Ryan Talonovich was the star of his
college hockey team before he was seriously hurt at
practice. The injuries he sustained have put him in a wheel
chair. Itíll be a long time before he can walk again, never
mind skate. Ryan is angry and depressed. Watching his
teammates skate makes him feels worse. Itís at the rink that
he meets Dante Espinoza. Dante is an exceptionally talented
speed skater working towards his dream of going to the
Olympics. Ryan and Dante hit it off and soon, romance
follows. Dante has to work hard to afford to skate, his mom
doesnít approve of it, and heís got issues with his
teammates. Ryan is hurting, mentally and physically, and his
momís over protectiveness is driving him nuts. Will the love
Dante and Ryan find in each otherís arm see them through the
rough road ahead?
Power Play is a wonderful love story. Itís full of
angst and passion. The emotion pours off of every page.
Whether it is Danteís feelings about his lecherous boss or
his need for his motherís approval or Ryanís fight to get
back on his feet or his struggle to cope with his motherís
over protectiveness, you can feel every one of their
emotions. The love and desire Dante and Ryan have for each
other creates one poignant and erotic moment after another.
Power Play has fantastic characterization. You
really get to know Dante and Ryan, who they are, where
theyíre going and what makes them tick. The same can be said
for every character in the story. The innocent and intense
feelings Dante and Ryan have for each other are extremely
endearing and sexy. Ryan is shy and nervous. Heís strong,
but reduced to near helplessness. It doesnít sit well with
him and he struggles to find himself again throughout the
story. Dante is exactly what Ryan needs. Heís protective,
honorable, and gorgeous. His own battles are hard won. I
felt intimately a part of Dante and Ryanís relationship as
it unfolded across the pages. Power Play is
uplifting and beautiful, although, I wanted more at the end.
I wasnít done reading about Dante and Ryan! Power Play
is another example of why J.M. Snyder is one of the best
authorís of gay romance.