The most important things in Simon Murray’s life are football, friends, and film—in that order. His friends despair of him ever meeting someone, but despite his loneliness, Simon is cautious about looking for more. Then his best friends drag him to a party, where he barges into a football conversation and ends up defending the honour of star forward Declan Tyler—unaware that the athlete is present. In that first awkward meeting, neither man has any idea they will change each other’s lives forever.
Like his entire family, Simon revels in living in Melbourne, the home of Australian Rules football and mecca for serious fans. There, players are treated like gods—until they do something to fall out of public favour. This year, the public is taking Declan to task for suffering injuries outside his control, so Simon’s support is a bright spot.
But as Simon and Declan fumble toward a relationship, keeping Declan’s homosexuality a secret from well-meaning friends and an increasingly suspicious media becomes difficult. Nothing can stay hidden forever. Soon Declan will have to choose between the career he loves and the man he wants, and Simon has never been known to make things easy—for himself or for others.
Simon is an “arty wanker” who works for a magazine (in Australia), he goes to a party one night and is shocked as hell that the hot guy who hit on him is a famous football player. What’s even more shocking is that Declan (the football player) wants to keep seeing him!
What happens next are a series of really funny inner and outer dialog, mildly hot sex scenes, really touching emotional scenes and a very moving OFY story.
This is book one and we get to watch the evolution of these guys’ relationship as it proceeds through the years, so if you haven’t read this one, be prepared to read the whole series because you’ll love it and want to see what happens.
The secondary characters are just as rich as the MCs and the writing is excellent.
I highly support the idea that this is one of Dreamspinner’s first 5 hardback books they’re publishing as it is one of the best in the genre.
So… if you like laughing, sweet and tender romance, Australia, sports, and an engaging series over many years, this is your book/series!
(The audiobook is good too, it’s by Paul Morey so I was disappointed no one had an accent, but it’s still a good listen.)
5 of 5 stars
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