Thursday, June 30, 2016

Power Play by Avon Gale

Title: Power Play
Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher's Blurb
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.

Power Play by Avon Gale is a story of two men's lives that were change by one accident on the ice. Max played hockey for five years. He had everything, money, cars, a fiance. Life was perfect. That is till one freak accident cost him his peripheral vision no more pro hockey for him. His Fiance left him. No more money for the fancy lifestyle he had. Now he learned about starting over. I liked his attitude he does not spend a ton of time feeling sorry for himself. He is more like the kind of guy who just makes the changes he has to, gets over the hurt as best he can. He is very easy going, and has a ton of love inside his heart to give.
Misha he is the man who's stick destroyed Max's career. He has a ton of guilt over that. When he ends up being the head coach to the team Max is co coach for he has to learn to live with what he did. There is a ton more to Misha. He has a past that is a story unto itself. Strong, brooding, and can give pain if he has too. I liked his strength both inside and out. Misha is truly a self made man character. He has been through the worse and come out the other side. He just has to learn to forgive himself for things he could not have changed even if he wanted too.
Over all I loved this book. There is real chemistry between the characters. Great pace to this writing on this one. And I wanted this book to never end which is always a great thing. 

                                Five Shooting Stars


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