If you love sports romance books, Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn will be a huge hit. Tristan, a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, has a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz. However, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules to make things easier! I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. Check out some of the other books on my site by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn.
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Love Sports Romance Books?
Read Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn!
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Title: Off the Ice
Series: Hat Trick #1
Author: Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 11, 2017)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, BDSM, Sports
Length/Format: 2149 KB/242 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 4
About the Authors:
Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire — if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.
I have read a lot of sports romance books over the years and can honestly say that hockey romances are my all time favorite. Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn are both very strong authors and they have put together an amazing story in Off the Ice!
Okay, Tristan is a professional hockey player and smart enough to know that this could end in a heartbeat. He is going back to school part-time to finish his business degree as a fallback plan. His sociology professor makes him squirm in his seat but Sebastian fights their attraction every step of the way. At least until the class grades are in. Then, he gives in to the attraction that he just can’t fight anymore!
I loved these main characters. Tristan is more than a jock. He may be big and tough but he has brains to go with the brawn. He also has no desire to be in charge in the bedroom. Which is great because Sebastian’s teacher voice is HOT when he tells him exactly what to do in bed!
For someone who has dedicated their career to the study of people, Sebastian makes a few pretty big screwups when it comes to Tristan. However, he owns up to his mistakes which I really like to see. I think it is a sign of maturity and there is a nice age gap to go along with the student/teacher kink.
These are complex characters with well developed back stories and no major drama or angst to stress over.
If kink is your thing and you love sport romance books, you will LOVE Off the Ice. There is the age difference, the teacher/student role-playing, BDSM (dominance and submission mainly…and nothing really extreme), and a bit of humiliation which isn’t really my thing. It isn’t cringe-worthy but it is definitely a part of their relationship in the bedroom. There is insta LUST but they don’t act on things until they are no longer actually teacher and student. The love develops slowly and the relationship is thoughtfully created to bring emotion to the sex scenes. Definitely lots of heat in this one!
The only real angst is Tristan’s sexuality and his pro hockey career. Sebastian is out, very much so, and will not live a closeted life. Tristan has no desire to be the first publicly gay pro hockey player. They struggle to come up with a solution that will work for them and I like the way things ended. Realistically happy!
If you love sport romance books, I definitely suggest getting Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn!
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