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Empty Net

(Scoring Chances #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,542 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’ ...more
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Published September 2nd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Warning: Review includes gratuitous gifs of hockey players.


"Did that just happen?" Isaac asked as they headed upstairs. "Your landlady ... she's like eightysomething. And unless I'm wrong, she dressed up in her husband's suits and pretended to be a boy so they could have bi threesomes in a booth at whatever a boy's club is."

"Sounds like it," Laurent agreed.

"You don't even seem surprised," Isaac said . . . .

Laurent shrugged. "No one's all that normal, no matter what t
The Scoring Chances series just keeps getting better and better for me! This one is now my favorite. It is SO MUCH MORE than a hockey book.

Isaac and Laurent are fascinating, extremely complex, well fleshed out characters. Their problems and issues are real, especially for Laurent who was abused by his father as a child and into adulthood. His scars are as deep as they can get and Isaac is his trusty sidekick while battling his demons.

But, guess what? Unlike most romances that deal with emotional
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*4.5 stars*

Avon Gale is on FIRE with this series, and each book wins me over more and more! If you are craving a hurt/comfort, angsty story with a hockey players and a virgin MC, look no further!

Empty Net was waaaaaaaay darker than I was anticipating, but that's okay. I was sort of expecting an enemies-to-lovers story about a closeted, jerky MC, but what I got was much... more. Warning: This book contains references to physical and emotional abuse, eating disorders, and a whole lot of pain and
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Third re-read: 09.03.2020
Couldn't find anything else that interested me, but I felt the need for M/M and something fast forward so it became this one.

Second re-read: 09.12.2018
I couldn't help myself. I mean, I remember everything that happens in the book, but I couldn't find anything else to read that seems interesting. It's still so sad how much a father's abuse can destroy a life, and make something pleasurable into a punishment. It is heartbreaking really. I adore how Isaac loves Sain
☆ Todd
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Wow, that was a bit of an epic journey of transformation and personal growth.

As this story began, Laurent was like a scared animal, trapped in a cage of his father's making, always ready to snarl, claw or bite at anyone who got within reach.

But as it's been said, sometimes a person has to hit rock bottom before they can begin to build themselves back up again and heal. Which is exactly what happened, when Laurent finally lost it and was offered a hand from the one person he'd least expected it.
Empty Net is the fourth book in Avon Gale's Scoring Chances series, and it is the best one yet. Truly, this series just keeps getting better and better. Empty Net is about facing your fears and finding your freedom. It's about taking control, even though it terrifies you, and figuring out that you do deserve better than you were given. And it's about figuring out that you don't have to do it all alone.

Isaac Drake is the spirited, blue haired goalie for the Spartanburg Spitfires and we met him i
August 2020: Audiobook = ***4 - 4.5 Stars***



Damn, by now I should know better than to buy eyeliner that is not waterproof, with all the books that made me tear up lately... And this book managed to choke me up quite a lot.

No, Laurent is definitely not okay...

This was not always an easy read because this book is about some quite evocative issues like systematic abuse and eating disorder, but I simply loved the way Avon Gale dealt with it. The
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I absolutely loved this 4th book in the series and they seem to get better and better with each I hope that there will be many more to follow.

I was very curious about this one, because it's about Laurent and Isaac, and while I loved Isaac right from the start in book 3....I hated Laurent's guts.

Isaac is a goalie for the Spitfires. He is a blue haired, sweet, funny and sarcastic guy. He's the team-captain, has a lot of friends and is also very out and proud.
Laurent is the goalie
Heidi Cullinan
Gale covers some serious subjects in this book, and we go deep in the feels. We begin with a character as close to the edge of unredeemable as I think you can get in a romance, not from actions as much as inaccessibility. But Gale has mad skills, and the crumbs are there to lead you in, to tease you into caring for Laurent despite his urging you not to. And if you can't quite get there, don't worry. Issac will take you the rest of the way.

I don't know when the last time was I watched such a gran
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
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An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

'Hey, Saint.'
That nickname. He loved it, and he wasn't sure he could ever express to Isaac just how much.

5++++++++ for the Audiobook

5++++++++ for the Story

This series has become one of my favourite series.

Loved the ‘Enemies to lovers’ theme, it was so well done, and I enjoyed the journey.
Laurent what a complex character. It might be difficult to warm upto him but I did, he was vulnerable, broken and misunderstood. A guy who had never experienced love or kindness and never knew how to give love
*5 stars*

Wow, this was extremely good! Gale nailed it again. NAILED IT.

I was taken aback by this book. I was expecting some enemies-to-lovers story were one of the MC was an asshole deeply hidden in the closet but NO, it wasn’t like that at all. It took a twisted way darker than I’d have imagined. I didn’t know that Gale was going to cover so difficult subjects as emotional and physical abuse, eating disorders or lots of self-loathing and suffering.

(I just noticed that the blurb says that stuf
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do any of us ever bother to look beneath the surface of an antagonistic opponent?

Do we stop to wonder why the motorist cut us off? Why the business suit walking in front of us couldn't hold the door instead of letting it slam in our face? Why the cashier had to slam our purchases around?

Avon Gale opens our eyes and our hearts with two characters who are broken. In an amazing display of maturity and empathy, one holds out a hand to the other and an entirely hidden, difficult truth unravels.

I don'
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Truth : I've ugly cried too much to give Laurent and Isaac's story anything less than 5 stars.
Don't be too worried, though.
I do know how to smile through my tears.

TW - abuse, ED, homoantagonism

This is my attempt to write a proper review, although I doubt I'll succeed. This book stole my ability to express myself coherently, and my thoughts and feelings are still all over the place. Avon are a godess, and my heart belongs to you now.
"I just don't want you to go anywhere."

