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Publisher's Summary

Some men are just off-limits. Like, say, all the other football players in the league.... 

I have to stop replaying the one night I spent with my rival. Trouble is, that white-hot encounter with the other quarterback answered a lot of questions I’ve had about myself, but it also led me into this mess where he hates me. I never showed up for our second date. Since, well, life happened, and the worst part is he’ll never know how much that night meant to me. 

But when I’m traded to his cross-town rivals, that’s not the time to serve up my secrets to him either. My team’s PR department wants to double down on our rivalry. I need to focus on football, not on my interest in men. 

Except, the more time I spend doing media appearances and charity events with the sexy, generous, popular guy, the hungrier I am to finish what we started. 

It’s a bad idea to knock on his door late one night. I could lose everything. He’s probably not even home. 

But when the door swings open and I’m face-to-face with the man I want desperately, I have a choice to make. 

A stand-alone enemies-to-rivals-to-lovers second-chance sports romance full of secrets, first times, and forbidden love....

©2022 Lauren Blakely Books (P)2022 Lauren Blakely Books
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⭐️⭐️ 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️

And She did it again!!!! Every time I finish one of Lauren Blakely's MM Romance books I think this is the best one yet... Then she writes another one that becomes the best one! I loved this book, I loved these characters and I loved their Love story!!! Seriously I loved Jason & Beck so much I just wanted to hug them both. This one hit all the feels for me <3 I can not wait for more books in this world Lauren has created. PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING!!!

The narration was PERFECTION! I love both Teddy Hamilton & JF Harding and together they set this audiobook on fire!

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6 Stars! One of my favorites of the year!

The Boyfriend Comeback is Lauren Blakely's new MM rivals-to-lovers, second chance football romance! I have been in love with Jason since we first met him in the Men of Summer Series (if you haven't read that, go and get it now!) Every once in a while a book will just get you in the feels! It comes into your life at the perfect time and you feel it in your heart, body and soul. Jason and Beck's romance is that book for me this year! There is just something about Jason's positive attitude, openness, loyalty and humor that draws you in. Beck's serious, but funny and his struggles made him more human! Together they complement each other perfectly. It's not easy being the starting quarterback, especially when your crush plays for the city's other team. It's also not easy being out and proud in the sports world, but Jason and Beck make it work. They have their ups and downs, but their desire to be together is bigger than all the obstacles. Lauren never ceases to amaze me with her talent for writing deep, fun, sexy characters and she's quickly become one of my favorite MM authors! Jason and Beck are two of my favorite characters of Lauren's and you know I don’t say that lightly. There was just something special about these two. They are all heart and soul and their personal stories and their love story just got to me! I hope we see them again soon!

Audio: Teddy and JF were freaking amazing! I love this pairing more than I thought I would. They were the perfect Jason and Beck for me!

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The Boyfriend Comeback

This book felt like the hug I needed.
That might sound odd but these two characters and their story gave me all the warm fuzzies.
It’s one of the reasons I love romance so much, when you find that story that melts your heart makes you root for the characters and keeps you wanting more. More love, more time, and just more friendship.

Even though they play on different teams and are pinned against each other in the media. They were never anything but friendly with the good sportsmen-ship ribbing which is hilarious.

Navigating feelings and careers because it’s tricky but they never made it about that, their relationship was based on themselves. And I just really enjoyed that.

Their chemistry and attraction is what makes this book so fantastic.
Something about the way Lauren does MM makes me want to listen curl up and just enjoy. And I hope you get the same sense when you listen because this is probably my favourite of all of Lauren’s MM and that saying something because there have been a few that I have relisted to and loved. But this one stole my heart.

Teddy and J. F. were utterly fantastic no joke they played well off of each other they made it feel effortless.
Fabulous narrator choice. More please.

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So Good!

Excellent! Such a wonderful sports romance with so much sweet, heat and swoon! I absolutely loved Jason and Beck! The audio was sublime. Teddy Hamilton was fabulous as always and I have a new top narrator in JF Harding! So good!

