Friday, September 8, 2017

Review: Breakway by Avon Gale

(Scoring Chances #1)
by Avon Gale
Release Date: November 27, 2015
Genre: Sport, M/M Romance

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.

This book is kinda weird. Here's the list of stuff I find weird:-

1. Lane, the socially awkward rookie from Canada like to ramble 'weird stuff' all the time. I wonder how he survive his teenage years being so clueless. Hate him or love him. I find him adorable and still want to strangle him. 

2. Lane is gay, so I don't understand the need for him to be fascinated by his best friend boobs or her sexual moans. Seriously. Stop the fetish unless you want to act on it. And if he act on it, I will DNF.

3. The alluding to threesome all the time. I guess I should take their teasing not so seriously. But I still find it weird. Why they keep bringing it up. I'm so worried I have to read a threesome. Thank goodness it didn't happen. 

4. The fast pacing narration to gloss over everything, including the playoff, the Kelly Cup, etc. I prefer more details, especially the championship finals and meeting the parents. 

However, despite all the weird stuff I listed, I still very much enjoy reading Breakaway. I find Lane is such a cutie despite his awkwardness and his ramblings that in some instances I could never understand. Jared is the veteran player from their rival teams and their time on ice together was exciting and hilarious. The story is pretty low angst and even though this is a sport romance, the atmosphere is quite gay friendly. Maybe is due to the fact that they are playing in minor league, so is pretty low key. There isn't much pressure from media and fans. They seems like a bunch of rowdy teenagers having fun playing hockey while getting paid in pittance. I find this refreshing from the usual hockey romance featuring NHL players with all the glitters and PR stunts.