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TWO 5 Star and TWO 4.5 Star Reviews for Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale #MM #Romance @avongalewrites

CoverTitle: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 29, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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FiveStars

Another winner all around…the hockey, the players, the team, the romance, the sex, the couples, the secondary characters (new, past & current), pizza & coconut water, and of course, Riley and Ethan. This is a long list, but that is because the whole story is a winner.
These two are a perfect pair on and off the ice. On the ice, Ethan is the team enforcer and protector, and everyone knows you do NOT mess with another team’s goalie, especially Riley, his goalie. Off the ice, these two are opposites. Riley drinks coconut water, Ethan drinks Pepsi. Riley comes from a loveless, cold family where Ethan comes from the best family anyone could want or have. Ethan is a tattooed muscle fighter and Riley is quite bendy (which leads Ethan’s imagination wild). They both though find are easy to love, enjoy kissing, eating pizza and play video games.
This was a low angst read that never made you want to set this down. Ethan’s family gets the Best Supporting Characters Award as his mom and sisters are just what everyone needs in their life. I cried happy tears seeing that they brought Riley in as member of one of their own, from hugs to cheer signs. Avon Gale writes with such enthusiasm for hockey, always an outstanding cast of characters, a journey of self discovery while developing a loving relationship and of course, very HOT smexy times. So I am greedy, I cannot pick one or the other as a favorite so I will just take both Ethan and Riley and the hockey!!
Keri

FiveStarsI love a book when two men that are supposedly straight realize that they are attracted to each other and that it is ok. U add in the fact the book is also about hockey and u have yourself a hit,

We met Riley in book 1 and and he had told Lane durning one of the conversations that he did not consider himself not gay but he did not consider himself straight either, it was more of a I don’t know what I am. Well in book 2 Riley finally figured that out when him and a fellow teammate Ethan started being roommates and Ethan figured out that not only did he not have a problem with gay people but he may also be gay too. Or at least gay for Riley.

I loved these two characters so much. They truly complimented one another even though they both come from completely different backgrounds.

Riley comes from a family that is extremely wealthy and his family are not close to one another at all.

Ethan comes from a family that is not rich with money but rich in other ways such as him being extremely close to his mom and sisters.

The other has always wanted what the other has. Ethan wants more money cause he wants to support his family and not rely on anyone else and Riley would give up all his money to have the kind of family that Ethan has.

This is such a wonderful read. It is about two guys who learn from the other. Riley is insecure about not having family and about others knowing he has money and thinking that the things he accomplishes is not on his merit but the money. Ethan does not want to ever be beholden to anyone else and take a chance of owing someone for it. They teach each other to let go of those insecurities and to grab on to what matters, each other.

Avon Gale does such an amazing job with her books and getting the points across. Avon has a gift to not only bring love to her characters but excitement to each book also. This book was such a great read and cannot wait to read book 3.

~Tosha
FourandHalfStars
This book was another great book by an author that has just moved to my automatic buy list. The characters, Ethan and Riley, have such complexity and emotion. I also love that this book is based on my favorite sport, hockey. This was a light read about two bisexual men who come together via their love for hockey. Avon Gale is an excellent writer that always seems to inject life into the story. I loved Ethan’s family but immediately fell in love with Ethan, who we hardly got to know in book 1, Breakaway. I loved Riley in Breakaway and was so glad that he got his own story. This book was quite clearly about hockey and the friendship and love of two good men. I would definitely recommend this book even if you don’t love hockey.
Lynn
FourandHalfStars

4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed the fact that these were two men who were straight before they met each other, even if they had thought about other men in a way that could possibly make them not so straight. It was encouraging to see them both simply accept the attraction for what it was instead of fighting it tooth and nail.

The story that goes with the romance is awesome too. I love the way the hockey is interwoven into the story and adds to it instead of distracting from the two men’s relationship. The way they both are there to support each other in every way the other needs is great.

I just really enjoyed this story even if at time I felt like we were left a little behind with the time passage not always being so clear.

