Down By Contact By Santino Hassell(Arc Review)

Published December 15, 2017 by bookbesties


Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.   

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

This is the second book by this Author and in this series that I have read and it is safe to say I am a big fan.  This is another football book where not knowing much about the sport doesn’t hurt how the reader relates to the story or the characters.  I am in GREAT appreciation of the way the author shows the daily struggles of LGBT+ and the emotional struggles that someone faces as they go through the stages of realizing who they are and coming-out.  Of the two books in this series that I have read this one is my favorite.  




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