A Men of Sports Story
Love can hit you hard before you even see it coming….
When rugby player Liam transfers to Melbourne, he’s blindsided by his attraction to the hottest lifeguard on the beach. Luckily Matty knows mouth-to-mouth….
Liam’s left his friends and family—everything comforting and familiar—back in Canberra. He knows it all comes with the job, adjusting to a new city and a new team, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to find something outside his career to fulfill him.
Working as a lifeguard and being by the ocean is Matty’s dream come true. The big, blond, blue-eyed hottie new to his beach catches his attention right away. When he runs into Liam again at the pub, he takes the shy league player under his wing and into his group of mates, and they become fast friends.
But when they go from friends to lovers, the emotions that come with their deepening romance catch them both off guard. Can two men without any experience at relationships navigate their way to steady ground?
First Edition published by Totally Bound Publishing, December 2013.
The story, a friends to lovers slowish burn story, is well written. The 2 MCs and the other characters are well developed and likeable, well maybe not Korey ☺
Matty and Liam are sweet and fun, apart and together. When they meet, the chemistry is there, but neither man knows if the other is into guys. As they decide to be friends, it slowly dawns on both of them that they fancy each other. The progression to lovers was smooth and pretty much drama-free, which I really liked.
There were a few things that didn’t work for me (personal peeves): the spelling was US for most of the words, including mum- I kept having to reread the beginning to make sure that it was set in Oz. The other is that there wasn’t much distinction to location- it was easy to imagine that they were at a beach in Melbourne, Florida and not Melbourne, Australia. As I said, these are my pet peeves and not enough take away my overall enjoyment of the book.
3.5 stars out of 5
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Nurse Freddie Whittle devotes every fibre of his being to his work with cancer patients. Their pain weighs heavily on his shoulders. Between losing clients, the expectations of his fathers, and bigot neighbours, he’s slowly reaching his breaking point.
Taine Afoa retires from a storied career as an international rugby star. He’s moved away from London for a change of pace, never expecting to meet a man who’s far too young for him. No matter how hard he tries, it’s impossible to get Freddie out of his mind.
Will Taine’s resistance dissolve in time for him to give love the chance to flourish?
This book can be read as a standalone story. I hadn’t read book 1 of the series, The Wanderer, before reading this book and I didn’t feel I had missed out on anything. The Series is about a group of ex Rugby players finding a new future for themselves and finding love. The characters from the first book (Boyce “BC” Brooks and Graham Hodson) are in this story. As is Caddock Stanford, his story can be found in After the Scrum (not part of the series).
Freddie gives everything to his job caring for terminally I’ll cancer patients. Although he tries not to get too emotionally involved the job is taking its toll on him. He meets Taine whilst visiting Graham and from then on Freddie and Taine’s friends keep ensuring they get together. Freddie looks younger than his age and Taine is initially unsure about the age gap of 15-20 years but it smooths out. I found this a very easy story to read and I got invested in Freddie and Taine’s budding romance. Both are likeable characters in their own way. Both are strong characters but in different ways that compliment each other. At times I did get a little muddled over who was who with the secondary characters, Taine’s friends the group of ex-Rugby players. My favourite characters are Freddie’s dads they are such fun to read. There is a lot of humour in this story making it a light and enjoyable to read.
Such a lovely romance but I was a little surprised to find BDSM, it did however fit in well with the characters. There is some slight angst due to Freddie’s job and homophobic harassment. The path of true love is never smooth and that is case for Taine and Freddie. Overall I found this story to be quite enjoyable with what I would say is a happy for now ending. They may get their happy ever after as the series continues.
4 of 5 stars
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