Renee

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TWO 5 Star, One 4.5 Star, and One 4 Star Reviews for Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1) by Avon Gale #MM #Romance @avongalewrites

CoverTitle: Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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 FiveStars

This was my first book by Avon Gale and most definitely will NOT be my last. I think I may have found a new author to stalk…err follow. Besides, who doesn’t love hockey men? Growing up all around and playing with sweaty hockey boys, I can almost feel like I was at home with these two and their true joy at playing this sport.
Lane Courtnall….Lane, Lane, Lane….he is just so socially inept, yet genuinely speaks from the goodness of his heart. I feel in love with his quirky words, humor, straight forward talk, full of energy, enthusiasm for hockey and the love he has for Jared.
Jared Shore was a true gentleman, even in his enforcer/protector sexy body. He shows what true love means and that you fall in love with everything about your partner, quirks and all. He was a man that took Lane for what he was, and was patient with him and loved him. These two men just understood each other down to their souls, like they had a cheat sheet for each other, and makes you jealous at how easy the chemistry flowed between the two. Speaking of chemistry….when these two got together, you could feel it.
The pacing of this story was smooth. It grabbed you with humor right from the start with quirky Lane who was just adorable in his social graces that you can’t help but just laugh. The story just kept going and never slowed down. It was low angst and full of self-learning.
The ending was just perfect with what Jared did. At first, I felt at a loss for Jared, but I found myself smiling and it made me happy that he was able to learn to self love, and know that by loving someone else and having that returned, anything was possible.
~Keri
FiveStars

I have to say that Avon Gale did an awesome job with the character Lane. Lane is one of those people that takes everything literally and has a way of saying everything that comes into his brain and does not realize that sometimes it would be best left unsaid. But even still he has the biggest heart and he believes the best of everyone. He has big dreams and when they come true he cannot put them into words because he cannot believe it is actually happening to him.

Jared is a hockey player on that plays for the team that is a rival for the team that Lane plays for and to say that their first meeting on the ice is explosive is to put it mildly. After spending time with Lane, Jared realizes that Lane does not mean anything negative in what he says, he just does not realize how things he says comes across.

I did not think that these two men would be a good fit together at first but the more I got to know these two characters I realized I was wrong and there could be no one more perfect for one another.

They are both competitive with one another but only in a good way and they push one another to strive to better themselves. And Lane is good for Jerod because his passion for the game helped Jerod find his passion for it again also.

I love how this story unfolded and how these two men came together. It was a really sweet story honesty. I do not know of any other way to describe it.

~Tosha
FourandHalfStars

First let me say that I love hockey (especially the Red Wings) so when I saw this book that was offer for review I just could past it up. The author was clear in her introduction that this was mainly about ECHL which is basically the minor leagues in baseball. This book was very realistic and I really love that. I loved Lane and the how he was very socially clumsy. The author really has fun with Lane and I loved how she described him. Lane almost immediately meets Jared and I just clear picture them together.

Avon Gale is quickly become a must read for me as her stories are fun and very entertaining. I absolutely love her writing style and it makes for a really easy read. As I read this book and Ms. Gale would seem to be coming to the end and then she would come up with another cinereous to throw at us. It was a great book and a really great ending.

~Lynn

FourStars

I thought this was a really sweet story. Lane is so awkward and just adorable because I relate to him a lot on the whole “Why am I not supposed to say that?” thing. While Jared is dealing with a jerk in his past, not to mention his age in a sport where he’s ancient.
I thought the way both families handled the men coming out was interesting and the way the men reacted was.. brilliant. I wish we saw that more than the people who let their families rule their life decisions.
I felt this was a fun, exciting tale filled with hockey, love and some sexy scenes.
The end felt a bit dragged out to me and left me just hoping to get everything wrapped up and that’s where it lost the star for me 🙁
Renee

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New Release: FOUR 5 Star, ONE 4.5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale #Bisexual #Romance #hockeyromance @avongalewrites

PowerPlayfsTitle: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 9, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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FourStars

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.

~AvidReader

FourandHalfStars

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.

