Genres: M/M Romance, New Adult Romance, Sports Romance
Released on July 28, 2015
An endearing, playful, steamed up coming out college to adult sports romance that left me smiling and sighing and sad to part from the guys when the last page came along.
What was I thinking waiting so long to read this one? I saw so many reviews and the excitement for it by book pals I trust to have similar tastes, but drug my feet. There is a good side to this- I don’t have to wait for the ones that come after it.
Yes, this was a hat trick read for me from the characters, to the development of the romance, the plot, the setting, and just that extra something special I can’t put a name to. I enjoyed the present and the past twined together to make sense of things for this pair. Jamie and Ryan both have star power in their own ways.
Cool and calm Jamie who everyone believes is straight including himself comes up against a crisis of self and of his future when a chance to go pro in the NHL and a reunion encounter with his ex-bestfriend comes along.
Fiery and impulsive Ryan is gay, but doesn’t advertise since there is no doubt he’s headed to the NHL pros. Envious of Jamie’s wonderful family and hiding a crush that caused him to end his friendship with Jamie, Ryan now has a new chance and wants it.
I loved how this one took on all the tough stuff, but in such a way that it hit just the right note with my responses and emotions. There was conflict, misunderstandings, and coming of age stuff, but it wasn’t riddled with unnecessary angst. In fact, the pair could go from heartbroken to hilarious in seconds. I was convinced of how deep their friendship really goes, but also felt that reality was not swept under the rug either.
And holy hot tamale were this pair horny, hot and heavy- yes, they behaved like two young athletic guys. They were fun and exciting, but not jerks.
This was just such an easy book to love all around. I cannot wait to see what comes next for Jamie and Ryan. I’ve heard this described as a great book to dip one’s toe in the m/m waters and I would agree with that. I would recommend it whole-heartedly to those who enjoy m/m coming out/new adult sports romance.
Romance Roundabout #172 NR
Mt. TBR #108