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Power Play

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  448 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Ryan Talonovich is the star of his college hockey team ... until an accident during practice leaves him confined to a wheelchair. The doctors say he'll walk again but a new season is already underway and he's been replaced on the team, which leaves him feeling alone and betrayed. What's the use of fighting to get back on the ice now?
Then he meets Dante Espinosa, a short
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by JMS Books LLC (first published 2003)
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Sep 01, 2011 MandyM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
Cute and sweet coming-of-age romance between Ryan, a hockey player who's been sidelined with a bad injury, and Dante, an up and coming speed skater who gives Ryan something to live for. Wow this is a long story. It reminds me of some online free fiction I've read (e.g. The Ordinary Us or The Introspective Debate of Owen Brody). It has that same intensity of first love and the pages and pages of introspection. I don't mean that as a criticism because I love those kind of stories and I really enjo ...more
J.P. Barnaby
This was a really good book, and I'm a big fan of J. M. Snyder. I found the characters staying with me even when I wasn't reading it. The only problem I found was that it ended so abruptly. I really wanted to know what else happened with Ryan and Dante.
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Nov 18, 2010 Table4Five rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book! I loved how Dante 'noticed' Ryan like Ryan wanted him/someone to. The connection between them was nice and comfortable. I did feel like their romance was a little too easy, like they needed a little more drama. They fell in love really fast. Not sure if that was as believable or not, but it worked. There were several scenes that had me laughing out loud. Ryan inside voice is too funny. I really liked Ryan's mom too. I felt bad for Dante and his situation at home, not h ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Enny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really hate books that are written in the present tense and the characters were too cliche to be interesting. I finished reading this book because I always do but in this instance I really had to force myself to do it.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
It's a long book. First of all, hockey fans, not much hockey, sorry! Ryan, one of the protagonist, is a hockey player who can't play because of a nasty accident. When he goes to the rink to see his former teammates, he catches the eye of Dante, a speed skater. Their easy camaraderie and shy attraction soon blossoms into their very first love story. Dante is a bit younger, but more experienced, even if his first lover was a selfish bastard, Ryan just fooled around with one guy, and he's basically ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the longest novels in this genre (it's more than 500+ pages) but I found myself enjoying the story. It is very detailed -- I can actually see the speedskating competition in my head. The story also covers both Ryan and Dante's point of view. How they deal with their life: Ryan with the frustration of being confined in wheelchair, how he feel like he cannot fight for Dante ... and Dante, trying to scrape money for the competition (even if that means he have to endure his boss) and ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Power Play is a long, long book ~ my pdf copy is 580 pages ~ and, while it sometimes seemed a little too detailed, it's classic J.M. Snyder in the depth of her characterisations. Ryan and Dante are very much the core of this book and it's who they are singly and together and who they become that is key. Both are young men, Ryan being 19 and Dante, 18. Ryan seems to be quite representative of his age; although his dedication to hockey is stellar. It's a real test of his character when he loses al ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Shaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, mm-sportstars
This is one of those books that I've had for a while and have resisted reading. One of the reasons was the length of the book. And to be honest, that was an issue. I know, very strange coming from me, who always wants more... complains about a book being too short etc. But in this case, it honestly was, in my opinion, too long. In reality the whole book covers only about a fortnight in time. Yes, only 2 weeks or less.

And that does also bring another point up. Insta-love. Yet that doesn't worry
Sep 06, 2012 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
I liked the way this book was written quite a bit. Although present tense narration often irritates me, I thought that it was useful in this case. The beginning did a good job of establishing the breathless, antsy, self-centered, self-conscious, unsure, anxious, even giggly personalities of teenage guys like these -- and I think the present tense narration actually helped with this. It was all gogogo, don't stop even to finish a complete thought, live in the moment, keep moving ahead even though ...more
Nichole (Dirrty H)
This book could have been really good if it was about half the length. But it was 580 pages, and the only plot points were Dante's skating, an annoying girl with a crush on him, a homophobe on the skate club and a handsy employer. And Ryan's constant anger. This was not enough to carry 580 pages, so mostly it was just waaaay too mushy, and after awhile I was like "Okay, I get it. Ryan's pissed. He want's to kick Deitrich's ass."
Had this been half the length (or less), it would have been a cute,
Valentina Heart
Jan 02, 2010 Valentina Heart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
This was the first book i read from this author, and i really didn't know what to expect. It surprised me in a good way. The story carries you a bit by bit, but you are always interested in what will happen next. It wasn't hard to imagine all the looks they gave each other and all the soft touches. I loved the strength exchange between them, when one needed the other gave.

It was a change for me, most of the books i end up reading have a lot of sex in them. This one wasn't completely innocent, b
A.B. Gayle
While there were many aspects of this book that I liked eg the way Ms Snyder captured the youthfulness of her protagonists, I can't rate it any higher because it's written in the present tense.

As I read, I felt like translating it all to the more normal past tense. Instead of feeling immediate and in the moment, it felt forced.

I ploughed through to the end to see how she resolved the storyline, but couldn't help wishing the whole time that it had been written "normally".

It turned what could have
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 16, 2012 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, ebook
Very cute, super sweet story about two young guys, just out of high school who share a love of the ice. One speed skates, the other plays hockey but is recovering from an accident. They end up being just what each other needs at just the right time. They really are too cute together and sometimes almost too sweet. The story is long, and goes pretty slow. Nothing happens very fast here, other than maybe the ending. It is an enjoyable ride though, and I'm glad I stuck with it to see how things tur ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
These guys were cute and sweet but it was a really long story where nothing really happened. I guess I was waiting for there to be some kinda of conflict or something but it just kind of coasted along.

