Two promising college athletes meet, each needing something only the other can give him....
When Roger and Brian lock eyes on the first day of school, a friendship is born. Both men are hungry for connection - Brian needs the acceptance, encouragement, and support he never had growing up, and when he finds out his new best friend is gay, it brings his own sexual identity into question. Roger needs a big brother, a best friend, but that will never be enough, especially not when he's this close to big, strong, handsome Brian.
And both men want something more - careers as professional athletes. For Roger, the demands of the closet, the need to reject the love of a man to fulfill his love of the game, will be a crushing burden. For Brian, his downfall will be the substances he uses to get an edge over the competition, and to suppress his gnawing self-doubt and guilt.
One set of desires will bring them together, the other will force them apart....
©2013 Orland Outland (P)2016 Orland Outland
The best damn baseball and football love story on Audible. Perhaps a little sappy at times and definitely some ugly episodes in the lives of two great loves who fight to survive and do.
I wasn't ten pages into this story when I knew I would love it, and I did. I enjoyed it so much, and the fact the narrator was also the author made it so much more enjoyable because he knew exactly when to pause, when to show anger, etc. I highly recommend this book, it is great.
I really enjoyed this story. Well written. Narration was competent, but some of the voices were a bit distracting. Characters were believable. Descriptions of the emotions experienced by elite athletes were amazing.
The narration was a bit stilled. It fell flat. When hearing some of the necessary background information and the basic story line it could be monotonous.
I think the story itself is a very good one. There are lots of realistic elements to the story and the plot that can make it hard for some to listen too but are a true look and what some would/could go through with professional sports. The characters were shown to grow in a way through the story that felt natural and proper. The scenes, to me, seemed fairly realistic in the way they played out. I did feel that Roger's life was a bit on the too "perfect" side but it was a good fit for the story. I think the narrator did a good job but his voice was not for me and at times felt monotonous. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom.
Although the audiobook does not rate in my top "listen again" audiobooks, the book itself is a reread for me.
Okay, Basic, Lukewarm
While I absolutely LOVED this story, the narration did not do the book justice. The voice was too flat and emotionless at time. Also, the narrator was unable to pull off a youthful voice to carry from college into adulthood. Although the narrator has a very nice voice, I'm just not sure this particular genre was good for him to narrate. I am almost positive I would enjoy the narrator doing a mystery.
The moment when Roger's father realized his son loved another boy and was gay, even before Roger told him, was the most poignant moment in the book for me. All the emotions his father went through as he saw himself when he suffered through the loss of his wife (Roger's mom) was a rollercoaster for me. I could actually feel his emotions.
This book rates at the top of my list for sports related gay love stories. I am a huge baseball fan, so this was perfect for me.The writing is strong; I like the author's style. Roger and Brian are the main characters. Roger was raised by a loving father (widowed) who supported Roger in everything he did. His love and faith in Roger never wavered. Brian, on the other hand, had a much harder life growing up with no emotional family support.Although some may disagree, I absolutely love the ending. Life does not always end in what we may originally believe to be our fairytale, but happiness can still be achieved without settling for less. This is how I felt with the HEA for Roger and Brian. It was reality in its finest form.I was given this free audiobook by the author for an honest review.
I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!
This is such a great book! Excellent writing!
Its such a great love story.
I was not to sure how this book would go. Some books in this nature are just filled with sex, sex and more sex, with no story line. This was not the case at all with this book. Yes, there was some sex, but it was not badly written and focused more on the story line of the book and the two main characters. The struggles they have went though trying to hide the fact they were gay in the main stream life.
It is worth the listen. Though it does revolve a lot around football. I do not know much about the sport, and would kind of get lost now and then, not understanding what they were talking about, but it wasn't often.
I was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Roger is the quarterback star of both his high school and college football teams. He is the all american clean cut hero. A straight A student, a hard worker, a brilliant team player and pure as the driven snow. Only because he is gay though, and as he realize early on, gay and pro football do not match. So Roger has decided to put his life on hold until after his career is over. Then he meets Bryan.
Bryan is in many ways Rogers opposite, even if he too is a star jock. Instead of hard work though, he has come by his stardom through talent and taking the easy way out whenever he can get away it. Bryan is not a bad guy, it's just that no one has ever expected anything of him. His dysfunctional family have only ever expected him to fail. But in the few instances when someone actually have expectations, he mostly lives up to them.
A combination of luck, talent, hard work and grid (and in Bryan's case illegal substances) leads both our MC's to the top of their game and into the pro's. But whatever fleeting happiness the two could have behind closed doors in college, is over when they both sign.
The guys are great together, however, I would have liked Bryan to have known some more angsting about his starting a relationship with Roger. He had been staunchly het up until after all.
I am European, and a complete noob when it comes to both football and baseball. So, I will admit that a lot of the game descriptions went over my head, but the excitement did translate.
Brad Vance narrates this himself, whether or not that was a good choice I am not sure. I didn't really like his narration of Roger. But his enthusiasm for his own story obviously shines through, which was nice and my attention never waned during the book.
Recommended for fans of sports romance. Please be aware however, that this is a realistic story about two young men going pro, which means that they actually do not see each other for big chunks of the book, and it also means that there is some cheating involved, so if that is a deal breaker to you, stay away.
Granted... I was unable to make it past chapter 2. The narration was terribly boring and the storyline seems awful. That's the last time I purchase the book without first listening to a sample on the computer. Narration is everything, especially for long drives... But paired with a cheesy story, it was all too much for me to handle.
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