I love me a good hockey based novel, so I was excited to get my hands on Hat Trick -- I may have also been swayed by the hockey hotness that is the cover... Sadly, this turned out to anything but a good hokey novel.
So I started with a sample off Amazon, and I was really impressed with story. So naturally I purchased the rest of the novel, and it was all down hill from there.
I can sum the whole book up in one word. Surface.
Everything is glossed over; time, relationships, backstory. There is little, if any, character development throughout the book. Myla is just the worst. First off, what kind of name is that? Then there's the fact that she never finds any direction with her life after the accident ruins her dream of going to the Olympics. She just latches onto Gavin, and while I can admit that he makes her happy, but after her trauma, it seems like putting a band-aid on a cut that needs stitches -- it'll work for a while, but it's not what you need in the long because you'll just be left with a big ol' mess.
Then there is whole rivalry between Brayden and Gavin. We're told that its a roll over blood feud from their fathers, but not what caused it. Then it just magically goes away at some point in one of the many time jumps that occur.
I'm not even going to touch the proposal. Just - ugh.
With everything being glossed over so quickly, we're more told how the characters are feeling, rather than being shown. I absolutely hate it when authors do this. No one like to be told how they're supposed to feel things -- especially me.
There were moments that I did enjoy, though they were few and far between, and very sort moments. A quirky comment here, a heartfelt moment there. Not nearly enough to redeem this book in my eyes though.
Hat Trick is a book that fell flat on its face and didn't come close to its potential. I would not recommend.