Common Goal by Rachel Reid _ Book Review

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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

 

 

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Where to start with this book. I honestly loved it so damn much. NO one attack me but I might have loved it more than Heated Rivalry ((ducks the incoming attack)) but that’s because I need a satisfying ending. I need the wrap up where the couple is in love and shouting it from the rooftops. Common Goal gave me what a want in an MM sports romance – hot as sin sex, age gap , friends to more, first times, and a few chuckles thrown in.

Common Goal by Rachel Reid is the fourth book in the Game Changers series. Eric Bennett is starting to feel his 41 years and 18 seasons in the NHL. He is still feeling the loneliness a year out from his divorce and is getting ready to announce his retirement. As a goalie he’s always been in complete control but when Kyle is thrown into his life all that well honed control gets tossed out the window. Kyle is living his life as a grad student and bartender. He meets Eric through friends and their shared love of art brings them closer. Kyle and Eric reach an agreement that Kyle will help him explore his newly accepted bisexuality, but they will keep it casual. They manage to keep things physical for a while but as their chemistry leads to feelings will they be able to make a relationship work when both are so fearful of the future.

Eric was falling hard for all sides of Kyle, and he didn’t know how to stop it.”

Eric Bennett was an absolute sweetheart. He quickly cares for Kyle both as a friend and a lover. He struggles with both the age gap between them and that he’s unworthy of him and would only hold him back for life. Every time Kyle leaves without staying the night your heart breaks right along with Eric’s. Kyle is also a very likable character. He’s confident and caring but hesitant with his heart. He has a bad history when it comes to falling for older men which has left him guarded. They both struggle with insecurities when the friends-with benefits arrangement seems to be evolving into more. Kyle’s outgoing, fun and flirty personality brought out a lighter side to Eric. I loved seeing him let go and come alive with and under Kyle. When he finally let his feelings be known, and they were able to overcome the past together Kyle and Eric made my heart so happy.

Eric kissed him like he was important, like Kyle was something precious and Kyle couldn’t get enough of it. It was a dangerous way to be thinking.”

This book had a weird combination of slow burn and steamy hot. The physical aspect was steamy and passionate from the start but their acceptance of their feelings was slow and meaningful. I was so close to give this 5 stars but Eric being so hung up on the age difference between him and Kyle was frustrating. This tends to happen in age gap romance but it was the main point of “conflict” between them.

Common Goal is a sweet sexy age difference romance that leaves you falling in love with the characters and cheering for their HEA. The whole Game Changer series in general, is a must-read for MM hockey romance fans .

4-5-stars

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