Reviewed by Morgan
Title: No! Jocks Don’t Date Guys
Author: Wade Kelly
Series: Jock #2
Heroes: Chris Jackson/Alonzo Martin
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 294 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 14, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: What is a sexy soccer stud supposed to do when “following family tradition” falls 180 degrees opposite his closeted ideal?
From birth, Chris Jackson has been schooled on how to land a cheerleader. After all, his father married one, and his father’s father before him. Heck, even his older brother married a stereotypical cheerleader the summer before Chris went off to college. For two years, Chris dodges invasive questions about relationships by blaming his lack of female companionship on grueling practices and heavy course loads. But his lack of interest in girls should’ve given his family a clue. It isn’t until Chris mentions meeting a boy that his father’s synapses short-circuit.
Alonzo Martin is anything but a buxom blond. From his black hair, combat boots, and trench coat to his nail polish and guyliner, the mysterious introvert isn’t easily persuaded to date. Alonzo’s insecurities keep Chris at arm’s length, but Alonzo’s painful past might meet its match in the charismatic jock’s winning smile and sense of humor.
When opposites attract, only cheerleaders and gummy bears can help overcome fear and family tradition.
Review: This is book two in the “Jocks” series. We see Ellis and Cole again as an established couple but the new couple – Chris and Alonzo are not part of their group – so you can read this as a standalone.
Chris knows he’s gay, but hasn’t wanted to out himself until he’s found “the one”. When he meets Alonzo, something about the emo boy calls to him and he feels more and more certain that he may be worth coming out for.
Alonzo has a very painful past and has a hard time trusting anyone. He doubts Chris and their relationship and fights both tooth and nail.
Eventually Chris wears Alonzo down and they begin a relationship. In the meantime – Doug – Chris’s roommate – has gay stirrings of his own to deal with. Alonzo has to deal with his sister and her effects on his life. Chris has to come out to his family and friends. And then there’s the cheerleader issue.
Chris’ family dates and marries cheerleaders. Alonzo is in no way a cheerleader. So in addition to being gay, Chris has to deal with the fall out from not dating a cheerleader.
For the most part, I really loved this story. Wade Kelly is excellent at giving us angst-ridden MCs and then giving us a HEA wherein they may not be “fixed” so much as “healing”. I like that. She doesn’t feel the need to “fix” everyone.
I thought the slow burn romance here was sweet, and I loved how open Chris was. He was a good complement to Alonzo. The opening up of Alonzo to new friends was great and a nice touch.
The one thing that didn’t work for me was the cheerleaders. The “friends” who were cheerleaders, the dating only cheerleaders, the end with Alonzo and the cheerleaders… it felt kinda hokey and silly given the serious nature of the other issues the couple had to deal with. That part just didn’t work for me.
I also felt really bad for Doug. I think Chris kind of abandoned him in his time of need. I hope he gets his own story with the cousin – Sam – and we get to see him with his own HEA.
All in all, I think fans of Kelly will love this. Fans of GFY/OFY, jock/nerd romances, and college fans will all love this. I recommend it and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*