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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~ Power Play by Avon Gale

Book title:  Power Play
Series? Scoring Chances
Book Number: Three
Can be read as a standalone

Author: Avon Gale

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.    

“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.

Pages: 240 

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If you like sports, especially hockey, then you NEED to read this book 

Max is an ex-hockey player starting as an assistant coach on a "no name" team. Trying to work his way up the ladder in the coaching business. After a freak accident that's left his left eye's depth perception put of whack, he can no longer play the sport he loves, so this is the path he's chosen.

Little does Max know that this new GM of the Spitfires has something up his sleezy sleeve. He's made Max assistant to head Coach Misha Samarin. The one who "caused" Max's accident.

This is the part where I'm like "holy cow, this is going to get dramatic". Surprisingly, it didn't, and I was actually glad. Max played it so cool, he certainly surprised Misha. Misha has been punishing himself for the last few years over it, why shouldn't Max? Well, things don't turn out that way.

I adored Misha and Max. Misha was so stoic and Max was just this goofy guy that you can't help but love. They are certainly opposites, but they work together as partners and coaches. 

The book is book 3 in the series, but this is my first of both the series and the author. I was not confused at all and I am definitely now a fan of Avon. I will be going back to read books 1 & 2 and any future books in the series, that's how much I loved this story. 

Power Play gets 4.5 power stars from me

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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.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @avongalewrites
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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

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