Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.
One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.
Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!
This was sweet story about two everyday guys who fall in love. The two men had been friends for years before their first sexual encounter and you can feel their bond from the very beginning of the story. I enjoyed the fact that this wasn’t an insta-love and that there was a solid friendship in place. The dynamic was interesting as neither man had ever been involved with another man before. As their relationship progresses both men question what is happening between them and how their friends and family will react but their is no big drama with it. Their questions and concerns seemed realistic to me. These MC’s are just every day, average guys and that was a nice change of pace from some of the more stereotypical MC’s we see in the romance genre. As usual with this writer, the writing was strong and well paced. I think this is a lovely addition to her catalog of work.
Cover art by Anne Cain. I liked this cover and thought it not only looked nice but was a good representation of parts of the story. My only concern with it is that it makes it seems like this is a Christmas story. While a part of the story takes place at Christmas much of it does not and I hope that does not stop people from wanting to read it at other times in the year.