Lynn

FiveStars

Wow, talk about a series that just gets better and better. I’m a hockey gal that has lived both sides of the ice. So this story was a breath of fresh air coming in from the coaches’ perspective. I have truly enjoyed the hockey action in this series and feel like I am right there skating with them…except for the bag skates, haha, I prefer to stay living.
Mikhail “Misha” Samarin, one sexy as sin, tatted up broody Russian with a come hither accent completely broke my heart. From the start of meeting Misha – knowing how he belittled himself, feeling guilty for an accident and as we read on, not feeling worthy to love himself to his comical misunderstanding of English, especially slang, made me cry laughing, sad and in the end happy tears.
Max Ashford is one handsome, All American boy, who was raised right to have manners and be able to forgive. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is always parting some wisdom. He doesn’t see how much his heart is made of gold.
This story was well written and such a joy to see these two grow not only together but within themselves. Even though these two were such opposites which made everything electric when they were together, and oh my…it was HOT; they also balanced each other to become a whole.
I am already anticipating Avon Gale’s next one and wondering how she will top this one.  Of course, my internal wish is for Drake, because this blue-hair, lip pierced goalie most definitely needs some unconditional love after breaking my heart. I just want to wrap my arms around him and protect him. Please give him his much-deserved HEA for what he has lived through.
Please don’t boo, but I’m a homegrown St. Louis fan living in Alaska. Go Blues!!
~Keri
FiveStars

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.

Tosha
FiveStars

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.

Sarah
FiveStars
This was my favorite story in this series so far. It’s truly a stand alone as its a new team and new people from the other two books.
The underlying message of forgive and forget and making the best of what you are given is just great. Even with the past our men share they are able to work through it and find something special.
I loved Max’s family. They were so great. Seeing the way Max impacted Mischa was wonderful and heart warming.
I really enjoyed this story. I think if I had to complain about anything would be the way the sex scenes almost blacked out when things got hot instead of finishing what was started or how it almost became clinical instead of being as passionate as the men were toward each other the rest of the time, but that’s a personal preference.
Renee

Excerpt

“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.

“The hit.”

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.

 

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Linemates by D.K. Dunn (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Sports @dreamspinners @dk_dunn

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Title: Linemates
Author Name & Publisher: D.K. Dunn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2015 – 224pgs

Synopsis

Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.

The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK**
This was a great story of a love that was lost only to come back into your life later on.. Although there wasn’t necessarily love there to begin with, there was an great friendship and one night of passion that ended in heartbreak.
I loved the way this story played out as there is a lot of feelings that have to be worked out before things can start to go well and the friendship (or more) can be explored.
The writing was excellent and left me wanting more even though the story was complete in every way.
The narrator did an excellent job adding to the story although there was a time or two when I felt like he didn’t quite hit the mark when trying to portray the emotions the characters should’ve been feeling. Other than that, it was very well done.
Renee
FourStars
This book was good but not great. It certainly had action on the ice (and I’m a big Detroit [RW] Wheels fan) but the action in the bedroom was lacking. It took me a while to warm up to Veens (Derek) and Laddie (Trevor) but I did kind of. The characters to seem to be lacking in depth but eventually I warmed up to them. Unfortunately it was more than half way through the book. I absolutely hated Trevor in the beginning; I mean he acted like such a total tool. Eventually Trevor gets his head out of his a**, all due to Derek’s injury, and they finally get together. The ending felt like it kind of left me hanging although this clearly did not have a cliffhanger. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would like to see more from Derek and Trevor.
Lynn
 ThreeStar
If you like lots of hockey and lots of hockey action this book is for you. If you want romance, this is not the book you want to read. There was more action on the ice than off. I was seriously skimming through parts of the book because I was so sick of hearing about hockey non-stop. I know it is a book about two hockey players and they live and breathe hockey, I get it. But that is seriously all the book is about, there is the back and forth with the hating Trevor from Derek’s point of view, then Trevor either being a super jerk or denying he is gay. NOTHING happens until right at the end of the book and then BAM it is just over! Trevor says he loves Derek, Derek has a few questions and then the book is over. We don’t find out if Trevor ever admits to anyone else he is gay, we don’t see if their relationship goes any further than one more bout of sex and words of love. This book had so much potential and fell short for me.
Angie

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THREE 5 and 4 Stars for Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1) by Avon Gale #MM #Sports @Avongalewrites

1.5

Title: Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Avon Gale (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 27, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

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.

