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  • The Sin Bin: West Coast, Book 1
  • By: E.M. Lindsey
  • Narrated by: John Solo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Breakaway

By: E.M. Lindsey
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Summary

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.

©2022 E.M. Lindsey (P)2022 E.M. Lindsey

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Good start to a new series

Breakaway is the start of a new hockey series. Although the sport itself is not the main focus here. The NHL pro Ravi has to do community service after a drunken drive. Ravi does this in Adrien's ice rink. The meeting of the two is not under a good star, because Adrien has a painful past, in which a drunk driver had a big part.
I actually liked Ravi a lot, I liked him despite his transgression. Adrien, on the other hand, seemed a bit bitter to me at times, although he tries to overplay it.
I would say it is a slowburn romance. It took a while for Adrien to admit to himself that he had feelings for Ravi. But in the middle of it, it felt like insta love. The two are very attracted to each other. It was almost a bit sudden for me. And yet these two are really hot together.
I really liked Ravi's teammates who stand up for Ravi and support him. Because it's not all as it seems.
I was well entertained by the book. On one hand, it was refreshing that while the story was with a hockey player as the main protagonist, the core of the story was almost not about the sport. On the other hand, I would have liked a few hockey scenes.

John Solo does a good job as narrator. He gives the characters different voices and accents when necessary.

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So adorable

I absolutely loved the narration if this

This was a sweet contemporary romance!!

Loved tge characters and rge chemistry between them.


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Great start

Another great story by EM Lindsey that promises to be the start of a great series. Fantastic characters to get to know and follow. John Solo did a super job bringing the characters to life.

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Ravi & Adrien

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.

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Breakaway

Well-written and fabulously narrated! The story was full of emotions and feels. I loved the story. The characters were perfect, though some were more likable than others. It just all worked. I'll definitely be devouring the rest of the series.

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Melting the Ice

If you are of an age to have watched the movie The Cutting Edge from 1992, you'll love this m/m variation on a hockey player/figure skater story. There is added spice here because Ravi is brought into Adrien's orbit because of his requirement to do some community service and these guys are adults not the young people of the movie so the emotions are more visceral with life experience behind them. I loved both these prickly, hurting men and John Solo did a superb job of bringing them to life and showing their sparks turning into flames of a completely different and life altering kind.

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A great new hockey romance series

Breakaway is an enjoyable hockey romance with an element of enemies to lovers, with Adrien having good reason to dislike Ravi when he walks into his ice rink to work off his community service for a DUI.
There's a lot of strong feelings and conflict here, with not all as it seems for Ravi and a painful recent history for Adrien. That doesn't stop them from being insanely attracted to each other though. I'd say this is a fairly slow burn romance as it takes time for Adrien to warm up to the fact he is interested in Ravi. That's done very well, moving from a negative to positive relationship, nothing felt forced, more of a natural growth from one side to the other. There are things that come to light through the book, though, that will affect them both. I enjoyed both characters, Adrien is very strong in himself after what he's been through but still struggles with self image/confidence given that he has come from the intense world of figure skating. Ravi has got a great found family in his teammates who are a huge support to him but what he finds in his new thing with Adrien is what he's felt missing from his life for a while now.
There's a great cast of characters here as well that I'm looking forward to hearing more from in this series.
John Solo is a brilliant narrator and he does this story and the characters justice. I love the accents he provides and the emotions really come through considering what happens to both MC's.
There's a trigger warning for attempted date rape here, with the drug being given but not followed through on.

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Love and Hockey Pucks

Breakaway is the first book in Sin Bin: West Coast series, a new contemporary series focused on a fictional NHL team. Ice skating- both with hockey and figure skating - sets the backdrop for the romance. Ravi is a hockey player who’s dealing with the aftermath of a serious incident. Adrien is a figure skater who had to readjust his vision for his future after an accident. Both men have their issues, but the beauty of this book is how they work through these issues to get to their happy endings. The moments of tenderness and vulnerability between the main characters are my favorite moments.

The audiobook was narrated by John Solo who does a fantastic job. John voiced each of the characters perfectly and had great narrative pacing. I always enjoy John’s narrations. The audiobook production was well done.

