I really enjoyed this story. Once again Avon Gale has created a quirky and loveable character in the socially awkward Lane. Lane is not very experienced, but is eager to learn everything he can from Jared, who is more than happy to oblige. Jared is a sweetheart. He knows where he stands in the league and that he needs to start considering life after hockey. While Lane is learning a lot from him, Jared also starts seeing things differently after spending time with Lane, realizing how the events that started his career were still holding him back after so many years.
They fall very easily into their relationship with no unnecessary drama between them. I loved the way Jared and Lane kept their rivalry on the ice and each played to win, trash talk and all. The biggest issues that both men have to deal with concern their parents and, for Lane, coming out to his team. Both had different experiences, good and bad, as far as their families supporting their interests and responding to their sexualities, but neither has been all that good communicating about it and tensions grow throughout the story.
This is a straight forward romance about two men falling in love and incorporating each other into their lives, with no major angst or drama. View all 7 comments. Apr 13, Meep rated it did not like it Shelves: dnf , sports-theme. It's appears popular but it's awful! I'm really not seeing what everyone else is here. Not having attempted anything by this author before I'm not sure if it's her writing style or an indication of the character's hyper way of thinking.
But it seriously doesn't work for me. Positives Because I try to include them - minor league hockey rather than headline grabbers was a change. I have no clue about hockey but found that aspect accessible. Open bisexuality without drama or angsting. The ebook is It's appears popular but it's awful! The ebook is super cheap. Jared had an air of realism. Personally I'm too much a rose-tinted romance kinda girl to want to read the anonymous banging view spoiler [she leaves the crumpled bed of his roomie to give him a BJ in the shower! To me it felt sordid. Jared came across as a decent enough guy who put it about a bit.
Lane though. It's Lane's story and Lane creeped me the hell out! I can't decide if he's meant to be 'differently abled', on the autism scale can't read social clues , it's a warped impression of Canadians his parents read kinda odd too, so possible , or rather worryingly his simple childishness is supposed to be cute. I don't thing he's ever met a woman before - does Canada not have them? He's a gay virgin who doesn't know gay sex lines exist, wouldn't mind watching his roomie or later his boyfriend with a woman, wants to pet his soft woman friend and asks about her tits, speaks without thinking, is scared of the ocean because of 'sea creatures', his pov is scattered and often lacks pronouns.
He's a child. A very odd one. There's a lot of talk about threesomes past and imagined, which felt off to me, it stopped me seeing them as a couple, made them less together and more two mates having fun. I can't, was quickly floundering, skimmed to see if it improved or if there was an explanation offered for Lane, and er.. But the book is cheap and many liked it.. I loved Lane Courtnall in all his socially awkward glory.
I loved Jared Shore's calmer, more grounding personality and how wonderful he was all around. I loved that even though I don't follow hockey, I could follow the hockey here. I just flat out loved this and can't wait for book 2 featuring Riley. Both MCs are great. Especially socially awkward Lane. They spend next to no time together.
View all 12 comments. Nov 27, Meags rated it liked it Shelves: athletes , chuckles-galore , mm , buddy-reads , romance , hockey , lgbt , panties-just-went-poof. Because why the hell not!? Sure, I know little about ice hockey, except for what I've gained from the handful of hockey themed books I've read in the past year, and of course, that which I learned growing up obsessed with the Mighty Ducks trilogy, but it's clear that it's a sport that I could totally become immersed in if given the opportunity. So, a new GR shelf and more hocke 3 Stars Right, my first order of business, now that I'm finished reading this, is to finally make myself a hockey shelf!
So, a new GR shelf and more hockey themed books, it is! What I enjoyed most about this particular story, which I completely didn't expect, was to find it so amusing. Lane was so fricken random. He took everything literally and responded in kind. I laughed quite a bit, and I highlighted almost as often.
So lots of points for the socially awkward, yet awesome Lane. What I had trouble with was the overall structure of the dialogue. I liked the unique nature of Gale's writing style and I appreciated how the characters communicated in a messy fashion, which made it feel more real to life, but sometimes I found myself confused and thrown by certain interactions between characters.
A few sections of dialogue left me scratching my head in confusion because I literally had no clue what the characters were even talking about or why they were reacting in particular ways. Weirdly, it wasn't even Lane that I found confusing - I actually related to his random non-sequiturs because my mum does the same thing and, however frustrating, I ultimately find this erratic type of thought pattern hilarious. Instead, it was scenes featuring secondary characters, like Zoe, that left me uncertain about what had taken place during a discussion between her and Lane.
