Title: Making the Play (Out of Bounds #2)
Author: Megan Slayer
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, football players, mental/physical abuse, homophobic father
Page Count: 129 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Sometimes switching things up really does mean getting the guy.
Allan Clark thought his life as a wide receiver for the Wildcats was over the moment he was told he’d be the new punt returner. He’d thought he didn’t want to be a special teams player. He’d rather have the limelight. Once he starts returning punts, he realizes this was where he should’ve been all along. Speaking of perks, he now gets to spend time with the sexy kicker, Tyler Leigh. Maybe this switch is the best thing that could’ve happened to him.
Unlike Allan, Tyler isn’t planning on going into the draft or playing football for the rest of his life. He’s got other plans, but a side trip with Allan in the sheets isn’t off of his radar. He’s wanted Allan since he joined the team. But Tyler’s got baggage and an overzealous ex-boyfriend hell bent on making his life miserable. With Allan, he sees a bright spot.
Will these two seemingly opposites leave their desires on the field or will they find common ground together and score?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of masturbation and implied abuse.
This book in my opinion is a book about learning to love yourself enough to not let others abuse you.
Tyler is so used to being mentally and physically abused by those who are supposed to love and protect him them he finds himself in a revolving mind set. His father is the one who started the abuse. Tyler thinks that he is finally able to get away from the abuse when he goes to college and finally gets away from his father. Well that is until he lands himself in a relationship that ends up being the same way. Tyler has been beaten down for so long that he is too the point in his lif that he does not fight back but accepts the abuse.
Allen has had a crush on Tyler since he first met him by never did anything about because the timing was always wrong. That is until now when he witnesses what type of relationship Tyler has with his boyfriend at the time, Blake. When Blake seemingly ends the relationship in a physical way Allen steps in and stands up for Tyler.
Tyler is understandably cautious of Allen after everything he has been through in his life up to this point. So can someone who has been abused by the people that was supposed to love him learn to move on and past the things in his past or will Tyler find himself intentionally destroying what could be a good thing by his insecurities and his mental state?
This was a great read about learning to overcome the horrible things in the past and learning to find a way to cope with the thing that happened previously. It is a book about learning to like the person that you are and not letting the negative things said to you in the past influence your future. I think that Allen was an amazing individual for giving Tyler strength to move past his past and learn to love and stand up for himself in the future. I enjoyed this read even though it was a sad subject matter. It was inspirational in the ways that show one can overcome the bad and reach for the good.
Can’t wait for the next book in this series.