Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Power Play
Author: Avon Gale
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Scoring Chances #3
Heroes: Max Ashford/Misha Samarin
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 6 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review: As per the usual, with this hot-men-playing-hockey-and-doing-even-hotter-things-with-other-hockey-players series, I was once again carried away on a fun and sexy trip that was expertly narrated by the always enjoyable Scott R. Smith.
Seriously, what more do you need to know besides that? If you’ve read my first two reviews, or better yet, listened to these audiobooks, then you already know exactly what I am talking about. The theme remains minor league hockey, the main characters remain hockey players, or in this case, two ex-hockey players turned hockey coaches with a past, and the stories are never repetitive but instead bring a fresh perspective to the sport and the series.
I am not going to summarize the book, the blurb is pretty spot on, but I will say that Misha and Max have a little work to do to put the past behind them, before Misha can get behind Max (wink, wink), if you know what I mean. It was worth it though and I ended up loving both characters.
Scott R. Smith is rapidly becoming a favorite narrator for me. The first book is this series was my first time listening to him, but I am telling you, he is amazing. His performances are brilliant and his voice is perfect for this series. He nailed a Russian accent, and that is incredible. I have many narrators that I enjoy listening to, but this series will forever only belong to Scott R. Smith. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*