Author Name: Avon Gale
Book Name: Save of the Game
Series: Scoring Chances
This book is a ‘Scoring Chances’ novel. It can be read as a standalone.
Release Date: January 29, 2016
After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.
Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences. Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.
Pages: 200 pages
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Sports, Hockey
Save of the Game is a great, sport-themed, feel-good love story. Although this is the second book in the Scoring Chances series, it can totally be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first story, but meeting the MCs of Breakaway definitely made me buy the first book as well.
Save of the Game is the heartwarming love story of a goalie and an enforcer. Both legendary positions in ice-hockey. Riley Hunter and Ethan Kennedy are teammates and are introduced during the first story of the series. They have completely different personalities and attitude towards their beloved hockey. They also have great chemistry and their roommate status is slowly forming into being friends then lovers. My favorite part of their interactions is their banter. I love the way they talk to each other. It’s really lifelike and very funny. I was laughing out loud many times. Ethan has this deadpan kind of humor that woks for me perfectly.
There is minimal angst in connection with the couple except a bit of miscommunication and omission at the begining. As soon as their intentions are perfectly clear, we can focus on the excitement of hockey season. The amount of hockey-talk and event description is enough to make it exciting and informative but not boring for those who are not that much of hockey-fanatics. We get a set of wonderful secondary characters, both family members and friends who make the events even more colorful and enjoyable! I enjoyed the story very much, but couldn’t read it in one sitting… darn job I have… Although some of the things at the end seemed a bit too predictable, I truly loved how all the pieces got into their right places.
Enjoyable, fun read I can recommend for a leasurely afternoon.
His phone beeped, alerting him that he had a new text message. It was from Ethan Kennedy, the defenseman the Storm had acquired before the trade deadline last spring. The rowdy Kennedy, who had a heavy New York accent and was a huge fan of the New York Rangers—a team Riley hated, by virtue of being a New Jersey Devils fan—had bunked with him for a few weeks during the finals. He’d gone back to New York after the Storm lost in the playoffs. Riley hadn’t been sure if he was coming back or not, but the text message indicated he’d just gotten back to town, and would Riley mind picking him up from the airport?
And oh, he got a cheaper rate by flying into Tampa, which was three hours away. Was that a problem? And one last thing. Riley didn’t need a roommate by any chance. Did he?
Riley looked around his apartment, which was nice and clean and quiet. Just like it always was, except for those few weeks last spring when Ethan was there. He was loud and messy and always in Riley’s space, left half-full cans of Pepsi everywhere, drank whiskeys with dubious-sounding names, and smoked like a chimney.
be there in 3 hrs, Riley texted and grabbed a few boxes of coconut water out of his fridge. The idea of coming home alone after games reminded him of those car rides in Wyoming, and he was getting tired of the silence.
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Meet the author:
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.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authoravongale
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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28121630-save-of-the-game
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
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