that apparently needs a new lead goalie, which will bump him up to the best league in the world.
Striding into the Venom’s locker room like he owns the place, Emmitt attracts the attention of Ryu Mori, who goal-tended for the Venom the previous season, helping them to stellar scoreboard numbers. Ryu is turned off by Emmitt’s arrogance and attracted to his handsome face, but both men have to put their lust aside – the coach hasn’t decided who’s going to be the starting goalie for the Venom this year. Battling on the ice for the plum position, Ryu and Emmitt fall into respect, then lust, then love with one another. But who will be the Venom’s goalie? And will the decisions tear these two new lovers apart? Well, may the best man win!
Goalie Interference is a fun love story with plenty of heat and chemistry between its leads. Ryu and Emmitt are two different kinds of people; Ryu is more thoughtful and considerate of others, while Emmitt is the cockiest jock to walk the block. Together they balance each other out. On ice, they’re magic. But naturally there’s a ton of push and pull that gets them there.
This is a book about learning both how to be part of a team and how to love others. Emmitt has a lot to learn after his divo-ish behavior led to his trade, and sometimes you’ll want to slap your forehead as he learns to support Ryu on the ice. But he’s well-rounded, and eventually he leaves arrogance behind (well, most of it) in favor of teamwork.
Ryu, meanwhile, is a kinder, more methodical guy, he’s already a team player who fits well into his team, and understandably doesn’t want to risk his heart on a heartbreaker like Emmitt. Watching them grow together is pretty delightful.
The book’s only real problem is the hefty size of its supporting cast. Of course, it’s natural that there are many Venom players to introduce – both to establish the team and because hockey teams have many players. But there are quite a few people who act as support to the guys here, and that may be a lot for readers to get used to.
But that’s a minor quibble. Goalie Interference is a good hockey romance – a great skate that’s a lot sexy, a little funny, a bit heartbreaking, and all hard-nosed action.