Title: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3)
Author: Avon Gale and Scott R. Smith (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
The third story in the Scoring Chances hockey series delivers another fun, funny, low angst, sexy as hell and thoroughly enjoyable tale as I’ve come to expect from Avon Gale. I loved the story.
Misha Samarin and Max Ashford are perfect for one another!
The narration was ultimately enjoyable, and I can see adding this into my re-listen rotation. I loved his narration of the interactions between Misha, Max and the team, Smith’s character voice for Belsy was spot on how I’d pictured him in my head, and I loved how Smith brought the romance between Max and Misha to life.
The only slight negative is I have to admit I was disappointed with the strength of Scott R. Smith’s Russian accent for Misha. I felt like it kind of came and went getting a little stronger at times and barely distinguishable at others.
However, in the end it’s Smith’s obvious enjoyment of the story that comes through so clearly, making this a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.