~Review by ~Simone~
The King’s Men (All for the Game #3) By Nora Sakavic
The romance between Neil and Andrew is probably the slowest slow burn in the history of slow burns, but I loved every goddamn minute of their – how did Neil call it? – oh, yes, not-relationship!
Oh, God! It is really hard for me to say goodbye to the team, especially to Neil and Andrew, who are so dear to my heart and I can tell you without lying that they are still in my head, even if I have finished this book a day ago. Be warned that this will be more of a rambling than a decent review because my feelings are still all over the place.
In my review of The Raven King, I said I was seeking for revenge, revenge for the things Riko did to Neil aaaaand…
I got it! On the court…
(Thank goodness not this time! Finally – finally! – the team did not only act like a team, it was a team! The path was not only rocky, there were holes the size of the whole Foxhole Court, but after being back to square one at the beginning of this book, what they achieved on the court spoke volumes of how far they have come with all their problems and differences.
… but also aside of it. Yes, Andrew! Yes, I heard you saying ‘revenge is a motivator only for the weak-willed’! I’ve said the boys are still in my head, right? So let’s say I got justice. At what cost? Phew, for a moment I almost felt bad for Riko. Um, no… scratch that! That would be a lie! But believe me when I say that you don’t want to mess with the mafia!
Speaking of the mafia, … In case you haven’t read this book yet: remember the 58% mark! You should stock up on whatever makes you happy because you will need it. That’s when Neil’s past caught up with him and it almost killed me.I guess, you know the feeling when you cannot read fast enough to see if everything is going to be okay, but at the same time you dread to turn the page because you are really terrified of what is going to happen next? Yep, this was one of those situations…
If I could marry a book character this would be Coach Wymack. He made me laugh so hard with his sarcasm and his dry comments, but I also loved his way of handling the boys and girls and his devotion to the team, like a mother lion defending her cubs.
But what I loved the most were Andrew and Neil and their character development.
With his sociopathic tendencies, his protective streak of everyone he decided to protect (even if his methods were more than twisted and questionable sometimes), but most of all that he allowed Neil to come near, despite his experiences during his awful childhood.
who refuses to give into anything that threatens to compromise all he ever wanted.
Better than that bright future was what he already had: a court that would always be home, a family who’d never give up on him, and Andrew, who for once hadn’t wasted their time denying that this thing between them might actually mean something to both of them.
This was everything he wanted, everything he needed, and Neil was never letting go.