Title: Roughing the Passer
Author: Alison Hendricks
Publisher: LoveLight Press
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Page Count: 189
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
They couldn’t be more different, and yet they might just be exactly what each other needs.
Garrett Barnes is no stranger to overcoming the odds. Forced to walk away from a Division I scholarship to take care of his family, Garrett was sure he’d never play football again. When an offer comes in from the ESC Mavericks–a school near his hometown–it seems like a dream come true. There’s only one catch: he’s expected to single-handedly save the worst team in the state.
Diego Ruiz has known his whole life that the deck is stacked against him. The harder he tries to fight it, the more it hurts when it knocks him back down. With a lifetime of disappointment to back him up, he’s stopped trying for anything more than mediocrity, both on and off the football field. If not for a promise he’d made years ago, he’d probably just be some nobody in a nowhere job.
So when Coach Ladner brings in some D1 “hero” to save the team, Diego is determined to show him exactly where hard work and perseverance get you–absolutely nowhere. Despite his best efforts, Garrett’s unwavering optimism starts to get under Diego’s skin. Caught on the verge of giving in, he relies on the one thing that’s never failed him: his ability to get curious straight boys into bed.
As the friction between them gives way to passion, the stakes of their former rivalry increase tenfold. With both men’s hearts–and a state title–on the line, there’s no time for playing games. But when Diego’s past comes back to remind him that everything eventually goes to hell, Garrett will have to convince him that some things are worth fighting for.
Roughing the Passer is a sweet, sexy, emotional and passionate love story of two college going football players. This is the story of how their dislike turns into love and how they find a beautiful and profound love.
Garrett walked away from a Divison I scholarship for his family and joins the team in the school near his home. Diego hates Garrett on sight and wants to get a rise out of him and keeps trying to provoke him. What starts off as dislike for Diego turns into like and he finds that there is more to Garrett than meets the eye. What I really liked about the book is Garrett and Diego is having so many layers and it is all unraveled when their story and relation progresses. Diego is so affected by his childhood that he expects people to leave him and feels that no one in his life will stick around. Garrett is also affected by what happened to his family in the past and so many of his actions are driven by that. Both of them have trust issues and this creates problems in their relationship. But what is also a saving grace for them is their determination and love and understanding of each other. I really loved the way the author has developed their relationship and how it had it’s own trials to overcome. The book is having sufficient amount of angst too and it is not overdone. There are also some very well written secondary characters who help in taking the story forward. I simply fell in love with Garrett and Diego and their love story.