SHOTS ON GOAL by Amy Aislin
Series: Stick Side #3
Release Date January 7, 2020
Length (Print & Ebook): 84,600 words | 330 pages
Genre: contemporary/new adult romance
Tropes: opposites attract, made family
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Recently traded to the newly formed Vermont Trailblazers, professional hockey player Roman Kinsey needs to focus on helping the team win games and filling the stands, not on the blond, bespectacled part-timer who works at the library he volunteers at. He knows all too well that outing himself equals heartache and ridicule…or worse.
Cody Evans, psych major and grad school hopeful, notices everything and thinks too much. But he doesn’t know what to think when he sees Roman reading to kids. The rugged hockey player just doesn’t look like the type. But it stirs something in him, something he’s never felt before.
When the library is threatened with closure, Cody enlists Roman’s help. As they get to know each other better…much, much better…they realize that they have more in common than books. But Roman’s keeping a big part of himself from his team, and giving in to his feelings for Cody might be more than he’s willing to risk.
Praises for Shots on Goal:
“With lots of hockey, delicious food, and the sweetest couple ever, Amy Aislin scores a hat trick with Shots on Goal.” — Kelly Jensen, award-winning author of Block and Strike
“Shots on Goal is a great wintertime read. Like a warm blanket and a mug of hot chocolate! Huddle up by the fire and enjoy this cozy story!” — Allison Temple, author of The Seacroft Stories series
“I love hockey romance, and this book delivered all the romance I needed alongside awesome hockey.” — RJ Scott, USA Today bestselling author
“I’m already a big fan of Amy Aslin’s Stick Side series, so I was thrilled to get an early read of Shots on Goal. Cody and Roman’s story didn’t disappoint. Shots on Goal is the perfect blend of the beloved sports and small-town romance tropes. Roman’s gruff, strained interactions with his ice hockey team play well against Cody’s heartwarming relationship with his fellow library lovers. As these two men inadvertently team up to help save the historic library, Roman realizes there just may be someone worth opening up to, and at the same time, Cody learns that sometimes falling in love brings with it tough choices. Shots on Goal is a strong addition to Aislin’s delicious world-building surrounding the sexy, competitive world of hockey. We get to visit old friends from previous books, but it is not necessary to have read them to enjoy Shots on Goal.” — Lucy Lennox, Bestselling author
“Why do you say that like I’m an unintelligent jock who’s never seen a book in his life?” Roman asked. He didn’t sound insulted, merely curious.
“No, that’s not what I meant.” Or was it? “I guess I figured you wouldn’t have enough time to read.”
“I’m a hockey player, not a doctor. I do get downtime.”
“Enough downtime to come watch my friend’s game sometime?”
Roman finished off his coffee and set his mug on the table. “I suppose. Don’t know why you want me to so bad, though.”
You look like you need friends was not the way Cody should answer. He tried for nonchalant and shrugged. “Why wouldn’t you? The Mountaineers are awesome, Glen Hill isn’t too far from Burlington, and it’s a great way to spend an evening.”
“The University of Vermont has a hockey team. I could just go watch them.”
Cody scowled at the mention of the Glen Hill Mountaineers’ rivals. “Traitor.”
It made Roman laugh and little creases formed at the corner of his eyes, which, for some reason, made Cody grin back at him.
SHOTS ON GOAL is so good – my favorite of Aislin’s “Stick Side” series! When I first saw Cody paired with Kinsey (well, he was Roman to Cody but readers of this series recognized him as Kinsey first), I was curious but wary on how things would go about bringing them together. I should’ve put more trust in Aislin’s delivery. This third installment packed with emotional roller coaster of romantic, familial love, but also friendships.
Kinsey was always said as an asshole though I had never really seen evidence of his assholeries other than being standoffish. Which – considering the heart-wrenching opening – was rather understandable. But for all his exuberance, that Cody also harbored not so rosy outlook of his own surprised me. It’s an excursion to read these men finding their way together and healing the other’s hurts and wounds. The turmoil Kinsey and Cody suffered in their own way before they taking steps to confront their personal demon and the budding relationship the two had (amidst their friends and family’s interference); they just got me hooked and so emotional!
Lead characters from previous two books also made appearance here that (for two of them) slightly redeem themselves to me – even when I wanted to wallop them at times (for their treatment to Kinsey). Some sequences felt a mite predictable, yet there was also unexpected twist in the mire. However, the highlight for me was how the juggle between former and current teammates, of how he came to terms of his true self, really raised my impression of Kinsey. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d like his book this much but loved it I did! Personally, this book got me rather reflective as I thought back on the semblance of stuff in real life.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Amy’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.
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