Author: Avon Gale
My Rating: A+
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Genre: Sports Romance (m/m)
Series: Scoring Chances #1
Main Characters: Lane and Jared
Release Date: August 2016 (audiobook)
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
Hands down, this is easily one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. This narrator was phenomenal...his voices for Lane and Jared made the book so freaking good. I loved this story and characters.
This is one of those books...the story so unlikely to work as a romance novel, but it does and OMG, I don't know if I've ever smiled and laughed out loud as much as I have with this story. Lane...is young...and brash...and he has absolutely no filter. He's also a jock and may not be the absolute smartest guy around. All of that combined makes him fabulously funny. He's just so young and naive. He says things that most other people wouldn't even think, but he doesn't mean any harm. He's just a sweet young thing...without a filter. I loved him so, so much.
On the other hand, there's Jared. He's the team veteran. The team enforcer. He fights. He disciplines. He knows his place on the team. The two play on opposite teams and meet when Lane decides to use Jared to make a point to his teammates (who hate him because he doesn't ever consider what he says before he mouths off.) And I love how much Lane throws Jared at first. He has no idea how to take this young guy, but then things start to get really 'good' between them.
Seriously, I have so much love for this book. It was phenomenal. Some books are hard to judge whether that would be the case when I listen to them on audio because the narrator adds so much emotion and inflection to the character. The book was great, but the narration made it amazing. Definitely one of my favorite reads/listens for the year. I loved this book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!