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  • AL
  • 20-09-22

Typical E.M. Lindsey goodness

Story: There is never any doubt for me, that anything this author writes will be an emotional roller coaster I am bound to love. Breakaway fit the bill perfectly, with a heartbreaking backstory for Ravi and explosive chemistry we get to see developing into so much more.
Narration: John Solo is always a sure bet. Great performance.

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Wonderful story

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Adrien is an amputee figure skater who has lost his leg and Olympic dreams right at the height of his career by a drunk driver.

Ravi is a hockey player also at the height of his career when he gets into a car accident. He has no memory of what happened so no way to defend himself and even though there is no real evidence to prove it, he is arrested for dui and is sentenced to community service at Adriens job working with kids, seeing nobody was hurt in the accident. Given Adriens experience with drunk drivers he hates Ravi but he also can't stay away from the charming sweet man.

I loved this book and listened to it in one day. The characters were wonderful, well developed and had great chemistry. The story was interesting from start to finish, very well written. Not only did the romance suck me in but also the mystery of what really happened to Ravi. It kept me not wanting to stop listening from start to finish. This was a slow burn but with some great steamy moments later on. The relationship was developed really lovely over time which I loved. I especially loved that although they had a enemies type of relationship, they were very loveable characters and neither could resist each other from being flirty and sweet. Sometimes in enemy type stories they fight so much that I don't enjoy the story or the characters but I really enjoyed how this author blended the love/hate and kept the story light with great banter. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it.

I really enjoyed John's Narration. He expresses emotions wonderfully and brings the story to life. He did different voices for the characters and the Canadian French accents of the side characters was pretty convincing. As a Canadian, I approve. He did the kid voices and the few female voices well too. I just wish the 2 MCs voices were more differentiated.

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  • Menotah Bolland
  • 13-10-22

Ravi and Adrian

"𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙩'𝙨 𝙖 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙚. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙢 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣."

Breakaway by E.M. Lindsey is Ravi and Adrian’s story and the first book in The Sin Bin: West Coast series.

Ravi is forced to do community service after an accident. Adrian does not make things easy on Ravi since his community service is for the same thing that ended Adrian's figure skating career.

I enjoyed the book when I read it and loved it when I listened to the audiobook. I picked up on things listening to the book that I missed when I read it.

I love Ravi and Adrain as well as many of the side characters and I am looking forward to this series as a whole.

John Solo did a great job as both characters and with bringing their story to life.

Breakaway contains… mm, sports (hockey), sports (figure skating), opposites attract, enemies to lovers romance, told in the dual third-person point of view.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 08-10-22

Enemies-to-Lovers Sports Romance for the Win!

Enemies-to-lovers sports romance–what could be better? Well, EM Lindsey’s marvelous interweaving of said trope with the signature storytelling of differently-abled characters, of course.. No spoilers, excet to say, Adrien experiences a tragedy that forces him to give up his dream of figure skating glory. Enter Ravi, who represents all that has been taken from Adrien. Neither man is looking for love, especially with each other, but it finds them anyway. Lindsey’s solid narrative and compelling characters lead readers to a gratifying HEA.

While the book is not sexy times heavy, it’s better for it. The sweet intimacy that's allowed to develop revs my engine just as much as the light D/s dynamic does.

John Solo always delivers a top-notch voice-acting performance. He employs excellent character distinction and an emotional realism that transports the reader into Lindsey’s book universe.

I received an ARC of this audiobook, at my request. I’ve written this post to express a few of my honest thoughts about it.

Highly recommended.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 04-10-22

Sometimes being a jerk wins

I enjoyed Ravi and Felix's story. Two male skaters who are enemies due to similar circumstances with opposite outcomes. It didn't have as much angst as I'm used to in an enemies-to-lovers story but more of Felix being a jerk to Ravi. It was sweet once they managed to clear the air.

The narration was great, and I enjoyed John Solo performing all the characters.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 01-10-22

Ravi and Adrien have an incredible connection!!

Ravi and Adrien have an incredible steamy connection. Powerful story about two characters that overcome physical and emotional challenges.

John Solo does a good job of sharing this story with us.

Ravi and Adrien are made for one another! Adrien’s hesitancy was real and definitely warranted but Ravi’s persistence and patience was beautiful and was everything!! Their connection was undeniable but their chemistry skyrocketed through the roof!

This was a great start to a series, with lots of interesting characters. So looking forward to Nolan, Marco, and Luka’s story next!!

