To honor his father, young footballer Todd Mackerson commits to his goal of playing for a professional team. When, at the age of 20, he is offered a place to train with one of England’s biggest clubs, he leaves home convinced his dream is within reach.
Being warned by his new team mates of the tough rules and hard training routines, Todd is undeterred. But when he discovers that the player’s way of bonding borders on the sexual, and that he must learn to accept the erotic affections that connect the team together, he wonders how far he can go for his dream.
But, after experiencing the care and attention men can give to each other, Todd feels awakened. Learning that each player has a special “partner” on the team, who they play and bond with as intimately as lovers, Todd becomes fascinated with the idea.
And when he develops feelings for one player in particular, he discovers how a stronger kind of romance – that between two men – can be pure and powerful enough to bring magic and success on the pitch.
Todd wants more than anything to be a star “footballer” (us Americans call it soccer!). He’s super excited when he gets invited to audition for one of the big name teams.
When he gets there he’s surprised by how much they want him and by some of what happens behind closed doors to help make the team so good.
He’s got a girlfriend, but he’s told he can’t really see her during the season to keep his energy on the team. Instead he’s told to focus his energies with his teammates. Though he’s skeptical, he doesn’t want to give up his chance to be among the great players on the team.
Eventually he finds his place on the team and is excited he made the right choice.
Boy… I don’t think I’m the right audience for this book. From the blurb it looked intriguing – I was kinda expecting a straight guy to be forced to explore some of his more “gay” instincts and have him find love in the arms of a fellow team mate.
Well … no.
First, there is a lot of terminology and soccer stuff and colloquialisms that went over my head.
Second, there is absolutely no love story that I could find in this book.
Third, there is sex with women, sex with other guys and the one guy who looks like he might be “paired with” in any way (romantic or on the team) does not have sex with him til the end.
Frankly I just didn’t get it. So… I assume I am not the target audience. To me it read like a soccer/erotic fantasy where the dreamer not only makes it into the big leagues with soccer but gets to mess around with hot guys while never being gay and still keeping a girlfriend on the side.
Not my cup of tea, shall we say.
I found nothing “romantic” about this, and that’s what I read for. So again – I must not be the right person reading this.
The writing and editing were good, I guess. I had a hard time following it but I had a PDF and those are tough for me to read on my Kindle… so some of my problems might arise from that.
I vaguely wanted Todd to hook up with Daryl but I wasn’t really sure I cared by the end because there never seemed to be any point to the pairing – at least not romantically.
So… I’m going to hold off giving this any sort of rating because I just don’t think this was meant to be a romance and if that’s the case I wouldn’t have read it so I can’t say that I know how to rate this at all. I will just say that if you are looking for some sporty, erotic fiction this might be right up your alley, but if you want a romance or some deeper story about an emotional connection – I’d skip this.
(Copy provided by Publisher for honest review)