Title: Trade Deadline (Hat Trick #3)
Author: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 17, 2020
Genre: Conteporary, MM Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 304 Pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Don’t miss this friends-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn.
Daniel “Bellzie” Bellamy should be on top of the world—a Stanley Cup is the perfect topper to his fourteen-year NHL career. But despite the post-win high, something’s missing. When the chance to play for his hometown team, the Miami Thunder, comes along, he’s open to it. And when he runs into an old friend from his past soon after he makes the move, he wonders if it might be kismet.
Micah Kelly never thought he’d see his childhood crush—and first kiss—again. Danny Bellamy moved on to bigger and better things when they were teenagers, and the idea that Micah’s relationship with the professional hockey player could be anything more than one-sided Instagram thirst seems too good to be true.
Maybe too good to be true is the new reality, though. As the season goes on, Micah teaches Daniel to surf, and Daniel introduces Micah to his lovable pack of rescue dogs and the world of being a hockey boyfriend. Life is good. But when things on the ice don’t go as planned, they’ll have to decide if their rediscovered romance is built to last.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
While I adore most of the (recurring) characters in Gale/Vaughn’s third “Hat Trick” installment, to me TRADE DEADLINE wasn’t as cracking as the first in the series. Daniel “Bellzie” Bellamy was one of a prominent supporting characters in the previous books of Gale/Vaughn’s “Hat Trick” series. And as such I liked him a great deal, likewise his family – the ex and children, included.
What I felt missing was a certain oomph in the story. Daniel was comfortable with his own sexuality (so there was no drama in this department) and from the first he reunited with Micah, it was a given how he felt for him. Micah on the other hand wasn’t exactly confidence what the future would bring – what with their past and Daniel’s nature of work. BUT – here’s what I fumed about – there’s a lack of exploitation about it (despite both of them being a pair of adult). Much of the relationship is based of assumption(!) with either leading men forwent chances to raise the issues for something or other.
Daniel being in a new team also another interesting issue. Still, I felt there’s not much effort in exploring it other than on the surface. Of course, it wasn’t a total bummer for me. I loved how these two reconnected; Micah taking the step just with gesture and reciprocated by Daniel was among my favorite scene. But I guess the potential with their issue as well as Daniel’s job weren’t dug in deep enough.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.