Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Strong Side by Alison Hendricks


From Goodreads:

Their chemistry on the field is undeniable. But can they ever be more than friends?

Jason Hawkins is about to throw the biggest Hail Mary pass of his career.

If he can't turn NFL recruiters' heads this year, he'll lose his shot at the one thing he's ever been good at. But every quarterback needs a man he can count on down-field. For Jason, that man just might be the Tigers' new receiver, Derek Griffin.

Four years ago, Derek nearly lost everything after being outed by his teammates.

Now he finally has a chance to get it all back as a walk-on for Eastshore College... if he can resist his immediate attraction to the gorgeous and very straight star quarterback.

An instant connection during practice leads to an easy friendship that only grows stronger off the field. Derek is convinced friendship is all it'll ever be, but a very confusing moment of impulse leaves both of them fumbling for answers about their relationship.

As curiosity gives way to passion and passion gives way to something deeper, Jason and Derek will have to tackle their own personal demons to bring home the win and earn their happy ending.

I love sports romances.  I love m/m, so to add the two together is great fun.  I pulled Strong Side off Kindle Unlimited and was apprehensive, but ended up really enjoying the story!

There are a few editing kinks, but the story itself will keep you engrossed and entertained.  Watching Griff deal with his fears and allow himself to not just move forward, but fall in love was moving.

Hawk's jouney takes some twists and turns that he handles with more grace than may be strictly realistic, but that's what we love about romances, right?  Everything is much easier when it's happening in a book.

Strong Side is a good read with some steamy sexy times and an utterly satisfying ending.  Book 2, False Start, is anxiously awaiting its turn on my TBR.  

~ Shel

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