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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.
A believable portrayal of a gay Premiership football player planted firmly in the closest and a down on his luck young man.
Neither of them had any idea a casual Grindr hook up would change both their lives…
“You’re here for a blowjob, right? We said fifty quid”
Dominic cuts an extremely lonely figure…He’s fallen out of love with the beautiful game…he might have wealth and unwanted fame but he’s lost in a sea of bitterness and self-hate. He’s never had any kind of a relationship with a man. He can’t due to the nature of the sport he’s involved in…
”Sometimes it seemed like my sexuality was nothing but a demon dancing around my brain, reminding me every ten minutes that I was living the worst kind of lie, but in moments like this, it was real.”
Unfortunately, Garrett Leigh got this spot on. I say unfortunately because this appears to be the world we live in today. I’ve been following football for years and in all that time there have only been a few footballers who’ve come out and one of those cases ended in tragedy. So, I felt Dom’s struggle….it was all too real. He’s gone to great lengths to keep his personal life secret but his resolve is severely tested when he meets Lucky.
I adored Lucky and he’s one of the reasons this book worked so well for me. He’s got his demons but still knows right from wrong. I found him such an endearing, likable character…and physically he pushed ALL of my buttons…
”Fucking hell. Are you kidding me? LCK £ _98’ s profile picture had been a pale, slim torso, and in our private message exchange he’d sent me a snap of his full lips pressed together in a teasing pout, but there’d been nothing else to give away the streak of fae-like beauty that stood before me now. Dark skinny jeans clung to his long legs, and a ripped vest hung from his slender frame, showing swathes of milky skin, all set off by piercing blue eyes, a ton of weathered leather bracelets, and sandy hair tied into a messy knot at the nape of his neck.”
AND… ‘‘Long hair was my kryptonite. Damn. Did I dream him? “
I was practically salivating at this point…😜
Dom and Lucky are from two completely different worlds but they fit together perfectly. This Author never fails in creating a believable chemistry between her characters. Theirs isn’t an easy journey as they navigate their way from a sexual hook up to friends, to more with all the pressures surrounding them.
I absolutely loved the Epilogue and, hello? Cash? …let the swooning begin…you know when you have a good feeling about a character?… Can’t wait for his story.
I highly recommend!
~About the Author~
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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