Author Override: Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

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Thanks for joining Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn on the OFF THE ICE blog tour. In the Hat Trick series, love and hockey collide—and create enough heat to melt the ice. Join the players as they chase both the Stanley Cup and their own personal happily ever afters.

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Going to Professor Cruz’s office was probably a bad idea. The worst idea. No one had to tell Tristan that. He knew it as he walked down the stairs, as he surreptitiously checked the hall to ensure none of his classmates had spotted him following their professor, as he rapped a quick knock on the door and pushed it open to duck inside without waiting for an answer.

Professor Cruz paused in the middle of setting his messenger bag on top of his desk and stared at Tristan, surprise marking his features.

After a second, he cleared his throat. “What can I help you with, Mr. Holt? Office hours don’t start until two.”

Tristan closed the door and leaned back against it, his heavy book bag digging into his spine. “I wanted to ask what you thought of my presentation, seeing as I don’t think you actually listened to a word of it.”

Professor Cruz arched a dark, imperious brow and stopped fussing with his bag to meet Tristan’s gaze directly. “Excuse me?”

“I’m pretty sure you were too busy eye-fucking me and glaring at my cock to hear anything I was saying.” Tristan shoved his hands into the pockets of his sweats, and sure enough, Professor Cruz’s attention shot straight to his crotch. “I couldn’t find a clean jock before I left my apartment. I figured no one would care or even notice . . . but you did, didn’t you?”

A muscle ticked along Professor Cruz’s jaw, but he stayed silent.

“Yeah, you noticed,” Tristan went on. “That’s why you looked so mad the whole time. And maybe it means I’m kind of twisted, but that pissed-off scowl of yours never fails to make my dick hard.”

After another beat of silence, Professor Cruz shook his head. “This is extremely inappropriate, Mr. Holt.”

“I don’t think you really want me to be appropriate.” Tristan straightened and took a step forward.

Professor Cruz held up a hand, halting him in his tracks. “No. We’re not doing this here.”

Tristan allowed himself a smile. “Not here. But we are doing it.”

Professor Cruz sucked in a deep, slow breath and dropped his hand to his side. “Your final grade should be posted by Friday.”

And that was all he said.

Tristan’s smile dimmed. He’d swaggered in here like a cocky asshole, so sure of Professor Cruz’s attraction after the eye-fucking he’d received during his presentation. Now, his confidence wavered.

“Um.” He looked around the room, shifting his weight from one foot to the other as a flush crawled up his neck. His gaze settled on the album print hanging behind Professor Cruz’s desk, and he pulled back his shoulders, regaining some of his boldness. “There’s a Floyd cover band playing at Terminal West on Saturday,” Tristan said, referencing a popular Atlanta music venue. “I was thinking of going to see them. They’re supposed to be really good. I’m stoked.” Before Professor Cruz could reply, he added, “You should come and check it out.”

He forced himself to casually stroll from the room without waiting for an answer—even though a huge, humiliated part of him wanted to tuck tail and run like his ass was on fire.

He’d expressed his interest, possibly making a fool of himself in the process. Now the ball was in Professor Cruz’s court. If he didn’t show up at Terminal West, Tristan would call it a wrap and start getting the hell over this stupid crush.

 

 

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About Avon Gale

Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories -- either real or the ones she makes up in her head.

About Piper Vaughn

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, sci-fi, she loves them all (and has an over-two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She’s an avid tea drinker, a hockey fanatic, a vintage typewriter collector, and loves to travel so much she has “wanderlust” tattooed on her ankle and dozens of countries on her bucket list. Recently, she discovered the world of nail art and realized she’s pretty handy with a paintbrush—as long as it’s a miniature one.

As a bisexual and Latinx person, Piper takes great pride in her heritage. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and strives to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. She currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son, and a cat that has Piper wrapped around her little paw. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life … even if it’s only in a book.

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Tammy V

I like reading about the behind the scenes in hockey. We have a hockey team here that is pretty popular, Blue Jackets. bookbunny68@yahoo.com

Amy R

Thanks for the excerpt, adding to my wishlist.

Elizabeth

I like this excerpt!

Kathy Valentine

Great excerpt! Shared on all my socials!!

Lisa

Thanks for the excerpt!
legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

Trix

Loved this book!

vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

Timitra

Thanks for sharing the excerpt

Mary Preston

A great read through.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

New authors for me…Bonus ! Thanks for the review and introduction !

Erryn Barratt

Can’t wait for the two of them to get together…

bellabarratt at yahoo.ca

Erryn Barratt

Can’t wait for the two of them to get together…

bellabarratt at yahoo.ca

Laura Lovejoy-Brunk

New authors for me…Bonus ! Thanks for the review and introduction !

Trix

Loved this book!

vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

Elizabeth

I like this excerpt!

Kathy Valentine

Great excerpt! Shared on all my socials!!

Lisa

Thanks for the excerpt!
legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

Amy R

Thanks for the excerpt, adding to my wishlist.

Timitra

Thanks for sharing the excerpt

Tammy V

I like reading about the behind the scenes in hockey. We have a hockey team here that is pretty popular, Blue Jackets. bookbunny68@yahoo.com

Mary Preston

A great read through.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com