by Avon Gale


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A Scoring Chances Novel

Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He's put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

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ISBN-13: 9781634764858
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 11/27/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,135,817
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Breakaway 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Jared meets Lane at a bar, when they both cannot sleep. Then they end up rivals on opposite teams. When the attraction becomes heated, they stop fighting it. Lane knows he should avoid Jared. He knows he has to show his best as a professional. What about when your lonely? What about having someone to keep you going? He only knows he can't resist. This book was so sweet in many ways. I realize saying that about a couple of hockey players sounds odd. These characters really made me feel for them. Along with the love of the game, there is much heat, heart, and happiness. I truly enjoyed each page.
kcp59 More than 1 year ago
Okay....I fell in love with Lane! He is perfection in his awkwardness!!! And Jared agrees. This was such a fun story to read. Now on to the next book in this series....can't wait! Avon Gale is amazing!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars for this funny, tender and sweet M/M hockey romance. Lane is a young closeted gay man who's on his own for the first time in his live. He's moved from Canada to Jacksonville, Florida to play for the Sea Storm, a minor league hockey team in a place where people hardly understand the concept of ice. It's a total culture shock, but Lane's generally flummoxed. He's got no filter, and is awkward to the point of /facepalm + Oh man!. He can't help pissing off everyone in his vicinity with his unconscious lack of tact. In a last ditch attempt to win some favor, Lane, a superlative forward and primo scorer takes on the goon for a rival team, Jared Shore. Jared isn't sure what to make of young, virile, talented Lane. But he doesn't kick the man out of bed. TO be the only man that Lane's ever been with? Seems like an empty net opportunity, but he's also got to learn to tune out Lane's odd chatter, at times. Lane's ashamed of being gay, afraid that his parents will disown him--something he really struggles with even though he's supporting himself now. Jared helps him to see that being an adult means coming clean with his fears and insecurities, and that helps Lane grow as a man and a player. It's all good preparation for Lane when he gets The Call bringing him up to the big time, a few games in the NHL. Jared's an amazing support and together they are able to deal with Lanes parents. I have to admit that was so much sweeter than I had expected. Poor Lane, he tortured himself for so long, and for no reason! I loved Lane, even when I wanted to smack him. He did crack me up with his completely outrageous conversations. This is a very tender read, considering the guys are grown adult hockey players. I loved how the romance built a little at a time, as Lane and Jared are players on different teams and have lots of forced separations due to schedules. It made their brief trysts so much sweeter, and that was really fun to experience. Also fun? Lane and his new sexual experiences! I do love me a virgin, from time to time. I'm not a hockey fan at all, but this one put me in a smiling frame-of-mind and gave me warm feels despite all that ice.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
First in the series and my first by this author. And overall it was an enjoyable book. A little long winded, and in spots I felt like we were trying to be ‘too Canadian’ or how the subjects are portraying the country and populous. Always apologizing, being super nice and polite. It got annoying, we got it, Lane is super naive, super young, super sweet, and gosh darn people like him. The last thing I found that stopped me from reading in longs times spots was the choppiness, not just the chapters but the sentences, like this is how they talked. I enjoy a more flowing sentence, these to me did not. And really, I did like Lane, his rambling on and brutally frank sentences, were cute. And obviously that was his thing throughout this novel that made everyone fall under his cuteness spell. Jared on the other hand, is a guy that has been around the block, in and out of the hockey world. So when he falls under Lane’s spell it’s fun to watch. Throw the new BFF, Zoe in the mix and you’ve got a bunch of newly developing friendships and could possibly last. What I really enjoyed is we got a little talk about hockey but this book really focused on the friendships and relationships that formed and blossomed. As the season unfolds, we got to follow Lane and Jared through the season and the what turns out to be a winning season, also follow them from one night stands to a real relationship all the way to a HFN. I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviewers