Want to start by thanking Kindle for gifting me a copy of this book. We ended up Goodreads friends and she was very helpful in my sidestepping my Amazon ban heheheh (Yup I still have 40 something in the maybe folder. Should probably get on to that if I ever want to use my account again huh lol).
I just finished this book tonight. My gosh what a roller coaster ride.
Synopsis - Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.
Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?
I completely adore the story of Jase and Colt.
There were times there where I wanted to sit down with one or the other and just hug them. Again with this book I am discovering M/M books bring out in me the protectiveness I feel for the main characters. When the discrimination or other bullying tactics come out to manipulate I just want to go in there and fix it all for them and protect the love, making the nasty go away. Obviously in the real world I would have some issues pulling this off effectively being that I'm 5'2 if I'm lucky but I'm sure you get what I mean. Drives me nuts when people inflict their opinion on others and treat it like it's fact.
Anyway enough side tracking. This story as I said above is one hell of a rollercoaster. One minute my heart is breaking for the guys, in the next minute all is right with the world and then well the room just gets so hot it may as well be on fire (seriously Kindle can write some romance and she's got the nitty gritty down and dirty sorted to hehehe).
Now given the fact I'm from New Zealand I haven't had that much to do with big Football Players, actually I've had nothing to do with them. I'm picking they can't be to far off our Rugby Players here and the attitudes that can sometimes come with them (Manly Men, doing Manly Man things). Colt struck me very much this type. I could see the goal he wanted to get to and I could see his reasoning with not coming out of the closet but I was definitely cheering for him to hurry up and get where his heart already was and stop caring what others thought. I do get that this book covers a bit of time though and yeah back then the acceptance probably wasn't there like it is today but still. I wanted everyone to hurry up and be happy (Yes I'm impatient and yes I realised if I'd gotten my own way there would be no story. Yes it's illogical, Do I care? No, thats what I wanted as I could see him being so happy and I wanted that for them). I loved his thoughtfulness and his observations.
Jase - I absolutely love him and his "Take me as I am or watch me as I go" attitude that he had with everyone (well maybe not so much with Colt but there were glimpses of it). I completely got why Colt wanted to protect him as he did seem the more fragile one out of the two but I think he could of handled it.
He was so sweet and caring. I loved his need to help make others excel and shine. As Colt said in the book he was definitely a Cheerleader through and through.
I definitely recommend this book if you haven't already picked it up and you're a fan of M/M stories.