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Beth delivers another fantastic NFL romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of sports romances and that I love Beth’s books, but with this series opener we get an absolute belter of a story.

With relatively little angsting, a thankful lack of miscommunication or lack of conversation which would solve any issues, Beau and Sebastian fall helplessly in love in spite of all the reasons why they shouldn’t.

It’s a wonderful narrative which gives us a man heading towards the end of a successful NFL career as a cornerback and being given a second lease of life in a new position – if only he has the guts to take both the role and the advice from the man on the side lines – his coach’s son.

Sebastian Howard is a classic Beth character, he’s biracial, strong-willed, stubborn and determined, but he’s also kind, he’s willing to take risks and he’s been not exactly hiding his sexuality so much as not giving any time to relationships because of his career.

Beau Dawson, the man tasked with running Seb through the transition to playing the new safety position, is someone who’s always had to fight because he’s been an out and proud gay man working alongside his top College Coach father Asa, for years. He fights prejudice, allegations he’s only there because of his father and he fights his instant attraction to Sebastian Howard.

And OMG how much UST is there in this book! It bounces off the page in their first encounters as both men struggle with the attraction they don’t want to acknowledge.

I loved this book so much. It’s within Beth’s expanded universe so the Piranhas are the team my absolute favourite Beth character – quarterback Colin O’Connor – used to play for and they’re struggling to rebuild after his retirement.

There’s layers of different tensions throughout the story, from the fears their relationship could damage the team dynamics and interfere with Beau’s professional reputation, there’s the switch to a new position and having to accept a cocky and ignorant replacement taking your place which Seb struggles with.

There’s the other LGBTQ couple within the team, who are introduced in a short novella available in the Your Book Boyfriend’s Boyfriend Prolific Works year long giveaway, and there’s potential for other relationships happening in at least another two pairs.

Oh and Asa himself, there’s definitely something going on there which I have already told Beth I have to KNOW about please 😂

So, if you like your sports romances to be steaming hot, have great LGBTQ representation but with the realistic struggles you’d expect from such a macho world, actually include plenty of on pitch game narrative too, this series is definitely for you.

As always, I beta read this book for Beth.

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

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Release Blitz: The Quarterback by Tal Bauer

The Quarterback | Tal Bauer

The Team #2

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Release Date: August 7th, 2021

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Falling for his friend’s straight dad might be the worst mistake Colton Hall has ever made.

Colton’s best friend is gay. He’s not: he’s never been attracted to men. So why the hell is he fantasizing about his friend’s dad? Besides, Nick Swanscott is straight. A devoted father and the best man Colton’s ever known. He deserves more than to be the object of Colton’s crush.

The NFL is waiting for Colton, but he decides to stick it out for his senior year in college before joining the league, a decision that proves disastrous when an injury tears him from the game. In the blink of an eye, Colton goes from being a top draft pick to potentially never playing football again.

But Nick is there through his recovery. He takes care of Colton every day and shows him a future that might hold something more than being a superstar quarterback. Maybe Colton’s life isn’t over.

And Colton’s crush explodes: full-on, head over heels, hopelessly falling in love.

He’s so screwed. He’s got to get these feelings under control. All those dreams of kissing Nick can never become reality. And there’s no way Nick could ever love him back.

Right?

A slow burn, friends to lovers, bi awakening, age gap MM romance.

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About The Author

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Tal Bauer writes breathtaking, heartfelt, and often action-packed gay romance novels.

His characters are head over heels for each other, and fight against all of the odds for their happy ending. Nothing stands in the way of love.

Tal is best known for his romantic suspense novels, including the Executive Office series and The Murder Between Us.

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Release Blitz: Right As Raine by Lucy Lennox

Right As Raine | Lucy Lennox

Aster Valley #1

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As the first openly gay professional football player, I can’t afford to make any mistakes, on or off the field. And the absolute biggest mistake I could make right now would be to fall for Mikey Vining, my best friend, employee and, more importantly, Coach’s baby boy. I might fantasize about Mikey at night-—every night—but actually touching him would be a serious personal foul.

And falling for him? That’s completely out of bounds.

Mikey:

I’ve learned my lesson about falling for one of my dad’s players. They’re a bunch of spoiled jocks with more muscles than brains. I’ve spent years learning to keep my eyes, and my hands, to myself. But resisting the temptation becomes nearly impossible when Tiller Raine and I end up together in a small cabin in a remote Colorado town.

Suddenly, there’s not much to do but look at each other. And talk. And hopefully, hopefully touch.

But what happens when our stay in Aster Valley is over and it’s time to return to the real world? Will Coach blow the whistle on our relationship? Or will Tiller admit there might actually be something he loves more than football after all?

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I caught sight of Tiller Raine.

No gay man on earth could catch his breath when faced with this guy.

The team’s general manager began the introductions. “Mikey, have you met our newest wide receiver yet? This is Tiller Raine. Tiller, Michael Vining, Coach V.’s youngest boy.”

I stared at the wide receiver like I’d never seen a famous pro football player before, which was pretty funny considering I’d been around them practically my whole life and usually didn’t give a shit one way or the other.

But this guy? I gulped. This guy was freaking gorgeous. Like… melt your feet to the floor and make you beg beautiful. His body was muscled perfection, and his messy golden-brown hair made me immediately wonder what he looked like freshly fucked.

I swallowed again, wondering if I needed a saliva gland checkup since mine seemed to be malfunctioning.

“H-hi?” I managed to say.

Tiller nodded and held out his hand for a shake. His reaction was all business, and his face was impossible to read. “Nice to meet you.”

I reached for his giant paw hesitantly. Wide receivers were known for big hands and strong grips. But when Tiller’s hand clasped mine, it was gentle and kind. I stared down at our joined hands and wondered how much these hands were insured for. Incidentally, I wondered how much I’d have to pay him to keep his gentle, warm hand in mine.

I jerked my hand back and hid it behind my back. “Can… can I help you with something, Mr. Lester?”

Bruce raised his eyebrows at my formal language. He’d known me since I was a preteen, and I’d called him by his first name since I graduated high school. “Mikey, you okay?”

No. No, I was not. I shook my head to clear it from the ridiculous baller-induced brain fog and focused back on my boss. “Yes, sir. Bruce. How can I help?”

“Tiller here needs some help with his nutrition. I remembered this was an area of expertise for you, so I hoped you might be able to help us.”

I nodded. “I spoke to Coach about it last night. I can’t think of anyone who would be a good fit. I’m sorry. You might—”

Just as I was preparing to suggest he reach out to the department at UT to inquire about recent grads looking for work, he held up a hand to stop me.

“You misunderstand,” Bruce said with a kind smile. “I was hoping you might help him directly. You can cook for Tiller through the season and start any new position afterward. That way he gets help learning how to manage his diet, and you have the freedom to continue your search without feeling rushed. What do you say?”

Every square inch of my body began to sweat at once. “Oh.” I could have really used some of that saliva right about now. My throat clicked as I tried to swallow again. “Oh.”

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About The Author

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After enjoying creative writing as a child, Lucy didn’t write her first novel until she was over 40 years old. Her debut novel, Borrowing Blue, was published in the autumn of 2016. Lucy has an English Literature degree from Vanderbilt University, but that doesn’t hold a candle to the years and years of staying up all night reading tantalizing novels on her own.

She has three children, plays tennis, and hates folding laundry. While her husband is no shmoopy romance hero, he is very good at math, cooks a mean lasagne, has gorgeous eyes, looks hot in his business clothes, and makes her laugh every single day.

Lucy hopes you enjoy sexy heroes as much as she does. Happy reading!

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