Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.
Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.
Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.
Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.
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*I received the copy in exchange for an honest review*
Can I start review with a couple of lines of incoherent screaming? Nope? Okay then.
So first of all, this is a book with football and it actually calls it football and YAY I like that. But there’s not too much of actual football in it, it’s more focused on Dom’s battle with the world of football…and Lucky’s past is connected to football too.
I want to mention that the author tries to make the reader cry a few % into the book. Really not that far into it. But it wouldn’t be Leigh’s book if it didn’t do that.
The characters are very real (as always in the author’s books) and I loved them from the moment I met them. Lucky is homeless and struggling with addiction and Dom is struggling with his sexuality and how it would be if he actually came out, what the reaction to that would be.
From the moment they meet, there is a spark, one that doesn’t leave either of them to forget the other one. So one paid Grindr hookup becomes another one and another one. It’s obvious they care for each other, even though they do not know each other that well.
This is one of the hottest book I can remember reading from this author, but at the same time it tries to tear your heart out, stomp all over it, and make you want even more.
I could either make this review really spoilery or just a bunch of words gushing about this book, but the fact is that you need this book in your collection 😉
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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