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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 his heart when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

©2017 Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn (P)2018 Riptide Publishing

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Quick Spicy Sports Rom Read With Some Complexity

Opposites attract, teacher-student, age gap, coming out romance ticked off many tropes I love or at least like. A new to me author and narrator just added to my curiosity. Not surprisingly, I had a good time with this one.

Off the Ice introduces two very opposite people who share the narration. Sebastian is a sociology teacher whose study focus is his own Latino LGBT community. He is persuaded to teach a summer school course to help ease the way toward tenure. He spots a laid-back young white guy in his class and the sparks start to fly in more ways than one when he forms assumptions. Tristan is a pro-hockey player, but unlike most he's decided to go back to school in the off season and finish up his business degree so he's ready whether he uses it after he retires or if his career gets cut short. He's also harboring the fact that he's gay from his family or anyone else. This doesn't stop giving him a few hot for teacher fantasies.

The story would classify as a sports romance or a college romance as it brings together both. It doesn't go into taboo territory with the teacher-student as the pair wait until after the class to explore their mutual interest. It's mostly character driven and paces out gently as a result. There wasn't anything innovative about the plot, but it never felt tired or over done. The conflicts between this pair are mostly overcoming one in the closet and one out, but both in careers that would frown upon their relationship for differing reasons.

In the meantime, they get up to some spicy hot bedroom antics and prove that appearances are not the way to determine who's dominant and whose submissive. There is some kink in this one which I don't mind though kink involving humiliation isn't a turn on for me. It was handled well and fit the romance. I enjoyed that both had flaws and vulnerabilities, they came from two different places in their thinking, and both had some wonderful qualities that made me want them together so badly.

I loved the surrounding group of family, friends, and teammates. They were developed characters and the teammates' stories mapped out with where the series is going.

Kirt Graves handled the narration work well. I had no trouble slipping right into the story and enjoying what I got from his low key way of bringing the story to the listener. He handled voices from both genders, the emotion of the scenes, and all the various characters well. I would definitely pick up other books he's narrated.

All in all, this was an easy, quick listen that gave a good heart-felt and oh so spicy romance. This was my first time with Avon Gale's writing though I've already enjoyed many of Piper Vaughn's books over the years. Their a solid writing team and I'm looking forward to more from their Hat Trick series which I recommend to m/m contemporary romance fans who enjoy a smorgasbord of elements, but particularly hockey.

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Holy Hockey Hotness!

Holy hotness, this was book fantastic. I loved it so much I grabbed the audio after I finished reading. Kirt Graves did a great job with Tristan and Sebastian’s story. He pulled me into the story well, and I always felt connected with the story. There were so many of my favorite tropes in this book! . I barely took a break from listening as it hit so many reading high points for me. Hockey, closeted athletes, student/professor dynamic, an older MC, and a controlling top. Tristan and Sebastian’s story has everything you look for in a book: off the charts chemistry, super hot sexy times, the inevitable angst that comes with a closeted character and all the feels you need in a book to get you hooked into their story. You could really feel the emotions of Tristan’s struggle on coming out to his family, and what level of openness in the NHL he was comfortable sharing. Sebastian battled his own concerns with refusing to go back into the closet, no matter what he felt for Tristan. Sebastian also had to reconcile dating a former student in his own mind. Overall this was a fantastic book, and I couldn’t recommend this listen (or read) more. In fact, this whole series to date is fantastic! If you loved Tristan’s story, make sure you check out the next two that are already out in ebook and audio!

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Happy for these two

Cute story, steamy scenes, not too angsty, but just the right amount of tension. Kirt Graves really brought the characters to life. And, of course...hockey!

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Narrator Save

Kirt Graves saved this book. If I had read it, it would have got a lot lower rating.. if I had read it, I would not have had any attachment whatsoever to these characters. Kirt’s portrayal of Sebastian made this book, plain and simple. JMHO

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Hat Trick #1

Kirt Graves narrates this with easily discernable character voices and obviously enjoyed narrating this as it comes across so clearly when you're listening. For me this was a fun, easy listen.

I loved the dual POV, though the focus is definitely more on Tristan and his progression.

I loved how Sebastian and Tristan are together. They have such obvious spark and chemistry.

There's dirty talk, some pretty hot teacher/student play, a bit of humiliation, and lots of sex...Do you love dirty talk and mild kink? Personally anything even slightly humiliating is not my kink, and listening to those scenes made me slightly uncomfortable, but that's about personal preference and not a knock on the writing. Tris and Seb are completely on the same page with what works for them and both love what happens during their sexy times.

If you are looking for a low angst, smoothly written, fun story with interesting characters, delicious dirty talk, some enjoyable kinky teacher/student play (without being icky) all combined with a nice, slight, age-gap you should pick this up.

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Narrator didn’t fit

This narrator made it difficult to really get into the book. All of the voices, for all of the characters were just… wrong. They didn’t match. At all. Too many soft, gentle voices. It’s a hockey team!

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Sex, sex, and more sex

There’s a story in there somewhere but the over abundance of sexcapades detracts from it.
Didn’t bother to finish it because I like the story to dominate more than the erotica.
I like the narrator tho.

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Hot, real, hockey

If you love MM romance, like real MM romance you will love this book. There are many hot tropes but thankfully none of them are first time bi/gay experience. I am a huge believer that gay men (closeted or not) are the perfect MCs for gay romance. I don’t want to minimize the truth of people who come into their sexuality later in life but I feel many newer MM books cater too heavily to the idea that one man is no good/ irresistible that a previously straight man cannot resist.

This story is written about two gay men who’s circumstances couldn’t be more different but who need each other. It’s hot, it’s giddy smile inducing and it’s real. You will love it, buy it

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Fun read

Always love a hockey romance. This one was cute. The teacher student trope was well navigated. The power and wealth imbalances between the characters worked out well for me. The hockey player with hockey-indifferent fan made for some cute scenes. The romance was sweet. Fun, well narrated, story.

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Love the book, love the audio

I'm a huge fan of hockey romances, and teacher-student is one of my favorite tropes. Off the Ice was an excellent read, and Kirt Graves does it justice in this performance.
He nails the characters and has impeccable timing. I never felt like I was being read to, more like I was listening to a radio play.
Loved it!

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  • Thais Dematte
  • 02-09-20

Taboo with a hint of BDSM

This isn't anything new, but I'm a sucker for closeted jocks and their coming out stories. I liked even more we have a difference power balance here, were the big jock is actually submissive in bed. Of course, Sebastian was older and his teacher, the taboo aspect was also a plus for me. There is mild BDSM, no D/s (which I appreciate), just some spanking, a little power exchange but as I said it's not a D/s relationship. Also there is a little humiliation kink, which could have more, I love it Lol. The connection between them was amazing, they find one another attractive, but it didn't dictated their actions. Overall, I'm very please with the story.

Kirt graves, as usual, did an amazing job. Different voices for each character, good pacing and very emotional.

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  • ELDB
  • 10-01-19

Great Start to a Series

I love hockey stories and I enjoyed this. I think I would call it very light BDSM which is fine for me. Good chemistry and the story moved along nicely. It did take me a while to get into the story and I felt Sebastian came across as a little cold. I’ll definitely be getting the next one.