"I'm not. I'm all yours. Caught in your net."

The characters...

This book gives the "enemies-to-lovers" trope a whole new meaning. Remember what Laurent did to Isaac in Power Play? He spit on h
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
4,25 stars

Reread August 2020
I loved this more than the first time.

What struck me particularly was how awesome Isaac is.
His sensitivity and understanding with Laurent and his sweet, kind nature truly melted my heart. And never mind the blue hair I wasn’t keen on when I wrote my review first. The same goes for lip piercings! LOL. We all grow and change, right? 😂
As for Laurent - I went all blurry-eyed again at his 'I'm awesome'.
After just reading book 3 for the first time I also appreciated re-mee
Kaje Harper
This series stays excellent from book to book. The hockey content is real and important, but beautifully balanced with the human emotional and relationship content. This book is a little darker, as it deals with Laurent St. Savoy, a goalie traded to the Spitfires as a punishment by his abusive coach-father, whose team lost the playoffs with Laurent in goal. Neither one realizes just how much getting out from under his father's day-to-day control will change Laurent's life for the better. As the ...more
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*I was a beta reader for this book so my review is not completely unbiased*

If you're looking for a coherent and eloquent review you probably won't find this here because when it comes to this book and the characters I fall into fangirl mode so fast. And I just can't stop myself.
I absolutely LOVE this book and Isaac Drake is my patronus. Because this book. OMG this book!
I've read it four times already (it's not even out yet! lol) and I know there's many more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love this series and I loved this book ! Isaac Drake was something else ❤️ he was able to see through Laurent's gruff and obnoxious exterior and find the vulnerable and terribly abused boy. Isaac gave Laurent a chance and learned the ways to make him stop his negativity and critical self talk. This relationship was built on trust early on and it continued to grow into something beautiful. Misha & Max were awesome as the supportive cast and it was great being back with the team. I read this in ...more
BWT (Belen)
4.5 Stars

Well, Avon Gale, you had me a little worried in the beginning. Not going to lie...Laurent was a hard pill to swallow at first. You're right when you say the kid's got more issues than The Hockey News.
Laurent smiled. “I still don’t understand why you’re bothering with me,” he said, honestly. “I can’t be that hot that I’m worth all this effort. I’m a jerk, I don’t know if I’m attracted to you, and I have literally no idea how to behave around other people.”
“Well, first of all you are
4.25 stars

Another book that I loved -- but I don't exactly have the words to explain on the why's. So you all just have to settle with other people's opinion instead.

The most important things that you need to know -- I loved Isaac Drake so much. I wanted to hug Laurent "Saint" Savoy almost throughout the book.

I loved the progress of their romance and relationship because there was a process from enemies to lovers that was BELIEVABLE for me.

I thought how Isaac dealt with Saint, the part where
I'm writing a review for Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends. I'll add a link when it's available.

5.0 glove saves ☺ ♥♥♥♥♥ and all the kudos

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BWT (Belen)

I think this may be my favorite of Scott R. Smith's performances for the Scoring Chances series. I loved how he portrayed the tone of the story with its more emotional nuances, the passion and the humor, and how he showcased the different character voices.

Scott's narration continues to get better with each story.

Smith captures Laurent's inner turmoil so well in his tone and pacing, and does such a wonderful job bring Isaac to life. I wanted to hug this audio.

The hurt/comfort here is so good. I l
Isaac might have just taken the number 1 spot as my favorite character in this series - damn, he's adorable.

This one constantly cracked me up with the banter between Isaac and Laurent - I grew up with 5 brothers and the way the author does the dialogue is just perfect. The relationships in this series are so well done. (view spoiler)
This is a nice sports romance with a friends-to-lovers trope, scrapping the issue of abuse and eating disorder.

4th book of the scoring chances series. It can be read as a standalone, but a lot of the MCs from previous books are there and there’s some continuance around the team.
Isaac, the unorthodox goalie of a hockey team, has a new teammate, Laurent, the one player he despises the most and for good reasons. But, as a captain of the team, Isaac won’t tolerate any bullying, even if it’s focused
Listened the second time around and it was just as awesome! Gawd, I love this series!! Such quirky and real characters—especially via audiobook!
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, m-m
4.5 stars because Scoring Chances just keeps getting better and better.

I started this series with the first book. I liked it just fine but I didn't loved it. Thinking about that first book and now this one makes me smile because Avon Gale has improved so much.

I'm not saying she was bad but for me personally this series was a gradual thing. I like the first one, I like the second more, I loved the third and this one? This is the best one yet.

Drake and Saint were great characters, I wanted to
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ohhh i really love this book! Misha <3 <3 <3
Isaac was so strong, so mature, so stable in this book. I was like "you grew up so fast". He maintain not only his lover, bu this entourage to the ground. SOLID is the word to describe him in this book.
Laurent ? Unlikeable in the beginning but when you learned about him, you can't longer hate him. See him free himself from one the most evil person i've ever met was good to my heart haha.
It's about two young men who fell for one another and it's good.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Loved the relationship development from enemies to friends to lovers. This was a fun and sweet read even though it dealt with some pretty serious abuse issues.
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Avon Gale lives in a liberal Midwestern college town, where she spends her days getting heavily invested in everything from craft projects to video games. She likes road trips by car, rock concerts, thunderstorms, IPAs, Kentucky bourbon and tattoos. As a queer author, Avon is committed to providing happy endings for all and loves to tell stories that focus on found families, strong and open commun ...more

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