Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 12th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sports
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.75 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….
This book was difficult to review simply because of the issues I had with it, so I strongly recommend to read other reviews on this book as well.
The most interesting part were the mystery of who was after Bri but it was overshadowed by Bri and Obie’s own personal issues and past.
There was very little basketball in this. Bri always had balls with him (in the car) when he went out so he could autograph them, but the way the novel was written it took along time for me to get that the sport he was playing was basketball. I had forgotten that part since some time passed since I read the blurb. Bri had next to no contact with his teammates, there was a meeting, however, which felt as if it was only there to create drama because it was such an out of the blue happening. I felt the same with the press, one minute they were there and then they weren’t mentioned at all and I doubt they would have left before things settled. Bri is famous after all. Abit of out of sight out of mind kind of thing. Bri did have conversations with his team trainer, team manager or coach… everytime he talked to Jack, Bri called him differently which confused me.
There was also the issue with none of the team therapists wanting to working with him since he was grumpy, bossy, unruly and impossible to work with. According to Bri himself he didn’t realise how he came off and said it was because the therapists were afraid to push him and that they were starstruck. Not realizing how important it was for him to get back into working condition. Which I found strange, since a basketball team on that level should be hiring professional therapists.
However the same issue came up with the police, I felt they were portrayed unprofessionally and the part with Obie calling his father to set them straight- even with the position his father has it felt very rich kid entitled.
I couldn’t connect with these characters although I did like Bri, I thought Obie acted inconsequentially and the part where he tried to stay on the right side of the ethical line only to have his friends doing their best to convince him to cross it… I found his friends annoying until the ending when Obie had a very good conversation with one of them.
This book was written in third person except for the short insights into the antagonist’s mindset, his was written in first person perspective.
If you like Andrew Grey’s books, give this a try. We might think very differently, this specific book just wasn’t for me.