Trick Play (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Trick Play (Eastshore Tigers # 3)
Author: Alison Hendricks
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Genre(s): Sports, gay romance, best friends to lovers
Page Count: 148 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

They’ll do whatever it takes to save their team. But can two best friends survive a fake relationship?

Luke Trent is desperate to bring his team back together. If the Tigers can’t get over their slump, he’ll never make it to the pros. With the LGBT-inclusive ‘Rainbow Tigers’ mania dying down, it’ll take a crazy scheme to restore their former glory, and Luke has the perfect one in mind: Dating his best friend.

Brandon Tucker has secretly been in love with Luke for years. He knows he’s going to get hurt if he agrees to a pretend relationship with his very straight friend, but he can’t help it. This is as close as he’ll ever get to the real thing.

The strength of their friendship makes their lie an easy sell, and things are looking up for the Tigers. But when Luke kisses him in front of the whole team, Brandon can’t help but wonder if the only man he’s ever wanted might actually want him back.

With the fire of their fake romance beginning to burn true, a teammate’s devastating betrayal forces them to make a difficult choice: Sacrifice their relationship to save their career, or give up everything else for the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime love.

I was surprised by how this book turned out. Alison through in a few twist in this book. I found myself staying up later then normal just to finish it.

The Eastshore Tigers season just started and they way things ended with the game, it is not looking promising for the season if this game is anything to go by. Some of the players feel like they have lost their identity and that is why the team cannot get it together. Luke is one of the players that feels this way.

So Luke comes up with a plan to fool everyone and has his best friend Brandon go along with his scheme. Luke wants the two of them to “accidentally come out as a gay couple”.

Evidently Luke did not think this plan through very well but pushes forward full steam. Brandon does agree to go along with this ridiculous scheme but for different reasons then Luke is aware of. Brandon has been in love with Luke since they met as teenagers and has never had the guts to tell Luke that he is gay. So Brandon goes along with it so he could say that at least he knows what it is like to be the boyfriend of his best friend, even if it is fake.

Things start to turn real for both of the guys and then is when the complications begin. The cat is out of the bag about Brandon being truly gay, Luke realizes he really is attracted to Brandon, and everyone finds out it was a scheme and now they have to answer to the lies to the NCAA. There is major trouble heading both of their ways. The worst part is Brandon and Luke may not make it through all of this as friends much less anything else. Only time will tell.

This was a very interesting read. It is a best friends to lovers story where either one or both of the main characters end up hurt in the end. If I had to describe this book I would say that it is a story about lies catching up to you and destroying one dream while realizing another. I really liked the characters Brandon and Luke. They had a powerful chemistry between them. I also like that there was so much turmoil in this book not only between the characters themselves but for each of them individually. It was a great read and look forward to the next book in the series.

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Galley copy of Trick Play (Eastshore Tigers #3) provided by Alison Hendricks in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.