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Publisher's Summary

A Scoring Chances novel.
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.
They must navigate not only 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.
©2016 Avon Gale (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 11-22-16

Keep up the good work, Avon!

Another awesome audiobook in what is shaping up to be a KILLER series! Hockey is my new crack, baby, and Avon Gale is my main dealer!

Power Play was surprisingly low angst, like the other books in the series, despite having the potential to be a total downer. This book was fun and sexy, with a smattering of seriousness and a big scoop of feelz.

Max is new to bisexuality, having discovered that he likes men as well as women after a particularly revealing trip to Mexico. He, like many other characters in this series, is pretty laid back about his sexuality, which I enjoyed. I also REALLY enjoyed seeing Max explore all the, ehem, finer facets of gay sex. I reeeeeeally enjoyed those parts! *nudge, nudge*

Misha is the more serious, broody character who needs to overcome some of his past issues. I liked him also, even though I preferred the lightness of Max.

I'm going to go a little against the grain, though, and say that I liked the first two books in the series better. While this book was solidly "very good" for me, the other books in the series were edging on 5-stars. Maybe I prefer players over coaches?

In terms of audio, I'm seriously loving Scott R. Smith's narration, which grows on me more and more with each book in the series. He did a great voice for Misha, and his sultry accent sold it for me.

I absolutely can't wait for the next audiobook in the series (enemies to lovers, anyone?!), and I hope that the awesomeness continues!

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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5 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 10-30-16

Thoroughly enjoyable listening experience!

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The third story in the Scoring Chances hockey series delivers another fun, funny, low angst, sexy as hell and thoroughly enjoyable tale as I've come to expect from Avon Gale. I loved the story.

The narration was ultimately enjoyable, and I can see adding this into my re-listen rotation. I loved his narration of the interactions between Misha, Max and the team, Smith's character voice for Belsy was spot on how I'd pictured him in my head, and I loved how Smith brought the romance between Max and Misha to life.

The only slight negative is I have to admit I was disappointed with the strength of Scott R. Smith's Russian accent for Misha. I felt like it kind of came and went getting a little stronger at times and barely distinguishable at others.

However, in the end it's Smith's obvious enjoyment of the story that comes through so clearly, making this a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.


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5 out of 5 stars
By Mandy ryder on 10-14-16

Must read

I've been nothing but impressed with this series. Fun and sexy. Lots of great humour with a serious twist or maybe a serious story with a comedic twist. Which ever it is it's such a great series. I also loved that Scott R Smith put on some additional voices for this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Geraldine on 10-18-16

My favourite so far

Would you listen to Power Play again? Why?

Yes, it's funny and warm, sexy and interesting. I loved this book. I've enjoyed all of Avon Gale's stories but this one seemed especially good in audio form.

What did you like best about this story?

The wonderful characters, given a distinct voice by Scott R Smith

What does Scott R. Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An extra depth, a twist on the words that you might not have 'read' yourself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I just loved Misha coming to terms with his guilt and realising he deserved forgiveness

Any additional comments?

Very worthwhile read.

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