Title: Rim Shot
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 29th Sep, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 210
Reviewed by: PIU
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.
Rim Shot by Skylar M Cates is a sports themed romance between a closeted basketball player, Kyle and Micah, a pre-med student. They start off as roommates from where their relationship steadily develops into friendship and then to love.
I love this author’s books so I was quite excited for this story but I am sorry to say that this book lacked a lot of feels or the passion which I have come to anticipate in her stories. I liked the MCs as individuals but the romance development was a bit stunted for me to be totally into it. The plot was straight forward with no angst between the couple and it kind of felt very bland. i Couldn’t connect with the couple properly. I kept on feeling that something is missing.
This trope though has been used and abused a million times but can still be fun. Sadly in this book, it just felt flat on its face without any profound impact on me, not by the plot or by the characters. I loved the MCs but not as couple.
The heat factor is quite pronounced here but it did not involve me as a reader into their growing love as it was only one part of the romance without any meaningful interactions between the lovers outside the bedroom. They actually talked more when they were friends than when they were lovers. Also Kyle’s coming out was very abrupt and not concluded properly. Micah is shown to have already sacrificed for Kyle once in regards to his career, which was so very supportive and sweet and thus Kyle’s coming out could be counted as a reciprocation of his feelings for Micah but it was cut short before the actual aftermath could happen.
I loved Kyle. He was sweet and shy and so innocent and cute. He is the most sweetest jock ever. And Micah was also a very likable character who has been deceived in love before but takes a chance on Kyle regardless.
I liked the story but did not love it. It was slow-paced which generally not a bad thing but it did not work in this book’s favor, IMO.