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Release Blitz: Rough Contact by Beth Bolden

Rough Contact | Beth Bolden

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Cover Artist: Angsty G Book Cover and Media Design

Release Date: October 14, 2020

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 93 000 words

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Blurb

Their romance is forbidden. Their love is a secret.

They’re the Romeo and Juliet of football.

Neal Fisher knows heartbreak. It’s the clock ticking down in the Super Bowl. It’s missing the most important field goal of his life. It’s losing everything: his thirteen year career as an NFL kicker, his future, and his pride.

Jamie Wright knows love. It’s everything on the line as the crowd holds their breath. It’s a perfect kick as the ball soars through the goal posts. It’s NFL fame and glory laid out before him.

Neal is on his way out, and Jamie–if he can withstand the pressure of tryouts–is on his way in. The one person Jamie should avoid is the veteran kicker, and the last thing Neal wants is to sink Jamie’s chances. But a chance meeting and a wild and undeniable chemistry proves to be irresistible.

Neal thought he knew heartbreak. Jamie thought he knew love.

They were both wrong.

Their romance is forbidden. Their love is a secret.

But if they trust each other, maybe their growing relationship won’t end in tragedy. It might even be the beginning of football’s greatest love story.

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Excerpt

It felt surreal to be surrounded by so many people he’d only watched on TV. There was Bran Phillips, the famous center for the Riptide, just over there, a small girl balanced on his shoulders, and they were both laughing. Rashad Green, the best running back in the league, was sitting on a chaise lounge, sipping something fruity and frozen from a plastic margarita glass. And then there was Heath, making sure he got something to eat, and introducing him to everyone who they met.

“The new kicker,” Heath said several times, even though it was hardly like he’d won the job. But then Heath would know that better than anyone, because he was on the coaching staff and he knew how many kickers they’d brought in to try out. But every single time he said it, Jamie felt like giving an addendum of not quite yet, but maybe, hopefully? If everything works out.

But Jamie didn’t, because even though Heath was more relaxed than Jamie had ever seen him, he was still Heath Harris, and he contained so much goddamn confident certainty that after meeting most of the people at the party, it was hard not to think of himself as the Riptide’s new kicker.

You’re getting ahead of yourself; you still gotta make it happen, he reminded himself. Tomorrow is the day you’re gonna have to prove yourself, again. And then you’re gonna have to do it over and over again, and then probably a couple hundred more times, for good measure.

Maybe then Coach R and Coach Toby might be satisfied.

He was sitting on the edge of the pool when suddenly he felt a body drop down next to him. He was half-expecting it to be Heath or maybe even Sam—which was surreal because he’d never imagined he’d be in the kind of position to be sought out by either of those guys—but then when he glanced over, he nearly fell into the pool.

It was Neal Fisher, and he was just in a pair of navy blue trunks, with little green palm trees scattered across the fabric. He was pale, like he’d spent too long inside this summer, but he was still undeniably handsome, his green eyes glowing in his gorgeous face, offset by his dark hair. It fell into his eyes a bit, probably because it needed a trim.

Jamie’s hands tightened on the edge of the pool and he prayed he didn’t make a fucking fool out of himself. He was just meeting his idol, that was all, and a guy he’d probably spent way too much time fantasizing about over the years.

Do not tell him you’ve jerked off to him about a thousand times. Do not even think about it.

“Hey,” Neal said casually. So casually that Jamie had a feeling that he didn’t know who Jamie really was. “You told me to come find you.” He smiled then, and though it was only a shadow of his former smile, which Jamie was embarrassed to admit he was intimately familiar enough with to tell the difference, it was still a smile. He poked Jamie in the shoulder. “Found you.”

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About the Author

A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband and their sweet kitten, Earl Grey. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published twenty novels and six novellas.

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Delicately woven tale of two men falling in love in spite of all the odds

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As ever a disclaimer that I beta read this book for Beth.

Now, onto the book itself. It’s even better than the loosely connected The Rivalry and I absolutely loved everything about this romance.

It’s a difficult one to put into a trope, there’re elements of forbidden romance, it’s obviously a sports romance, but it’s also a bit of hurt/comfort, a bit of overcoming fears, a bit of an age gap and an interracial relationship.

Overall though, it’s a beautiful story of two guys who by anyone’s reckoning, shouldn’t have anything to do with each other and most definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.

But fall in love they do, it’s a super sweet romance, fairly slow burn although the chemistry is there from the off.

Neal is cautious, rightly so, given how he was badly burned not only by the team Jamie’s trying out for to replace him as kicker, but also by the guy he thought he was in love with (and can I just state here for the record – Michael you are an absolute wanker!)

Jamie though, he’s impetuous as only someone of his age can be. He’s confident in not only his skills as a kicker, but also in his attraction to Neal and he feeling they could be really good together.

There’s a looming sense of dread hanging over the narrative which only increases once Jamie’s rival for the special teams spot overhears him talking to another player who knows he’s been seeing Neal.

I really appreciated that Beth took a particular route with this big secret – which I won’t spoiler as I think it’s better to find out from reading – and I loved how it all played out in the end.

The Epilogue is beyond cute and I loved how it nicely wrapped up the state of their relationship and professional careers with a totally solid Happy for Now most likely leading into that Happily Ever After.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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A visit to Whisper Farm always makes my heart happy

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Garrett Leigh’s writing just feeds my heart and my mind with happiness.

There’s something brutally honest with every book she pens, whether it’s the struggles with drug addiction or, like here, where it’s more to do with the anxieties of a new job, burgeoning attractions and new fatherhood.

We’re back in my second favourite series location – Whisper Farm – with Joe, Harry and the rest of the Skins crew.

But it’s five years post Joe and Harry’s wedding and it’s young Toby, now a strapping 24-year-old, who holds the narrative focus.

His main distraction is new dad Cole, who’s moved to the farm to help take some of the classes at Harry’s clinic.

Straight away I was in love with this pair. They’re both so hesitant around each other, both have their own internal fears and hesitancy that they’re fighting alongside their attraction to the other.

This book is way less angsty than some of Garrett’s other books, but it’s not lacking in any of the emotion she’s so good at invoking.

As the story meanders along, Cole and Toby enter into a half friends/half sexual induction relationship which is seriously sweet, seriously hot and hilariously obvious to everyone else – full of feelings 😁

The dramatic tension is driven completely through the fears and anxieties of both men, nothing manufactured or mis-communicated.

With loads of guest appearances from nearly all the rest of the Skins gang, this book is a joyous experience.

The Epilogue is beyond awesome too and just firmly anchors this pair’s happy ending.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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