Series: Eastshore Tigers #1
Published on January 20th 2016
Genres: LGBTQ, M/M, New Adult, Romance, Sports
Format: eBook, Paperback
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Their chemistry on the field is undeniable. But can they ever be more than friends?
Jason Hawkins is about to throw the biggest Hail Mary pass of his career.
If he can't turn NFL recruiters' heads this year, he'll lose his shot at the one thing he's ever been good at. But every quarterback needs a man he can count on down-field. For Jason, that man just might be the Tigers' new receiver, Derek Griffin.
Four years ago, Derek nearly lost everything after being outed by his teammates.
Now he finally has a chance to get it all back as a walk-on for Eastshore College... if he can resist his immediate attraction to the gorgeous and very straight star quarterback.
An instant connection during practice leads to an easy friendship that only grows stronger off the field. Derek is convinced friendship is all it'll ever be, but a very confusing moment of impulse leaves both of them fumbling for answers about their relationship.
As curiosity gives way to passion and passion gives way to something deeper, Jason and Derek will have to tackle their own personal demons to bring home the win and earn their happy ending.
Ugh. I REAAAALLLLY wanted to like this book.
Matter of fact, I did.
Why the 2.5 Star rating, you ask? My answer: EDITING.
OMFG, the MF EDITING.
What started off as an innocent typo here and there, turned into inconsistencies with the plot components.
Now, I know that typos are common; typically I don’t deduct stars for those sorts of things, because to some extent, it doesn’t always take away from the story as a whole.
However, with this book, the typos were present in pivotal moments, like when Jason & Derek were having an emotional moment, where the line would read:
“…by heart was beating out of my chest…”
Did you mean “MY“? I think you meant “my“. DID YOU EVEN EDIT, BRO?
Typos like that ^ would take me out of the moment, and distract me from the story, because just that ONE letter completely changed the dynamic of the scene.
Throughout the first 70%, I counted 4 different typos that gave me pause.
But nonetheless, I pushed forward.
The plot itself, and the characters themselves were written well. I was invested in the story, and I wanted to see it through.
BUT THEN, I got to 82%.
View Spoiler »At 72%, Derek and Jason have a pretty serious emotionally-driven fight, which takes place in A HOTEL ROOM they were sharing while traveling with the team for an away game. Derek basically blows up at Jason, takes out his pent up insecurities and aggressions on him, which results in Jason walking out, which causes a rift in their relationship/friendship for the next two chapters.
After an…accident…happens which affects Jason, Derek comes to make his peace, and attempt to reconcile with Jason. It is in this moment (82%), that Derek goes to apologize to Jason, and he says to him: “I’m sorry for what I said in your dorm.”
In case you haven’t read this book, or in case you didn’t make the connection: THIS WAS AN EDITING ISSUE.
A pretty big boo-boo; a mistake that had me completely discombobulated. I had to stop reading, go back 2 chapters, reread WHERE the fight took place, cause these 2 characters hadn’t been in a “dorm” since 64ish%. Mayhap someone (*cough* the author/editor) missed this. Lord knows I did not. (Maybe in another draft/version of this book, the fight takes place in a dorm? The final version which I purchased via Amazon left me as confused as the characters seemed to be.)
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All that (see spoiler above) aside, this book had loads of potential. I loved the dialogue (that had no typos), and the plot (that had no typos); I loved having M/M representation within the New Adult romance genre.
I just wish the editing had not been such a huge factor.
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