Title: Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4)
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 219
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Scoring Chances Novel
Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain, Isaac Drake, ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and a family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him—no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.
Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse. He was constantly treated like a disappointment, on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist. Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the-season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold on to Laurent—or their relationship.
Empty Net is a beautiful love story set in the backdrop of hockey with two young men who find their way to each other and find their happily ever after.
I loved this book. In fact I loved everything about this story. This book had two characters who made me fall in love with them more and more as the story progressed. Isaac and Laurent have a beautiful connection which is explored as their story moves forward. What is refreshing what the author has penned these two characters with a lot of vulnerabilities and strengths too that they manage to surprise you at every turn. What is especially commendable is the deep vulnerability that Laurent hides and how he becomes stronger with Isaac in his life. The characters and their emotions are relatable and also they are portrayed in a realistic manner bound to tug at your heart and make you fall for them. I loved the way Isaac and Laurent supported each other and worked their issues to become stronger together. It was also wonderful to read about all the characters from previous books and to see how they all are faring. The book will take you on a breathtaking journey filled with raw emotions and two men who find themselves and each other to find their happily ever after.
Empty Net is simply one of the best books in the series so far and will leave you breathless for more. Highly Recommended