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~Release Day Review~Coach’s Challenge (Scoring Chances #5) by Avon Gale~

 

35380848Title: Coach’s Challenge
Author: Avon Gale
Series: Scoring Chances #5
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

A Scoring Chances Novel

It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds that the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression. And it only gets worse when Shane’s rough good looks give Troy inappropriate thoughts about a member of his team, even if Shane’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon and with a team that doesn’t trust him, the coach, or each other. Despite his determination to not get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. 


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I am a huge fan of this series and this author. So I was very excited to start this one.

What I like most about these books is that even though they are in the same series, they are so different from one another. I found book 1 a bit quirky, book 2 sexy, book 3 romantic, book 4 very emotional and this one…well this one was really fun to read!!

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I loved the banter between these two men !! This was definitely my kind of book.

Now that being said…book 4 is still my favorite because the MC’s in that one just ripped my heart to shreds out and put I back in piece by piece.Anyone who has read the previous book (which I recommend you read before this one), knows about the shitstorm that happened with the “Ravens” team. Their former coach, St. Savoy (Laurent’s dad) really messed the team up and now that he has been kicked out, they have a new coach to clean up their act.


Troy has some personal reasons to coach the “Ravens”.

He himself hates St. Savoy for blackmailing him with being gay when he was younger. Coaching this team to success is his way of revenge and giving St. Savoy the middle finger.

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Shane is a veteran player, who never really lived up to his potential.

This is gonna be his last season playing and he has decided to go out the way he wants to…by accepting a position for “The Ravens”. Shane is also gay, but after all these years he is still in the closet about it.From the moment these two meet, when Shane shows up late for practice, they clash…Problem is, they are both immediately attracted to each other as well,…

…and fighting and arguing with each other gets them hot. 😛

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Like I said, the banter between them was hilarious and what followed was delicious. We’ve got another controlling dirty talker right here!!

You got me too worked up. You like that? Like knowing how fucking bad I wanted my cock in your mouth, wanted to fuck your throat? 

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Of course what they are doing isn’t really smart. Troy is after all still Shane’s coach. But the body wants,  what it wants and in this case, after some time…the heart wants what the heart wants…

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Now, these two may not have a romantic bone in their body, but don’t think there wasn’t any love. They were definitely in love, they just weren’t very sappy about it. I don’t need a lot of sap in my books though…give me a funny guy over a sappy one any day!!

“You up for round two, old man? Maybe over that table with your stupid puzzle on it?” It’s a jigsaw puzzle, Shane. Not a jizzsaw puzzle.”

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See…funny guys. 😉 Which is also why I love Max, Misha, and Drake so much, who I am happy to say, have some little scenes in this one as well. 😉

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~Release Day Review~Regret (Under My Skin, #1) by Christina Lee~

 

35281797Title: Regret
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin, #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: June 26, 2017
Page Count: 235 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet. 

Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on. 

Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out. 

As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.


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I don’t really know how I would classify this story…”Second change love”, “friends to lovers” or “enemies to lovers”…

So I am going with “frenemies to lovers”. What I do know is that this book isn’t exactly “lighthearted”. It didn’t make me burst into a full out sobfest, but it did hurt my heart a bit.

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This story starts off with Brin needing a place to stay, because the pipes in his apartment have burst, leaving his place flooded…His friend Elijah offers him a place on the futon in the apartment he shares with his roommate. Since the roommate seems fine with Brin crashing for a while, Brim happily accepts the offer.

But imagine his surprise when Elijah’s roommate is none other than his high school crush…Crush seems to be the proper name in this case since that is exactly what he did to Brin’s heart back then…

...He crushed it…

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Nick had never expected to see Brin again. He is happy and sad at the same time. Happy because Brin always meant so much to him…and he still does. Sad because he is so sorry and so ashamed of his behavior back then. He tried to get Brin to listen to him afterward, but Brim wanted nothing more to do with him, which he totally understood.

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In the beginning of the story, I was totally on Brin’s side…

I understood why he felt so angry and betrayed and I wanted him to stay far away from Nick. But the more I got to know of Nick and what was plaguing him…the more my heart broke for the guy. Nick had such a low opinion of himself…He was so filled with grief and guilt, I was surprised that he was even functioning at all…

“I couldn’t have what I wanted and still, make up for what I did at the same time. I didn’t deserve it and I’d been paying for it my whole life.”

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He hates himself for everything that has happened in his past and he thinks he doesn’t deserve to be loved. He really wasn’t a bad guy, he was just so young and messed up when things went down with Brin and he didn’t know how to handle things. He is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and he just needs someone to show him that he is worthy to be loved…

And Brin is the perfect man for the job.

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I also want to give some credit to Nick’s mom who really came through in the end… Awesome lady, though it took her a bit longer. 😛


I really enjoyed this book, though I would have really liked an epilogue.

Epilogs give me closure and I really wanted to see how things turned out for the two of them. Nick spent most of the book being drowned by feelings of guilt,…

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