Can an athlete overcome his greatest challenge yet for the only man he’s ever loved?
The headline “Quarterbacks Garnett, Patton, Rumored to be Gay” greets Cache Garnett the morning after he wins the football championship, and defeats his biggest rival, Eric Patton. Facing a potentially career-ending knee injury, the last thing Cache wants to deal with is speculation about his personal life. If the injury doesn’t end his career, the swirling rumors could.
Especially since all the speculation and rumors are true…
In Quarterback Sneak Pepper Espinoza has written a tale about 2 quarterbacks who had been football rivals since childhood, trading victories over time. But football is not the only thing they have in common. They are both gay in a sport that abhors homosexuals and fans are not forgiving to their favourite athletes should sexual orientation rear its ugly head. When Cache and Eric found out in college that they were attracted to each other they had a one-time sexual encounter after a big college bowl game, but don’t see each other until 1 year later when they have sex again. The guys realize then that their emotions were seriously involved and that they were not looking for a one night stand but a relationship, which they had for 9 years, until they are outed at the worst possible time. Do they confirm or deny that they are gay? If they do, obviously their careers would be over. Would their love for each other withstand the media spotlight?
This story has all the elements I love and I obviously I did. But I did wonder at one point in the story, when Eric talked to Cache about his abuse at the hands of his father until he went away to college, why he allowed it to continue for so long — after all, he was a big guy and could have stood up for himself. However this is a very small part of the story. It was clear that Eric really loves Cache but the reverse was not as obvious until the end, as Cache seems to be more concerned about his career and the impact that any revelation of his sexual orientation would have on it, while Eric just wants to be with Cache as his life partner. When Cache suffers what appears to be a career-ending injury all bets are off and he re-evaluates the importance of Eric in his life.
Most of the regular readers on this blog know that I’m a sports junkie, therefore when I read an erotic M/M story with a sports theme that’s written by one of my favourite authors I’m in heaven and usually inhale the book. This was definitely the case with Quarterback Sneak. However, it was difficult to rate this book because while the story was probably as well crafted as every book I have read by this author, I didn’t really like one of the main characters, Cache, because he seemed quite self centered and not as committed to the relationship as Eric. It happens!
In this book Pepper Espinoza delivers another well researched story about 2 football heroes who just happen to fall in love with each other. The plot worked, with some fine secondary characters especially Cache’s manager Mimi who is a bit ‘over the top’ and very concerned about the impact of any revelations on her own job. I didn’t get to know as much about Eric as I would have liked because the story focuses mostly on Cache, who is a complex character, although it’s not a 1st person POV and perhaps that’s why I could not get into Eric’s head. Clearly, he loved Cache more than he was loved in return and he was willing to give up his career to be with Cache. I only wish that I had more time with his character. But that aside, I did find Quarterback Sneak enjoyable with the elements I look for in a sports oriented story.