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Trade Deadline

(Hat Trick #3)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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 ope
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 304 pages
Published August 17th 2020 by Carina Press
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Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book, but it was definitely the least enjoyable of the series so far. I'll always have a soft sport for hockey/sports romances, particularly m/m, but this one just didn't have any real tension or intensity going for it. Which isn't to say it's a requirement for me but when nothing else is really egging me on to read, either..?

Huge gold star, though, should be awarded for having a non-evil ex element at play, particularly in the form of an ex-spouse, even mor
This is a MM Romance, and this is the 3rd in the Hat Trick series. I enjoyed this book, and I found the romance cute. I do not read a ton of MM romance, so I cannot say if the bedroom parts was really good or not. I liked the characters. Daniel is bi-sexual and has kids with his ex-wife that he is still very close too. I did find their closest a little weird. Only because I cannot think of being best friends with my husband if I divorce him. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the pu ...more
A disappointment.

The first book in this series was good, the second book was okay, and this one...well, what was the point? There is zero actual conflict in this story. The principal characters are two boring guys who liked each other a long time ago and when they finally meet again, they STILL LIKE EACH OTHER . In fact, THEY LOVE EACH OTHER.

Oh shit! Whatever will they do??!!

Hold up. You're wondering if there's a catch? Nope, no catch. That's literally the plot of this story.

Daniel/Danny "Bellz
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew by: Em
A hockey romance that isn't romantic and isn't about hockey—1½ stars
Em Wittmann's trenchant review absolutely nails why this book is a flop, and I won't repeat her excellent points about the complete lack of conflict here. She could also have added the continuity problems due to the dual authorship:
e.g. Chapter 19 introduces a team called the Strikers, a developmental league for potential future NHL players, whose coach invites Daniel to a future practice. Chapter 20 opens "They were here to ch
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn team up together again to bring us the third book in their Hat Trick series, Trade Deadline. Daniel Bellamy gets his happily ever after in this sweet and steamy romance, and you can definitely read any of the books in this series as stand-alones.

I always enjoyed the scenes with Daniel in the earlier novels, his relationship with his wife intrigued me and I love that he was into rescue dogs. He seemed like such an easy going, likable guy I’m glad we got his story.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
2.5 stars

I had fun with this one. Both MCs were extremely likeable and so easy to root for.
Danny and Micah were childhood best friends who find eachother again years and years after their paths first diverged.
This was a sweet friends to lovers romance sure to put a smile of your face.

This was my first introduction to this series and I've definitely added Book 1 & 2 to my tbr.

I didn't completely fall in love with this series and I think it had a lot to
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one but it was definitely less tension driven than the others in the series have been.

The main drama points came from uncertainty about Daniel's ice hockey future and Micah's internalising fears over their relationship long term.

That's not to say that it wasn't a good narrative though, I did still love the setting and I adored all the stuff with Micah's job as a marine biologist.

I also really appreciate it when authors have strong female characters and don't make ex wives or ex g
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, audiogals, m-m
I've given this a B+ for narration and a C+ for content at AudioGals.

Trade Deadline is the third book in the authors’ Hat Trick series of hockey-themed romances that features players from the Atlanta Venom, one of the top teams in the NHL. I enjoyed the previous books to differing degrees, although I have to say it’s been something of a gradually downward trend; I really liked the first, mostly liked the second and sort of liked some of the third. Trade Deadline does have some truly positive poi
Definitely a solid 3.5.

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, hockey romances are my comfort zone and I just loved getting to read one during these times when my mood has been increasingly bad. And I’m glad it cheered me up.

While I still maintain that I loved Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series more, this series has also been fun, especially with the authors making the Venom team and it’s camaraderie something to root for. So it felt a bit jarring to see the proceedings move to a different team,
In the previous two books in this series, aside from Daniel Bellamy being a great leader and friend to our two couples, we didn’t really find out much about him so I was both curious and excited when I found out he was one of the main characters for this book.