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FiveStars

I loved this.  A hockey story about a barely professional league in the American Deep South was always going to be funny.  What I didn’t expect were the complex characters, a passionate love story and a completely angst-free m/m romance.   

At the start of the story, Lane is a talented, arrogant new NHL draft pick starting his career with a farm team two divisions below the NHL.  Socially awkward verbal diarrhea doesn’t exactly endear him to his teammates.  Jared is a washed up goon at the end of his career.  He’s still playing hockey because someone pays him and he doesn’t know anything else to do.  They meet when Lane decides to win over his team by picking a fight with Jared.

These are two wonderful, perfectly developed characters.  I love Lane’s awkwardness and his growth over the course of his first professional season.  His relationship with Zoe and his relationship with his parents add warmth and depth to a brilliant story.  The author doesn’t devote quite as much time to Jared, but his past and his relationship with his family are beautifully developed.  I love the deft descriptions of the men Lane and Jared play with.  And I really love Zoe.  Not many m/m writers add well developed unique female characters, but I had a massive girl crush on Zoe from the first moment we meet her.  

As the author points out, Hockey is a serious religion in Canada and I thoroughly enjoyed the clash of cultures between the Canadian and Northern American players and their new Southern home.  So much is lost in cultural translation.  I’m not sure if you need to be Canadian to understand the humour, but it helps.  

I loved how the author circumvented the tired coming out angst common to most m/m professional sports stories. This author just acknowledges that most of the players are Canadian and they’ve had gay marriage and social justice stuff for years up there.  So instead of the usual secrets, lies and stress, we get a really fun sports story.  It feels modern and realistic.  

Sarah

FiveStars

I’m not a sports fan. Never have been. Imagine my surprise when after reading a few pages I found myself liking this book.

One of the things I really liked about this book is that it did not contain a lot of pages describing a hockey game or hockey players talking about hockey. I really appreciated that. This book is more about the relationship between the main characters and Lane and his friend Zoe.

I loved the main characters in this story, I especially loved Lane. He is a character with so many facets to his personality. He is hilarious and quirky and, like, has his own language, which made him really entertaining.

Below is one of my favorite quotes. Zoe and Lane are talking and Zoe says,

“What the hell are you doing?”
He looked up at her. “Looking for the button that turns on your closed captioning, because your accent is really thick when you’re mad.”

I really liked the budding relationship of the main characters. How the strange way that Lane speaks is what drew Jared in. That was so unique and funny.

I do recommend this book. This is a great story for sport lovers and ones who don’t care for sports. Don’t let the hockey scare you. Its not loaded with it. You will love the relationship between the main characters and the way Lane talks is so hilarious it makes the book a really fun read.

Ariel

FiveStarsLane has just been drafted to the NHL Sea Storms. Jared plays for the opposing team the Savannah Renegades. He also happens to be bi so when he meets Lane there is a instant attraction between these two men.
So I have to say it did take me awhile to warm up to Lane.. The way he acted and talked to everyone took a little bit to get used.Other than that I did like these two men together and thought this was a sweet, but very steamy book filled with a lot of hockey and two men who grow closer together as the time goes by. The way they talked to each other was honestly so funny but at the same time so sweet. Then there was also the ending which I loved.

I really liked the authors pretense of this story and the way these characters were written even Lane who took a little bit to get used to and eventually grew on me so much that by the end of this book I ended up loving his character!

All together I really liked this story!
I would recommend this book!

