#Review #NewRelease • Roughing the Passer (An ESC Mavericks Novel) by Alison Hendricks + Giveaway

Title: Roughing the Passer

Series: An ESC Mavericks Novel

Author: Alison Hendricks

Genre: Contemporary/Romance/LGBT

Length: 189 Pages

Publisher: Alison Hendricks

Publication Date: October 24, 2016

Star Rating: 4.0 Stars

Blurb: They couldn’t be more different, and yet they might just be exactly what each other needs. 

Garrett Barnes is no stranger to overcoming the odds. Forced to walk away from a Division I scholarship to take care of his family, Garrett was sure he'd never play football again. When an offer comes in from the ESC Mavericks--a school near his hometown--it seems like a dream come true. There's only one catch: he's expected to single-handedly save the worst team in the state. 

Diego Ruiz has known his whole life that the deck is stacked against him. The harder he tries to fight it, the more it hurts when it knocks him back down. With a lifetime of disappointment to back him up, he's stopped trying for anything more than mediocrity, both on and off the football field. If not for a promise he'd made years ago, he'd probably just be some nobody in a nowhere job. 

So when Coach Ladner brings in some D1 "hero" to save the team, Diego is determined to show him exactly where hard work and perseverance get you--absolutely nowhere. Despite his best efforts, Garrett's unwavering optimism starts to get under Diego's skin. Caught on the verge of giving in, he relies on the one thing that's never failed him: his ability to get curious straight boys into bed. 

As the friction between them gives way to passion, the stakes of their former rivalry increase tenfold. With both men's hearts--and a state title--on the line, there's no time for playing games. But when Diego's past comes back to remind him that everything eventually goes to hell, Garrett will have to convince him that some things are worth fighting for. 

Roughing the Passer is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.

Product Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M29A4WE

Reviewer: Roughing the Passer is a spinoff from the Eastshore Tigers series so if you are familiar with those stories you will love this one also. Alison Hendricks knows how to write football stories with plays on the field that make you feel like you were there in the stands watching the game. Her characters are always a little bit broken but with a huge heart underneath that just needs some care and patience to bring it forward.

Here we have Diego, plays football on a scholarship, passed around in foster homes, learned from an early age that he couldn’t depend on anyone but himself, has a smart mouth on him, which is his way to cope, and doesn’t put forth much effort even though he has the potential to be so much more.

In walks Garrett Barnes, QB, Mr. Optimistic, wants to make a difference, lead the team to victory, and Diego gets his hackles up. But, Garrett just wants to play ball. He doesn’t want to be the hero like the coach is trying to make it sound. He has enough problems of his own, at home, that he’s dealing with and trying to fix the team is not what he had planned.

Diego has a strategy that he thinks will make Garrett run for the hills and he won’t have to deal with him any longer. Flirt with him a little, show him a little skin in the locker room, wink at him. The plan seems to backfire when Garrett appears more turned on than mad. Instead of running like Diego thought he would, Garrett moves in for a kiss.

Roughing the Passer is a fast-paced story with just the right amount of action on the field and off. Garrett is busy with his family problems so he’s never had time to date much so kissing Diego takes him off guard, but instead of it creating this huge ordeal, he quietly considers his options and thinks about it like a mature adult and then talks about it with Diego. This was quite refreshing instead of having it blow up and with a lot of angst so it was nice. It’s nice to see a family support also.

They have great chemistry together, they laugh and joke, and I enjoyed the family time which included Garrett’s sister, Myah. Diego and Garrett do have their problems, but they work them out. I can see another great series coming from this team of players and I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author. 4.0 Stars



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