Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Rainbow Clause
Author: Beth Bolden
Heroes: Colin O’Connor/Nick Wheeler
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 324 Pages
Publisher: Beth Bolden
Release Date: April 23, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Heisman winner. Member of the National Championship team. NFL Rookie of the Year. Quarterback Colin O’Connor knows he’s become the ultimate romance novel cliché: all the success he’s ever dreamed of but nobody to share it with. Too bad it’s not as simple as asking out the next girl who intrigues him – because the next girl to intrigue him probably won’t be a girl at all.
Unexpectedly, the solution comes in one neat package: Nick Wheeler, lead journalist for a leading sports and pop culture blog. Hired by Colin’s team, Nick comes to Miami to shine a spotlight on the NFL’s most private quarterback.
The heat in Miami rises when Nick discovers that Colin is nothing like the hollow personality he pretends to be in interviews and he’s even hotter in person than on his Sports Illustrated cover. Nick knows this is the story of his career, and after spending his teenage years as a bullied, closeted teen, it hits very close to home. What he needs is to help Colin share his story while keeping their growing relationship from boiling over in the press, but what he wants is to tell the world.
Review: This story was really cute and sweet…and I don’t usually like a lot of fluff but this was…well, sweet. It didn’t hurt that it was sports themed because I do love my professional alpha athletes being all manly with another man. There was just something about Nick and Colin that resonated with me. Yes, it was full of fluff and low on angst, and it was a little goofy and unrealistic in how the “rainbow” clause was played out. But, it was fun. It had many “awe” moments that for some reason just tickled me pink.
Colin is an NFL closeted bisexual man who had the foresight to add a coming-out clause in his contract. Nick is the reporter that was chosen to get the lead story. It didn’t hurt that Nick had been drooling all over Colin since before he’d ever met him, but now he’s living his dream…and falling for him, too. Colin is more than meets the eye. He is actually bisexual, and wants to be able to date a man or woman openly and doesn’t understand why he needs a PR team and six months of playing stupid games to get to do that. The fact that he is falling for his journalist, but has to hide it, even though he is coming out, makes zero sense to him.
These two were so sweet. I am starting to hate that word but there is really no other way to adequately say it. Yes, they do have their moments and some miscommunication, but for the most part, they truly like each other and want to explore that further. Nick just has to get out of his head and learn to live and trust. It takes awhile, but with a little push and shove from their friends, they find their path.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*