Off the Ice (Hat Trick, #1) by Avon Gale

Off the Ice (Hat Trick, #1)

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 Sociolo...

Details Off the Ice (Hat Trick, #1)

TitleOff the Ice (Hat Trick, #1)
Release DateOct 30th, 2017
PublisherRiptide Publishing
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary, Hockey

Reviews Off the Ice (Hat Trick, #1)

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    ~4.5~Oh, hell, YES, baby; this book is ALL the things:- Great writing, with sharp, realistic dialogue, some banter, and humour- Two complex MCs with interesting backstories - Opposites attract, age gap, pseudo-enemies-to-lovers, plus HOT FOR TEACHER!- KINK (dominance, spanking, mild humiliation)- Steam and more steam - Awesome cast of secondary characters- No real angst, some OFY conflict- Insta LUST, not insta love- Believable relationship devel...
  • Wendy
    I am a huge hockey fan. Those sexy men, with their big sticks, get to me every single time !!! So it shouldn't be a suprise, that I am also a huge fan of Avon Gale's "Scoring Chances" series. When I saw the blub for this one, I knew I had to read it ;)I am so glad I did, because I absolutely loved this one !! This book has so many of the things I love....We get two awesome men getting down and dirty, sports (hockey !!), age difference, student/...
  • Jewel
    Warning: Gushy review ahead, because this book rocked my socks off.When I read that Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn were starting a new hockey series, I was ecstatic! And I don't even think I could follow a game of hockey without someone talking me through it. But I do love me some sports romance, even if I don't really like sports. Something about seeing alpha males laid low by love just gets me going. Who could blame me, right? And add in a super to...
  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    IT'S LIVE!! want this book in your eyeballs!! ***4.5 Stars***I loved this so much!!! So, SOOOO good!! - Opposites Attract - Hockey player and college professor with dynamite chemistry. - Age Gap - About 10 years - Student/Teacher(ish) - Nothing happens while Tristan is Sebastian's student...but the dynamic afterwards.....oh yes! - Some kink - Tristan loves dominance and Sebastian lov...
  • .Lili.
    Oh, boy did Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn cater to all my loves:Age gap + opposites attract + teacher/student + kink + romance+ humorIt's the story of an out and proud but unbending college professor, Sebastian Cruz, and a closeted professional Ice Hockey player, Tristan Holt, who's recently gone back to school. At first glance, Sebastian comes across as uptight and by the rules, but even he can't resist the blonde hot guy in the gray...
  • Ele
    *4.5 stars*Well, it's official. From now on, every Puerto Rican teacher is going to be Juan Forgia in my mind. It's all Santino Hassell's fault.Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn are my new favorite author duo! Their writing might mesh together incredibly well, but the characters' voices are very powerful and distinct. I'm perfectly sure that Off the Ice will tick a lot of people's boxes:-Opposites attract.-Age gap.-Teacher/student trope (because of my l...
  • BWT (Belen)
    4.5 StarsPractically perfect in every way.During his summer off, professional NHL player Tristan Holt has decided to go back to school part-time in order to finish his business degree.He ends up in a Sociology course being taught by Sebastian Cruz, one of the professors still trying to get tenure with the university.The two have a rocky start, but once the class ends, the heat begins and the two begin a relationship. Unfortunately, Tristan isn't ...
  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    Solid 4 Star read. I quite like this duo. I wasn't a super big fan of the humiliation kink going on, but it was on the light side. Super hot otherwise. No crazy drama.Likable characters. Great start to the series, I am definitely looking forward to the next book. ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
  • Alisa
    I was a bit hesitant going into this because while I love Avon Gale's solo books I was not a fan of this writing duo's previous book Permanent Ink. I did like this one better but not by much. Tristan is a NHL hockey player who wants to finish off his college degree. (And on a side note, real life professional hockey player Colton Parayko is the inspiration for Tristan. You should take a minute to google him because sweet baby jesus he's something...
  • Ami
    I am going to say that it's TWO for TWO for me, when it comes to Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn's writing partnership, after Permanent Ink. Because I loved this one as well! Off the Ice is the first book of the new trilogy, Hat Trick, featuring Tristan Holt, a defenseman for Atlanta Venom, and Sebastian Cruz, sociology professor at Georgia State. It has a number of tropes that may attract readers of this genre. Let's see ... student/teacher, age-gap,...
  • Dani
    Age gap, student-professor dynamics, complex characters and funny dialogues. What else would I want? Sebastian Cruz is the hot and scowly professor that had my heart at full speed. Tristan Holt is a professional hockey player that decided to go back to school to have a backup plan in case things go south with hockey. From the first pages, I was hooked. I don't know if it was because this was partly Avon's work or what, but I loved every second of...
  • Annie ~ From Top to Bottom Reviews
    *I was a first reader for this*To say that I loved this would be the understatement of the year. And that's not only because inspiration for one of the characters was Colton Parayko (one of my favourite hockey players) - though that might play into it. But also because Sebastian Cruz is one amazingly grumpy, hot professor and the chemistry between both of them is palpable and just off the charts. Add hockey to the mix and I'm in book-heaven. The ...
  • Natalie
