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Match Point by Leigh Carman

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/match-point-by-leigh-carman-7293-b

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Two stubborn men.

One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.

It was hate at first sight.

Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.

When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.

Review

Finn and Dexter have been rivals since college – mostly because Finn has always had a crush on the straight Dexter. After college Finn finds a volleyball and life partner in Tristan, but must keep his love in the closet. Always denying his true self makes him bitter and cranky.

When he suddenly loses Tristan in a horrible accident he needs a new volleyball partner. The timing works out that Dex is also looking for a new partner. Though they can’t stand one another, the two are the best suited to pair up for a team aiming for the Olympics.

Over time, Dex learns more about Finn and what makes him tick, he also learns more about himself. But when push comes to shove, Finn won’t be in the closet anymore and Dex – who always worries about appearances and sponsorships – won’t come out.

**

I was really surprised by this story. On the one hand it absolutely delivered the enemies to lovers, two alpha males hot for the other story that I was expecting from the blurb.

I was not prepared for it to be a story about a man who’d just lost a lover whom he’d had to hide from the world. That gave this a bit more depth and angst than I was expecting.

I also wasn’t prepared for it to be a GFY or bi for you story. But Dex has never ever considered other men as potential partners and his attraction to Finn comes as a shock.

While I appreciated that Finn had to move on in order for him to be able to fall for Dex, I felt that he moved too fast – or at least it felt too fast. Since the two had been fairly perfectly happy, the relative short seven months seemed a bit too brief for him to have gotten over Tristan.

I also felt that Dex didn’t really dwell on his newfound sexuality enough. In both cases the acceptance and new schemata were just a bit too easy.

However, I absolutely adored the chemistry between Dex and Finn and loved how antagonistic they were with one another even when they were a couple. It was fun and super HOT!

I think that fans of angry sex and rivalry turned lover will enjoy this story but be prepared for a bit more angst than is hinted at in the blurb.

4 of 5 stars

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