Genre: MM Romance, Explicit
Title: Save of the Game
Author: Avon Gale
Release Date: January 2016
Previous Book in Series: Breakaway
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.
What I Liked:
So, I really liked Breakaway, the first book in the Scoring Chances series, but this book is even better! While the first book was a bit funnier (mostly due to Lane’s extreme awkwardness), this book was more sweet.
The main characters were introduced in the previous book as roommates. The new season brings them closer together, and they both start to question their feelings for each other. Well, Riley openly said that he could be bisexual in book one, but Ethan gets a huge push towards discovering his bisexuality when he snoops into Riley’s porn folder on his computer. It just happens to be gay porn. Of the dom/sub or bdsm variety. And the sub just might have a slight resemblance to Ethan. (The folder might also be labeled for use after bad games…)
I love how open the characters are. While they have only previously been with women, neither of them bat an eye at the fact that the want/are falling for another man. I also loved the careful exploration of bdsm. They don’t get really hardcore with it, but it feels very true to the characters who are testing the water for the first time. It’s also super hot.
Characters from the first book show up here again, and all of their stories continue in a satisfactory manner. I especially liked that we got to check in with Lane and Jared.
What I Didn’t:
I’ll repeat myself for if you didn’t read my review book the first book, but once again, this book does contain a M/F sex scene and some casual homophobia/misogyny. I, personally, don’t mind this, but I know that there are some people who weren’t thrilled with these aspects of the book. They are very brief, and, in my opinion, add to the realism of the characters and story.
Also, this stupid book got me into drinking coconut water. I’d tried it before and thought it was disgusting, but after Ethan kept drinking it so much throughout the book (because Martin Brodeur drinks it!) that I thought I’d give it another try. And now I drink it all the time. I don’t love it, but I think I might be addicted to it. This is all you’re fault, Avon Gale!
This book took everything good about the first book in the series and made it even better! I loved the characters (Riley was my favorite, because I love how crazy goalies are) the exploration of their situations and relationships. The progression of the romance felt very natural, and my goodness were the sex scenes hot! The story also has a nice balance between romance, hockey, and character development outside of hockey. Unlike some romance novels, I really care about all of these characters and what happens are their stories continue on. I’m very excited for book three, even though I’ll be sad to be leaving the familiar characters and setting.
My Rating: 4.5/5 (SO GOOD! SEQUEL!!!!!!)