Author: Avon Gale
Book: Power Play book 3
Series: Scoring Chances
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Length 201 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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 years guilt ridden 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 trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.
So you know one of the best things about being a reader? When one of your favorite authors of one of our favorite series releases a new book and it's even better than you knew it would be! Such is the case for Power Play, Avon Gale's newest book in her fabulous Scoring Chances series. In this one, we're treated (and I mean that so much!) to the other side of the puck as both Misha and Max are coaches, not players—though they are former players. And not only are they coaches, but Misha is the person responsible for the injury that ended Max's hockey playing career. How's that for drama??
This book was SO MUCH FUN, y'all. Different from the first two in that it's a bit heavier and focuses more on some pretty intense issues, but in true Avon Gale style, so very entertaining. I swear Avon Gale writes guys like few others. Her men are always so real. They cuss, they say inappropriate things, they act like jerks sometimes, but to me, this makes Misha and Max (and all the others) that much more genuine. The way she handles bisexuality is so refreshing, too. I've been so impressed with realistic way in which Gale handles this subject ... brash and honest mixed with a bit of humor (sometimes locker room humor) but so very authentic. After all, these guys are attracted to BOTH sexes, that doesn't go away just because they happen to fall in love with a man.
Max's reaction to his immediate attraction to his fellow coach was a pure joy to witness as he jumps head first into his relationship with Misha. And don't even get me started on the awesomeness that is Misha! So vulnerable and stoic, afraid to trust his feelings for Max coupled with the crushing guilt he's been carrying around for years made my heart swoon all over the place. The chemistry between these two was scorching and one of my favorite things is that Max and Misha are every bit as much best friends as they are lovers. As usual, the secondary characters are fantastically developed, full of richness and complexity—they always add so much to the story line. Especially the blue haired, lip earring (as Misha calls it) wearing goalie, Drake. I am SO looking forward to more of his story. Misha's burgeoning friendship with the charismatic Drake is one I definitely want more of. They way these two interact is as delightful and engaging as Misha's relationship with Max. And the cameos??!! Pure fabulousness especially from my favorite, Coach Spencer. This guy just kills me, and of course seeing Ethan Kennedy was a double win.
All in all, this book is a winner. Great storyline, fantastic characters, brilliant witty and sharp writing, HOCKEY, and some pretty hot sex, too. This book is NOT to be missed. Oh and Avon, bring on Drake! I can't wait to see him in the next book!
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