But whatever, this was obviously all done on purpose, so if it didn't entirely work for me, that's my problem. I also had a big issue with all of Jared's constant references to potential three-ways that he and Lane might eventually engage in. Once or twice, I could have brushed this bullshit aside, but it was non-stop and actually increased in frequency once they were officially together.
I actually hit a point where I was all, "if you want to screw a supermodel in front of Lane then just fricken do it already!!! Total shame because what was the point here? To double check that we all got the message that Jared did indeed identify as bisexual and not gay? We got it and we simply don't care as long as the relationship in focus isn't being diminished by talk about fucking other people!
I will definitely be back to find out what happens next between quirky and quiet goalie Riley and loud but protective defensemen Ethan - that is a story I don't want to miss! So I was a little worried about how the audio would go. Lane is an original one in a million and Jared is the marshmallow core surrounded by steel Scott R. Smith certainly entertains while keeping true to the quirks and idiosyncrasies of each character.
I thought he perfectly captured Jared's voice, the way I pictured Lane's speech pattern in my head, and did a great job overall with all of 4. I thought he perfectly captured Jared's voice, the way I pictured Lane's speech pattern in my head, and did a great job overall with all of the different character voices in the story. I was also particularly pleased he brought heat and passion to the sex scenes in the story, and highlighted much of the humor with terrific uses of inflection and tone.
The only issue I can see with the narration is that Smith spoke a little fast at times, but it honestly didn't bother me. I mean, I would much rather have that than weird pausing and speaking so slowly the listener has to speed up the audio. So, all in all, the narration for this was quite entertaining, fit the story, and I think Avon Gale ultimately chose well.
I'm really looking forward to listening to the other stories in the series with Smith at the helm.
This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews. View all 10 comments. It's more like rekindling an old flame, so to speak. Years ago I loved to watch hockey, if only the World Championships and the Olympics because that's the only games that were televised at the time here in Germany , where I rooted for Team Canada. Sorry, but the Canadians were hotter than the German players -cough- and both teams were not really playing in the same league, if you know what I mean. My favorite players were Eric 4. My favorite players were Eric Lindros playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Steve Yzerman Detroit Red Wings and those of you who are die-hard hockey fans might remember them.
I said it's been years, right? At some point even those games have not been televised anymore, so my love of hockey died a somewhat natural death, but I'm pretty sure I'll be watching more games now, since there are more options to keep track of the games and this book simply did drum up my enthusiasm for this sport again. Breakaway is about Lane, a year-old hungry hockey talent, who has his whole career in front of him and Jared, eleven years older, who is way past the zenith of his own career.
Both are opponents playing for different teams and aiming for being at the top of their division in a minor hockey league.
Rivals on the ice and soon-to-be lovers outside of it. In this book there are probably some of the weirdest conversations I have ever read, but —Oh God— did they make me laugh.
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Especially Lane with his social awkwardness reminded me even sometimes a bit of myself at that age. I was afraid too. Because I was ashamed of who I was and so worried about what someone might find out about me. And so, if I made you love hockey again, then that's good, and we're even. I really loved this guy. I was so happy when he decided not just to wait for the moment when he will retire from sports, but to once again have joy in what he is doing. All because of his love for Lane. You showed me it was okay to think more of myself than I did and believe I could do more than throw my fists around.
You gave me back something I didn't even realize that I'd lost. But it's also about living your dream and it gave me goosebumps when both accomplished their goal.
Pun intended! Nov 06, Wendy rated it liked it Shelves: ofy , laughed-my-ass-off , insta-love , meh , medium-steam , now-thats-hot , sports , insta-lust , got-his-cherry-popped , boring. Lane is 20 year old hockey player who has just started playing with a new team. Jared is a 31 year old hocky player, almost reaching the end of his career.
I actually did like Lane's awkwardness, he was pretty funny He isn't good at the whole "feelings" thing and his social skills are quite lacking. Which has caused some problems with his team-mates.
To make it up to them, he starts a fight on the ice These two actually get along really well and they go from rivals on the ice My problems with this story are mostly about Zoey and the weird friendship between her and Lane. The other thing that bothered me was all the talk about threesomes. I knew that Jared was bi-sexual, but what I didn't need was all the talk about the girls he had sex with or wanted to have sex with. It doesn't actually happen Now don't get me wrong, I actually enjoy reading MFM books, but that's not what this was.
It was just all talk I will be the first to admit that because this was based in the world of hockey, it already got extra points. Why you may ask?? I honestly have no clue. This was probably the least angsty, sports-related-coming-out-testing-relationship-waters I've read to date. Barely any drama, no hate in sight - just pretty much ready acceptance on everyone's part - which makes me hesitate to say this, but it kinda made it a bit boring at times.
