Title: Match Point (Sports of the Seasons #1)
Author: Leigh Carman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 20th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Starting Over, Healing, Sports
Page Count: 167
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Two stubborn men.
One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.
It was hate at first sight.
Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.
When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.
Professional Beach volleyball players and m/m- Well, who can resist??? Not me!!! I love any m/m stories with a sports genre so needless to say I had to read this book. I have never read a book about beach volleyball players so I was very excited. And this read did not disappoint.
Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage hate each other. They cannot finish a normal conversation without swearing or decking one other. And it does not help that their profession keeps them constantly at the opposite sides of the net. After Finn’s partner dies, he drops off the tour with no intention of playing again. The last person he expects to approach him for a partnership is Dexter Savage. Their hate for each other sparks again along with an undeniable attraction. As both men starts to know each other more closely, they find themselves feeling more than hate or professional respect for each other. But there are huge hurdles that they need to overcome before they can accept their growing feelings. Can Finn and Dexter make it work professionally AND Personally????
I loved this enemies to lover story. Finn and Dex have known each other since high school and they have hated each other for that long. So when they get attracted to each other, it was intense. They both have reasons that lead them to behave so horribly to each other for all these years and when the reasons come to light one after the other, Finn and Dex can’t help but fall in love.
Finn Callahan is gay but not out. When his team mate and lover die tragically, Finn has no one to turn to for comfort. I felt really bad for Finn. He is a good person but all his repressed feelings bring out the jackass in him. Plus, he had a crush on Dex since college but as Dex is straight, Finn had tried to cover his attraction by always being a jerk to Dex. So, when they are paired together Finn’s buried crush rears its head again. Finn knows what heartbreak feels like and Dex is soon becoming someone who can make or break him.
Dexter Savage had a bad childhood. He has lived in the streets and now he has an innate fear of not having enough money. He is also gay but due to an incident in his earlier life, he has repressed that part of himself completely. Finn brings out his locked away feelings and Finn can be the one thing that has been missing from his life for so long. But he has demons to fight before that can be a reality.
I loved Match Point. Finn irritated me in the beginning but as the story progresses and we get to know him more, I sympathised with him and eventually fell in love. As for Dex, he was a little lost and confused, but with the help of Finn he finds himself. This read was an emotional roller coaster. Finn and Dex were crazy HOT together. They fought and then they made love and I loved it!!! It was a short read but both the characters are developed perfectly.
My only complaint is the constant jump from love to anger and then to love and then to some more anger. They will fight and then go back to each others apartments and pound on their doors and then fight some more or make love. I got whiplash from the constant back and forth. I knocked off a star because of that.
Bottom line, I enjoyed this emotional and passionate read about love, loss, heartbreak and starting over. I am excited for this series. Leigh Carman is a new author for me and I would love to read her later works. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!