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Common Goal (Game Changers, #4) – Rachel Reid

RATING: ★★★★☆
TITLE: Common Goal (Game Changers, #4)
AUTHOR: Rachel Reid
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2020
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
GENRE(S): Adult Contemporary Romance, MM Romance, Sports (Hockey) Romance

Thank you to Carina Press and Harper Audio/Harlequin Audio for my gifted ALC of this book in exchange for my honest review.


New York Admirals goalie Eric never thought his friends-with-benefits arrangement with much-younger Kyle would leave them both wanting more …

Veteran goaltender Eric Bennett has faced down some of the toughest shooters on the ice, but nothing prepared him for his latest challenge–life after hockey. It’s time to make some big changes, starting with finally dating men for the first time.

Graduate student Kyle Swift moved to New York nursing a broken heart. He’d sworn to find someone his own age to crush on (for once). Until he meets a gorgeous, distinguished silver fox hockey player. Despite their intense physical attraction, Kyle has no intention of getting emotionally involved. He’ll teach Eric a few tricks, have some mutually consensual fun, then walk away.

Eric is more than happy to learn anything Kyle brings to the table. And Kyle never expected their friends-with-benefits arrangement to leave him wanting more. Happily-ever-after might be staring them in the face, but it won’t happen if they’re too stubborn to come clean about their feelings.

Everything they both want is within reach … They just have to be brave enough to grab it.

This was just what I needed! Eric and Kyle were a balm to me and even though I hadn’t read any of the previous book in this series, I was totally swept away by their adorable-ness.

In his final season as goal tender, Eric is recently divorced and beginning to want to get back out into the dating world. But there is a secret he has kept from everyone… he is bisexual and the super cute bartender at the gay bar his best friend/teammate, Scott frequents with his fiancé is totally catching his eye.

Kyle is desperately in love with his friend Kip, but Kip is head over heels in love with his fiancé Scott, and therefore off limits. But the smoking hot and older goal tender that Scott occasionally brings along to the bar is just Kyle’s type. Too bad for that wedding band on his left hand…

The tension between Eric and Kyle is so perfect. The two go from friendly banter, to flirting, to Kyle becoming Eric’s sexual instructor. But the feelings inevitably creep in. Where does that leave the two men who have so much in common but are at different places in their lives? Can Eric get past the fact that Kyle is 25 and that he sees himself as a creeper preying in a younger man? Can Kyle convince him that he is mature enough to know what he wants? And what Kyle wants is Eric.

This was hot and sweet and so so good! I listened to the audio book and I was pulled in from the first few minutes. Cooper North does a freaking FANTASTIC job really bringing out these two men and voicing their differences.


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