Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #1
Heroes: Lane Courtnall/Jared Shore
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 33 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: This is my first book by Avon Gale and my first audio by Scott R. Smith, but, it won’t be my last. This was a really well done, humorous, and low angst sports romance. Hockey is not one of my favorite sports to watch but it is one of my favorite romance to read about, go figure.
Lane is just so flipping adorable but such a complete goofball…and Scott R. Smith pulled off his character performance brilliantly. I loved the way he took the innocent dork and made him into a lovable friend and lover. He had no filter, didn’t understand why people thought he was nuts, but didn’t really care most of the time, either. He was Lane, and what you see is what you get. He was brilliant.
Jared was a saint…which is saying something since his reputation as a hockey player was based on his fighting. But these two, though competitors on the ice, were so very complimentary as a couple. I am not normally a fan of age differences, but this one worked for me. Jared needed Lane as much as Lane needed Jared. They just fit.
Scott R. Smith pulls off an amazing performance in Breakaway, and even though it took a moment to realize that the goofiness that was Lane Courtnall was intentional, I totally loved this story and the way it was enacted. He has a great voice, and I look forward to hearing more from him and more from Avon Gale in the next few books from this series. Highly recommended for the sports buffs who want to spend an enjoyable performance with two awesome hockey players who create a ton of heat on and off the ice.
Wish I had listened to this audio sooner, but I am so happy to see the other books in the series are already in audio with the same narrator….I know what I am listening to next.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*