Here you've got newbie Lane, up against seasoned Jordan - and that I will be the first to admit that because this was based in the world of hockey, it already got extra points. Here you've got newbie Lane, up against seasoned Jordan - and that applies to both in the bedroom and on the ice.
Sparks fly fast and effortlessly, as these two navigate the very different aspects of their lives and careers, while getting their jollies off every chance they get. I concede Lane had "a terrifying inability to think through how things sounded before he said them out loud", but his weirdness was compounded by the fact that everyone commented on it. It was like a running joke. So despite some awkward dialogue that involved the entire cast, this still had some decent steam, was surprisingly funny at times, and overall, was just an easy, breezy read featuring my favorite sports backdrop.
Of note, I could also go for a footy or rugby background as well. Just saying. Apparently I'm not that picky - and apparently, this was good enough to mean I'll be reading the rest of this series. Nov 04, Bitchie rated it it was amazing Shelves: athletes , fucking-loved-it , made-me-laugh , zzbattle-of-the-books , zzbotbstar-reads , age-gap , gay-virgin , m-m-romance. I loved it! I didn't expect it to be so fluffy and sweet. Lane was freaking adorable.
He was naive and had absolutely no filter, but it worked for him. Well, most of the time, sometimes it got him in trouble. Jared was great too, I loved his patience with Lane, and I loved that there was no real relationship angst. No misunderstandings ok, one tin This. No misunderstandings ok, one tiny one, but it was fixed fast , no Big Separations, the sex was hot but not the kind of detailed that went on for page after page after page. I can't wait to try more by this author! Nov 27, Tess rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star-mm-reads , age-gap , funny. For some reason, uncomplicated and low angst is all I want to read these days!
And if you're looking for an uncomplicated and low angst romance, Breakaway will completely fit the bill. The other piece of magic here? He was such a fun character. Great hockey player but with no filter and completely socially awkward. As Jared describes him, "… a cocky brat with amazing abs, a blow job mouth, and a terrifying inability to think thr 4. As Jared describes him, "… a cocky brat with amazing abs, a blow job mouth, and a terrifying inability to think through how things sounded before he said them out loud.
Their "meeting" on the ice was classic. And what Jared manages to accomplish during this story, especially knowing his backstory, was pretty awesome. For a book not primarily set in Canada, there was also lots of canadiana here which always makes me happy. Especially since the author a non-Canadian seemed to get things right! Fantastic HEA too. One small quibble -- what was with all of the talk of female body parts and threesomes with women?! I just had a blast listening to this book narrated.
Lane has no filter. The things that come out of that boy's mouth He had my head spinning and my face grinning and my heart warming the entire time. It takes a special man to appreciate a boy like Lane. Jared is that man. Jack isn't even upset that he missed involvement in the last 2 months of his daughters life. He just seems to understand Delaneys neurosis and explains it away by saying 'you were sc Overall I liked this story.
He just seems to understand Delaneys neurosis and explains it away by saying 'you were scare'. If only people would so easily explain away the stupid shit I sometimes think is a good idea. Actions have consequences and Elaine Fox makes a point of avoiding the consequences here.
As I was reading, and envisioning the ending, I would have had Aunt Linda notice the physical similarities between Emma and Jack, alert Jack. Have Jack and Linda be pissed at Delaney and then have Delaney be forced to confront Jack in public in front of all the old gossiping men. Or somemthing. Not that I've thought much about it I would read Elaine Fox again Mar 09, Alex rated it did not like it Shelves: contemporary , family-drama , hey-you , small-town , wtf.
First chapter in, I thought I was somewhere I'd like. Not as screwball as a Crusie, but a funny enough, small town affair with some chest squeezing moments. Delaney was having a Mary Tyler Moment of oohing and aahing over this tiny Maine town where she'd become their fancy Doc from out of town, and she's twirling and about to go into the bar to meet up with the super hot guy that she's met in town First chapter in, I thought I was somewhere I'd like.
Delaney was having a Mary Tyler Moment of oohing and aahing over this tiny Maine town where she'd become their fancy Doc from out of town, and she's twirling and about to go into the bar to meet up with the super hot guy that she's met in town who has a boat and who she assumes is visiting just like her. He's charming, and his eyes crinkle and then they're banging it out on the beach. At this point I should have been alerted that I wasn't gonna dig it. It was a little fluffy and a little too But, whatevs.
