Title: Rim Shot
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 29th 2017
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.
I normally love Skylar Cate’s work. I’m a HUGE fan of her Sunshine and Happiness series.
I can’t exactly pinpoint the reason, but Rim Shot fell into the meh category for me.
The trope is common, but it’s one that I love very much. Roomates that end up being lovers. Here it is paired with the supposedly straight jock, who falls for the openly gay guy.
I felt that the characters spent a lot of time inside their heads. Like A LOT of time! Pages upon pages of inner monologues. I appreciated the fact that the author made sure that I, as a reader, understood where the characters were coming from, but it soon became boring and repetitive. I would have love to see more interaction and more dialogue. I just couldn’t connect with them as a couple at all.
The tone of the narration was another thing that didn’t work for me. More and more lately, authors choose to tell their story in first person POV, and although I find it jarring, I’m getting used to it. I even love it sometimes. Here, though, it didn’t work for me at all. It made the narration monotonous and dull. Maybe it has to do with the fact I already mentioned; the MCs spending a lot of time inside their heads.
The ending was happy, but too abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying for my tastes.
Despite my niggles, I have to point out that the characters are very well-sketched, the story itself is very realistic, and the sexy times are pretty hot.
Overall, it might have not worked for me as much as I expected it to, but I think that a lot of readers will like it. I’m still looking forward to Skylar Cate’s next story.