Review: Breakaway by Avon Gale

Review: Breakaway by Avon Gale

2 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 27th 2015
Series: Scoring Chances #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 240

“I went in expecting to like this, but wasn’t too thrilled with the result.”
~ Under the Covers

I went into this book with two things in mind.  The fact that it sounded like a new adult hockey m/m story (which I’ve been looking for since HIM) and the fact that an author I love who also writes gay hockey players in her stories had mentioned liking this author and the fact this book came out.  So I went in expecting to like this, but wasn’t too thrilled with the result.

What I Liked:

The plot.  Yes, I think the storyline was cool and would’ve been something I really enjoyed had I connected more with the meat of the story.

Jared.  He’s portrayed as the bad boy older hockey player who never really made it big in his professional hockey player career.  I just thought he felt comfortable in his own skin and didn’t let that or the fact he’s bisexual drag him down.  He was just very genuine and I really enjoyed him.

The side characters.  These were fun to read about as well and I see where the author can have room to play with at least another storyline coming up real quick.

What I Didn’t Like:

The main character being painfully awkward.  It just got to the point that it stopped being cute and got on my nerves.  Maybe this is just me but he didn’t make sense half the time and his ramblings weren’t that cute or funny.

How the fact he was gay and how his parents handled that aspect of their sons’ lives was addressed.  We are led to believe that everything was done through assumptions.  He never came out officially to his parents, but they did catch him kissing a guy.  So the assumption is that they are not supportive of him because he’s gay due to that.  It seems unrealistic that there wouldn’t be more of a discussion and just assume you know how the parents feel.  Then the parents not pushing for a talk about it seems odd as well for as long as it went on.  I don’t want to spoil this aspect of the story, but by the time we get to the end and see the truth behind this situation, I just didn’t buy it.

The narration.  Choppy at best.  I think that’s one of the reasons I kept getting pulled out from my reading flow.  It’s because there was no flow to how this story is told.  One minute we are here and the next we are in a different scene.

The sex.  Just left something to be desired for me.

The subplot with Zoe.  View Spoiler »

All in all, this is probably not a series I will continue.  I did finish it, so there is that.




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About Avon Gale

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.


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Thanks for the honest and detailed review


Thanks Francesca

Amy R

Thanks for the review, Cassandra Carr has M/M hockey books.