Save of the Game

Save of the Game

by Avon Gale


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Save of the Game by Avon Gale

A Scoring Chances Novel

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. 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781627980456
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/29/2016
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 825,443
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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Save of the Game by Avon Gale | 9781627980456 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kcp59 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Scoring Chances series....and this series just keeps getting better! You will love Riley and Ethan....two opposites who attract! But they give each other what is needed most. If you haven't started this series what are you waiting for!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a series, but is fully enjoyable as a standalone. Riley and Ethan are teammates in Jacksonville's ECHL (semi) pro hockey team, The Sea Storm. East Coast Hockey League is the equivalent of AA baseball, it seems. These guys play for love of the game, and in the hope of getting lifted into the AHL, and maybe one day, but probably not--the NHL. Riley's a goalie, it's his life's ambition, and he loves it. He's worked hard and trained all off season to be better than ever, and he's in peak condition. Riley's in a different place than most of his teammates--he's loaded financially--and he doesn't want anyone to know that. He's always had to hide his wealth in the attempt to fit in better, but when Ethan needs a place to live, Riley's right there willing to offer his spare room. Riley loves taking care of people, and he gets particular pleasure caring for loud and exuberant Ethan. Ethan's a goon. He's big and bulky and the first guy to throw off his gloves and defend himself or a teammate on the ice. It's a small coincidence that Riley's got a kink porn file that features guys that closely resemble Ethan... This is a gay-for-you romance between two newly bisexual hockey players. Both Riley and Ethan have never been with a man, but their close friendship allows for and even closer bond to develop. At first, it's a surprise, with kisses and some petting, but this quickly escalates to far, far more. I'll be honest, I was captivated watching them explore their completely new sexual desires. They have lots of questions and concerns, which they face together. In the end, they decide to take it as far as it will go, and that's pretty dang far, yo. The slow burn was so delicious, and this one's all about the feels. Riley's life has been heavy on money, light on love. Ethan's family has always struggled financially, but overflows with love. Riley's practically adopted by Ethan's rowdy sisters and straight-shooting mother the first time they meet. I really enjoyed seeing him be adored by someone. This book spans a season filled with ups and downs, and more winning than losing. There are some incendiary sexytimes, and the lovestory is sure to please. I wanted it to never, ever, end. Good thing it's an HEA. I expect we'll get peeks of these two in further books in the series, as there are some decent cameos of the couple from book one, BREAKAWAY, in here.
KatinkaB More than 1 year ago
Avon Gale’s romantic hockey series Scoring Chances gets better and better with each new book. Hilarious, charming, and gleefully erotic, SAVE OF THE GAME is a win. The comedic dialogue is perfectly timed, and the ending was a true Cinderella story. Ethan and Riley are the hottest men in uniform in the series so far and a beyond adorable, opposites-attract, bisexual couple. Riley grew up rich, lonely, and generally alienated from his peers, but he doesn’t act or perceive of himself as that poor little rich boy. He hasn’t spoken to or seen his dysfunctional family in three years. It’s amazing Riley turned out to be such a great guy–strong-willed, and persevering. Sure, he might have had it easier than the next guy, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t work as hard. In fact, he worked even harder and is the coolest, steeliest goalie in the ECHL. Unlike Riley, Ethan doesn’t have clear goals, except to make his team better. He’s also interested in volunteering and helping kids out, even though he is poor and worries about money. Ethan grew up with everything Riley didn’t have, yet he’s got less than $5 to his name at the start of the book. He grew up with a nurturing mom, who put her family first, and supportive, caring sisters, who all made up in some ways for him not having a father to attend his games. Riley’s father has also been absent for pretty much Riley’s entire life. Not growing up with a dad is one of the things Ethan and Riley have in common. The backstory about how Ethan’s parents separated was one of the most beautiful moments in the novel and showed Ethan’s integrity and personal heroism. It explained how Ethan developed a tremendous sense of responsibility to take care of his family at an early age. All these pressures from growing up fast and poor to being the man in the family may have caused Ethan to be restless, agitated, and angry sometimes for no apparent reason. Because Ethan wants to take care of his family, he’s reluctant to accept Riley’s help with food or money. Riley wants to help out his friends, because that’s what he needs and that’s who he is. Their friendship becomes complicated when Ethan borrows Riley’s laptop and discovers Riley’s favorite porn scenes feature a tattooed Ethan lookalike–bound and taking it on his knees. Ethan is confused by his reaction and his ambivalent feelings because he doesn’t believe he’s homophobic. He kisses Riley to prove to himself that he’s okay with Riley wanting him. In fact, he’s kind of flattered. The kiss has an unpredictable effect because Ethan really, really liked it, and wants to know and feel more. Being roommates allows Riley and Ethan to explore their attraction without censure. Ethan’s exuberance and Riley’s cool as ice personality create an exciting sexual dynamic. Riley’s dominance soothes Ethan’s restlessness, while Ethan makes Riley’s deepest fantasies come true. I absolutely loved how Ethan and Riley weren’t ashamed that they were having sex and mutually acknowledged they had something more than a bicurious sex thing. Ethan and Riley didn’t feel that their masculinity was threatened because they were having sex and had feelings for each other, and they didn’t have scruples about saying, “I love you.” It’s the sexiest thing ever to see two men own and communicate their feelings. Their caring for each other, from the big things to the little things, was incredibly heartwarming. The preview of Power Play, Scoring Chance #3 was also suspenseful and exciting. Will the worst team in the ECHL have a Cinderella season? How will Max fall in love with the guy who essentially ended his hockey career? I can’t wait to find out!