Title: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Another win from Avon Gale! This is the second book in the Scoring Chances hockey series. Gotta love that hockey action!
We met Riley Hunter in Breakaway, a big, quiet goalie who is a bit confused about his sexuality. In Save the Game we meet his new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, who is a brash New Yorker who loves the ladies.
Riley is a solitary man, who just so happens to be a billionaire. He grew up in a loveless home with servants being his only companions. Ethan is very sociable and comes from an incredibly loving, supportive family that includes a kick-ass mother and boisterous, successful, argumentative sisters. The sibling fights are especially endearing. About the only thing Ethan lacks in his life is money.
Riley and Ethan find themselves attracted to one another. Not just sexually, but emotionally as well. They become great friends before anything sexual actually happens. This had one of the healthiest relationships I have read in a M/M romance in a really long time. They communicated, expressed their feeling to one another and never hid from anybody. Sometimes a healthy relationship is a M/M romance can be a death sentence for a book. Where is the drama? Where is the angst? Where is the conflict? But I am happy to say you will not miss ANY of that here. The angst between these two is minimal and resolved very quickly, the sex is HOT, we get to see big, buff men playing hockey with amped up testosterone levels and a sweet, loving romance with a sing-it-from-the-rooftops HEA.
WIN, WIN, WIN! Highly recommended.