My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Keira Andrews skillfully navigates her way through a complex closet case romance set in the twin macho worlds of Australia’s AFL and Lifeguards.
Liam is a former AFL star who could have been one of the greats when injury forced him into retirement after four years at the age of just 24.
He’s been a Lifeguard for ten years and he’s hiding a deep secret which is severely affected when 20-year-old Cody joins his team as a trainee.
After an incident with an ex, Cody’s also out and accepted by the rest of the squad and it puts Liam in fear of his own outing.
I thought the way Keira worked through the incredibly deep and painful internalised homophobia Liam suffers from was excellent.
It never becomes over self-flagellant, it’s not turned into a masochistic streak of internal monologues but instead, it presents a forbidding representation of how damaging toxic masculinity can be.
Liam also hides another secret which he thinks makes him less of a man and I just wanted to hug him so hard as this is revealed.
And while everything takes place in a relatively short time, it never feels rushed or too instant love. The connection between them is compelling and the sexual trust is volcanic.
Keira has a serious talent for this type of relationship and here I think she’s outdone herself. As Liam learns that submitting doesn’t make him weak, Cody’s dominant side gets an unexpected awakening.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s a bit of a different take on the age gap, sports romance.
As a PS I loved the brief cameo from Keira’s Honeymoon For One couple Ethan and Clay. Totally sweet.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.