Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Save of the Game by Avon Gale

Save of the Game 
(Scoring Chances #2)
by Avon Gale
Genre: M/M Romance, Sport
Release Date: January 29. 2016

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.

This is a double GFY with two open minded hockey players in a liberal sport team. From my experience with Book 1, the teammates and coach are mostly okay with their gay players, no one give them any shit. 

Riley is the goalie we get to know previously, who was obsessed with his coconut water. He came from a super rich but cold family. Ethan is the new enforcer who is obsessed with smoking. He might not be good at playing hockey itself, but he can throw a mean punch. Ethan had a fantastic family despite being poor. His mum is the best. 

Being a GFY story, it still have all the intriguing bits of exploring the unknown for the first time, but there isn't much major freak out or state of denial. They sorta of just go with the flow and do whatever the hell they enjoy. There was also a little dose of kinky bit whereby Riley loves tying Ethan up. I thought the 'I love you's came a bit early in the story, which dimmed its impact. The threesome jokes are present, but this time I did know they are really joking, unlike my previous discomfort about Lane's tits obsession and possible threesome. 

Apart from the hockey play, the part I enjoyed most are the inclusion of the family members of both Ethan's and Riley's. Is heartwarming to see Ethan's mum willingly embrace Riley into her family. The sudden appearance of one of Riley's family member also put an interesting spin to the story.