Title: Save The Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: January 29th 2016- 200 pages
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 book was so good!
Riley is a goalie who after losing last year game to his hockey teams archrival decides to focus more on the game. He has a new roommate Ethan who is very loud and outgoing compared to Riley who is quiet and reserved. But once these two men admit to their attraction to each other.. Lets just say it was on and whew!!! So damn hot!
Now I love the way this author wrote this story. It was amazing and beautiful but at the same time so hot! You get the slow build up between these two men, then the way they explore everything together just wow! Who knew that quiet Riley could be like that in bed and damn. I also loved the way Avon Gale wrote these characters! Ethan and Riley are so good together you can feel the sparks flying between these two men. Let’s just say once I started this book I could not put it down, it was just so good!
So I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would recommend this series!
This was a great second book in the Scoring Chances series. I loved Riley in book one and really great to like him even more in book two.
Riley is shy, honorable and wants to just play hockey and take care of those he loves. Because he is able to do that due to his family wealth, he sometimes oversteps his bounds, because he is not used to having to ask for permission to use his money. I felt so sad for him in terms of his family life – no child should have to go through what he did.
Then you have Ethan. I love how he just breezes in to town and takes over Riley’s life – in a good way. Ethan’s sisters and mom are awesome secondary characters. They love him with a fierceness that only family can show.
What Riley and Ethan develop is so much more than friendship – they have a great chemistry and the steam factor is great too. Thinking of Riley stretching brings a smile to my face.
This was a wonderful story about following your dreams and that it’s OK when your dreams change.
Also, the snippet of the next story – EEEKKK! I can’t wait!
This is turning into one of my all-time favourite hockey romance series. This second book brings readers back for another season of Hockey Nights in Florida. This time the action focuses on Riley, the Sea Storm’s goalie and Ethan, the team’s enforcer.
Much of the conflict in the first story centered around the rivalry between the Sea Storm and the Renegades. A season later, both of our leading men are Sea Storm players and reader loyalties are undivided as we get to know the whole team.
I’m never fully convinced by gay-for-you plots, but this is thankfully pretty angst free and very nearly believable. I truly believed in the chemistry between Ethan and Riley and I loved their contrasting characters. Dedicated and careful, poor little rich boy Riley is the perfect match for unruly, undisciplined party-boy Ethan.
This story feels more serious than Breakaway. While they are possibly more realistic characters, neither Riley or Ethan is as strange as Lane is at first or as complicated as Jared. Riley’s family drama is dark and very complicated, but it is tempered by the warmth and affection of Jared’s family.
The Jacksonville setting is brilliant once again. Professional hockey in a land of palm trees and baseball fans works really well. The struggling, amateurish league will alternately delight and fascinate Canadian readers like me who only know hockey as a national religion. This time, the two northern American players still experience a little bit of culture clash, but I missed the extreme culture shock experienced by the Sea Storm’s Canadian star in the first book.
The secondary characters in this book are fantastic. Avon Gale may write m/m romance, but she also writes strong, well-developed female characters. Ethan’s sisters are absolutely brilliant additions to the series and it was wonderful to catch up with Zoe again.
This is a great addition to a fantastic series. Readers should start at the beginning with Breakaway, but this second book is an absolute treat.
- Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I generally write at a desk in my front room, which is facing a window. As much as I love music and as active of a person as I am, it has to be quiet when I’m writing if I’m actually going to get a lot of words written. Sometimes I can listen to classical music, but most of the time it’s just me and the keyclack, haha! I have ADHD so I’m easily distracted, but having the noise of cars on the road and ambient atmospheric noises keeps me from hyperfocusing too much. Though I have sat down to write in the morning and then stood up hours later, only to find the house is dark because I hadn’t turned on any of the lights! It’s amazing how fast time goes by when you’re lost in your head – for me, anyway!
- Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
Avery Hextall from my first novel, Let the Wrong Light In, is more like me than any character I’ve ever written. I was going through some issues of my own in terms of finding out what I really wanted out of life when I wrote that book, so I think a lot of me came through in his character. But Avery is also a morning person, neat and organized, and I am not a single one of those things. But everyone who knows me who read that book was like, “Yeah, I can definitely see you in that character.”
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
For my “day job” I’m a hair stylist, and I love it! I was working in non-profit development for about ten years, but I was unhappy and it wasn’t bringing me any kind of satisfaction at all. So I quit, went to beauty school with girls half my age (that was an experience, let me tell you) and got my cosmetology license. I love working with my hands, with people, and being artistic! At the moment I do both half-and-half, and while I’d love to write full time I’m not sure I could go without the people interaction, I’m way too much of an extrovert!!
- Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
I had no idea how much time I would spend on all the stuff relating to publishing that isn’t writing – the promo stuff, social media, that kind of thing. Luckily I’m pretty friendly and have no trouble talking to people (when I was a very little kid we used to live by a cemetery and my mom said she’d find me out in the backyard, talking to people at funerals!), but there’s so much more “administrative” things that go with being an author than I’d ever imagined. I knew writing took work and dedication because I’ve been doing it forever, but all this publishing stuff was new to me! Luckily there are so many supportive and awesome people in the m/m genre who are always willing to answer questions and help out. My publisher, Dreamspinner, is wonderful to work with – they are so great about answering questions and providing deadlines so that helps me stay somewhat organized.
- Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
As long as I feel like I’ve told the story the way I wanted to tell it, and stayed true to who the characters were in my head, then I’m good.
- How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I watch a lot of hockey, of course, so that helps! I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t have some kind of story or another going on in my head. I always wonder what people who aren’t writers think about when they’re stuck in traffic or waiting in line! I’m a people-centric person and I like to think a character-driven writer, so most of my ideas are centered around my characters. But every now and then, I get an idea or two that’s about a place or a situation instead. Inspiration is easy for me, it’s the sitting down and getting things finished that’s the hard part!
- What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to shift gears a little after the fourth Scoring Chances book and work on a fantasy m/m novel that’s nearly done. I have a couple of half-finished (okay, more than a couple, LOL) WIPs in my Google Drive that I want to finish up and hopefully submit. I’m also co-editing a charity anthology for the You Can Play Project, which promotes inclusion and tolerance of athletes of all sexual orientations in sports. V.L. Locey and I are hoping to have a collection of M/M hockey romances available by October 2016, with the proceeds being donated to the YCPP. So I’m also working on a story for that, of course, and a novella for Dreamspinner’s “States of Love” series about my home state, Kentucky. Lots of ideas and projects, let’s see if I can stay organized and not getting distracted by something totally different!
- Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
Currently I live in a Midwestern college town, where I went to college and graduate school. I grew up in a family that moved around a lot, primarily in the southern United States. My books tend to be set in the south as a result of that, and I like to challenge the stereotypes that all southerners are homophobic and racist. There are a lot of people working tirelessly in the south on behalf of LGBT rights, and I like the idea of creating worlds – even fictionally – where their efforts have paid off.
- What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Because I’m such a people-oriented person, I like reading memories and biographies a lot. Horror is my favorite film genre, so I enjoy reading that as well. I read a lot of M/M Romance though, and am a pretty quick reader. My favorite book of all times is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
- Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Oh, do I. I love caffeine and consume more Coke Zero than probably anyone else on the planet. I also love candy – sugary candy, like Sweet Tarts, Smarties (those are my favorite) and that kind of thing. I like IPAs and really hoppy beers, and I love Kentucky bourbon. As for shopping, the thing I spend most of my money on is books! But I’m pretty okay with that 😉