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Blog Tour and Review: Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale

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Power Play by Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances book 3
(This book can be read as a standalone)
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Pages or Words: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction

We’re happy to host Avon Gale today as she tours for her newest release in the Scoring Chances series, Power Play. Today, Avon Gale shares a fun playlist of songs from within the pages of Power Play. These songs are pominent during some of the funnier, outlandish, and sometimes bizarre moments that Misha and Max face as coaching staff for Belsey, the GM of the Spitfires. Definitely read the excerpt, partake in the playlist, and pick-up a copy of Power Play.

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 guilt-ridden years 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 to forget, but also a sleazy GM determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets the team, Misha revisits his darkest days, which might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

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Excerpt:

“I’d never watched this, you know.”

“The YouTube video?” Misha had seen that too. It was filed with angry commenters yelling that he should be deported back to Russia.

“The hit.”

Misha blinked. “You’ve seen the commercial, though. Yes?”

“Yeah, I wish I could say I haven’t seen that. But I meant, I didn’t watch this until a few months ago. They played that game on the NHL channel, so I watched it.”

It never occurred to Misha that Max wouldn’t have seen it, but then he remembered that Max was the hero, not the villain of the story. Misha watched the hit play out on the screen. What must that feel like, to watch the moment it all ended? When Max hit the ice, did he know that game was his last? Did Misha know it was his? How had he felt? He couldn’t remember.

The scene switched to the replay. Misha watched dispassionately, retreated into the blinding pain of his migraine, and told himself that it was all right to suffer, that he should, that he deserved it.

Max paused the video. “Look. See what I have there?”

Misha blinked. He had not expected questions. “I—what?”

“The puck, Misha. The puck. Your hit wasn’t late.”

Oh. “Yes. I know.”

Max stared at him. On the television screen, their younger selves were suspended at the moment everything changed.

A playlist from Avon Gale for Power Play:

Here’s a song playlist for Power Play! If you like, I’ve made one on Youtube here:

These songs are referenced in the book in various ways:

“I Need a Hero” – Bonnie Tyler

“It’s Raining Men” — The Weather Girls

“One Night in Bangkok” (Chess the Musical) – Murray Head

Champion (in which Alexander Ovechkin raps for a bit at about minute 3:00)

Soviet National Anthem (the version from “The Hunt for Red October”)

Other songs:

“Rose Tattoo” – Dropkick Murphys (I highly recommend the video about the

Habs/Bruins rivalry that premiered at the Winter Classic – and was way better than that travesty of the game https://youtu.be/PbkfV-iR0nA

“Time to Go” – Dropkick Murphys (this one’s for the Bruins, and for Isaac Drake, the Spitfires’ feisty goalie!)

And because no hockey playlist should be without it:

“The Hockey Song” by Stompin’ Tom Connors

Meet the author:

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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Our thoughts:

A stoic, brooding, and sexy Russian. A sweet, energetic, optimistic American. Hells yeah! Bring it Avon Gale! Power Play, the third installment in the Scoring Chances series is a must read for sport romance lovers!

Misha Samarin has been hired as the head coach for the ECHL team, the Spartanburg Spitfires. The team with a losing record. The bottom of the barrel. The new owner is looking for some drama and hires Max Ashford as the assistant head coach. These two have a tragic history. Misha is responsible for the career ending hit on Max. Misha has never been able to move past the event and never played another day of professional hockey following it. Neither did Max. It seems their fate was similar but one has moved past it and there other has not.

Max finds himself attracted to Misha and is determined to get to know him. Doing so requires more than just delving into his newly discovered bisexuality, it also requires navigating a man who’s brooding and fierce. Misha is also hesitant due to their past and Max has to show Misha that he’s not angry over what happened, he never was  angry at him.

All the hesitation and self loathing from Misha turns out to be more deeply seeded than Max realized. I was surprised by what the big reveal from the past was. I expected it to be the obvious father connection to crime but it was much more personal for Misha and his self-inflicted disgust with himself. Max is ever the sweet, understanding, practical man and he helps Misha pick himself up from this as well.

