Erryn reviews ‘Breakaway (The Sin Bin: West Coast Book 1)’ by E.M. Lindsey. The ebook was published August 19, 2022 and was 252 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by John Solo, released August 29, 2022 and is 6 hrs and 26 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’ve been enjoying the On The Market series.
The last thing Ravi Chandola needs is to define his career by a single mistake he made off the ice. But it’s not that easy when you’re the captain of an NHL team and the press is always watching, waiting to pounce.
And to make matters worse, Ravi now has community service under the supervision of a former professional figure skater who hates him with a fiery passion. But things aren’t so simple when it comes to ice king Adrien Fischer.
He’s hot but cold.
He’s soft but sharp.
And in spite of telling Ravi there can never be anything between them, Adrien can’t seem to stay out of Ravi’s orbit.
Ravi’s life is complicated enough without this man who can’t seem to make up his mind, but as much as Ravi wants to walk away, he knows he’s in it for however long Adrien will have him. So what hope does he have left? Just a miracle that the ice king’s heart will thaw and allow Ravi in.
Breakaway is the first book in the Sin Bin: West Coast series featuring the fictional NHL team the Denver Huskies. This story contains bad geography, a best friend with feelings-burritos, platonic cuddling, cute squirrels, spicy food, and of course a happily ever after.
I’m from Canada, so hockey is a big deal up here. And I’m painfully aware of lack of representation on the ice – specifically players of color – especially Indigenous players – as well as players who identify as LGBTQ. Things are better in the world of figure skating – but that change has mainly happened in the last few years.
I think that’s why picking up E.M. Lindsey’s latest sports romance was so important to me. Let’s have a gay Indian hockey player and an amputee figure skater. Representation in all the good ways. Let’s layer on emotional issues and make them fully-rounded characters. That’s what makes EM’s books so powerful – they mirror real life in so many ways.
I really enjoyed this story – watching Ravi and Adrien dance around each other as they struggle with the challenges in their lives. And with how Ravi has to come to face something he’s done. And how Adrien has to overcome his tendency to view the world as black and white.
Anyway, EM has created a world I’d love to live in and there are more books in the series coming up and I can’t wait.
John Solo narrated this book and did a great job. Can’t wait for the next one.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E.M. Lindsey is currently living in the United States. In the very little free time they have, they read, Netflix binges, and writes– in that order. E.M. Lindsey’s works can be found exclusively published on amazon.