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Simon Roberts and Alex Miller could never have known that from the moment of their first kiss that they were embarking on the love of a lifetime. The Hat Trick Box Set is their story, as told by Simon, from their senior year of high school through college graduation and beyond. Contains the stories:
Hat Trick: Simon Roberts has a plan — help his high school hockey team win the state championship and earn a college scholarship. Falling in love with a teammate was not on the agenda. Can Simon juggle school, the team, his new relationship and tragedy before the end of the hockey season?
Hat Trick Overtime: A Classic Winter’s Night: Simon and Alex, now freshmen at the University of Michigan, enjoy a holiday evening following an outdoor game with their teammates.
Hat Trick 2: Playing the Rebound: Traumatic events from the past haunt Simon as he and Alex begin their sophomore college year. While, anti-gay attacks occur campus, Simon is called home because of an ailing father who wants to make amends. Simon and Alex also celebrate their second anniversary as Simon begins working with LGBT teens in an effort to ensure not everyone’s coming out as is difficult as his.
Hat Trick Overtime: Summer Camp: Simon and Alex are off to summer camp to coach hockey for a month. The couple works closely with their team to get them ready to win the camp championship while they have to deal with unwanted advances from a fellow coach.
Hat Trick 3: Penalty Shot: As their senior year begins, Simon and Alex coach a hockey team of LGBT youth and allies. When they’re thrown a devastating curve ball, the implications put their entire future on the line.
Hat Trick Overtime: Reunion: It’s been twenty years since Simon and Alex became boyfriends. Now they’re back where it began to pay tribute to a smashed losing streak, a retiring coach and a lost friend. As old teammates reunite, it’s a time to honor their past while Simon and Alex prepare to embark on another part of their happily ever after.
Excerpt from Hat Trick:
I tossed my helmet and gloves on the floor, sat down, and held my head in my hands. That was that. I should’ve broken it off over the summer when I knew we wouldn’t last. It would’ve still hurt her, but not like this. The slow pull back wasn’t fair. I heard Jackson and Alex skate over. I was relieved that the ruse was over, but it also felt like I’d been punched in the stomach.
“Hey, man,” Jackson said quietly. “That didn’t look like it went well.”
I looked up at Jackson and my secret boyfriend. I stared at them, not knowing what to say.
Alex took off his helmet and dropped it. It rolled next to mine and they clanked together. It was funny that the helmets were touching while we weren’t.
“Sorry, Simon,” Alex said.
He crossed behind me and stood close. There was distinct energy between us. I knew he wanted to hug me just like I’m sure he knew that I wanted the hug.
“It’s for the best. It wasn’t fair, spending so little time with her.”
Jackson took off his helmet and gloves and sat down next to me.
“You said it was bad, but I didn’t know it had gotten to the break-up point.”
For a few seconds I was still and quiet.
Suddenly, I reached out and yanked one of Alex’s gloves off. I took his hand in mine and squeezed tight. I had to touch him. With the slightest delay, no doubt because of the surprise, he returned the squeeze.
I looked at Jackson.
“There’s something you should know.”
He stared back. I could almost see his brain processing what he saw.
“No … really?” He sounded skeptical. “This explains so much. How long have you two been …?”
“Just since the season opener,” I said.
I couldn’t see Alex, so I had no clue how he felt about what I’d just done. He did squeeze my hand again, which I took to mean he was okay.
“It’s such a relief,” Jackson said.
I laughed way too loud.
“That was not the reaction I’d imagined.”
“I was afraid.” Jackson stared at the floor. He was not one to show embarrassment, so this was a surprise. “Man, I thought I was losing my best friend.”
Alex squatted down next to me, keeping our hands interlocked.
“You’ll always be my best friend. Nothing changes that.”
Jackson looked relieved.
“I miss one game and look what happens. Wow. No one else knows?”
“You’re the first.” I faced Alex. “I hope this is okay. It probably wasn’t the way you’d envisioned telling people.”
“It’s good. I can’t think of a better person to know first.”
“Cool. Jackson can keep secrets.”
“Definitely,” Jackson verified.
“Let’s get outta here,” I said. “We need to talk and get some dinner.”
“Sounds good,” Alex said.
“Sounds very good because I need more details,” Jackson said.
I stood and pulled Alex up as I talked to Jackson. “Thanks for being so cool about this. I thought you’d be cool, but I …”
“Don’t worry about it,” Jackson said, cutting me off. We gathered up our gear as he talked. “If you’re happy I’m happy for you.”
Before we stepped off the bench, Jackson turned on Alex. “Make sure you treat him good,” he said, as he threw his arm around my shoulders, “otherwise you will have to answer to me.”
I’d never seen Jackson that serious. Alex, on the other hand, broke into a big grin, completely the opposite of Jackson’s demeanor.
“I’m glad Simon’s got you looking out for him. I have no intention of hurting him, ever.”
Once we were in the locker room, Alex was the first to hit the showers. I was glad to get a moment with Jackson alone.
“Thanks,” I said as soon as I heard the water flowing. “I hadn’t intended for you to find out like that.”
“I thought you guys were becoming closer friends. Hell, I didn’t know either one of you was gay.”
“I didn’t know he was either.” I was fully out of my gear, wrapped in a towel, and waiting for Jackson who always took the longest to change. “It felt like there was some extra something between us. But, I couldn’t figure out how to ask him. If I was wrong … well, that might not have ended well.”
“I know you guys are out there talking about me,” Alex yelled from the showers, “but I’m hungry. You guys need to get in here so we can go.”
I shook my head and rolled my eyes. “Coming,” I yelled. “Let’s go before he gets cranky.”
Jackson caught my arm before we entered the showers. “Listen, I was serious back there. If he hurts you, I will take him down.”
“I have no doubt about that.”