Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Fox Love Press
Release Date: September 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 282
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.88 stars out of 5
Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.
Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.
Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.
Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.
This wasn’t an easy read but it also wasn’t too dark or heavy as the author didn’t go too deep into the issues the characters had and there was a HFN/HEA ending, which I like.
It starts with a paid hook up through Grindr that both can’t forget. Dom’s grateful that his place as a defender doesn’t generally put him in the lime-light giving him a little more freedom to get around without being recognized. However his secret has worn him down after many years of hiding and in comes Lucky. A man he can’t forget but he also can’t have if he wants to stay in the shadow of his secret.
Both characters were solid and likable in their own way. Their actions and thoughts were connected with their personalities and the author did a good job getting it across the pages, hence I could always understand their thinking and why they did things even though I, myself, might not have agreed. I liked this book, although it was first after a little more than halfway that my pulse started beating faster.
Favourite things were Lucky’s inner strength and drive to make it on his own and Dom’s wariness and apprehension.
The end felt a little anticlimactic and I would rather have seen that part delt with a bit differently, it’s not bad by any means but after all the angst I felt it was a little too smooth an ending. That was the only part that didn’t feel quite real for me. Lucky’s written in dual first person narrative even though the blurb is in third, which was a surprise I could have done without.
A good read, recommended if this is the type you like.