Review | Common Goal — M/M hockey romance; a slow burn & friends-to-lovers

Review | Common Goal — M/M hockey romance; a slow burn & friends-to-loversCommon Goal by Rachel Reid
Series | Game Changers #4
Release Date | September 21, 2020
Published by Carina Press
Genres | Sports Romance
Tropes | Friends to Lovers, Friends with Benefits
Format | ARC, ebook
Buy | Amazon
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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’ll start off by saying that Rachel really set the bar with Ilya and Shane’s story in Heated Rivalry. And I’ve already dubbed it for any other couple in this series unable to beat those two out. However, I definitely enjoyed the heck out of this one. I wasn’t really expecting the slow burn, but once things start heating up, it’s best to get a fan to cool yourself off 😉

It took me a little to get through the first half of the book, I’ve been staying away from slow burns because I just haven’t been able to focus on my reading. Thankfully my reading has been going great so far, so I was able to push through with this one.

Another trope that I haven’t read about in a while is friends with benefit, they make me extremely nervous since feelings get involved. And one almost doesn’t realize their feelings until the very last moment; it drives me crazy.

I’ve loved the pairings that Rachel gives us with every single book in this series. With a bit of an age gap and being so different, they worked perfectly together. I hope we get to see more of Eric and Kyle in the books to come.

About Rachel Reid

I am not the most active author on social media. I don’t have a Facebook account, I am trying to limit my time on Twitter, and I don’t have any plans to start a newsletter (honestly it would be so boring). I use Instagram the most, so for updates on my writing and for occasional book giveaways you should follow me @rachelreidwrites

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