Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Because it’ll take a miracle for him to pass English and trig so he can stay on the football team, get a scholarship, and go away to college—where the distance from his friends and family will give him the confidence to finally tell them he’s gay. But flunking his classes will put a stop to all of his dreams.
Luckily there’s Tommy Peterson to help him. In Dylan’s eyes, Tommy’s perfect. Short, smart, and sexy, he checks every one of Dylan’s boxes, so it’s no surprise when Dylan falls head over heels. Too bad Tommy doesn’t seem to feel the same, and a pining Dylan accidentally outs himself to the team. Now Dylan has to deal with the fallout of his coming out to the team, his dad, and his coach while trying to score the ultimate touchdown—the love of Tommy Peterson.
It took me almost no time to fall totally under the spell of this endearing story and its amazing characters. And it’s all due to the unique voice and personality of the main character, Dylan Porter. You see, it’s his perspective that we see the story from and he’s an astonishing person!
As crafted by John R. Petrie in The Quarterback’s Crush, Dylan Porter is that amazingly elusive animal….a layered human being with the ability to surprise you over and over, not just the length of the story, but even several pages. He’s not “peggable”. What comes out of his mouth frustrates him, makes him angry, or cry, but for the reader? It makes you want to hug him, cheer him on, support him, and in every respect do what’s necessary, because, damnit, this author has made us quickly believe in him.
The Quarterback’s Crush is a coming out tale from Harmony Ink Press but its also so much more. It deals with the stresses of senior life in high school (oh the joy and horror), the college entrance tests, prom, bullying, cliques, and more. Normally those are topics we expect to get from a “nerds” pov, and we do here. But it’s also from a popular high school football player’s and his team. They will surprise and delight you as well. They certainly did me.
Tommy Peterson is the other side of the romantic equation (a sentence I think he would respond to). He is as well put together as Dylan and a great match. Did I wish to know more about Tommy’s story? Yes, but honestly, this isn’t his story, It’s Dylan’s, and while I loved Tommy and wished for more, I wouldn’t to the detriment of Dylan’s voice. So maybe a prequel with Tommy?
In fact, all the other characters here, Riley, Dylan’s best friend and the other football players, Coach, father, have a certain stability and strength to them which only made this story more real and the relationships better defined.
The only thing that keeps this from a 5 star rating is that epilogue. It was cute but I would rather have had more stories than something so full of teasers and questions. Sort of a let down for me. It could have ended without it and been a 5 star story in my opinion.
The Quarterback’s Crush is John R. Petrie‘s first published romance which amazes me. It’s heartwarmingly wonderful, it’s characters endearing, and it’s storyline captivating. I recommend it highly to all.
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas. I like the cover, although all the models seem more like college age than high school but the composition and characters are spot on.
ebook, 167 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Harmony Ink Press