Normally we have Sports Sunday on, well, Sunday, but due to the holiday we’re having it on Saturday this week!
Save of the Game, by Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances, Book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
Release Date: January 29, 2016 (book)
Book Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Audio Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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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The number one thing I want in an audiobook is a narration that presents the story without distracting from it. I want something that makes it easy to keep track of characters and changes in scenes. This book nailed that for me.
The narrator’s voice was warm and soothing. I enjoyed listening to him talk and it made the book that much more enjoyable. I don’t know what other people like in an audiobook narrator, but I like someone who lets the book be the focus. I don’t like a lot of excess voices and that kind of thing.
The narrator uses different voices for Ethan and his NY family, but it wasn’t annoying or distracting. It added to their character and made their background more believable. It also made it easy to distinguish everyone so I didn’t get distracted.
This is an Avon Gale hockey romance so I knew going in that I was going to love it. I was not let down! The difference between her many hockey books isn’t the quality, it’s the variety of characters and the romance between the two characters. I am impressed that she can write so many different kinds of romances between so many types of people with such a limited setting.
I knew right off the bat that I was going to love Riley. He’s a goalie with a sweet temper and a fierce streak, so of course! However, I was super surprised with how much I loved Ethan. He could have been an epic party boy D-Bag, but he ended up being an easy-going guy who loved his family and treated Riley really well. I think people treating each other well really makes me like a book even more, because I’ve seen relationships IRL where people just treat each other like garbage and I hate it.
Riley has money that he doesn’t want to throw around to impress people but I loved that he used it to make Ethan happy. It’s a testament to how well Gale wrote his character that she uses how he uses his cash to show who he is as a person. With character development it is easy to tell people how a character is and way harder to show them who they are. Gale nails character development on the head with every new book I read.
I also really liked how Gale handled Riley and Ethan’s newly discovered bisexuality. There is a very fine line between bicuriosity/being bisexual and gay for you. This book clearly shows the characters dealing with the idea that they could be bisexual. I like authors, like Gale, who realize that people don’t need to be attracted to a lot of people of one gender or the other to be bisexual.
I didn’t like a lot of the side characters in this one for some reason. Gale wrote them well etc, but I was just eh about them. However, I really liked the team dynamic and Coach Spencer was my favorite. He’d just swear and yell ridiculous things to make his point, and I was like “I can relate to this man.”
All in all this was another enjoyable hockey romance from Avon Gale.
Check out El’s four star review of the book here!
Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Find her online at https://www.avongalewrites.com/
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I received a copy of this audio book in exchange for a fair and honest review.