Friday, January 29, 2016

ARC Review: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances 2) by Avon Gale

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.

Dani's rating:

Q. Why did the chicken cross the road?

A. She was cranky to see a M/F scene in the middle of her M/M novel.

Yes, that happened at 12 percent. And I was so appalled, I slammed my Kindle shut. (Which wasn't nearly as satisfying as throwing a book across the room. But whatever.)

Authors, the majority of readers don't want to see one of the MCs fucking someone else, male or female, on page. STOP IT.

But, hey, I didn't let that ruin the book for me.

I do love me gay some hockey players, because who doesn't?

And Riley and Ethan are hot and adorable together. Riley drinks coconut water like it's going out of style and is all fit and bendy. Ethan prefers Pepsi and cigarettes. But they both love hockey and pizza and kissing.

Neither man has been with another man before, but they both realize they are bi (Ethan with a little prodding from Riley's Bad Game porn subfolder) and take to gay sex like a fish to water. Eventually.

And that was half the fun: watching the guys make out, then dry hump, then finally take each other's pants off.

I loved that their coming together was tentative and a little awkward. That made it all the more sexy, especially when Riley got all aggressive and forced Ethan to his knees.

But I digress.

Gale is an engaging writer, and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Even though I'm not a hockey fan, I was not bored by the sports talk; most of the games were summarized anyway.

I liked that two hockey players being together wasn't really a big deal. This is a low angst book, and there's no homophobia in sight.

Ethan gets mad at Riley once because Riley never mentions how rich he is, and Ethan doesn't like to depend on anyone, but they work it out in the most delicious way. Blow jobs are the best incentive.

Ethan's family gets all the stars. Riley's sister gets some too. The ending is a solid HEA, and the excerpt for book 3 made me greedy for more.

Final verdict: WIN!

Problem solved.

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I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
~Jorge Luis Borges

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