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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 itEthan has no hesitations As fearless as his position demands he rushes into things without much thought for the consequencesThough 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

10 thoughts on “Save of the Game

  1. says:

    Q Why did the chicken cross the road?A She was cranky to see a MF scene in the middle of her MM novelYes that happened at 12 percent And I was so appalled I slammed my Kindle shut Which wasn't nearly as satisfying as throwing a book across the room But whateverAuthors the majority of readers don't want to see one of the MCs fucking someone else male or female on page STOP IT But hey I didn't let that ruin the book for me I do love me gay some hockey players because who doesn't?view spoiler hide spoiler

  2. says:

    45 stars Avon Gale is on FIRE with this series Hot sexy sweet entertaining PLUS HOCKEY GUYS I honestly couldn't ask for Save of the Game was another excellent book in a series that is shaping up to be a favorite of mine I think this author has helped convert me to a full time hockey fan because hockey books are my new obsession I again listened to this as an audiobook and I had the same reactions to the narrator Scott R Smith as last time There is something about his cadence that takes a little getting used to but once I got used to his manner of speaking I was HOOKED I love that Scott R Smith does different voices for different characters and really puts his all into it I'm from a NYC suburb and though the accent for Ethan may seem a little over the top it really isn't I hear people talk similarly all the time I loved how the narrator went for it I also loved his mellow voice for Riley Just a great narration very well done I thought that this book was a very sweetly done bi discovery story with both Riley and Ethan experiencing their first time with another man you know I love this It felt really real not forced or fake and I totally bought their attraction for one another In terms of sexuality I think both men would consider themselves bisexual they refer to themselves as such a few times but I also was curious about Riley perhaps being demisexual not confirmed mind you A few times in the book Riley says that he isn't that attracted to people until he gets to know them well and that is why he doesn't hook up much I picked up on that and I was excited to see some demisexuality representedThe plot was lovely a true friends to lovers story with surprisingly little angst The book had a relaxed light hearted earnest vibe that I really liked and I smiled the entire time I was listening to it These guys were smitten with each other and I was smitten with them I wouldn't call this book kinky per se but the sex was a little on the rougher side at times and IT WAS HOT I couldn't get enough of the sex scenes and the slow natural way that Riley and Ethan got to know one another Super hot super well done The hockey details the family details they all worked with the story I liked both Riley and Ethan's personal journeys and I though that Avon Gale did a great job of making the story cohesive I think my one complaint would be that parts of the story dragged on a tiny bit but I really loved it overall I absolutely can't wait to continue on in this awesome series seastormprideAudiobook ARC provided by the publisher

  3. says:

    Another win from Avon Gale This is the second book in the Scoring Chances hockey series Gotta love that hockey actionWe met Riley Hunter in Breakaway a big quiet goalie who is a bit confused about his sexuality In Save of the Game we meet his new roommate Ethan Kennedy who is a brash New Yorker who loves the ladiesRiley is a solitary man who just so happens to be a billionaire He grew up in a loveless home with servants being his only companions Ethan is very sociable and comes from an incredibly loving supportive family that includes a kick ass mother and boisterous successful argumentative sisters The sibling fights are especially endearing About the only thing Ethan lacks in his life is moneyRiley and Ethan find themselves attracted to one another Not just sexually but emotionally as well They become great friends before anything sexual actually happens This had one of the healthiest relationships I have read in a MM romance in a really long time They communicated expressed their feeling to one another and never hid from anybody Sometimes a healthy relationship is a MM romance can be a death sentence for a book Where is the drama? Where is the angst? Where is the conflict? But I am happy to say you will not miss ANY of that here The angst between these two is minimal and resolved very quickly the sex is HOT we get to see big buff men playing hockey with amped up testosterone levels and a sweet loving romance with a sing it from the rooftops HEAWIN WIN WIN Highly recommended Advanced review copy of Save of the Game provided by the author in exchange of an honest review This review is also posted at Gay Book Reviews

  4. says:

    review removed from GR An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    Audio 5 StarsStory 4 StarsAfter being unable to finish book 1 I thought I was one and done with this series After reading a particular review I had a change of heart I would have liked a little on page relationship development instead of being told how much time had passed It made the relationship feel rushed but I loved the MCs and did eventually feel their connection It helped that they lived together and were interacting a lot I wish the story wasn't so sport heavy but that's my problem lol Off to book 3

  6. says:

    While I liked this story a lot it didn't seem to have quite the same zing that I got from book 1I liked both Riley and Ethan seeing them get together get over themselves and growing a lot in the process however this one just felt like a nice slow leisurely Sunday drive than a Friday night at the races if that makes senseThe parts of the book with Ethan's family seeing how supportive and loving they all were to one another were as uplifting as seeing how Riley's family was distant and seemingly uncaring were depressing I loved how the entire Kennedy clan basically adopted both Riley and his sister MadisonHonestly I think the story could've benefitted from a bit conflict in regards to Riley's family maybe with Riley helping Madison deal with their mother after her Runaway Bride anticsBut instead most of the 'major dilemmas' in the story turned out to either be non events or were setting very quickly possibly too quickly for them to have been as impactful as they could've beenThe steamy bits were pretty hot too but I've gotta admit that the Dom'ish stuff wasn't really my thing But I did like the fact that things turned out to be pretty give and take literally in the bedroomThe story ends with the beginnings of a solid HEA and I'm really looking forward to the next book in the seriesI'd rate this one at around 35 stars because I 'liked' the story but it wasn't all out love for me

