Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Genre(s): Sports, Basketball
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.0 stars out of 5
Professional basketball player Bri Early needs a physical therapist after an injury, and he’s heard that Obie is the best. Bri takes an immediate liking to the out-and-proud man with the magic touch, and even though Bri isn’t openly gay himself, he’d never let anything stand in the way of something he wants.
Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all his buttons, but he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. While they’re working together, it’s hands off, no matter how great the temptation.
But being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can no longer pretend the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both….
Book blurb is fairly accurate – Bri needs a physical therapist after an injury and he finds the flamboyant Obie interesting, intriguing and attractive. But as a pro-athlete, being openly gay could be a detriment to the career he’s worked so hard to achieve.
Obie is a respected physical therapist to the average person and celebrities alike. When he agrees to work on Bri’s knee, he realizes almost immediately his attraction to the 6’6’ basketball star, but is too much of a professional to act on that attraction.
But when Bri starts receiving verbal and physical threats, Bri and Obie both start questioning their personal and moral choices.
Oh, dear. I have such mixed thoughts on this book.
I wanted a book that revolved around basketball, and this did, kind of. There were two on-court games and some interaction with Bri’s manager. There just wasn’t much interaction with the rest of the team.
What I got was a book on regrets, verbal recriminations, and a fair amount of reminiscing about high school and college. The mystery of who was harassing Bri was interesting and well written, but it was overshadowed by Bri and Obie rehashing their pasts, the regrets of acting or not acting, of being the passive bystander or avoiding getting beaten up again.
As Bri is trying to think of who has it in for him, he rehashes all the times he stood back rather than stood up. I get it. I have regrets too. We all do. But it became tiresome in a 200 page book.
As Obie is getting to know Bri and their attraction is heating up, Obie struggles between keeping their relationship professional and wanting more. I’ve read other books with a therapist/doctor/nurse in this predicament – what bothers me with this plot is Obie’s friends pushing him to cross that ethical line.
Which brings me around to David and Chippy. The tell all besties. Not my favorite. Chippy’s character just rubbed me the wrong way and it was specifically egging Obie to cross that therapist/patient line. Obie had the right of it – treat Bri, then engage in the relationship.
What I did like – I liked Bri’s character. He was interesting, he was portrayed as a down-to-earth athlete who was worried about what could happen to his career, his passion, if he came out as gay. I enjoyed that dynamic.
I enjoyed the mystery of who was trying to harm Bri.
And I did enjoy the Bri and Obie dynamic when they weren’t discussing high school.
This was a hard review to write, my thoughts are rather all over the place. If you like sports themed romances, this might be a read for you.