Title: The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1)
Author: Nora Sakavic
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Genre(s): M/M YA
Page Count: 237
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.
Holy shit, this was good!
I was really ready to hate this book. When all my friends are raving about some story, I almost never agree. And that’s totally me, I get my hopes up, I have so many expectations it mostly ends in disappointment. But I LOVED this!
We meet Neil, who is 18 and on the run from something. He gets asked to join college team The Foxes to play the game exy (a combination between lacrosse and hockey, it’s very brutal). Neil knows he can’t accept because people will find him if he doesn’t run, but he also really wants to play Exy with the famous Exy prodigy Kevin.
Neil accepts once he admits he cannot live without playing exy. But once he gets to the college and he meets the other guys, things are weird. The group dynamics are quite the puzzle, from the talented, but very angry Kevin, to the psychotic, heavily medicated Andrew.
Within the team there are several groups. The most interesting being Kevin, Andrew and his twin Aaron, and Nicky. They form an interest in Neil and Neil is not treated well. He is treated like an enemy, but sometimes almost as a friend.
I absolutely loved how the group dynamics were the focus of this book. It’s all such a psychological game. What was confusing about this is that you get a clue what Neil is running from and how that is connected to Kevin and the others, but you don’t really know what’s going on. I also had no idea why Andrew was so protective of Kevin and never left him alone.
But the writing sucked me in and I couldn’t help but love all the guys, the more psychotic the better.
There is no romance yet, but everything else is so intense, I didn’t mind at all. I can only imagine when there is a hint of romance it will blow my mind…