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/...
  • Jan
    ** 2.5 Stars **I don't know people... The rates are so high. Was I expecting too much? I feel so disappointed.It wasn't bad but it was nothing special either. Therefore I will go for 2 stars which is an "OK read" here on GR.Tristan was lovely and I sympathized with his character LOADS. I think the authors did great revealing his emotions and fears when facing his conflicted situation of coming out. I actually felt anxious for him every single tim...
  • 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**
    ***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 loves control. A little bit of humiliation (not public), some spanking, some slapping, and a whole lot of e...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • .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...
  • 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...
  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Expected more*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ The book was alright. Nothing to write home about, nor something I'd want to read again. It was predictable, but still cute. It centers around defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan ‘Tris’ ‘Holtzy’ Holt (23) and sociology professor, Sebastian ‘Seb’ Cruz (34?) who just can't help the attraction between them. However, one is out and proud while the other is still in the closet. Ove...
  • Christelle
    What I loved : * Tristan : he’s kind, he’s strong and dedicated, he’s combative but fair, he’s honest, he’s easy-going, he’s funny.* The banter : it always works for me.* Opposites attract* Age gap* Hockey player* The development of the relationship between Tristan and Sebastian : it takes place over a few month, it’s believable, no drama, but issues that are to be addressed and are to my liking. Oh, and quite steamy, of course :-)I...
  • Dia
    3,5 stars I'm again in the minority here, as almost all my GR friends loved it. I'm not a big fan of hockey er even sports stories, but I loved Him and Illegal Contact. I also loved Permanent Ink by this writing duo, so I wanted to give this book a try. For the most part I enjoyed this story. It contains a lot of the things I usually love in books: age-gap, mild BDSM, opposite attract, teacher/student trope, BUT somehow this couple wasn't credibl...
  • 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,...
  • Eugenia
    Avon Gale—I love her. This book, however, I did not love. Maybe I had high expectations from her incredible Scoring Chances series. I expected humor, hockey, hot sex, and characters I liked.Piper Vaughn—I know little as a writer, having only read one of her books before this collaboration. I didn’t much care for that one.Here I got a little hockey, some hot sex, two parts that made me laugh (I counted), and only one MC I cared about. Sorry,...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Catherine
    Between the trope-y goodness of Keira Andrews' Kidnapped by the Pirate and now Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn's Off the Ice, I have been absolutely spoiled by the m/m romance genre this week. Seriously, I am riding quite the book high right now!This book was full of sexy times. No, I don't mean the humiliation kink or the student/teacher dynamic or the spanking or the alluded to public sex over the hood of a vintage GTO (although all of those things ...
  • Gabby
    "Perception always changed the more you learned about a person, whether it be their sexuality, political views, or the way they treated homeless people on the street." This book was cute, but nothing really stood out to me. This book should have been a homerun five star book for me because it has a lot of my favorite things: 1) student/teacher romance, 2) forbidden romance, 3) lgbt romance, 4) hockey player character, 5) age gap between the two m...
  • Truuss
    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...
  • 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...
  • Laurel
    It took me a while to fully get into it because the book had somewhat of a slow start. Then I got a bit of traction before my interest plummeted again. I’m going with 2.5 Stars because the story had its moments and was written well, but I didn’t love it. I never really connected with any of the primary or second characters, although I loved that the authors touched on the struggles of being gay and dealing with Pueto Rican parents/ family mem...
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • 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...