For the love of the game.
Brandon Chase has always defined himself by one thing: football. Tough and athletic, he is a great college player who enjoys the hard hits and the sweaty grind of the gridiron. But when Brandon is injured, only one person can help him get back on track-a forbidden love he’s desperately tried to put behind him.
Alec Andrews has never quite forgiven Brandon for walking away when their friendship turned into something more. But he can’t deny help to one of his closest friends. As the two spend the long, hot summer working together, their old attraction comes flooding back.
Now as Alec thinks about coming out to his conservative family and Brandon considers revealing he’s a gay football player, the two men must be strong to fight for a love that could be the greatest rush of their lives.
Worldbuilding: A fun baseball world, filled with the tensions of the game players. I loved the Lakeland Village, Virginia setting the most, and Alec & Brand loved it too 😀
Characters: Alec and Brand were adorable in that angsty, delicious way I for one love characters to appear. I loved how their voices were different, their issues different yet still revolving around the same main points. The way they reacted seemed very authentic to me, and considering they were dealing with coming out and accepting themselves and their love, I felt their journeys were emotional roller coasters, intense, beautiful and painful all rolled in one.
Their one on one was hot when it happened, not super focused on but hot for sure 😀
Plot: The story was great, intense emotions and great development in the characters. There’s no hardcore action since this is a romance, which I loved 😀
Writing: First person narrative, past tense, Alec and Brand’s POV. Awesomesauce emotions galore.
Curb Appeal: Hawt cover, hooking blurb, total impulsive buy material.
All in all, this was a great story and gripped me emotionally like whoa. I lost a tinsy bit of the enthusiasm along the way for some reason, a minor sort of disconnect with the story – maybe due to me reading this is 2 session instead of my usual one go.
I fully recommend this read to anyone who’ into New Adult and m/m reading.