Save of the Game by Avon Gale – Review

Save of the Game

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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Words cannot express how much I loved this book. Hunter was the absolute, most adorable thing on the planet and I fell in love with him. His relationship with Ethan was fitting, with a minimal amount of angst and enough bumps along the way to keep it realistic but not over the top.

Much like the first novel in this series, you’re going to laugh when you read it. These two are far less awkward than Lane – the main in the first one – but they’re unique enough in their own ways that they’ll have you rolling. They’re foils for each other, exact opposites, and they work together beautifully.

This novel features the characters – both main and background – from the previous novel, which is always great to see in a sequel. You don’t have to say goodbye to any characters you might have liked from the first one. In particular I’m a sucker for this, because I get attached to characters quickly. I like to see them throughout a series, to know how they’re doing.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Ms. Gale’s books, is how the romance isn’t actually the entire plot. Both characters have external issues they’re working through, and there’s no ‘oh man I fucked up and we need to reconcile moment’. I’ll admit I do like those as well, but it’s refreshing to read something where the characters are together and just dealing with life. They’re not complicating each others, they’re helping. It’s a nice change of pace.

All this being said, I definitely recommend this novel. If I’m starring it, it’s a five. You’re going to want to read it all in one sitting.

 

You can find it on Amazon and Dreamspinner

The novel will be out January 29th

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