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Summary

A straight quarterback. A gay physical therapist. Love is out of bounds...Right?

Malcolm Rodgers loses everything in one week.

The quarterback is benched with an injury the same week his fiancée breaks off their engagement. Lost, hurting, and stuck on the sidelines, Malcolm must spend his days in physical therapy with the one person who refuses to let him get back in the game: cocky Vance Coberly.

Vance is out and proud in the macho world of pro football. As the top physical therapist in his field, flirting with football players is strictly out of bounds.

But the rules of play all change when Vance meets Malcolm.

Malcolm can't deny what he feels for Vance - but Vance won't be someone's one-time fling. Can a Hail Mary gesture save the deepest love Malcolm has ever felt?

Fantasy football takes on a whole new meaning in this 100,000 word steamy out-for-you football romance, complete with lots of heat and a happily ever after ending.

©2016 Kelly Hould (P)2017 Kelly Hould

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Great book

Great book and excellent story. My only grumble is that the narrator kept changing Vance's name to Vince. Before you say anything, I realise that there is a character, the garage owner whose name is Vince Pierro. Once Vince was out of the story, Vance continued to be called Vince! This is just a small matter, but just annoying given how much narrators get paid to read the story and don't do this as it is in the author's writing.

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One of the best!

This is my first Kay Simone audiobook but I've got a few in total through my headphones and this is in my top 3.
The story flows so well, characters developed and connectable.
Greg does a brilliant job with this story, bringing out the depth and emotion in every scene.
I highly recommend!

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Just Spectacular

It’s a moving and real world story with vivid characters and a heartwarming plot!

Audible needs more of Kay Simone!!

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 29-03-17

Fantastic start - fizzle ending - great narration!

This is the first book I’ve read by this author – I’ve attempted others but haven’t made it all the way to the end. I’m not sure that I’d have finished this if I hadn’t been listening to the amazing Greg Tremblay – but I was glad I did.

The first half of the book is wonderful. I was LOVING it!

Malcolm is a bit of an enigma, and such a great person. Good, kind, a little naïve. Wonderful. Vance is just a bit more worldly, more jaded, more snarky – but still – nice and kind.

I love the slow burn between them, the silly drinking games and the patient wait for sex.
Even though this is a fairly low steam book, the connection is there and I really felt their chemistry.

However, after the first half of the book – things go sideways. The relationship moves from gentle exploration and love and passion to a Big Misunderstanding and hiding and anger and stubbornness. It was amazingly frustrating and I didn’t understand how two people whose number one commitment is “Honesty” could go on so long with this “issue” between them.

In any case, they muddle through that issue and we get a lovely HEA. (If you read the e book and are willing to sign up for her newsletter the author will send you a “bonus chapter” that adds some steam to this low steam story. Alas, not in audio format.)

As always, Greg made this story for me, and he was the main reason I picked up the audio. I love how he brings a story to life and I thought he gave full characters to even secondary or minor characters. His narration really made me stick it out and I give his narration 5 of 5 stars.
As for the story, I’d give 4.5 stars for Part 1 and 2.5 stars to part 2 – average of 3 of 5 stars.

For both narration and story – 4 of 5 stars – I’d still recommend it – but be warned ☺

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  • Darlene
  • 27-04-17

spectacular

Absolutely amazing. Wonderful story of love and happiness and fighting for what is right, against all odds; and attaining your dreams.

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  • Sherri J. Delgado
  • 09-06-17

much more than your average sport story

It was easy to get into the characters of this book. I rarely listen to sport based stories but in this case the sport was just the context around which the characters relationship developed. The characters were fantastic and their story well worth listening to.

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  • Belen
  • 29-05-17

Didn't love it, but didn't hate it...

Any additional comments?

While it had some good moments at the beginning, particularly the relationship building and slow burn, it lost momentum halfway in, and then had miscommunication issues, until nearly the end, that drove me almost insane.

Greg Tremblay does a fantastic job with the character voices, timing and pacing, which helps with the story's momentum issues in a way that kept me interested, but he just couldn't get me over the miscommunication.

BUT - anyone who knows me, or reads my reviews, knows that I absolutely hate miscommunication/misunderstanding, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

All in all, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.

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  • SHAWN MUSTON
  • 07-05-17

Genuine and heartfelt <br />

While the characters conform to an idealistic physique and are at times stereotypical , the story itself invokes true emotion and genuine human dynamics. the characters travel through a completely realistic emotional experience. Many of the story arcs are completely relatable in some facet for most readers.

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  • Kristiany H.
  • 18-10-18

You'd love and hate the characters

The story is really good but there is a point where the characters get stock in selfpity and I do not see why when all could have been solve with a simple text or a call. But even with that is good reading with a happy ending but not unrealistic regarding the work environment

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  • Clint W. Relyea
  • 25-07-18

Very good read

I really enjoyed the story ! It was so realistic and reminded me how we are still discriminated in this country .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-07-18

Great story!

Really great listen intertwining a marvelous love story and a message. We all need to take every chance to make a difference where we can and let truth be our guide. I'd love a part 2 of this love story!

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  • Ron M.
  • 12-07-18

Love Wins

Gripping love story full of heartache and joy, passion and practicality, sensuality and sacrifice. In the end love wins, the way the Universe intends it too.

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  • Jerry B.
  • 14-06-18

Fumble

The book I would rate a 2 and the audio I would rate a 5, but even though the narrator did a fantastic job, he couldn’t overcome the failings of the book to me.

The start of the story was really well done. I was very much into the physical therapy and the truth they swear to each other and the little things you find out about both Malcom and Vance. Then the story enlarges beyond the two of them and that’s where my disbelief starts.

A top quarterback making 12 million a year will have a lot of people around them. He will have an agent who will be up in his life and then in the Management’s life over a player coming out. There will be a lawsuit. They will not be almost friendless, 3 friends on the team? Only get together after a win? Not realistic. There will be tons of media getting into every part of their lives, personal and professional. No media find out what kept a star QB out for 7 weeks?

The coach can still be a dickhead but he will have pressures himself and not always get to do every douchbag thing he wants to. The author obviously knows physical therapy but not how a professional football team is organized and operated. Not that I know myself, but with what one sees on TV even, the isolation of these guys is just not possible. Also there are books that clearly have written about this very well.

Vance and Malcom as a couple and how their relationship developed seemed totally plausible and enjoyable. The problem is with their careers, it just doesn’t ring true that they would be left alone so much. We hear of both of their families but only meet Malcom’s sister. As close as they are supposed to be, they should have been in each other’s business and we should have interacted with all of them.

The ending was kind of a standard “m/m miscommunication” trope, but done fairly well. The ending was a bit over the top, but also done well.

If you want a good sports coming out story (actually a series) I would recommend Out of Position by Kyell Gold. It’s a furry story, but take away the fur and its a human story that is very realistic to todays football society and how out gay football players would be treated.