Title: Winter Ball
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 25th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 4
Rating: 4.5 stars out 5
Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.
One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.
Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!
You have nailed this out of the park! One of my favorite tropes- if not my favorite- is friends to lovers, and this was a delicious little tale. There was no possible way that I wouldn’t fall in love with these two men.
This book was had the perfect recipe for success:
Great main characters ✔
Believable friends to lovers ✔
Great dialogue ✔
Text messages!! Love banter in emails or texts. ✔
Sweet romance ✔
Dirty hot sex ✔
Awesome secondary characters ✔
HEA that will leave you smiling ✔
I just adored this to bits! If you love holiday stories- even if you don’t- I promise you will love this book. It was such a fun and endearing story. 4.5 Stars!