Review: Trade Deadline by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Quick Info
Trade Deadline

  • title: Trade Deadline
  • author: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
  • publisher: HARLEQUIN – Carina Press
  • release date: 17th August 2020
  • series: Series
    Hat Trick book 3
  • genre: contemporary, romance
  • content warnings: mentions of homophobia
  • rating: 4/5 Stars

Trade Deadline

It’s a reunion to remember…

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.

The Queer’s Review

It’s been a hot while since I’ve read this one but I remember it fondly.

I’ve quite enjoyed both Daniel and Micah on their own and also as a couple. And while I love having my Hockey Players and their love interests on the same team or even on rivaling teams – a certain Heated Rivalry comes to mind immediately – it was refreshing to read about Micah living a totally different life and the complications that come with that clash of needs. Also he is just plain adorable while at work so there’s that.

Their romance is also build on a long-ish friendship if you’re not counting the years they lost sight of each other and I’m a sucker for that. I can’t get into insta love and it feels always more realistic for me if there is a relationship bevore the romantic relationship.

Daniel is bisexual and I love that there were never any problems regarding this in his marriage to his ex wife. But he also reads somewhat demi for me too, especially considering this quote:

He found that familiarity always made him want the other person more.

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Bookish Thoughts

Honestly there are quite a few quote gems in Trade Deadline so it was a enjoyable read with just the right amount of soft drama for a relaxed reading session.


I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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