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. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. 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.
This book was wonderful! I fell in love with Ethan and Riley from the very beginning. They are so well written I feel like I could meet up with them in Jacksonville and watch them play home games there. I can hear Ethan’s New York accent when I read. especially when he talks to his Ma. The way Riley and Ethan go from roommates to friends to FWB to boyfriends is such a fun journey. They’re both quirky and all kinds of silly. I loved how they were able to express emotions and be totally sappy in their own way. It was actually very endearing.
I’m a huge hockey fan and I love hockey romances. The hockey in the book is well researched. Even if she takes liberties for the story, the make sense in the context of the sport in the real world. Ms. Gale is definitely a hockey fan too from the enthusiasm shown in the story. I think my favorite line in the whole book though was “After the fucking Rangers lost to the goddamn asshole Flyers…”. Those Flyers tend to do that 😉
There were so many funny scenes and lines throughout the story. It added a wonderful layer to the story that kept you on your toes, never expecting when that one line or scene is coming that just makes you laugh out loud. I love Ms. Gale’s writing style and her voice. It’s fun and different and I enjoyed every minute of it. I desperately hope to read more by her in the future. This is the second book in her Scoring Chances series. However you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy this. Though now I’ve read this one, I am definitely going back to read the first. There’s a brief snippet at the end of this book for the next and I absolutely cannot wait for it to come out. It’s bound to be amazing with just the small glimpse we get.
Four and a half
Ethan stops by today to tell us who his hero is. I love his response! Ethan is so lucky to have a hero that does as much for him as his did. Read and enjoy!
My hero is definitely my mom.
She had three kids with my dad, who decided to go off and leave her because he was a coward who couldn’t handle responsibility. And my mom, she doesn’t make a lot of money and she worked all the time, and I was always getting in trouble ‘cause I had some anger issues, right? Mostly at my dad, because how could you leave two cute little girls like my sisters? They were practically babies and they missed him. Anyway, my mom could get stressed out and stuff but she never acted like we were a problem. Maybe me and my sisters knew things weren’t easy for her, but she never acted like it was our fault. She never even blamed my father, and it was totally his fault. But my point is, she treated us like we were a team. But we always knew she was in charge (even if, y’know, we were kids so we didn’t always act like it). I look back at being a kid and I know we had some tough times, but I always knew that the most important thing to my mom were us kids. And when you learn to really love someone like that, to learn that no matter what happens as long as you have each other, you can get through it? It’s pretty powerful. My ma never resented us for being born or even my dad for being a jackass and splitting. She looked at our family like a gift, and taught me to do the same.
His phone beeped, alerting him that he had a new text message. It was from Ethan Kennedy, the defenseman the Storm had acquired before the trade deadline last spring. The rowdy Kennedy, who had a heavy New York accent and was a huge fan of the New York Rangers—a team Riley hated, by virtue of being a New Jersey Devils fan—had bunked with him for a few weeks during the finals. He’d gone back to New York after the Storm lost in the playoffs. Riley hadn’t been sure if he was coming back or not, but the text message indicated he’d just gotten back to town, and would Riley mind picking him up from the airport?
And oh, he got a cheaper rate by flying into Tampa, which was three hours away. Was that a problem? And one last thing. Riley didn’t need a roommate by any chance. Did he?
Riley looked around his apartment, which was nice and clean and quiet. Just like it always was, except for those few weeks last spring when Ethan was there. He was loud and messy and always in Riley’s space, left half-full cans of Pepsi everywhere, drank whiskeys with dubious-sounding names, and smoked like a chimney.
be there in 3 hrs, Riley texted and grabbed a few boxes of coconut water out of his fridge. The idea of coming home alone after games reminded him of those car rides in Wyoming, and he was getting tired of the silence.
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon and yelling at hockey. She’s a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and when she’s not writing you can find her at the salon, making her clients look and feel fabulous. She never gets tired of people and their stories — either real or the ones she makes up in her head.
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