Title: Trick Play
Author: Alison Hendricks
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Page Count: 148
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.
The fake-boyfriend trope is one I usually enjoy, but this one was not a favourite. There were still things that made for a nice reading experience though.
-Brandon and Luke’s friendship since high school and football. Duh, hotness!
-Luke’s awakening to all things dick was delicious. Fake texting was glorious!
-The heat levels. Jeeeeez were the boys steamy and the desperation to be together was a palpable thing. Loved it!
-The HEA was sweet.
-The whole premise of revamping the team’s identity based on Luke and Brandon being a couple was far-fetched. Truly.
-Some of the hating players were completely OTT with their homophobia and it yanked me straight out of the fantasy.
-There were some parts of the plot, especially about Brandon’s parents, that were vague at best.
-I would have enjoyed seeing them settled together a bit more on page.
All in all: Enjoyable, very steamy read but not especially memorable.