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Off the Ice

Off the Ice - Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn
I wanted to DNF this book for sure more than 10 times, my last time was at around 80%. But then I thought, you suffered already too long, you can do it, you can finish it. I did, but I have to be honest: I skimmed through the last half of the book.

I belong to the very minority with my opinion about this student/teacher romance. I didn't like it. Though during the first chapters I really believed that it could be a good plotted novel: Tristan Holt, a closeted NHL ice hockey player decides to finish his business degree and for this reason takes a summer class in sociology. Sebastian Cruz, an openly gay sociology professor, who doesn't even know how to skate, not to mention how to play ice hockey, feels attracted to his new student the first time he sees him in his class. The feelings are mutual. They manage somehow to keep their attraction to themselves until the summer class ends. AND AFTER nothing could keep them back.
The moment their affair ACTUALLY starts the whole story suddenly leaves the paths of reality and turns into a dom/sub sex exaggeration. I can't believe I say it, but it is sex that ruined this book for me. I don't understand where Tristan's submissive behavior came from and why Sebastian turned into a ridiculously dominant lover, but it was not authentic, not convincing, not hot, because for me it felt like a bad caricature. And it was just toooo much of it. TOO FUCKING MUCH (please pardon my French). The cherry on the cake - insta love. All other good topics (among others, Tristan's coming out) got simply lost in endless forced dirty talks and sunk in the sea of cum. Very pity.

***Copy provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***