Title: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 29th 2016
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 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.
The sophomore story in any series, particularly one coming on the heels of a story I loved like Breakaway (the first book in the Scoring Chances hockey series), well…it has a lot to live up to. I expect a lot from it. I expect humor, and romance, and smoking hot sexy times. AND THIS DELIVERS!
When I first met Riley Hunter in Breakaway, I fell a little bit in love with the quiet, introverted goalie who was hiding his ultra-rich billionaire background. In Save of the Game Riley gets a new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, the Sea Storm’s chain smoking enforcer. And where Riley is quiet, Ethan is loud, brash, and utterly wonderful.
I absolutely love the background of the two guys, with Riley coming from a loveless home with distant parents and absent siblings and Ethan coming from a highly supportive, loving, loud family which includes his kick-ass mom and two wonderful sisters. Ethan and Riley complement each other so well. They fill in each other’s holes, so it’s not a real surprise when they find themselves attracted to one another.
I love how they grow from friends into lovers – the initial scene of them kissing is one of my many favorites in the story! I love that they communicate with one another, not letting little fights grow. I swear, I just love their relationship as a whole. If you like great romance, fantastic friendship, low angst and hot sex, look no further – this one is a KEEPER!