Another good installment in the Scoring Chances series. This focuses on Max and Misha who's lives intertwined in a horrible way years before. Now both men are coaching and end up working on the same team. The team owner tries to use their past in a dramatic way but they decide to work together to keep that from happening. That in turn leads to friendship and then more.
I enjoyed this but unfortunately it didn't have the magic of the first two books for me. On the positive I think this author does hockey stories better than any other author I've read in the hockey romance genre. She knows her game and her love for it comes through. If you're not a fan the details aren't overwhelming but if you are a fan there are all kinds of comments about teams/players etc that will make you smile. You know you're reading something by a true fan. I loved the part of the story about the team and their journey from underdogs to a winning team. Those scenes were great.
So why the average rating? Well, I just wasn't feeling the romance between the couple. I never really felt their connection and I never warmed up to Misha at all. Also, a big draw of this series for me has been the fact that the MC's were every day guys falling in love. This story went out of that and into the broken, damaged guy with the horrible past and really I am over those stories. It looks like that is where the next book is going too and honestly I'm kind of bummed. I REALLY liked the low angst and no drama formula of the previous two books. They were a stand out because we don't see that often. Tragic pasts stories unfortunately are a dime a dozen. We meet the MC's for the next book and it's going to be a enemies to lovers story and I enjoy those so I'll check it out.
While this is the third book in the series it can be read as a standalone. Again I'll say, I think this author does hockey romance better than any other so if you're a hockey fan these are a must read. Even if you're not these are good, solid romances and you should check out the entire series.
A Scoring Chances Novel
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 years guilt-ridden 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 trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.