Review: Breakaway by Avon Gale

breakawayBreakaway by Avon Gale
Book #1 in Scoring Chances
Genre: LGBTQIA/Sports Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 27th 2015
Audiobook provided by Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Angie’s Review – 3 stars – C+

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Avon Gale’s writing, so I was excited to finally read something from her. While there were some great aspects to this story, overall Breakaway felt lacking to me. Let’s start with what I like – the premise. I love the idea of rivals on the ice burning up the sheets when they’re not skating. Unfortunately, I only fell for half of this duo. For all intents and purposes, Jared Stone, a man in his thirties, is washed up as far as hockey goes. But what I really like about Jared was how wise he was. He takes things seriously and seizes every opportunity to soak things in and learn from them. I love the progression of his character and how candid he becomes not only with others, but with himself. And while he never quite reaches patient with Lane, he does have a high tolerance for him. Lane is where this book falls flat for me. I feel like maybe he was supposed to be charming in an awkward way, but I was never charmed. He was OK at first, but the more I read the more cringe-worthy his character became to me. He passed social ineptness to plain rudeness sometimes, and it got on my nerves. Aside from Lane and Jared’s relationship, they, along with one of Lane’s friends, all have similar issues with their parents. One of them has a breakthrough with their parents, and then it’s like a domino effect, and they have breakthroughs. That felt a bit convenient to me. But perhaps the hardest thing for me to buy was Jared walking away from a three-year contract he’d worked so long and hard for. I think if I’d been able to see why he was so enamored with Lane I might have been able to buy it, but their connection just didn’t feel solid to me. While this particular book was a miss for me, I did enjoy this author’s writing and would read more from her. Breakaway just didn’t do it for me.

I like the narrator for this audiobook. At first I was turned off by the way he was portraying Lane, but the more I listened, the more I realized he was working with what he was given. I think his reading of both characters was accurate, and I would seek out books he has narrated.

Rating: 3 Stars

Thank you to DREAMSPINNER PRESS for providing a review copy of this audio of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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