Title: False Start (Eastshore Tigers #2)
Author: Alison Hendricks
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 25,2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The heat between them is impossible to ignore. But can they ever be anything more than rivals?
Dante Mills has one more year to prove he can hack it in the NFL. If he can’t score attention from the scouts this season, he’ll never be able to give his hard-working mom the life she deserves. The last thing he needs is more competition, but that’s exactly what he gets when blond-haired, blue-eyed behemoth Mitchell Erickson walks into the locker room.
Mitchell Erickson has one year to prove he belongs on a football field. He’s spent his whole life struggling to find acceptance in his family, and now his father’s finally giving him the chance to follow his passion… for one season. If he doesn’t bring the Tigers to victory, it’s back to upholding the Erickson legacy in a suit and tie. But how can he possibly succeed when someone as talented as Dante stands between him and a starting position?
As if the tension between them wasn’t high enough, Mitch is insanely attracted to the very straight linebacker. As the season ramps up and both men fight for their place on the team, a heated locker room encounter leaves Dante questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.
When Dante and Mitch work together, they’re unstoppable. But can two men destined to be rivals ever be anything more?
False Start is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhanger.
False Start is the sweet and romantic story of two men who are destined to be rivals but find that they both have a wonderful connection and chemistry. This story had two young football players who were from different walks of life and what they had in common was their shared love for football.
Dante and Mitch are very different yet so alike in so many aspects. They both are weighed down by their own expectations. Dante who had to struggle and had to watch his mother struggle throughout his life wants financial security and stability in order to take care of her and to make her life easier. He is under this pressure which he constantly subjects himself to and needs to score the attention of NFL Scouts. Mitch is under a different kind of pressure. He is constantly weighed down by the expectations and legacy of his family and this creates a conflict in pursuing his love for football. He is under pressure to prove that his love is worth pursuing. Mitch is Dante’s rival but at the same time they both have a connection and they make a spectacular two man team on field. Dante who considers himself straight is a little confused by his new found attraction/connection with Mitch. What I really liked about the book is the manner in which their relation had developed and also that the issues and struggles they had to face were portrayed realistically. Dante and Mitch reacts in the way people in their position would do and it adds a lot of authenticity to their story. Also what is really wonderful to read about is the sweetness of love and how they overcome their issues and struggles in order to make their relationship work. This book was also about growing up and learning to adapt and finding new path in life which made the book a refreshing read.
False Start is a sweet yet romantic love story which will leave you with loads of good feelings. Dante and Mitch will for sure have a place in your hearts. Read this book for a truly heartwarming read.