Title: The Playmaker
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 18th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Professional football player Hunter Davis is learning that saying he’s gay is very different from actively being in a relationship with another man—especially in the eyes of his teammates and fans. So when Hunter needs a personal assistant to keep him organized, he asks for a woman in order to prevent tongues from wagging.
Montgomery Willis badly needs to find work before he loses everything. There’s just one position at the agency where he applies, but the problem is, he’s not a woman. And he knows nothing about football. Still, Hunter gives him a chance, but only because Monty’s desperate.
Monty soon proves his worth by saving Hunter’s bacon on an important promotional shoot, and Hunter realizes he might have someone special working for him—in more ways than one. Monty’s feelings come to the surface during an outing in the park when Hunter decides to teach Monty a bit about the game, and pictures surface of them in some questionable positions. Hunter is reminded that knowing he’s gay and seeing evidence in the papers are two very different for the other players, and he might have to choose between two loves: football and Monty.
Hunter Davis is a “Playmaker” and a trusted member of his team. Everyone knows he’s gay, and everyone is fine with it, primarily because Hunter doesn’t date, doesn’t fool around, and doesn’t shove being gay into anyone’s face.
He’s also terrible with time. He’s constantly late, hopelessly disorganized, and in desperate need of a assistant (even though he doesn’t think so).
Enter Montgomery Willis. Monty has had absolutely terrible luck with jobs, mostly from being sexually harassed in one way or another. He’s sleeping on his sister’s couch and almost out of money. He needs a job and fast so when the opportunity comes up to work for Hunter he jumps on it, not knowing anything about Hunter or football.
So he doesn’t know who you are or who any of us are. Do you want a guy as your assistant because you’re famous and he wants to get close to you, or someone who treats you like anyone else and has your best interests at heart?
Told from both Hunter and Monty’s POV, the story follows how well the two gel together, how much Monty helps Hunter with, not only his organization, but with some hard-held secrets Hunter’s been hiding since childhood.
It was cute watching the two fall for one another but both trying to ignore it. Where I found the need for some suspension of disbelief comes from the way the two, first, start a physical, romantic relationship, and second, get found out and the fall out from that. Hunter is forced to choose between what could be the love of his life and football and the trappings that come with it.
Monty had heard much of the conversation between Hunter and his mother. He’d heard her warning about how Hunter would eventually have to choose, and when the time came, he’d hoped that Hunter would choose him over football, but he was afraid, with every passing hour, that he knew Hunter’s choice.
I didn’t get why there had to be a choice. I didn’t understand why it was anyone’s business what Hunter did or didn’t do romantically with Monty. There aren’t any rules about it, and if a straight player had been dating an assistant no one would have batted an eye. I honestly didn’t get the hullabaloo and hated seeing Hunter and Monty hurt by the double-standard.
I rooted for the two to work out their problems and for Hunter to realize what he has with Monty.
“Yes. Football is a game and you… you’re my life.” Hunter’s sincerity rang like a bell and broke down the last of Monty’s resolve.
Monty’s breath hitched as he heard the words he hadn’t expected he’d ever hear. “Hunter.” The name came out as a whisper.
“Will you have me?”
The Playmaker is a low angst, cute and quick page turner, which requires some suspension of belief. Ultimately though it’s sweet, has some sexy times to round it out, and a lovely HEA.