Release Day Review • The Second Half • 𝔸 𝔾𝕒𝕪 𝔸𝕞𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝔽𝕠𝕠𝕥𝕓𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕊𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪 • by Scott D. Pomfret
THE SECOND HALF
A GAY AMERICAN FOOTBALL STORY
BY SCOTT D POMFRET
PUBLISHED BY LETHE PRESS
From the author of Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir and co-author of the Romentics™ series of gay romance novels comes a sexy new story of values, family, love, big hits, big choices, big plays, and big men.
Division I college football coach Peyton Stone has a secret. It’s not so much that he’s gay. It’s that he’s fallen in love with his older Iraq-War-vet-turned-starting-QB Brady Winter. Willing to deny himself for the sake of the Golden Eagles football team, Peyton focuses helping his team score touchdowns, but when he discovers the attraction is mutual, he jumps in with both feet.
For each, the stakes are high: bowls, limelight, press, and the NFL. But Peyton and Brady find time during the season to carve out their own private and sexy refuge. Only jealous whispers force the head coach to see what he didn’t want to see and he tears the two apart. It’s only when Brady’s war injuries threaten his health that Peyton reluctantly returns to the team -- under cover!
The two concoct a plan to pass off Peyton as Brady at the bowl game, thereby preserving Brady’s health and perhaps earning a national championship. Will anyone notice the difference? Does anyone really want to? Most of all, can the pair’s sense of honor outlast the deception?
Guest Reviewer: Jeffery
The Second Half tells the story of Division I-AA football coach Peyton Stone and his quest for love, fulfillment, and a season championship for the Southern Ohio University Golden Eagles.
Peyton seems to have found his niche as a highly motivational offensive coach and has even gained the grudging respect of bigoted Head Coach Hackett. But it’s all a carefully constructed veneer and the cracks are beginning to show. The unfulfilled promise of a career in the pros haunts him and the baggage of his unhappy childhood is sometimes too heavy to carry. Hiding his sexual orientation and trying to fit in with the rest of the coaching staff is hard enough. His furtive search for a little male companionship is limited to occasional forays to a nearby gay bar and results in little more than a quick release now and then. Add a hot, enigmatic star quarterback – who’s definitely off-limits – to the mix is almost more than Peyton can handle and a series of icy cold showers might be the only thing that can get him through the rest of the season.
Brady Winter is a walking wet dream and appears well on his way to the glorious pro career that alluded Peyton. Confident and charming, Brady’s future seems set, but he struggles with his own hidden demons summoned from a stint of service in the Iraq war and the high expectations of his father. With a perfectly timed locker room towel drop, the two men are soon working to find a way to move the ball down the field and get their own personal first down up on the board.
Author Scott Pomfret brings both of the complex and engaging leading characters to life in these pages.The chemistry between the two sizzles without becoming too graphic. As an added bonus, an excellent cast of secondary characters moves the story along though their own machinations and motivation. This adds an additional layer to the read and provides both zip and a dash of pathos which help make this novel sing. A couple of twists and turns along the way keep the story from being predictable while at the same time giving further insight into Peyton and Brady as they play both defense and offense against the challenges and obstacles presented in these pages.
The Second Half is a perfect vacation read and – in typical Scott Pomfret fashion – entertains while providing food for thought. With this novel, he’s scored another touchdown.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the author and mmbookescape.com *
About the Author
Scott D. Pomfret is author of the forthcoming novels The Second Half (Lethe Press June 2016) and The Hunger Man (Ninestar Press June 2016) and recent releases Only Say the Word (Ninestar Press May 2016) and a collection of short stories You Are the One (Ninestar Press April 2016).
Past published works include Since My Last Confession: A Gay Catholic Memoir (Arcade 2008), the Romentics-brand gay romance novels (LooseID Press), the Q Guide to Wine and Cocktails, and dozens of short stories published in, among other venues, Post Road, New Orleans Review, Fiction International, and Fourteen Hills.
Scott is lucky to be able to write from his tiny Boston apartment and even tinier Provincetown beach shack, which he shares with his partner of fifteen years, Scott Whittier. More information is at www.scottpomfret.com.