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Just love love love Jason and Beck! Lauren Blakey creates the best characters, and thanks to the performance of Teddy Hamilton and JF Harding, Jason and Beck became so real, as well as all the other characters they performed in this very captivating love story. Teddy Hamilton and JF Harding are amazing together and a perfect match.
I have never been disappointed in anything LB has written, and The Boyfriend Comeback is at the top of my list now of favorites. It’s like a continuation of my very much loved Men of Summer series. Cannot wait for the rest of the promised stories.

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Love, Love, Love This Book

Some of the best books create strong emotions. Lauren did such a great job with this story. Although I love reading her stories I really enjoy the variation of the audible and the bonus scenes, bloopers she always provides at the end.

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A Wonderful Second Chance Romance

Before this book came out on kindle and in print I ordered the audio to read and listen along. I am so glad I did. This book touched me on so many levels. It doesn't matter your orientation, the emotions and feelings apply to all. Jason and Beck are a great pair. They may be rival QB's in their profession but they don't let that affect the way they feel about one another. They both struggle with things that have happened in the past. Jason has had to deal with feelings of someone asking him chose him over football. Deck is dealing with personal loss and this affects their relationship in the beginning. As time goes on and the two meet again with Beck on a rival team in the same city the two learn to open up and trust one another with their heart. This was such a well written book and very entertaining. The passion and respect both Jason and Beck have for one another is amazing. Truly a great read with a wonderful HEA.

I have to say Teddy Hamilton and new to me JF Harding did an outstanding job narrating this book.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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5 STARS! Sexy, emotional & romantic!

The Boyfriend Comeback by Lauren Blakely was an absolute joy to read, or in my case, to listen to. A super sexy, sweet as sugar second-chance, rivals-to-lovers romance packed full of forbidden feels and first-times, and I just couldn’t put it down. I listened to the audio version, and I was completely captivated by Teddy Hamilton and JF Harding’s performances. Their narration was completely in-sync and overflowing with natural chemistry! I’m a big fan of Teddy Hamilton’s, but JF Harding was new to me, and he can count me as a fan now, too. Blakely’s LGBTQ romances are simply magical. If you’re a fan of her traditional contemporary romances, you’ll love her LGBTQ offerings—they’re brimming with all the heat, heart and humor you love in her other books.
Jason and Beck are professional quarterbacks on rival football teams. After a miscommunication a year earlier, they’re suddenly thrust into each other’s worlds when Beck is traded to Jason’s cross-town rivals. I loved these characters, their natural chemistry was electric and their emotions were heartfelt and genuine, but there were some real roadblocks standing in their way. That’s one of the things I love most about Blakely’s writing, she doesn’t create insurmountable obstacles or unnecessary drama. She poses a problem to her characters and she gives them to opportunity to address it maturely and work through it. I love it, I absolutely love this.
The Boyfriend Comeback was a feel-good, lighter-hearted love story full of heartstring-pulling emotion. Sexy, romantic and full of those edge-of-my-seat will-they-or-won’t-they vibes. Wonderfully witty banter and the blistering burn of sexual attraction, I was enthralled as these two men gave in to what they were feeling. It’s exactly these types of layered emotions that I want to experience when I read romance, and Blakely gave me all of it in an engaging romance that held me captive from start to finish. Five smooches from me for The Boyfriend Comeback by Lauren Blakely!
~Danielle Palumbo, Red Cheeks Reads

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Cross town rivalry to forever love!

Can you find love with your cross-town rival and one-night stand? I absolutely love this newest MM romance by Lauren Blakely, The Boyfriend Comeback. As always, Lauren’s characters have depth and so much heart. These two characters have their own baggage to deal with let alone navigate the world of professional sports as a gay man. If only the real world could be as accepting as Lauren’s world. There are some bumps but overall it is an accepting world. Both Teddy Hamilton and J.F. Harding does a phenomenal job bringing these characters and the story to life. I highly recommend The Boyfriend Comeback by Lauren Blakely in any format but the audio is just amazing.

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Delicious rivals to lovers MM romance 🏳️‍🌈

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lauren Blakely, the queen of MM romances, strikes again! I absolutely loved this smoldering,emotional, enemies-to-rivals to-lovers forbidden MM sports romance! The story of Jason and Beck, who are quarterbacks on rival football teams. When they first meet each other it was instant attraction and white hot chemistry. After one steamy night together Beck never shows up for their second date. This is when things get interesting. There was a total misunderstanding and miscommunication between the two hunky QB’s. They definitely want to be together, but have to stay in secret, fly under the radar. After both teams PR departments put these two together for appearances at charity events and cohosts for a podcast they struggle not to fall deeper for each other. They also really struggle on how and if this relationship can continue. They both do not want to ruin their careers. But they cannot deny the feelings they have for each other. Are they willing to risk everything to be together?
Teddy Hamilton and J.F. Harding do an amazing job narrating. Teddy embodies Jason’s confident, sweet, quick witted, highly popular football player persona. It was so endearing hearing him being so understanding and patience but also the snark he delivers… delicious! J.F. played Beck to perfection. I absolutely loved his deadpan humor and snark..it happen just so organically. He portrayed Beck’s awkward at times, and his internal anxiety. My heart really went out to this character. He also brought out his aggressive, raw, passionate side.
Lauren always delivers an amazingly delicious MM romance! I was all here for it!

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  • 09-21-22

Enjoyable easy listen

This book was an enjoyable easy listen and I’ll get more books in this series.

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  • Hannah Banana
  • 09-17-22

Quite possibly the Best Lauren Blakely!!

It's a bold statement above, I'll grant you, particularly when this year alone we were gifted with the brilliantly epic Hopelessly Bromantic duet. Not to mention my personal favourite, A Guy Walks into My Bar. But I stand by it, this is Lauren Blakely's best written book to date!

I could not stop listening, the casting is perfection as always with Teddy Hamilton and my new favourite, JF Harding picking up the roles of Jason and Beck respectively. Going in I naively thought this would be a run of the mill enjoyable "Sports Forbidden MM Romance" and while that definitely does describe this book and I REALLY enjoyed it, it also doesn't do it justice.

Through a combination of Blakely's expert writing and JF Harding's truly remarkable performance, the character of Beck Cafferty and his challenges with anxiety really struck me and cut me to the core. As someone who has suffered with anxiety and social anxiety her whole life, I instantly felt a kindred connection with this character and some parts of this book brought me to tears with how sensitively and accurately she portrayed what it is like to live with this and how to cope. Obviously, everyone's experiences are different and unique but for me I loved what she did in this book and the way she made Beck brave enough to live his life and pursue his dreams in spite of the anxiety spirals I am all too aware can threaten to overwhelm us.

I love how Jason truly sees Beck and nurtures and loves him and becomes his safe harbour. Their love story is even more beautiful because of the backdrop of the intense pressure and scrutiny of their jobs which they adore and the expectations placed on them to be fierce rivals makes the undeniable attraction between them even more delicious.

This book is intense, hot but also wonderfully sweet and heartfelt and is beautiful love letter to all the Becks out there, you can find your Jason one day. xx

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 09-13-22

What a great story!

This is another fantastic M/M story from Lauren Blakely. While I have a lot of Lauren Blakely books in my digital library, I’ve only recently started reading her books. I read mostly M/M romance and when she started writing them, I was excited to give them a try. I have NOT been disappointed! In fact, I’ve enjoyed them so much that I purchased the audiobooks of several of them, including The Boyfriend Comeback.

The audiobook of The Boyfriend Comeback actually was released before the ebook so I listened to it instead of reading my ARC of the book. Teddy Hamilton and J.F. Harding knocked this out of the park. Oops, maybe I should have said scored a touchdown since this is a football romance. 😊 These two could probably read the phonebook and it would sound good but Lauren Blakely’s writing is what made this a great listen for me.

