Title: No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys (Jock #2)
Author: Wade Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Pres
Release Date: December 14th 2015
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 294 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
What is a sexy soccer stud supposed to do when “following family tradition” falls 180 degrees opposite his closeted ideal?
From birth, Chris Jackson has been schooled on how to land a cheerleader. After all, his father married one, and his father’s father before him. Heck, even his older brother married a stereotypical cheerleader the summer before Chris went off to college. For two years, Chris dodges invasive questions about relationships by blaming his lack of female companionship on grueling practices and heavy course loads. But his lack of interest in girls should’ve given his family a clue. It isn’t until Chris mentions meeting a boy that his father’s synapses short-circuit.
Alonzo Martin is anything but a buxom blond. From his black hair, combat boots, and trench coat to his nail polish and guyliner, the mysterious introvert isn’t easily persuaded to date. Alonzo’s insecurities keep Chris at arm’s length, but Alonzo’s painful past might meet its match in the charismatic jock’s winning smile and sense of humor.
When opposites attract, only cheerleaders and gummy bears can help overcome fear and family tradition.
No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys by Wade Kelly is the follow-up story to Crap! My Roommate’s A Jock. I knew I wanted to read it as it has the same trope as its predecessor: opposites attract. I greatly enjoyed this sequel; it had some high points and some low points.
I’ll start off with the negatives first:
~The multiple POV changes. I am not a fan of having other POVs besides the main characters in a romance book. I feel that it disrupts the story flow and adds unnecessary content to a story. In this story, it happened twice once with Chris’s best friend Doug and Alonzo’s sister Stephanie. Both times it caught me off guard, and I found myself wishing she had scrapped that.
~Chris’s dad’s obsession with cheerleaders. I just didn’t get it. It seemed so silly and shallow to me. Every time it came up I tried to ignore it but when the conflict between Chris and his dad came up- I almost couldn’t take it seriously. Here’s an excerpt:
I never said I didn’t love my son, but I can’t simply let go of our family history in the span of two weeks. What I can’t do, Charlotte, Alonzo, Chris”- he eyed each of them- “is move past my disappointment. You might be a great guy, Alonzo, and my son might very well love you, but you’re not a cheerleader.”
And then the resolution… it’s a big spoiler so I wouldn’t read it if you plan on reading this book.
Alonzo gets the brilliant idea to perform with the cheerleaders during Chris’s soccer game. He wants Chris’s dad to accept their relationship. After Chris’s dad sees Alonzo cheering, everything is all okay.
Chris’s dad’s reaction to Alonzo cheering during the game:
“Son!” He turned his enthusiasm my way, hands held high, and grabbed me to him. He whispered in my ear, “You never mentioned he was a cheerleader.” He released me and smiled at me with more pride in his eyes than I’d seen in months.
It just felt so superficial and kind of cheesy. All that negativity over that. I don’t know… maybe it’s just me.
Anyhoo, now for the positive highlights:
~The main characters- loved them. Chris was loving and loyal. He was in Alonzo’s corner from the get go and never waivered. I thought he was adorable. And Alonzo, despite everything he’d been through I admired how he was willing to give Chris a chance and was understanding of his situation with his family.
~The relationship development. Wade Kelly did such a great job here. She took her time here, and it paid off. It was incredibly sweet.
~Character growth. This is probably the biggest highlight of the story. You know, we fall in love with these characters, and when they succeed, we can’t help but feel their joy.
~The secondary characters. Despite several of them getting on my nerves, in the end, they showed heart.
~Catching up with Ellis& Cole. It was great to see them so happy.
I know I am a bit harsh at the beginning of this review, so I want to clarify that although those things bugged me, they were not deal breakers. Once I started, I quickly got sucked into the story and became Chris and Alonzo’s biggest cheerleader. I wanted them to get their HEA. Kudos to the author for making me care about these characters.
All in all it was a nice story about family, friendships, loyalty, and finding the strength within oneself to push forward. 3.80 Stars from me.