So, you know what happens next. They part and she's knocked up and some of her most engaging moments were here when she was trying to figure her shit out alongside her best friend. A dude. Yes, he's gay, but he's her bestie and he believes in her. I loved Michael, because he said all the things to her I wanted to shout when she started to fall down the I'm A Mother Now well that led her to make a bunch of crappy, selfish decisions. She ends up in this Maine town and who also lives there? Her baby daddy that she sort of tried to get in touch with, but hey.
He had sex with her after only knowing her a couple of hours and what kind of dad would he make? I mean And he banged it out with this hottie twenty year-old. No, I'm not being selfish or insecure. I don't want my daughter to have a shitty step mom. Delaney was so ridiculous at this point and I couldn't believe the way she explained herself to herself. Michael tried subtly pointing things out to her over the phone and there was this Ha Ha funny parallel with the soap opera everyone in town watched, but because of Delaney's outlandish lies, crazy choices AND THEN to top it off with her unbelievable snobby attitude towards his job, life, and the harmless choices he's made befitting of a single man with a job he loves.
She loses it over the old men gossiping in the diner. It was aggravating and it completely stole away from any possibility of them having chemistry together, or simply giving a crap if they ended up together. I wanted to tell him it wasn't worth the hassle. She's cray, dude. Disengage and get the hell out of there. Jan 21, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: elaine-fox , contemporary-romance , reviewed.
This book was recommended to me, and I am glad I read it. It was cute and a fast read. Delaney meets this cute sailor, Jack, while checking out a clinic for a future job. The passion and lust bring them to a one night stand that they will never forget. Really, cuz little did they know, but Delaney gets pregnant.
Now, faced with the fact that she doesn't even know his last name, totally reminds me of that Carrie Underwood song she is left with the problem or finding him or forgetting him and mo This book was recommended to me, and I am glad I read it. Now, faced with the fact that she doesn't even know his last name, totally reminds me of that Carrie Underwood song she is left with the problem or finding him or forgetting him and moving on without a father for her child.
There are alot of secondary characters that I wish we would have gotten to know a little better, but understood why she didn't. The love story that ensues is filled with humor, sadness, and just this silly soap opera connection. I felt that this being something that I don't usually read, a child being involved it was simply cute.
A great book to pick up on a rainy day. Sep 01, Goddess Of Blah rated it really liked it. This book had so much potential. Its good, but not brill. The writing style isn't sophisticated but that isn't expected.
There could have been more spark and more emotion involved. But otherwise a reasonable romance. But now single-mom Delaney has to invent a husband in order to deflect small-town gossip -- buying masculine clothing that no one will ever wear, framing pictures she's cut from magazine. Apr 15, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: elaine-fox. This was my first book by Elaine Fox and It was very good. I have said before that I don't usually like books that have children in them but Emily was very cute and easy to fall in love with. I wasn't so sure about Delaney even though I'm happy about the HEA, I still kinda think that Delaney was somewhat of a stuck up and that she couldn't see past herself to think hey it is gossip.
I liked Jack a lot although I hated hated hated his brother like really bad. I do feel that the book turned out ri This was my first book by Elaine Fox and It was very good. I do feel that the book turned out right and I kinda feel that these two character were very much different from any character that I have ever read. So I give the author props for being very original and showing us something different. I mean yes the premise is something maybe you have read before but its more about how you could see and feel originality and know that there are honest to god people out there with these types personalities.
I do feel that there were some pretty important story lines that were dropped like Delaney's mom and dad, I so wanted to see her mom leave that rat of husband of hers. He just sounded to cruel. I also would have loved to see Jack really put his brother Kevin in his place because he had no right to be so mean and cruel to Jack. Though if this book is proof how how her other books are going to be I can't wait to on start them.
Jan 26, Tin rated it it was ok Shelves: , ebook. But after Delaney dragged the whole thing for far too long, i was already cringing. She was more stupid than afraid that i can't believe Jack haven't run for the hills yet. And then, after all that buildup, after all that craziness, the confrontation ended with both of them laughing. I just can't get my head wrapped around the idea that that's a cute ending. It's more like the-wrong-kind-of-silly ending. Nov 04, Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews rated it really liked it. Oct 14, Keara rated it did not like it. I was looking for a fun, easy, enjoyable read to offset for stress.
I remember liking this book when I read it years ago. So I thought this would fit what I was looking for. To make matters worse, his matchmaking sisters are picking out china patterns. Joe's brooding good looks and T-shirt-straining muscles might be easy on the eyes, but how could Gabrielle be attracted to a straight-laced detective who's determined to find evidence to arrest her?
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