Title: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 9, 2016 – 240 pgs
A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.
After spending guilt-ridden years for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.
Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
This was a great story. The details were mostly correct and the characters all meshed well.
Past events created what the team owner hoped would be an explosive bench setting between head coach and assistant coach, Misha and Max. However, what developed was a mutually respectful, steamy relationship.
This was a great story of overcoming guilt, moving forward in life and showing others that their past doesn’t need to dictate their future.
I love the chemistry that Mischa and Max share – their compliment each other well, despite being quite different. Max’s family is awesome and I love that he allows Mischa to know a different type of family.
Mischa’s past is sad, but he did not allow it to define his future or his career. Mischa is calm, assertive, almost cold throughout the story, but his river runs deep and he shows his emotional and deeper self later in the story. In contrast, Max is sweet, gentle and nice with everyone he surrounds himself with.
Gale provides steamy scenes, great sport, semi conflict, a brooding yummy tatted Russian and a sweet, sexy American who come together to create an amazing team.
I really hope that Drake gets his own story. I love how he developed through this story.
There is nothing I can say about this series except it is exciting and moving. There is Hot men and even Hotter sex. As I mentioned in me review of Save the Game this author is on my automatic buy list and this book certainly cemented that decision. Power Play was another excellent story in the series. This author just has a way of reaching out to grab you the moment the story starts. The characters, Max and Misha, we complex in their roles in this book and I loved them from the start. The secondary characters were amazing and can only hope that the next book in the series include Drake as the MC. I can’t wait to see where this author goes, not only with this series but in other books as well.
Avon Gale did it again. She has taken what could have been an ordinary book and made it extraordinary. This is not just a book about hockey, it is about so much more.
Max has been signed as the assistant coach to a team called the spitfires and does not find out that the head coach is none other then Misha? The man that helped in aiding to the end of his hockey career on a freak accident on the ice that cost him some of his eyesight. The GM of the team knew there could be promotional opportunities if these two men were at each other’s throats but instead he got the unexpected. He got two men who was determined to turn the team they was hired to coach around into a winning team. And that is when the real action and the book really begins,
This book in my opinion is about so much more then just hockey. It is aboutforgiveness. Not just forgiveness of an accident that was just that, an accident but it is about forgiving ones self for a past that they are not proud of. It isabout forgiveness for being who you are. It is about forgiveness for wanting the life that you want without feeling bad about it. But that is not all the book isabout. It is about confronting ones past and realizing that sometimes one has to do what they have to do just to survive.? It is about starting over and not looking at the past but instead looking at the here and now and what you want the future to be. And last but not least, it is about believing in ones self and the ones that you love.
Avon Gale did a wonderful job with this book. There are so many emotions that each of the characters in this book bring out in the reader. I loved this book probably the best out of the series so far and I hope that there will be another book in the series.
I didn’t think it possible, but this series just keeps getting better. The third book takes us back to the ECHL, but this time our two leading men are coaches, not players.
Both retired NHL players, Max and Misha are both brilliant characters and they might be my favourite pair in the series so far. When Misha injured Max in an NHL playoff game, it ended both players’ careers. Max’s career was short lived and his recovery has been difficult. In contrast, Misha ended a long NHL career with a Stanley Cup and a guilty conscience.
I love the way these two men contrast and compliment each other. Max is an easy going all-American jock and Misha is a highly strung immigrant who sacrificed everything so he could leave Russia. Misha’s Russian background, even his guarded, closeted behaviours felt honest rather than exaggerated plot devices. The friendship, the romance and the passion between these two is perfectly crafted.
The witty banter I loved in the first book is back. Avon Gale writes brilliant dialogue and the conversations between Misha and Max are fantastic. Misha struggles to appreciate the nuances of American culture and some of Max’s well intentioned explanations had me laughing aloud.
With all the tensions of a new hockey season and the personal history of the two coaches to add drama, the relationship between Misha and Max is allowed to develop naturally without any overly contrived angst. I loved the excitement as Misha and Max built their team and I loved the drama of each game. There is a brilliant balance between the romance, action and humour in this story which makes for a fun, exciting and very sexy read.
“I’d never watched this, you know.”
“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.
Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”
“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”
It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen.
What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.
The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.
Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”
Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”
“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”
Oh. “Yes. I know.”
Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.
- Tell us something about your character’s friends.
Max makes friends easily and keeps them for a long time – it’s how, after his injury, he was able to find a spot on the coaching staff for his old college team in Duluth. He still talks to some of the guys he played with in the majors, though they are properly horrified that he ended up with a former Bruin. He definitely considers Misha his best friend.
- What is your character’s favorite meal? Favorite dessert? Favorite snack food?
Max is pretty easy-to-please when it comes to food, but he hates cooking. He’s fond of easily assembled items like sandwiches, likes nachos and pizza, and his favorite food is Thai food – spicier the better. But he’s getting used to Misha’s cooking, and has to admit that it’s nice dating someone who likes to cook. Because Misha is a vegetarian, Max is gaining a new appreciation for mushrooms – which he used to hate. He’s not much of a snacker, but he likes ice cream sundaes.
- What activity does your character absolutely hate?
Putting away the laundry and emptying the dishwasher.
- What other author’s book do you think your character would be good in?
Max is a sunny, easy-going guy. Therefore, I’d love to see what he’d do if he met up with Colin Mulligan from Roan Parrish’s “Out of Nowhere.” Max has a knack with broody guys 😉
- What’s your favorite decade and why?
Me – and my characters – are always a fan of the one we’re in. No time like the present!
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories — either real or the ones she makes up in her head.