We got to know more about who Daniel "the person" was, outside "Bellzie the Captain and Friend". He was a great dad and friend, and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. He also had a great outlook towards life and whatever w
This is book three in the Hat Trick series. It can be read as a stand alone since each book focuses on a different couple, but I really enjoyed catching up with previous characters from the NHL team Venom.

Trade Deadline focuses on veteran player Daniel. After finally winning the Stanley Cup, he's met all of his life goals in his career of choice. Now faced with choices of how to wrap up his few remaining years in the league, he opts to move back to his childhood hometown.

Micah and Daniel were be
Briar's Reviews
Trade Deadline is an adorable sports romance following two intriguing and fun men.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this! I was seeking some more sport romances to add to my repertoire and this one fit just perfectly!

Micah and Daniel knew each other back in the day, and have since reunited and start a fabulous, little relationship. Daniel's an NHL player who isn't quite sure what's next, and Micah works with animals at the aquarium (one of the most random yet lovable jobs I've ever seen in a roma
Daniel Bellamy and Micah Kelly were inseparable as kids. They were even each other’s first kiss. And while time and different paths in life resulted in them losing touch, neither quite forgot about the other.

Reunited twenty years later, the friendship rekindles instantly. And not long after, that friendship begins to build into something more.

I liked how easy things were between Micah and Daniel from the get-go. They re-connect almost seamlessly, with the years apart not really changing how they
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Representation: m/m romance, gay main character, bisexual main character, side queer characters, side characters of colour

Content warnings: sexual content, mentions of parent homophobia, alcohol


You may remember a long time ago, almost three years now, I reviewed a book called Off the Ice, the first book in the Hat Trick series by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn. Finally, the series has come to it’s long awaited end, following a character we met in that first book, Bellzie, who was t
As I noted in my review of the second book in the Hat Trick series - Goalie Interference: "Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn write beautifully about hockey - its sheer physicality, the rivalries and friendships, the intensity of community -" and in a nutshell, that is what is missing from "Trade Deadline."

Daniel Bellemy is recently amicably divorced from his wife Tabby after ten years together, and he has moved back to his Miami hometown to play for the Miami Thunder on a one-year contract. The team is
True Loveislovereview
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, sports, 2020
Daniel won all that’s to win in the NHL and when the opportunity is there to return to Miami to help out the Miami Thunder club, he’s in. Miami is home!

Micah is a marine biologist and works at the Biscayne Bay Aquarium. His Instagram tells him Daniel will return to Miami.
Micah and Daniel were best friends and share their first kiss. But hockey was Daniel’s biggest love.
Daniel was out of his league now with all the big NHL money, there’s a big chance Daniel wouldn’t recognize Micah at all after t
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
This is a very sweet and fluffy sports romance without much sports. There is barely any angst - just two mature men who are learning to blend their lives together. Daniel's ex-wife and best friend is completely supportive and Micah isn't jealous of their relationship. The kids are angels and no drama there either. In fact everyone is just a little too perfect. I also missed the hockey in this hockey sports romance. Their are a few scenes but really not much at least compared to the two previous ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Trade Deadline was an okay book. I have not read the other books in this series, so this may be part of why I am not super convinced by the story or its characters.

Daniel is a professional hockey player, and Micah is a researcher at an aquarium. Both have exciting jobs, but this isn't the only similarity between the two. Daniel and Micah used to be best friends growing up and had their first kiss with each other. Years later they are able to meet again and continue their love story.

Daniel and
Norah Una Sumner
Avon writes - I read, a rule old as the time itself.

let's go Bellzie!
*** 2.5 Stars ***

There's absolutely nothing WRONG with this book, it just didn't catch my interest as much as I had hoped or as much as others in this series have. I am positive that other readers will enjoy it much more than I did.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was definitely my favourite book in what's now one of my favourite romance series. The reason for that is mainly that I related to these characters the most. But the setting definitely helped as well: there's not just hockey but also the rehabilitation sea aquarium that Micah works at.

