Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/06/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult
Life has a sneaky way of checking you into the boards.
The relationship that began when Simon Roberts and Alex Miller were in high school is about to cross another milestone as they start their final year at the University of Michigan. It’s been four amazing years of love, friends, and hockey.
Now it’s time to help pay it forward.
When a talented sixteen-year-old goalie is denied placement on a youth league roster, he asks Simon and Alex to coach a team of LGBT youth and allies. With the determination, hard work, and help of an amazing group of friends, they rally the team towards a winning season.
In the final installment of the best-selling Hat Trick trilogy, Simon and Alex find everything they’ve worked so hard for is in jeopardy. When they’re thrown a devastating curve ball, the far-reaching implications put their entire future together on the line.
I admit I have been a coward about reading this installment of Hat Trick. I adore Alex and Simon. If you haven’t read the rest of the Hat Trick series, I can’t recommend it highly enough. However, I was not in a place mentally to read this book when it was released in late summer 2015. Then I just psyched myself out about it. Yeah, I know I am weird that way.
All I can say is, why did I wait? Yes Mr. Adams made me tear up or ugly cry on four separate occasions between Penalty Shot and Reunion. However, I can not think of a more fitting end to this fabulous series.
Though Simon and Alex do have some adversity to deal with, a topic especially close to my heart they do it with grace, maturity, and most importantly love. You get to see that they are the real deal. They are in it for the long haul. If you have any doubt that these two high school sweethearts are made for each other, this installment, and the follow-up Reunion, should dispell them.
Let’s get back to that adversity – or curve ball as the blurb calls it. I think either of those descriptions could actually be considered an understatement. Anytime something like that is presented in fiction; you want to make sure it is handled with sensitivity and as much accuracy as possible. From what I can tell Mr. Adams succeeded on both counts. It was especially poignant from the perspective of the one on the outside feeling helpless. As a matter of fact, two of the aforementioned ugly cries were because of beauty in the way it was presented. I was there with Alex and Simon the whole way — nervous and grieving when they were and relieved and hopeful when warranted.
The other major plot point in the story centered around a youth hockey team that Alex and Simon assisted in coaching. Coaches are so much more than just someone to make sure you play a game correctly. They are friends, confidants, and counselors. We got to see Simon working in this role for his team. He tackled some very sensitive and potentially explosive topics with dignity, grace, and sympathy.
Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion saw my fourth crying spell. This short is included with the paperback version of Hat Trick 3, or available for free in eBook format. In Reunion, we see the boys and their friends from high school about 15 years later (about 20 years after they first started dating). We see where life has taken them and where they still want to go with life. We honor those who could not be with them for this reunion.
These are men that any parent would be proud to call son. This is a series I would gladly recommend to any parent, teen, hockey fan, or human being.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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