Blindsided (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Blindsided (Men of Sports)
Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Love can hit you hard before you even see it coming….

When rugby player Liam transfers to Melbourne, he’s blindsided by his attraction to the hottest lifeguard on the beach. Luckily Matty knows mouth-to-mouth….

Liam’s left his friends and family—everything comforting and familiar—back in Canberra. He knows it all comes with the job, adjusting to a new city and a new team, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to find something outside his career to fulfill him.

Working as a lifeguard and being by the ocean is Matty’s dream come true. The big, blond, blue-eyed hottie new to his beach catches his attention right away. When he runs into Liam again at the pub, he takes the shy league player under his wing and into his group of mates, and they become fast friends.

But when they go from friends to lovers, the emotions that come with their deepening romance catch them both off guard. Can two men without any experience at relationships navigate their way to steady ground?

Second Edition
First Edition published by Totally Bound Publishing, December 2013.

Hot gorgeous professional rugby player Liam sees hot gorgeous professional lifeguard Matty on a beach in Melbourne and when they run into each other at a local pub, sparks fly. It takes a while for each man to realize they play on the same team (well, Liam is bisexual, so I suppose they play in the same league?) as they slowly move from friends to lovers, but they soon are having hot gorgeous sex together.

Recent acquisition Liam is just finding his footing with his new rugby team and isn’t out to anyone yet, although his first caution attempts meet with no homophobic outrage. Liam is welcomed into Matty’s group of friends, each with their own drama. Essentially, this is the plot of Blindsided.

While this story features two very likable characters, there is no deep emotional impact in their relationship and little development of Liam and Matty as a couple. I feel too much of the story revolves around the exploits of their various friends

Matty’s friends Sean and Colin are roommates with benefits, and Sean is hesitate to come out to their friends; Caro is a former professional surfer with body issues because she doesn’t have an overtly feminine physique and she is enamoured with Jack; Liam’s teammate Leon may be gay, and Matty’s friend Korey is extremely homophobic.
At 200 pages, the pace of the love story feels slow because of all the side stories. Blindsided didn’t work for me and I give it 3 stars. Your Results May Vary!

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Galley copy of Blindsided (Men of Sports) provided by Publisher in exchange of an honest review.


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