Title: The Foxhole Court (All for the Game, #1)
Author: Nora Sakavic
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary/Sports/Violence/Psychological Thriller
Page Count: 237
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
I don’t even have shelves for this book.
I don’t even know what I just read.
But I know I liked the hell out of it.
Neil has been on the run from his crazy, violent, mafia father (The Butcher) for eight years. He’s had 22 different identities since he left. His life is not his own. He squats in abandoned houses, wears colored contacts, and dyes his hair. His one love is Exy, a sport created for this book, which is full contact like hockey, but with a ball and racquet and played on grass. He found a nowhere town with a horrible high school team a year ago. But he just wanted one thing in his life he could enjoy.
But he caught someone’s eye. A college team wants him. A college team that has Kevin Day, who played little league Exy with Neil before he was on the run. Kevin and Coach Wymack ambush him at the end of high school and recruit him with an offer he can’t refuse (yeah, I punned on purpose).
Is this a sports book? Not really. It contains some Exy details, but this book should not be classified as Sports or Romance. It’s simply a mind fuck.
Coach Wymack only recruits one kind of player. Those who’ve been tossed aside and have horrible pasts.
“It’s about second chances, Neil. Second, third, fourth, whatever, as long as you get at least one more than what anyone else wanted to give you.”
But the team? Neil isn’t the only one with secrets. Every one of the players has their own, and the mind fuck of this book is figuring them out. Many of the team members do some fucked up shit. And it’s up to you, the reader, to figure out the motive. The background.
The “clique” that latches onto Neil contains the twins, Aaron and Andrew. Aaron appears too apathetic about life in general to have any secrets (but he does), and Andrew is most likely clinically insane. He is the most interesting to me.
There’s Kevin, who is possibly just as scared of his past as Neil. He trusts Andrew with his life though and relies on him to be almost his puppet master. And there’s Nicky, who seems way to happy for this crew, but is brought to heel by Andrew on a regular basis too.
It’s not a light story. There’s drugs, non-con drugging, theft, and mild violence.
But all I wanna know is why. This story sucked me in from Chapter 1, and I can’t wait to move onto Book 2. There are hints in the blurb of a developing romance!!
“Oh,” Nicky said, leaning against the wall a short ways down from Neil. “No wonder he chose you.”