    I’ve actually felt some overkill lately with hockey stories, but I was confident of quality writing from this author collaboration and I was right. They freshened up the closeted pro athlete trope and gave it a level of realism that’s not always present. Tristan is a smarter kind of athlete, working to finish his degree despite the sudden wealth and notoriety of playing in the NFL. Sebastian is a sociology professor, looking for tenure and he...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    *3.5 stars*I liked this, at times very much, but when I reflected back on the story about a week after I read it, nothing stood out to me, which isn't a great thing. I was one of the few who didn't love Avon Gale's collaboration with Piper Vaughn, and though I ADORE Avon Gale's solo works, I think I'll steer clear of her work with Piper in the future. It just doesn't give me that *squee* feeling. I was drawn to this book because it has SO many th...
  • Ky
    Off the Ice is so much more than a sports romance. It's a coming out story. It's a story about making choices. About friendships. About family. It's basically the story of a relationship.So, we have a teacher, we have a pro athlete and we have a summer class. Although they met in said class, that was taught by Sebastian and that Tristan was attending, this is not a student/teacher romance. They were attracted to each other from the beginning but ...
  • Truus
    4.5 stars You could think: another sportsman in the closet and we know how it will was wrapped in a different paper. Kind, lovely and spanky dominating.Sebastian a professor at the uni where Tristan follows a study besides his prof ice hockey career.Grumpy professor and the ideal student. Sebastian in his thirties and Tristan a lot younger.They started in a bad way with wrong assumptions Still the attraction coming from both sides. A...
  • River
    While I'm writing this review, I still don't know the rating I'm going to give to this story and explaining why it's going to be tricky because I don't wanna give anything away. (in the end I'm going with 3.5 stars)This is sebastian and Tristan's story, I would call this more like may/september romance because I didn't felt the age gap was that big. Tristan is a hockey player that decides to go back to college to get a a degree because he's aware...
  • Hollis
    "I'm not here to be your friend or mentor. This isn't Dead Poets Society."This might have been an even better line if Tristan had been the captain of the fictional Venom team.. but I still loved the reference.Professor Cruz absolutely came alive as he spoke. True, he suffered from a bad case of Resting Asshole Face, and Tristan wouldn't go so far as to call him handsome, not exactly. Still, there was something compelling [about him].I'll admit to...
  • Leah
    I love everything about this book. Like. It’s incredible. Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale are a Dream Team. Read the full review on my blog!
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    4.5 starsI was immediately hooked when I started reading Off the Ice. I liked the initial dynamic between the student and the professor, Tristian and Sebastian. It certainly isn't a new concept in romance novels but the authors kept their story fresh and new throughout the book.Despite his profession and work and life experience, Sebastian judged Tristan on his looks and overall demeanor. Sensation had to eat crow to get on Tristan's good graces ...
  • CrabbyPatty
    Tristan, a defenseman with the Atlanta Venom, knows hockey is not forever and is working on finishing his business degree. Taking Sociology 3201: Wealth, Power, and Inequality from Professor Sebastian Cruz, Tristan - tall, blonde, Wisconsin farm boy, rocking sweatpants and a Grateful Dead t-shirt - doesn't exactly fit into the hipster vibe of the other students. But then Professor Cruz - "tall and whipcord lean with warm golden-brown skin and wav...
  • Julie (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
    I really enjoyed this one. I read Permanent Ink, that was written by both authors, and I enjoyed it even though I had a few issues with it. I ended up liking this one even more than that one. Off the Ice had a lot of the things that I love in romances: great banter, some humor, steamy chemistry, and it's an opposites attract story. This one also has a little bit of kink and an age gap, which I'm normally not a huge fan of, but I didn't mind it in...
  • Debra
    Review originally posted at Sinfully.4.5 starsAge-gap, teacher-student dynamics, a bit of kink and two fantastic authors – how could I not jump on this? This Avon Gale-Piper Vaughn collaboration worked very well for me. Avon’s hockey books have always been automatic reads for me and this was no exception. For those of you who aren’t hockey fans, the story is very relationship-centered so I wouldn’t let that deter you.It’s pretty much lu...
  • Avril
    I had the privilege of reading Off The Ice before it was released, and I LOVED IT!So much with the awesome, m'kay?Tris and Sebastian were all with the delicious, and the sweetness and the **lust sighs**Just one of those reads where you reach the end and you close your tablet with a dreamy smile on your face, and a slight thirst. Okay, not so slight, but you get me. Right? Right?
  • Danielle
    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 stud...
  • Kristie
    Let me start by saying I was skeptical that I'd enjoy this. In reader circles I'm in I've heard a lot of talk about how fantastic this is, how much I'd love it, blah blah blah... you know the deal. I try not to listen to book hype because I end up being disappointed.I was not disappointed.Off the Ice is, quite simply, a wonderfully refreshing take on some very popular themes. This is a story about coming out. A story about perceptions. A story ab...
  • Rachel
    This book was so darn good you guys. Avon & Piper are teamed up again after 'Permanent Ink' and this time, it's back in their sweet spot... SEXY, HOCKEY DUDES WITH FEELINGS. Anyhow- 4.5 stars from me- here's why:You might be thinking, "Just *how* many MM books out there really need to be about hockey?" and your answer is, at least one more. Always one more. I don't proclaim to be a great fan of hockey or really understand most of the rules (I'm w...
  • Angelique
    I loved Off The Ice,more than I expected,it is a fun read.With a kinky professor Sebastian Cruz,who met a hotstudent,named Tristan Holt.they meet in Seb`s sociology class.Where Tristan besides his flourishing career as a defenseman.tries to finish his business degree.They meet and start off the wrong foot.But Seb,soon sees how wrong he was about Tristan.and they develop a friends with more relationship.Seb is out and proud,but this came at a cost...