Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Book: Power Play
A Scoring Chances Novel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: October 11, 2016
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes
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, it's a pretty well known fact that I adore Avon Gale's Scoring Chances series. Like a lot of you. And of the four books in the series so far, Power Play is most definitely my favorite because Misha. Misha, Misha, Misha. Oh I love Max, too, don't get me wrong, and the epicness that is the bromance between Isaac and Misha is everything, but like I stated, Misha. That all being said, my anticipation of the audio of Power Play was off the charts and I'm so SO happy to tell you all that Scott R. Smith delivered another performance that is utter perfection. I had this voice in my head while I was reading the book of what Misha could and would sound like and Smith gave me all that I wanted and more. Not only do I think he rocked Misha's voice with all his gruffness and Russian accent to boot, but he captured the exuberance of Max and the feistiness of Isaac, too.
Seriously folks, this series is one of the best out there. The writing is off the charts engaging and spot on, and Smith's narration just adds to the awesome. You'll laugh and swoon and there's a few times you might even wipe your eyes because there's a bit of everything in Power Play and all of the Scoring Chances books. I can't recommend both reading and listening enough. If you miss out on these, you're really going to be sorry.
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