Title: The Raindow Clause
Author: Beth Bolden
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Genre(s): Gay sports romance, football player, reporter, bisexual, coming out
Page Count: 324 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’s ever dreamed of but nobody to share it with. Too bad it’s not as simple as asking out the next girl who intrigues him – because the next girl to intrigue him probably won’t be a girl at all.
Unexpectedly, the solution comes in one neat package: Nick Wheeler, lead journalist for a leading sports and pop culture blog. Hired by Colin’s team, Nick comes to Miami to shine a spotlight on the NFL’s most private quarterback.
The heat in Miami rises when Nick discovers that Colin is nothing like the hollow personality he pretends to be in interviews and he’s even hotter in person than on his Sports Illustrated cover. Nick knows this is the story of his career, and after spending his teenage years as a bullied, closeted teen, it hits very close to home. What he needs is to help Colin share his story while keeping their growing relationship from boiling over in the press, but what he wants is to tell the world.
What happens when two people come together for one thing and then it turns into something else altogether? You hope for the best, expect the worst, and be happy with your decisions regardless of what anyone else thinks. That is what this story is all about.
When Colin decided that he was ready to put to use the Raindow Clause he had drafted into his NFL contract, he did not realize just what he would end up with in the end. Colin was tired of hiding who he is and what he wants out of life. He does not want a one night stand or a friend with benefits. He wants someone to enjoy his personal time with and to love and cuddle with. He wants a relationship. When if Colin finds the person that he wants to be with in this way he no longer wants to hide the fact that it may be a man or a woman. So Colin decides that it is time to come out to the public as bisexual.
When he lets his against know this is what he wants and lets his agent know which newspaper he wants to cover he coming out, Colin never expected that the man doing the interview would be the one to change his life forever.
Nick has followed Colin for years. He has watched his career from start to the present. So when the opportunity to cover such a huge story comes his way he jumps at it. Nick was already attracted to Colin and had wondered about him because of the flirting at the interview they did a year before. What Nick did not expect was to receive so much more when he took this opportunity.
The question is will these two men be able to survive a relationship in the spot light or will they end things in order to protect Colin from the backlash of these two being together?
This book was an amazing read about a man who is in the spotlight for a sport turning around only to be in the spotlight again for something that is personal and close to his heart. I believe that Colin took everything in stride and showed that even if you are scared to open yourself up to someone else’s negativity about oneself and who they love, that it is ok to be who you are and not care what others think as long as you are happy. This was an inspiring read about facing your fears and not letting the bad interfere with the good. I really enjoyed this read and believe others will find this book to be inspiring also.
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