Book Review: Crossing the Touchline by Jay Hogan

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Crossing the Touchline
Author: Jay Hogan
Series: Auckland Med. #2
Heroes: Reuben & Cameron
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 302 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?

What if that dream is so close you can smell it?

What if you meet someone?

What if you fall in love?

What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?

And what if the dream changes?

Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.

Cameron Wano is that choice.



I really loved this story. I am huge sports fan, and though rugby is not a sport I am very familiar with, I learned to love it. And more specifically, the All Blacks top notch team out of New Zealand. I did a ton of Googling and watching Youtube videos of the team and the haka. I preface this review by stating I did not read the first book, and unless I am missing something, I did not miss a thing by skipping the first book. I will, however, go back and read it because I loved Dr Michael in this book and look forward to seeing how he got to be so happy.
In this story, though, the subject matter was a bit rough. Reuben is fighting to get to the elite, All Blacks, rugby team so that he can finally get away from his tiny apartment, help take care of his special needs nephew, but most importantly, get away from his horrific father. That man was an awful father and I wanted to punch his lights out. Cameron is the out, proud, and ain’t-no-mistaking-his-flamboyant-self  gay man. He is also the brother of a team mate of Reubens, so no matter the attraction, Cam is way too gay for him and way to distracting for his plans for the future.
Until Reuben learns that Cameron means more to him than just about anything, including rugby. Sounds easy, but trust me, it takes a lot before these two finally find a way to break Reuben out of the closet, away from his father, and still find a way to make his dream of being an All Black rugby player a reality. I think what I loved most about Reuben was the fact that no matter what he did, he was always brutally honest about his feelings for Cam. And Cam just melted at the heartfelt honey that dripped from his delectable lips. Cam was such a lucky man…and he knew it.
This is not an easy story. There is a child neglect, attempted suicide of a side character, emotional and physical abuse by a parent, and topped off with a man fighting a sports system that forces him to hide his truth. But, just keep reading, because it is all settled so perfectly that I let out an embarrassing sigh at the end. A happy sigh for my happy heart.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2019, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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