Title: A Deeper Blue (The Game #2)
Author: S.E. Harmon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 30th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 260
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A year ago, Kelly Cannon couldn’t imagine he’d end up with his formerly straight best friend. It’s hard to believe he can finally kiss Blue any time he wants… as long as they’re in private. And there’s the rub. Despite Kelly’s promise to wait until Blue is ready to come out, he’s tired of sneaking around. The cracks in their relationship are starting to show, and there might not be enough spackle in the world to fix them.
Britton “Blue” Montgomery may not be the physics brainiac his boyfriend is, but he’s not stupid. He knows Kelly isn’t completely happy. But he’s not ready to be the poster boy for bisexuals and gays in the NFL. He just wants to keep his head down, play the game he loves, and go home to the man he adores. Is that too much to ask?
With the truth slowly coming to the surface, Blue must make a choice. If it means losing Kelly, there’s no decision to make…. He has to find enough courage to face the music and hope they’ll survive the fallout.
Man. Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.
“I choose you. Again and again and again.”
LOVED! I really, really liked this! First things first, this is NOT a standalone. You need to read The Blueprint first. I know that for a lot of readers The Blueprint‘s ending was not solid enough. I was not one of these readers so I can’t tell if A Deeper Blue messes with the HEA or actually provides closure. In any case, it’s an amazing continuation of Blue and Kelly’s story.
“Happily-ever-afters may not be just for Disney princesses, but they sure are a lot of work.”
And OMG Kelly and Blue worked a lot for theirs. They might be together but Blue is firmly in the closet which creates so much tension between him and Kelly. No matter how much Blue tries not to be hurtful and no matter how much Kelly tries to be understanding, Blue’s secret life and his career keep colliding.
What I loved, though, is that despite the tension and the constant push and pull, Blue and Kelly never give up. Not even once did they think to just leave because things got messy and hard. They kept trying and trying until the end.
If you ‘re familiar with Harmon’s writing, rest assured that this book has the author’s trademark humor and kickass banter. I wouldn’t mind a little shorter inner monologues but the words flow so effortlessly, I didn’t get bored at all. If you ‘re a football fan you ‘ll enjoy the game too. I had no idea what was happening most of the time but it didn’t take any of my enjoyment out.
Blue and Kelly still have amazing chemistry and the steamy scenes are scorching hot but at the same time so emotional and intense.
“Think it’ll always be like this?”
“A long as it’s you and me?”[…]
“You can pretty much count on it.”
Overall, I really like this. If you loved Blue and Kelly’s journey so far, this is a must read.