Author: Avon Gale
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/27/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.
Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.
So as a Brit, our hockey isn’t the same as the USA/ Canadian version and it’s certainly not as popular, but not for a minute did that detract from my enjoyment of this book.
Lane , the rookie, is just adorable, he says what comes into his head and has no filter, while he’s young he kind of isn’t. I thought Lane was one of the most interesting characters I’ve read in along while, I loved his directness and that he always said what he meant.
Jared, worldly wise on one hand, is emotionally younger than Lane as well. He was hurt a long time ago, and has never ventured into relationship land since.
When Lane and Jared get together initially it’s sudden and intended to be a one off, then as they both keep thinking about each other they realise that maybe it could be more. As they navigate playing on opposing teams, the age difference, the rising and waning careers they actually talk to each other. And like actual people who like each other and want to have a relationship.
The first 30% of this book was magic to read, and I was so disappointed when it became an almost list of what happened next , and next. The middle of Breakaway was very frustrating for me, as it didn’t really follow up on the promise of the beginning.
The last 30% we were back to magic again, real people navigating their relationships and making mistakes and talking about it.
And a shout out to Aaron Anderson, for a terrific cover as well.
I have never read anything by Avon Gale before, and I will certainly read more, it was a pleasure to read about a relationship that didn’t depend on angst, and felt true to life.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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