Review — False Start (Eastshore Tigers) #2 by Alison Hendricks
Title: False Start
Series: Eastshore Tigers
Author: Alison Hendricks
Genre: Gay Romance/LGBT Fiction/Sports
Length: 205 pages
Published Date: 5/25
Heat Level: Explicit
Star Rating: 4.0
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Blurb: The heat between them is impossible to ignore. But can they ever be anything but rivals?
Dante Mills has one more year to prove he can hack it in the NFL. If he can't score attention from the scouts this season, he'll never be able to give his hard-working mom the life she deserves. The last thing he needs is more competition, but that's exactly what he gets when blond-haired, blue-eyed behemoth Mitchell Erickson walks into the locker room.
Mitchell Erickson has one year to prove he belongs on a football field. He's spent his whole life struggling to find acceptance in his family, and now his father's finally giving him the chance to follow his passion... for one season. If he doesn't bring the Tigers to victory, it's back to upholding the Erickson legacy in a suit and tie. But how can he possibly succeed when someone as talented as Dante stands between him and a starting position?
As if the tension between them wasn't high enough, Mitch is insanely attracted to the very straight linebacker. As the season ramps up and both men fight for their place on the team, a heated locker room encounter leaves Dante questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.
When Dante and Mitch work together, they're unstoppable. But can two men destined to be rivals ever be anything more?
False Start is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhanger.
False Start can definitely be read as a standalone even though it’s book two in the series. I would definitely recommend the first book, Strong Side, however, because it was amazing. And, the reason why I was looking forward to reading this story.
Dante Mills is a senior and the starting LB and until this season he assumed he would continue to hold that position. However, the coach has other ideas. You are going to have to earn your spot each game, so that means if a freshman outplays you during practice he could easily replace you as the starter come game day. Fair enough. Where I’m from, that’s how they do it, as well. Dante wasn’t happy but he’s more than happy to fight for his position and prove he’s worthy.
Mitch Erickson has always wanted to play football. His extremely wealthy father doesn’t understand, nor does he approve, but he gives him one year to do what he wants. It’s pretty obvious that what Mitch wants most is his family’s love and support but he gets neither and it’s heartbreaking to see him being rejected time after time by the ones who should love him most. His sister may be the exception but I wasn’t completely moved by her one gesture of goodwill.
Since Mitch is also a Linebacker he and Dante are immediately in competition with each other. They are both big guys in height and muscle and they are a powerhouse on the field. Off the field, they try to be friends but egos, misunderstandings, and secrets get in the way.
Dante has a chip on his shoulder through most of the book and he jumps to conclusions too quickly, usually the wrong conclusion, so whatever ground the two have gained ends us getting pushed back. It becomes a push and pull between them resulting in giving each other the cold shoulder and the locker room feeling frosty.
When they are together and they aren’t fighting or making stupid mistakes causing the other to walk away they have some pretty heated moments. They are pretty compatible in the bedroom and considering Dante has never been with a guy before Mitch he knows right away the feeling is right.
This is a pretty low angst story with two guys trying to find how they fit in each other’s world. They come from completely different sides of the spectrum with beliefs and upbringing. Dante’s mom is a pretty big influence not only too him but to the story-line.
Dante spends a lot of his time defending his mom and always feeling as though it’s his place to make things better for her. Give her things she’s never had and that she deserves. What takes him a long time to understand is he is doing the same thing as the ones he likes to ridicule.
Both, he and Mitch, have a lot of learning and growing to do, and once they can finally get past some of the obstacles in their way, they can start making headway in the right direction together. Overall, I enjoyed the story but I didn’t feel the strong connection between Dante and Mitch that I hoped I would.
I loved that the team accepted not only Dante but them as a couple with no problems, whatsoever, but it also came across as a little unbelievable. I wish It was that easy for everyone every time but it’s not, unfortunately. The author does a great job setting up the football scenes especially when they are on the field and a play is in action. I really felt pulled into the game as if I was really watching it. 4 stars
** Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review**
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