Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Bootleg Diva
Author: Mercy Celeste
Series: Southern Scrimmage #4
Heroes: Levi Brody
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 232 Pages
Publisher: Mercy Celeste
Release Date: June 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: A Southern Scrimmage Biography
All heroes need an origins story.
From trailer park to the Super Dome.
Everybody’s All-American quarterback by day.
Infamous exotic dancer by night.
Levi Brody is one of the undisputed greats of the game. With two Super Bowl rings, one MVP, three Pro-Bowl appearances, three National Championships, three SEC Championships and four State High School championships Levi has indeed left his mark on the sport, but it’s all a load of crap.
This is my origin story and like all good origin stories, this one lies somewhere-
Between the helmet and the tiara.
The story of the rise and fall of the first fictional gay quarterback in the NFL.
Review: From start to finish, this was simply brilliant writing. I absolutely loved every minute of it, even though I cringed and ached for Levi over and over again. We all knew and loved Levi/Liv, but did we really know him? Well, we do now and it was awful and wonderful. It was no surprise that he was raised poor (basically raised himself and his brother, Jude) and was violently abused, but the extent of that abuse, and the ways it shaped the man he became is all laid out for our viewing pleasure…even though there really wasn’t very much that was pleasant for our favorite quarterback princess.
The title and blurb tell you all you need to know about this book. There are no new story lines and very little about Levi and Tracey as a couple, until the end. This is a succinct memoir, mainly all of it from Levi’s point of view. It is heartbreaking, it will make you sick and angry, but it leaves no doubt as to why Levi turned out the way he did. And Jude, his brother finally gets Levi’s point of view on their past, but oh man; I could not believe the way it ended.
I was edge of my seat throughout most of this book, and it was difficult to put it down. I was pretty confident I knew what to expect, but Mercy Celeste surprised me and did a phenomenal job of getting inside Levi’s head and showcasing how much damage his upbringing and the abuse cost him. His selflessness and undying will to create a better, safer life for his mother and brother cost him, dearly, and I was really glad that Jude finally got to see those sacrifices. I just didn’t expect that ending. How am I supposed to wait for the next book with that hanging over my head?
If you’ve read the Southern Scrimmage series then you must read this book. It is the perfect companion to the series, and lovers of this series will be in for a treat. The snippet at the end lets us know where the series is going next and is exactly what I needed to put my mind at ease, especially after reading the last chapter. So, yes, I highly recommend this book. Enjoy, but be prepared to be heart hurt.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*