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

55507781._SY475_Rough Contact by Beth Bolden

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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Tension-packed and superbly paced sports romance

51182447._SY475_The Rivalry by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I beta read this book for Beth.

Having got that out of the way, I still absolutely adored this book even though I spent most of the time wanting to thump Heath or give him a right good shake!

I loved the tensions Beth created between the two men, not only personally, but professionally. The sparks, and the back and forth, was built up with enough leeway that it never became too frustrating and I liked having both POVs so we could see what their thoughts were.

Sam is just wonderful, he’s honest and open, but he’s a bit flaky on the football field. Heath is the absolute opposite and he hides such deep pain that while I was shaking him, I’d also have been patting his back going there, there because what an awful life.

I liked how the positions between the two quarterbacks regarding their feelings for playing football were also mirrored and then twisted, the solution I felt was an earned one and made sense.

Great secondary characters and can I get a shout out to my main guys Nick and Colin, whose special guest appearance reminded me just how much I loved their book (more please Beth?!) and whose sage advice made a big difference to Heath’s expectation of himself.

Definitely not your typical fluffy sports romance, this covers some tough subjects and has a fairly angsty journey to happiness but the ending is all ends up awesome 😁

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Eden gives us a short and sweet first glimpse into life after fake boyfriends

48923590._SY475_Final Play by Eden Finley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The start of the rest of Noah and Matt’s lives is a short introduction to how the guys ended up with both a baby and a teenager at the time of book five.

It’s short and sweet and demonstrates the absolute commitment they give to each other and how much love is in Matt’s heart for the siblings he was forced to leave behind.

Wonderful, I can’t wait to read the rest of the gangs’ beginning next steps.

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