Breakaway (Off the Pitch #1) (Lili’s Quickie Review)

Title: Breakaway (Off the Pitch #1)
Author: Charlie Novak
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 23,2019
Genre(s): Sports Romance
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Christian King is a rising star in English football. He’s talented, devoted, and on the road to glory. He’s following the path that’s been laid out for him since he was four, and he has no plans to deviate from it. Christian’s life revolves around a single goal—to be the best… until he runs into his first love and former best friend, David.

David Cade is just trying to survive the final year of his PhD intact, while battling long hours, unmotivated students, and the idea that academia might not be for him. But a chance encounter with his first love’s twin sister changes everything, and suddenly David is faced with the realisation that he can’t leave the past behind.

When David and Christian are drawn back together, sparks fly. Soon, Christian is forced to confront his deepest insecurities. Can they break away from their fears for a second chance at true love?

Breakaway is a 79,000 word contemporary gay romance featuring light angst, glittery bath bombs, a ginger-haired roommate/pet, shared Star Wars love, and a meddling twin sister.

It is book one in the Off the Pitch series and can be read as a stand alone

Sports Romance + Best Friends to Lovers + Second Chance = Yes, please!

Charlie Novak is a new to me author that I tried because of all the above reasons.

It’s the story of two young men, David and Christian, who were in love and lost touch when Christian’s football (< –the real football, lol, soccer in the U.S.) career started to take off. Years pass, but the feelings are still there, because who forgets their first love?


-Dual POVs
-David and Christian were great main characters.
-Angst, not too heavy, though.
-Sexual exploration.
-Strong secondary cast
-Nice, easy pace
-Super sweet epilogue.

My only niggle would be that David forgave Christian too quickly. I would’ve been seriously hurt. I mean, he just dropped him. David was his best friend and boyfriend. Some groveling needed to have taken place, IMO. That’s just me, though.

All in all, Breakaway is a nice debut for Charlie Novak. I’m hoping Hugo and Jordan will be getting their own stories soon! I’ll certainly be on the lookout.

4 Stars

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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