Review: Save of the Game by Avon Gale


28530106After 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. 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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My Review:

Save of the Game is the second book in the Scoring chances series. It’s about Ethan Kennedy and Riley Hunter, both are characters we’ve met before in the first book Breakaway and I’d totally recommend you to read Breakaway first because it’s amazing, but you don’t have to read it to be able to follow this book.

What I loved most about this book was how it featured two believable bisexual characters! The reader is not just told that X or Y is bisexual but we experience opposite-sex attraction through Ethan’s eyes.
I’ve seen reviews of other readers (and not just for this book) that basically told the author to stop writing m/f scenes in m/m romance. Some even went as far to say they don’t like it when it’s mentioned that one character finds a woman attractive! I really don’t understand those kind of reviews.

I loved how both Ethan and Riley struggled with their feelings for each other at first. The way Ms Gale describes it is absolutely 100% believable. It’s not this insta-love and they don’t immediately jump into the bed and have wild monkey sex when they realize there’s an attraction there. They take it slow, and yes sometimes it’s a bit awkward and clumsy but that just makes it more believable.

Don’t worry though, they sex scenes between these two are HOT and their chemistry.. uhlala! *fans self* 😉

I loved Riley. His family is rich but he really doesn’t want people to know because either they want to be his best friends when they find out, or they don’t want anything to do with him. So he keeps it a secret. Which creates a bit of a problem when Ethan, who has never really had much money, moves in with him. I loved how Riley just wanted to use his money to help people.
Ethan on the other hand really doesn’t like to be indebted to anyone. And while I sometimes wanted to tell him to stop being so goddamn stubborn I do understand his reasons.

This book was great. I loved Riley and Ethan and the secondary characters are brilliant. Especially Ethan’s mum! That coming out scene!! ❤

I recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a light and feel-good story with reallife characters, hot sex scenes and the perfect dose of humor.

“I’m not really sick, though,” Ethan protested. “I’m just hungover.”
“You seemed pretty sick before you fell asleep. And two hours after that. And this morning, when you were trying to pretend you weren’t throwing up in the trash can.” Riley snorted. “What was I supposed to think you were doing? Looking for something in there?”
“My dignity.”

I LOVED that scene!

Thanks Ms Gale for another wonderful story, I can’t wait for the next one!

You can find my review for Breakaway here.

Genre: Contemporary Orientation: Bisexual Pairing: M/M Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Review Tag: Friends to Lovers Tag: Part of a series Tag: Sports

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