Coaching Prince Charming (Arctic Titans of Northwood U Book 7) by Hayden Hall

Coaching Prince Charming features an impossible relationship between coach and player. Nate has been hockey royalty until injured. Now coaching he finds himself faced with an attraction to his friends son who is a player on the team Nate coaches.

From the blurb:

He’s my first and only crush. He’s my new coach. Oh, and he was once my dad’s teammate and best friend.   

I’ve been in love with Nate Partridge since I can remember. Under my mattress, there has always been a stack of magazine covers with his bare torso and a pearly smile. But that’s about the extent of it.

I can never have Nate Partridge. He is a straight guy and twenty years my senior. Neither of which is a dealbreaker for me, but he disagrees.

When a hockey accident forces him to retire, he takes the freshly vacant job of coaching the Arctic Titans. And my life takes an unexpected turn for the better.

Nate is the only person who has ever truly understood me. Where my father’s ambition dictates my every waking moment, Nate’s kindness and compassion make me feel like there’s more to life than hockey. Dad’s disregard for my passions makes Nate’s encouragement only sweeter.

And my crush reaches all new heights. Especially when I discover his deepest secret.

Nate Partridge is not straight.

But do I stand a chance? To him, I am nothing more than his old friend’s kid and a college freshman he’s in charge of training.

If I want Nate Partridge, it will take more than hope to make this real.

It’s time to shake things up in my life before I can make him mine.

Coaching Prince Charming is the seventh and final novel in the Arctic Titans of Northwood U series. It features an age gap, a forbidden relationship, a college hockey player falling for his coach, former best friend's son, and a search for a purpose in life at nineteen and at thirty-eight. This novel can be read on its own, but it's more enjoyable to read the entire series in the order of release.

Reed Kaye's Review:

I’m sad to see this is the end of the series. I’ve enjoyed each book and this one is a bang up way to end the series.

Nate, after suffering an injury, is coaching the Arctic Titans of Northwood U. Not what he ever planned on doing. He is used to being the star and was comfortable in that role. Carter is a member of the Arctic Titans of Northwood U team. It isn’t something he really wanted to do but coming from hockey royalty he doesn’t feel he has a choice. His dad forces him into it. Carter’s choice is music.

Carter and Nate have history. Nate is Carter’s dad’s friend and former teammate and has been around as Carter grew up. Nate was the one who spent time with Carter and has stood up for him against his dad before. When Carter lets Nate know his attraction is more than a crush, Nate doesn’t really know how to react. I found the conflict that comes with this attraction very emotional. I think the author did a great job of dealing with an age gap relationship.

I enjoy the stories by this author but am really sorry to leave this group of characters.

Heather's Review: 

Living for yourself and living your truth are key tropes in this story, where Carter is able to finally share several truths with himself and the world, including his crush on his father's best friend (and coincidentally the new coach of the Arctic Titans), Nate....

I love that while this is the final book in the Arctic Titans series, the focus was on more than hockey and building dreams outside the ones that the outside world wanted... I truly appreciated what Nate was going through, having to reconcile the loss of his NHL career, although I do love the way Carter summed it up.  This book wasn't as steamy as some of the books Hayden writes, but it fit the characters and the world building was on point as usual.

I can't wait to see what comes next from Hayden Hall's mind - what settings and what world we'll be exploring next.

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