Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.
Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.
Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.
At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…
Hassell's raunchy, hypermasculine second Barons erotic romance (after Illegal Contact) is hotter than tempers on Super Bowl Sunday. Simeon Boudreaux is the star quarterback for the Barons, New York's NFL franchise. Not only is he a talented athlete, a charming Louisiana Cajun, and seemingly an all-around great guy, he's also one of the few openly gay football superstars. Adri n Bravo is the snarky linebacker for the rival New Jersey Predators, the team Simeon left after hearing one too many bigoted comments in the locker room. After Adri n makes thinly veiled anti-gay jokes at Simeon's expense on live television and the two men get into an on-field fistfight, they're are suspended for six games and assigned a coaching project at a youth center. In order to succeed with the kids, the men first have to deal with the root of their enmity: Adri n's bisexuality, suppressed because he fears the reactions of his teammates and Puerto Rican parents. The testosterone is balanced by thoughtful examinations of cultural differences and the effects of fame on relationships. Frequent, explicit sex scenes almost overwhelm the raw, beautifully told love story, which could leave some readers wishing for just a little more of the protagonists' interplay outside the bedroom.
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Have you ever been late to work because a book you were reading was so intense that you just had to read it all? Well, the genuine catch of feelings between Adrian and Simeon will keep you glue to it and wishing there was more.
I loved this book!
I loved this book! It was even better than the first. Simeon and Adrian were great together. I don't agree with his bigotry in the beginning but i'm glad he redeemed himself. Adrian is so cute! I loved how goofy he was. And once he accepted his feelings for Simeon, he was all in. I have a feeling Rocky's book is going to be next and i don't know how i feel about that. I loved the insight we got about him being a little nerdy, with his trivia facts and love for Harry Potter. But I HATE how bigoted and mean he is! Just because you're in denial is absolutely NO excuse for being hateful and literally hurting someone. So we'll see i guess. Loved this book though!