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  • Jeanette A L
  • 26-09-22

I loved it

This was one of the first books I have read by E.M Lindsey and this was really good. It has a lot of emotions. It is well written and it´s a book that can break you!

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  • Bkwrm24
  • 24-09-22

4 Stars ⭐️

Ravi and Adrien 🔥❤️🔥

Every time I open or listen to an E.M. Lindsey book, I expect to be emotionally blown away..... once again, I am!!

I'm going to extremely vague with this review, I'd hate to spoil, because it's so worth the time!!

This author has an incredible knack for writing perfectly imperfect characters with stories that will break you heart and then stitch it right back up!!! This one was an emotional roller coaster...I adored Ravi ❤️ at times I wanted to hug him, Adrien on the other hand was so frustrating....he took a lot of patience and understanding, Ravi couldn't have been more perfect for him. The road to their HEA was a bumpy one, and wasn't easy but it was everything that they deserved ❤️ it was beautiful and love filled!

*John Solo's narration of this story was 🔥*

* I received an Audio Copy from GRR, this is my open and honest review *

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  • Jennie
  • 21-09-22

Good story, great narration

Ex figure skater Adrian meets pro hockey player Ravi under less than ideal circumstances. They have a challenging beginning and I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and evolve into something strong and meaningful.

There was a good storyline with strong character growth which kept me invested in the story the whole way through.

The narrator did a fantastic job of voicing both of these men and I'll definitely be looking for more of his work.

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  • Amy M
  • 19-09-22

Oh so good! Absolutely perfect!

EM Lindsey, you have slayed me again! Adrien and Ravi are simply fire! 🔥❤️‍🔥 Ravi is so confused and broken a little by what happened to him and doesn’t know what to think or do. Adrien is just enough of a jerk to take it out on him, but quickly realizes Ravi really is as sweet and good as he seems. These two have so much chemistry and are such a perfect fit. It is absolutely insane. Neither one of them can fight it for long. I love how Adrian is able to finally overlook Ravi’s perceived offense as he gets to know the man better. And when he finds out the truth?!? Woah. And sweet cinnamon roll Ravi certainly deserves so much better than he got. If you are triggered by the use of roofies and near assaults please be aware of that content in this book. Ravi doesn’t really understand it and how it has affected him and I love his friends for standing by his side. I really want Felix to get his story told somewhere. Hint hint. Marko and Luka and Nolan are amazing as well. This story was all kinds of solid gold and I can’t say enough good about it. This author is an always sure bet on getting a great book worth so much more. These characters are so easy to fall in love with; their flaws making them that much better to hold onto.

And John Solo was absolute perfection with these guys. I love his voice anyway, but woah. Can’t say enough about this one!!!! Definitely worth a listen.

“I’m not mocking you. I want to be whatever it is you want to call me, as long as it’s yours.”

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  • iamltr
  • 17-09-22

well this was different

Being a die hard fan of E M Lindsey, I have read almost everything they have written and I gotta say that this may be the first time I really did not like one of the MCs. Not liking a mc makes it so hard to like the story, but Ravi made it worth it to me.

In this one we have Ravi, who due to someone else drugging him, has an accident and was charged with DUI.

Adrian was an Olympic hopeful who lost his leg in the accident. And is not a pleasant person. He was the one I really did not like.

These two eventually work it out and fall in love. Believe me, I was shocked that I loved the ending.

I really liked the best friends in this so I will be reading the next one.

John Solo did a great job with the narration and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Yakira
  • 16-09-22

Heartfelt Story

E.M. Lindsey does their usual bang-up job portraying flawed characters finding the good in each other. I love the way they almost always include some type of disability in one or both of the MCs. This isn't just for representation, it's educational to the rest of us who don't live with or have exposure to people with disabilities.

I think I would have enjoyed this story more if I'd read it instead of listened to it. I know John Solo has a huge following, but I'm just not a fan. I usually don't mind listening to his narration and can ignore the things that bother me, he's just not a favorite of mine. However, his reading threw me out of the story too often in this book. His accents were horrible and either over emphasized or not emphasized enough, sometimes in the same scene. And the voice he uses for the 'big' guy is the same voice he uses for the 'not-so-smart' guy. He simply doesn't have the range of voices that I'm used to from other narrators.