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Publisher's Summary

After 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.
©2016 Avon Gale (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 10-14-16

Scott R. Smith delivers great audio!

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I’ve made no bones that Riley Hunter is one of my favorite characters in the Scoring Chances series, and that he and Ethan Kennedy are one of my favorite couples, so I had high expectation of Scott R. Smith’s narration and I feel like every expectation was met.

Smith performs really well, with great character voices, good pacing, timing and delivery.

I expected him to really bring to life the humor, romance, and passion, and I feel like he delivered on all counts. I’ll definitely be slipping this audio into my auto re-listen rotation!

If you’re looking for a great romance with a fantastic friendship, low angst and hot sex, and great narration you should definitely pick this up!


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5 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 10-28-16

A GREAT second book in the series!

*4.5 stars*

Avon Gale is on FIRE with this series! Hot, sexy, sweet, entertaining, PLUS HOCKEY GUYS! I honestly couldn't ask for more.

Save of the Game was another excellent book in a series that is shaping up to be a favorite of mine. I think this author has helped convert me to a full-time hockey fan because hockey books are my new obsession!

I, again, listened to this as an audiobook, and I had the same reactions to the narrator, Scott R. Smith, as last time. There is something about his cadence that takes a little getting used to, but once I got used to his manner of speaking, I was HOOKED.

I love that Scott R. Smith does different voices for different characters and really puts his all into it. I'm from a NYC suburb, and though the accent for Ethan may seem a little over-the-top, it really isn't. I hear people talk similarly all the time. I loved how the narrator went for it. I also loved his mellow voice for Riley. Just a great narration, very well done.

I thought that this book was a very sweetly done bi-discovery story, with both Riley and Ethan experiencing their first time with another man (<--- you know I love this!!). It felt really real, not forced or fake, and I totally bought their attraction for one another.

In terms of sexuality, I think both men would consider themselves bisexual (they refer to themselves as such a few times), but I also was curious about Riley perhaps being demisexual (not confirmed, mind you). A few times in the book, Riley says that he isn't that attracted to people until he gets to know them well, and that is why he doesn't hook up much. I picked up on that, and I was excited to see some demisexuality represented.

The plot was lovely, a true friends-to-lovers story with surprisingly little angst. The book had a relaxed, light-hearted, earnest vibe that I really liked, and I smiled the entire time I was listening to it. These guys were smitten with each other and I was smitten with them.

I wouldn't call this book kinky, per se, but the sex was a little on the rougher side at times, and IT. WAS. HOT. I couldn't get enough of the sex scenes and the slow, natural way that Riley and Ethan got to know one another. Super hot, super well-done.

The hockey details, the family details, they all worked with the story. I liked both Riley and Ethan's personal journeys, and I though that Avon Gale did a great job of making the story cohesive.

I think my one complaint would be that parts of the story dragged on a tiny bit, but I really loved it overall. I absolutely can't wait to continue on in this awesome series! #seastormpride

*Audiobook ARC provided by the publisher*

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mandy ryder on 09-23-16

Excellent second book

Such a fun read. Following on in the same vane as book 1. Superbly written with lots of fun and wit. Really liked the narration too. Scott did a great job giving each character a different voice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Monzie42 on 07-19-17

Second book in the Scoring Chances series

What made the experience of listening to Save of the Game the most enjoyable?

Scott R Smith really brings these characters to life, i could listen to his voice all day actually, so Avon Gale, if you're reading this you need to get writing asap! (hehehe)

What did you like best about this story?

Riely & Ethans relationship, especially as they went form team mates to room mates to lovers. That dynamic they had in their relationship & even though Ethan was the tough enforcer on the ice it was quiet Riley who took the dominant role in the bedroom.

Have you listened to any of Scott R. Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Naturally i read Breakaway first so yeah i kinda fell in love with voice then, it's very easy to listen to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Thankfully they were happy emotions, i laughed a lot in this book, especially the parts that contained Ethan's mum.

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