Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Fair Catch
Author: Leigh Carman
Series: Players of LA #2
Heroes: Tobias Bennett/Sullivan Archer
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 20, 3017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Two men.
One night of passion.
They never expected to see each other again.
They were wrong.
Tobias Bennett is a quiet and unassuming man who teaches yoga and enjoys parkour. Though he is proud to be gay, an abusive relationship with a domineering man has left Tobias wary of romance, and he keeps to himself in his tidy Los Angeles apartment.
Pro football player Sullivan Archer is Tobias’s complete opposite: loud, brash, fond of the spotlight… and deep in the closet. When a hamstring injury sends Van to Tobias as part of his therapy, neither of them is expecting to come face-to-face with his one-night stand. Now they’re stuck together throughout Van’s healing process, and the close proximity will force them to deal with some hard truths. For Tobias, it’s realizing his hookup is a celebrity. For Van, it means accepting that he likes Tobias more than he wanted. They’ll both have to acknowledge that if they choose to pursue a relationship, their lives will change in big ways.
Review: I love football, I love football players, and I really love to read about them in MM novels. This is the second book in the Players of LA series, and I was unsure if the author could back it up considering how much I liked the first book. In this case, I would say Ms. Carman is 2 – 0 and I am a lucky girl.
Tobey is a heartbreaker in this one, and Van, well he is a little bit too, just in a different way. This book covers a multitude of topics, from abusive ex’s, closeted celebrities, homophobic teammates, violence and attempted rape, but it also covers a very sexy and romantic relationship between the two men who have a lot to fear but who learn to put that fear aside and trust in each other.
From the sneak peek at the end of this story, we know that another naughty athlete, a hockey player this time, is on deck for book three. I didn’t read it, as I like to be surprised, but he sounds like he’s going to be a handful. I am all in and expecting the author to wow me for a third time. What I am really hoping for though, is that Leo shows up again. He was an amazing secondary character and deserves to find his happily ever after, too.
If you love coming out stories, big, big, big guys, a bit of angst, famous athletes, and happy endings than I suggest you give this series, and this book a try. You do not have to read them in order as they are easily stand alone with the common factor being that they are all men from LA.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*