Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Baylin Crow
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 115 Pages
Publisher: Baylin Crow
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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I just wanted to be left alone. After the disastrous turn my life took four years ago, I swore that I’d never let my guard down for anyone ever again. I left everything I knew behind and started over again. Things were going just fine until nearly six feet of pure temptation walked through the doors of my bar. It’s been a year and I’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding him. Things change when his friends get him drunk and leave him stranded on his birthday. I shouldn’t have given him a place to crash because now I can’t shake him.
He intrigued me from the moment we met, and I haven’t exactly been subtle about wanting him. The green-eyed bartender seems to want nothing to do with me, but I don’t miss the way he watches me when he thinks no one will notice. I’ve let him pretend long enough, and it’s definitely time to make my move. On the field, I face tough competitors every week, but this one will make me work harder than I ever have before. If I want to win, I’m going to have to up my game because he is a pro at pushing me away.
Boy am I glad this little gem fell into my lap! Do not let that cover dissuade you from passing on this one. I kept wishing there was a sexy bearded guy to look at, but I had no trouble using my imagination.
Beard is a total sweetheart! He has not had an easy upbringing with his parents caring more about themselves than him. After he finally gave into his feelings in college, he was outed and subsequently attacked, his parents turning a blind eye again. He then turned to his grandfather who took him in without question. His grandfather left Beard the bar he now runs and lives above. He is doing okay, but he has closed himself off to prevent any chance of a recurrence of those events.
Then we have Soccer, who I also loved from the start. He and his teammates frequented Beard’s bar pretty regularly and Soccer had a major crush on the bartender for quite some time and was on a mission to see it through (with the help of his friends as well). Soccer was very confident in everything from his schooling, to playing soccer and what he wanted to do afterwards, to what he wanted from Beard. It took some major persuasion for Beard to give in, but it was totally worth it.
I seriously loved everything about these guys. Soccer brought Beard back to life, and it was beautiful to see the transformation. There were perfect together and my heart just melted each time they took forward steps. We do learn their names at the end, but they will always be Beard and Soccer to me.
It is hard to believe this was a debut book for this author, and I am definitely a fan. The writing was smooth, with just enough detail before the story was again progressing. There was plenty of emotion without too much fluff. The sex was hot and steamy but didn’t take over and become the main focus of the story. I was turning pages and just about read this in one sitting. I definitely recommend it and can’t wait to see what Ms. Crow comes up with next.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*