What I love most about this series is how different each of the books is based on the characters personalities. These are so distinct and the choices they make reflect their personalities so well. It's easy t
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lbr, mm, ebook

I love a good hockey story, and these authors make a great team in that regard. I’ve really enjoyed their stories thus far. Fitting that the hockey playoffs are finally taking place in real life which helps put me in the mood to read more of them in my off time. In this installment, we have Bellzie, whom we have met previously on the winning team Venom. He has decided a change is needed in his life and has taken on the challenge of helping his home town team in Miami, who has some serious team/w
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure I can finish this. I'm so bored. This love story is so boring. Daniel's friends are boring, his life is boring, reading about him cleaning his house is boring. I mean, Daniel is such an admirable person that even as a millionaire hot shot hockey player, it would never occur to him to hire a cleaning service. So we get to read about him dusting, and enjoying showering in his clean bathroom. For the love of romance! What is happening here?!

Micah and Daniel are both so nice and everyon
For fans of the previous two books in Gale and Vaughn's hockey Hat Trick series, who expected strong push-pull of attraction and lots of hockey matches, will probably be disappointed with this latest installment.

In Trade Deadline, Atlanta Venom Captain, Daniel "Bellzie" Bellamy decide to move back to his hometown, and joins the last-position team in the NHL, Miami Thunder. So those close brotherhood of the Venom players are gone. Instead we have Daniel musing about what he wants to do next with
Maggie Whitworth
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is a great read, the characters for the most part are believable and good.
The story was interesting on the whole but in some ways I felt it lacked something more, something that would have help influence me to give a better review.

The character of Danny I loved, he was great and I felt he really gelled with his brother players well.
Tammy and the kids too were good.
Micah I had problems liking and got fed up with his internal Moaning and his selfishness .
Danny had so much on his p
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this book did not work for me. I've really liked most of both Gale & Vaughn's hockey romances (written together and separately), but Trade Deadline was missing a lot of their magic. The characters were incomplete--I felt like I was reading a draft. The relationship progression was hard to understand. Daniel & Micah were best friends when they were 13 years old, but their progression from reunited strangers to friends to being in love made no sense. I had no sense of their feelings ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Terribly Bland

I think these 2 authors need to revisit their first collaboration in the Hat Trick series on why it was as successful as it was. I did not care for the second book because the characters read to me as personality check list & not character traits. I did not finish the second book at all b/c it just grated on my nerves.

But this one was boring. I despised the 2 leads. Each character had a momentous occasion happen to them but that was scrubbed out to make for this too long boring sto
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I hate to say this but I was disappointed in this story. Yes, the characters were very well developed with full enriching lives. Each man had worked for and met the career goals he had as a child: Micah as a marine biologist and Daniel as a pro hockey player. They grew up together—until Daniel’s family moved to Chicago when he was a teen so he could pursue further training to develop his hockey skills. Once best friends, they quickly renewed their friendship now that Daniel has been traded to th ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved Daniel and Micah, but what I really liked was there's no big drama in this, and there's good communication. I loved Kirt's narration, and listened/read without stopping in a single day. This series has been fun to read and listen to, with great characters and plots, and 'Trade Deadline' is no exception. I loved the humor, heat, and the happy ending. Recommended. ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Adorable and light on the angst. Grown ups who deal with their concerns by GASP talking about them and not letting them fester. Childhood sweethearts to adult friends to lovers.

Bellzie has five rescue puppies because I needed more reasons to love him? Micah rescues marina animals because this story needed all the good things in the world.

Might be my favorite of the series. *glances at Ryu* maybe.
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Avon Gale lives in a liberal Midwestern college town, where she spends her days getting heavily invested in everything from craft projects to video games. She likes road trips by car, rock concerts, thunderstorms, IPAs, Kentucky bourbon and tattoos. As a queer author, Avon is committed to providing happy endings for all and loves to tell stories that focus on found families, strong and open commun ...more

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