I am not a sports fan but I seem to really enjoy reading sports related romance books and this one was really great. The fact that this story also included a forbidden aspect (the two MCs play for rival teams) and a second chance trope meant that it hit a lot of buttons for me.

Jason and Beck meet at a photo shoot for the Furry Friends Weekend charity event. At the media briefing afterward Jason is very comfortable with the press while Beck is not. Beck asks Jason for help so that he can do better in front of the press. This leads to them getting together and eventually hooking up. But later Beck fails to show up for a prearranged date, leaving Jason frustrated and angry so he blocks Beck on his phone. A year later they are playing for rival teams.

Jason and Beck go through a few ups and downs; they must keep their relationship a secret from their teammates and friends because they just know that everyone would be upset if their relationship became public.

This story grabbed me from the beginning and didn’t let go until I finished it in one listening session. I loved that there were deleted scenes included in the audiobook as well as a sample of the next book coming in this series. I was so happy to learn that the next book in this series, Limited Edition Husband, will be a duet narration with James Joseph and Teddy Hamilton; I can hardly wait to listen to it!

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 09-07-22

Super sweet and sexy m/m sports romance

This second chance, forbidden, rivals to lovers m/m romance kicks off (pun intended) with a prequel novella, The Boyfriend Kickoff. A great warmup to the forthcoming shenanigans between quarterback rivals Jason McKay and Beck Cafferty. As is Lauren Blakely’s trademark, there’s lots of romance, along with super sexy one on one time between the two MCs, Jason and Beck, two rivals who can’t seem to get enough of each other, they banter like pros, and their chemistry is off the charts smokin’ hot. Jason is the seasoned QB who takes newby Beck under his wing, guiding him through the public situations that amp up his anxiety levels. Some super sweet moments (I loved Bandit the kitty in all his scenes), and the friendships between the key players is precious. The audio version is narrated by Teddy Hamilton (Jason), and JF Harding (Beck), and together they bring the romance, and all their struggles to life. Utter perfection. Included in the audio is a link to a 6 minute bonus story, along with a preview of Limited Edition Husband, (Nate and Hunter’s story), narrated in duet by Teddy Hamilton and James Joseph.

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  • Ingrid
  • 09-06-22

So good!!

I’m not sure how to describe how much I loved The Boyfriend Comeback. It’s taken place as one of my favorite books of this year! The narrators did an amazing job taking me along in the journey of Jason and Beck and their forbidden love. The book was the perfect combination of swoon-worthy moments and handling serious topics like Beck’s anxiety. This was such great representation for me, I felt his troubles in my bones. All I wanted to do is give him a big hug and tell him how proud I am for how he’s handling it. And Jason as well, it’s difficult at times to be on the outside and wanting to help the person you love who’s dealing with this. The Boyfriend Comeback is one of those books that will stick with me for a while!

*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

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  • Miss Dysfunktion
  • 09-06-22

A sucker for rivals to lovers!

The Boyfriend Comeback is book one in The Boyfriend Zone. A MM sports romance.

I am an absolute sucker for the rivals to lovers vibes in sports romance. They have the perfect amount of tension….and it's usually sexual tension! Lauren delivered perfectly with Jason and Beck. The banter was light hearted and fun whilst still giving that level of sassy. We also have a few characters appearance from previous books which is always a fun addition. Low to somewhat medium angst as it does mention Beck's anxiety and the struggles he faced with it. I liked the added author note from Lauren in the audiobook addressing the mental health issues and providing health professional links to readers.

I enjoyed the teaser for the next read Limited Edition Husband and the deleted scenes provided at the end of the audiobook. As always so must mention that Teddy Hamilton and JK Harding slayed with the audiobook. If you're new to audiobooks and not sure where to start Lauren always has fantastic narrators!