Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Love Simplified
Author: Teegan Loy
Series: Game, Set, Match #2
Heroes: Jalen Marten/Austin Suter
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 286 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Life is about making choices. For nineteen-year-old Jalen Marten, the choices he makes will not only affect his life, but the life and career of his superstar tennis player boyfriend, Austin Suter. Jalen spends the summer following Austin around the pro tennis circuit playing the supportive friend as Austin adjusts to life on tour.
Keeping secrets from people is hard enough, but when the media, a horde of new fans, and staff and family who all think they know what’s best for Austin are involved, it’s even worse. Coming out to the world is not an option, so Jalen is forced to hide in the shadows. It doesn’t always work, and Jalen begins to wonder if they should stay together. The next choice could make or break them as a couple, and both men wonder why love has to be so complicated.
Review: This is the sequel to Love Complicated, and it must be read in order.
We met Jalen and Austin as two star-crossed lovers who meet in high school and have to hide their love because Austin feels coming out will decimate his chances for success in the tennis world.
Now they’re out of high school and trying to make a world for themselves while staying in the closet.
I really wanted Jalen to shine in this book. The first book was really focused on Austin being the super star and all the accommodations were made for him and his career. Jalen is amazingly talented but his light is constantly hidden in deference to Austin.
That continues in book two. I really wish we’d gotten to focus on Jalen and his potential to be a superstar – at least equal to Austin. It felt really unbalanced again – like Austin was the more important person in the relationship.
While I really enjoyed book one, I was hoping as the boys matured they would become more of a balanced and equal couple, and I felt like we were just seeing the same story in book one only at a slightly older setting.
The writing was fine and I’m sure some people will really enjoy seeing their story progress like this. I just wanted something different, so I was disappointed.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*