Power Play is multifaceted: Max has to come out to his family; Misha must face and accept multiple things from the past; the team has to win hockey; they have to protect their goalie from extortion. Never a dull moment to be had! When they’re not navigating all of that, Max and Misha are tearing it up in the bedroom. They move slowly but it never lacks heat or connection. Once they become comfortable and ready to give it all, there’s no holding them back. It’s fiery romance and eager enthusiasm laced with a sultry verbal Russian, a perfectly sexy combination.

A truly enjoyable novel from start to finish! An added bonus is the first chapter from the next book and it’s sure to be a treat! I’ll be anxiously awaiting its release!

Tour Dates & Stops:

9-May:

My Fiction Nook, Open Skye Book Reviews, Inked Rainbow Reads, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings,

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10-May:

Two Chicks Obsessed With Books and Eye Candy, Joyfully Jay, Jessie G. Books, Rednecks and Romance,

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11-May:

MM Good Book Reviews, Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Posy Roberts, Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

12-May:

Love Bytes, The Novel Approach, Unquietly Me, Happily Ever Chapter

13-May

BFD Book Blog, The Hat Party, MM Book Escape

16-May

Havan Fellows, Divine Magazine, Outrageous Heroes, Prism Book Alliance, Boys on the Brink Reviews

17-May

3 Chicks After Dark, Full Moon Dreaming, Butterfly-O-Meter

18-May

Foxylutely Book Reviews, Three Books Over The Rainbow, V’s Reads

19-May

Book Lovers 4Ever, Charley Descoteaux, Mikky’s World of Books, Carly’s Book Reviews

20-May

Making It Happen, Kirsty Loves Books, Bayou Book Junkie

21-May

A.M. Leibowitz, Alpha Book Club, Molly Lolly, Man2ManTastic

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Game Play (Power Play #1) by Lynda Aicher

Game Play - Lynda AicherReleased 16 February 2015

Published by Carina Press

Copy obtained from publisher for review.

Blurb:

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?

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Our Thoughts:

Hockey, a cowboy and a strong will.

I felt an instant connection with Dylan Rylie and his struggles on and off the ice. Maneuvering the pressures of being the best he can be in a contract year. Feeling like he’s falling short no matter how hard he plays. Even who he is in the public eye isn’t close to who he is in real-life. It’s all just a life built by a publicist/manager to keep him in the limelight. When a sports figure is talked about, it’s hard for a team to ignore and push them aside. The public loves Dylan and it makes it harder for the team to not re-sign him. Dylan wants to be a strong, effective player. He wants to better his game and get a new contract based on his performance and merit.

Who knew that the person to help him achieve that goal would be a champion hockey player, Team USA’s beloved Samantha Yates. When Sam and Dylan meet at a charity event, Samantha challenges Dylan and wins. Instead of being upset, Dylan sees it as a blessing. Sam is just the person to help Dylan better his game and strengthen his weaker areas.

Samantha is battling a lot of demons. She’s extremely bitter over her hockey career being over. As a woman, there’s no NHL equivalent to break into. It’s college, in her case Olympic dreams and then nothing. She’s having a hard time moving past the loss of the game. No more competitive hockey leaves a huge hole in her soul. Her resentment guides her into some extreme choices.

As much as Dylan likes Sam and falls for her, she won’t give in to his affections. She’s constantly turning away from him. She’s hell-bent on creating a new life, a new goal, a new dream. Problem is, this dream isn’t even remotely as comforting to her as being with Dylan is.

When Dylan is injured, Samantha steps in and is totally there for him. I knew this was it, this was their moment. The big event that would bring them together. Was I ever wrong! Samantha fights Dylan and her heart until the bitter end. So much so, I was shifting toward not liking her. It’s one thing to be driven, another to just be selfish. It was borderline selfish, her leading Dylan over and over again. Pulling him close and then reaking his heart each time she’d callously walk away. If a guy did that to a girl, all her friends would tell her to dump him, be grateful it’s over and find someone worthy of their love and affection. Why wouldn’t this hold true in reverse? For me, Samantha didn’t grovel enough in the end and Dylan was too quick to give her his heart, yet again.

Lynda Aicher writes her men well! I really liked Dylan. I cared about his career and his heart. He made this book from the first to the last page. The cameo by Hauke from Bonds of Courage (Wicked Play 6) was delightful. I’m anxious to see who gets the next book in this series.

RATING: BAD ASS (HOCKEY SKATES, I MEAN) BOOTS!!