~Kara

FourStars

Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this book thoroughly.  I liked that the main characters had supporting characters throughout the story and that those secondary characters added to the story rather than took away from it.
Then, I would also like to add that this book had much more about hockey and the ins and outs of a team than the romance of the main characters, despite their chemistry being very hot.
Lane is a somewhat awkward hockey player – he knows how to play, knows how to relate to his teammates, as long as the game is involved, but other than that, he is incredibly naive and immature.  The narration that went on in this story was sometimes over the top and Lane easily got on my nerves.  While I appreciated his innocence at times, during other sections, I just wanted to roll my eyes and shake my head.
Then you have Jared.  All I can say is yum.  He is a hockey player through and through and knows that his life, while not in the pros, has been full of the game he loves.  I really enjoyed how Gale was able to create the magic again for Jared’s character – he was able to reinvent himself and I loved that he wasn’t afraid to take that chance.
While their romance is not typical, Gale was able to write a story that encompassed both love of the game of hockey as well as finding your true partner in crime.  The connection between Lane and Jarod is both instantaneous and explosive both on and off the ice.
I am so very looking forward to Riley’s story, because he is both intriguing and mysterious all wrapped in to an awesome goal keeper.
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4 Stars for Linemates by D.K. Dunn #MM #Sports @dreamspinners @dk_dunn

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Title: Linemates
Author Name & Publisher: D.K. Dunn (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 18, 2015 – 224pgs

Synopsis

Life is going pretty well for Derek LaVigne. He’s playing professional hockey in Los Angeles where hockey is barely on the radar, and this allows him to live in relative anonymity. Derek’s world is tilted on its axis when he’s traded to the Detroit Wheels. Not only is this one of the top teams in the National Hockey League, he’ll also be playing in a city that lives and breathes hockey. It sounds like a dream come true, but soon enough it becomes clear it isn’t.

The reason for Derek’s change of heart is Trevor Ladouceur. Five years ago Derek and Trevor were linemates on Team Canada at the World Junior Championship. They were inseparable both on and off the ice and became known as the Wonder Twins. After winning the gold medal, they slept together. Trevor was gone the next morning, and they haven’t spoken since. Now they’re together again, and the expectation is for the Wonder Twins to help Detroit win the Stanley Cup. Much to Derek’s dismay, he realizes he’s falling in love with Trevor all over again.

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FourStars

For a Canadian girl, an m/m hockey romance is the the perfect story, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The characters are believable, attractive and more than just a little damaged. And the hockey action is great.

The story is Derek’s. As a closeted NHL benchwarmer in LA, he has the anonymity to visit the local gay bars and enjoy frequent hook-ups. But a trade to Detroit, his home team, means a life in the spotlight and playing with Trevor, the only man he has ever really cared about.

Trevor has a glamorous girlfriend and he genuinely doesn’t think he’s gay. Or he doesn’t want to be gay. And he won’t have his career ruined by a single night’s drunken mistake with Derek.

Yes, both men are closeted. Yes, Trevor is a fully grown adult in denial about his sexuality. Yes, Trevor treats Derek badly. The players’ language is homophobic and misogynistic.

They play professional ice hockey. The sport with redneck crowds and beer sponsorships. I believe this story more than I would believe a sappy coming-out-on-national-TV story. You can guarantee there are players living Trevor and Derek’s lives right now.

As much as I loved this, I really didn’t feel much romance. So, while this is a great story about gay players in the NHL, it didn’t resonate as a great love story. Enjoy it for the hockey, the angst, and some pretty physical sex scenes.

Sarah

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3.5 Stars for Enforcing Emory by Mickie B. Ashling #MM #Hocky @Dreamspinners

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Title: Enforcing Emory
Author Name & Publisher: Mickie B. Ashling (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 27, 2015 – 226 pgs

Synopsis

Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Emory is such a fantastic character. Flamboyant, talented and proud, I loved him. And his family. Especially his dad.

Nik didn’t fully come to life for me, but I liked and respected him by the end.

I wasn’t as thrilled with the rest of the story. Nik’s father, Igor, was never allowed to become more than a static plot device. His actions were way too over-the-top, and what could have been a sweet love story between two boys from different worlds spiraled into a story of organised Russian crime hits and union retaliation.

Ukrainian Igor’s Russian connections didn’t even make sense to me as I seem to remember Russia invading the Ukraine during Sochi. Ultimately, I found the stereotyping of Nik’s Ukrainian family and the racial slurs Tom threw at them really difficult to read.

So – read the story for Emory. His courage and grace is beautiful. His relationship with his family is fantastic. His relationship with Nik is pretty sweet at times too.

Sarah

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