  7. says:

    35 StarsUm Seriously? May I just say that these 2 are the most sexually open guys ever With nary a hiccup or batting an eyelash they explore their sexuality with hardly a doubt insecurity or worry Well that’s not the entire truth but they sure surmount their questions and confusion with extreme ease and do so quite sexily That’s not a complaint since angst is highly overrated right?? Riley quiet contemplative steady as a rock He’s so laid back that nothing really ruffles his feathers that is until his new roomie He hasn’t thought of himself as a take charge kind of guy until he sees that Ethan needs some hardcore grounding Riley simply just wants to help a friend out Uh huhEthan gregarious brash a fount of endless energy Mostly in an effort to not being “that” guy he takes a chance on his curiosity and from then on these two can’t not stop exploring each other despite their previous straight status Ethan never knew being taken care of could be so addictiveJust like in the first book this still consistently delivers humor still leaning on the side of awkward sexysweet and the least angst ever in a sports related coming out story Definitely the easiest breeziest series of its kind I’ve come across A solid win for this 2nd installment

  8. says:

    I would have given this one 45 stars but it ended so abruptly I really thought it was missing a chapter or two Other than that I liked it better than book 1 which I quite enjoyed I'll try to make time a bit later to write up of a review

  9. says:

    Review originally posted at Sinfully45 starsSometimes you just want a story that’s comforting and Save of the Game fits that bill perfectly This is one of those stories where there is a focus on the relationship with no craziness big drama or angst but just two men moving from friends to lovers discovering their bisexuality and building a fun loving relationship while navigating their everyday lives This is also a hockey series so they’re also trying to build on their team’s momentum from the last year which was played out in Breakaway to win a championship and dealing with their own wants and insecurities in both their personal and professional livesAlthough the two main characters grew up in completely different situations and have different personalities they have the same underlying goals and values Riley Hunter is the quiet and superstitious Sea Storm goalie His family is filthy rich and he just wants to use his money to take care of and help his friends Unfortunately his friends all seem to be rather stubborn and full of pride so he has to be creative with his attempts Riley has no real relationship with his family There was no big falling out he just wasn’t a priority to his parents who focused on his siblings and their business while he was left to the care of drivers and housekeepers He hasn’t spoken to his parents in three years though they still fund everything in his life and have their staff send him a birthday cardOn the other hand enforcer Ethan Kennedy can be loud and brash but he is also all about family He has a tight bond with his mother and two sisters having grown up without a father and they unconditionally and enthusiastically love and support each other no matter what That loyalty and support filters through in Ethan’s dealings with his teammates as well Ethan’s mother has instilled in him a sense that you take care of yourself and don’t rely on other people to do it for you He is caring and supportive but can be a handful when he gets wound up or excited about somethingEthan and Riley are again roommates and the Riley learns about Ethan and his family the he just wants to make their lives easier whether it’s helping Ethan out with rent or trying to figure out how to bring Ethan’s family down for a game Riley also has been having some very interesting thoughts and dreams about Ethan which he explores with the help of internet porn Ethan finds out and begins considering his feelings about his roommate One thing leads to another and things slowly heat upThere is a nice build up to the relationship as neither character has had this sort of interest in another guy before Their friendship and their banter the open communication even if it was sometimes helped along by a bit of liquid courage and their willingness to try everything and have fun kept me happily reading They really just go with the flow and explore their feelings while enjoying each other They find they like it a little kinky and it’s not in the way their personalities would lead you to believe The sex scenes were fun believable and hot Lane and Jared are also available to lend some advice or in Lane’s case attempt to before the next distracting thought comes alongThe story and the main characters had a different feel than Breakaway and though Ethan and Riley made appearances in that book this one works just fine as a standalone The joy Avon Gale obviously takes in writing her characters really comes through here and not just in the main characters Ethan’s family plays a big part in the story and each of them has a distinct personality This really is a secondary relationship in the story and it portrays the kind of family anyone would be happy to have and gives insight into Ethan’s character This was another good entry in the Scoring Chances series that I would absolutely recommend

  10. says:

    Save of the Game by Avon Gale was a sweet friends to lovers story We have two hockey teammates whose friendship develops into than just being roommatesMy highlightsThe main characters I thought Riley and Ethan were great characters who showed growth throughout the storyThe suporting cast To be honest they almost overshadowed the main characters a bit I fell in love with Ethan’s familyHumorThe book had a nice relaxed feel good vibeThat being saidThe story was missing something for me some hmph The story had minimal angst and I wanted a little conflict Everything always got resolved fairly quick so it slowed the pace of the story and started to lose me at around the 60% mark At 200 pages the book is not too long but it felt long to me It started to feel repetitive This caused me to “like” not “love” the bookI think it all depends on what you’re in the mood for If you’re in the mood for a sweet romance give this one a go I’d also recommend this one after a heartbreaking book 35 Stars ♥ ARC kindly provided by Dreamspinner Press to Gay Book Reviews for an honest review