The ending left a lot of stuff unresolved like The Bobby situation and Ryans walking situation and a few other little things.
Mar 07, 2014 Maarja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit too insta-love, but otherwise, the story (at least the human relations part) felt very realistic and I really liked the MC-s. Both of them had their flaws and problems, but managed to support and help each other get through hard times. This description doesn't do the book justice - most of it was happy and fun to read. Still, the story tackled several difficult topics, so it's not all fluff.

One funny thing I noticed about the language use - maybe it was intentional when writing abou
Feb 08, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

i finish and i like it.story and caracters are interesting , strong ,beautifull,worthy
I understand It's my first Snider book's and it's not the last .
thanks michael
Mar 25, 2010 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost have mixed feelings on this book. I think that the author did a wonderful job with the characters. I absolutely love Dante. He is talented, honest, and lovely. Ryan is another matter. I feel for him because it is easy to see how he is suffering. It is also easy to see how he can become frustrated and angry because he isn't healing or making progress as quickly as he would like, and it seems like everyone is avoiding acknowledging his injury. However, sometimes he gets on my nerves. He c ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, m-m-young-love
This book is way too long at about 480 pages for the at most 4 storylines it has going. I put it down after reading about half of it several months ago and picked it back up again this week. A week or a week and a half is what this book covers of a romance between 19 year old Ryan, a former hockey player who due to an accident is now in a wheelchair and 18 year old Dante, a short track skater who is on his way up. There are a few conflicts like Dante's old boss, a girl who is in love with him an ...more
Ana Banda
Mar 20, 2013 Ana Banda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asi es como todos los libros deben de ser!
Lo ame completamente; estos chicos son unas ternurotas & todos quisieramos estar asi de enamorados.
Rei; suspire; me enoje; llore & ame con ellos..
& Ryan es el ejemplo correcto para demostrarnos que a veces tenemos battallas muy dificiles que pelear pero con el apoyo necesario todo se puede.. El es un chico valiente; amoroso; enojon; grosero pero sobre todo un luchador.. & vas luchando con el a lo largo del libro; sufres en sus terapias; l
Oct 30, 2012 Charly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detailed look at the early stages of a budding relationship

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- I liked both of the characters a lot. They struggle with real issues and have their own individual hang-ups, but they’re both very selfless. They’re constantly concerned about each other, each trying to make sure that life is beautiful, happy, and problem-free for his boyfriend.
- The obsession of young people is depicted well. The guys meet and hav
Ci sono alcuni elementi di questo racconto che mi hanno convinto ad assegnargli tre stellette, mentre altri mi hanno lasciato alquanto perplessa.
Tra i lati positivi, senz'altro vi è la resa dei personaggi da parte dell'autrice. Leggendo non ho avuto l'impressione che si trattasse di persone "finte", di meri personaggi usati come marionette dalla scrittrice per portare avanti la trama. Vi è un certo "scavo" psicologico, forse addirittura eccessivo in alcuni punti; veniamo messi al corrente, legg
I decided to re-read this long novel in which young hockey player Ryan looses in an accident during the practice, possibility to to play again, because he becomes confined to a wheelchair. I like Ryan, but his story wasn't completed or solved, sadly. The way Ryan met Dante Espinosa, a short track skater was interesting and pulling, but I really disliked the writing style in the third person, horrible. I can't rate it higher then 3 stars and I feel generous doing so!
Oct 19, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wavered between three and four stars on this one. Dante made the book for me. I did like Ryan, but parts of his personality made it difficult for me to empathize with his character.

Their love story was sweet and enjoyable to read, but veered dangerously towards insta love - but with Dante, I couldn't blame Ryan. That guy is about as perfect as Jack in Titanic. Just saying.

Ok, some spoilers ahead.

Ryan's treatment of his Mom while likely somewhat realistic, bothered me. Also, in a confrontation
Jan 06, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, read-in-2015
I thought this was going to be great, but it ended up being only good. I enjoyed the beginning, but as soon as Dante and Ryan became a couple, the book took a downward turn. It was too much, too soon, and the boys read as being a lot younger than 18/19.

Good, but not a five-star read.
Feb 11, 2015 Toby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-romance
I have to say I LOVED this book. I myself have a disability, and I found solace in these characters.

I found the story compelling, and I would recommend this book.

My only complaint, if there is one. I did not want the story to end...
Librarian Kate
Mar 18, 2011 Librarian Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice Young Adult kind of story; a bit rambly and unfocused at times, but very sweet and first-lovey. Had more of a high school feel than a "young college guy" feel, but I liked the mother/son dynamics and the "I'm acting like a five year old boy, but I want you to treat me like a man" attitude from Ryan. I can't decide if I'd ever want to see them make a movie of could be gorgeously hot with all those speed-skater spray on bodysuits, but the soundtrack alone could put you into a sugar ...more
C.J. Anthony
Oct 17, 2011 C.J. Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the two main characters, they were very sweet. Their relationship was very sweet and loving. They both gave each other support to deal with the obstacles they both had in their individual lives, they were a true partnership. My only complaint was that about halfway though, I felt like the pacing dragged a little. It might have been me, I was trying to finish it up so I could read something else. It felt like I was never going to get to the end. And then the end itself was a bit abrupt.
Oct 01, 2015 Rosie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, romance, dnf
I really liked the first quarter of this book - the characters are solid and so are their backstories - but they get together quite early, and then it's instalove and the plot just stalls. Maybe it picks up, but I kept reading for a few chapters before I just couldn't be bothered.
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An author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began in self-publishing and worked with Amber Allure, Aspen Mountain, eXcessica, and Torquere Presses.

Snyder's highly erotic short gay fiction has been published online at Amazon Shorts, Eros Monthly, Ruthie's Club, and Tit-Elation, as well as in anthologies by Alyson Books, Aspen Mountain, Cleis Press, eXcessica Publishing, Lethe Press, and R
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