Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Coach's Challenge by Avon Gale

Coach's Challenge 
(Scoring Chances #5)
by Avon Gale
Genre: M/M Sport Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2017

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds out the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks have Troy thinking inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if he’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon, and with a team that doesn’t trust him, Troy, or each other. Despite his determination not to get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything.

I had been putting off reading this one for so long, so I'm glad I finally make the time. Troy and Shane might be one of the steamiest couple in the series albeit some readers claimed that all they did was fucking. Honestly, there are plenty of sex and they seems to have an affinity to do it in public places. I find them seriously hot and every encounter is far from lame. They both have such dirty mouth and they loves arguing and I live for their banter. 

Troy is the new coach and such a hardass and Shane is a veteran player who loves pushing all of Troy's button. There is something illicit about coach/player dynamics. I always enjoyed some of their rare moments of honesty when they talk about their feelings albeit reluctantly. It was so cute to see Troy finally succumb to Shane's charm and wanting to fight for something more. I would say there is definitely some romance there between these two hard headed guys. I can't wait to read about Xavier. That poor guy is in need of his HEA asap.