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Title: Gasping for Air
Series: Game Day #2
Author: TS McKinney
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: April 22, 2017
How far will Trystan go to win the heart of the man he loves?
All the way.
Trystan Matherly is conceited, arrogant, and rich. He has plenty of money, athletic ability, and gorgeous looks to keep the men forming a long line just to be with him. Choosing his next lover has been as simple as down-selecting to the hottest candidate.
With his sad eyes, full lips, and perfectly sculpted swimmer’s body, Dakota is just the kind of lover Trystan wants. After only one look, he knows he has to have him. Too bad Dakota seems to be totally oblivious to all his charms.
Dakota Jacobson is lonely, tired, and depressed. He’s at Alabama Temple to complete his degree, not to put up with idiots. He works diligently to be as invisible as possible. He doesn’t need friends and he sure doesn’t need lovers…especially not football titans that think they rule the world. Nope; been there, done that.
With his sexy eyes, arrogant smirk, and muscled physique, Trystan is just the kind of lover Dakota never intends to have…again. Too bad Trystan refuses to allow him to be invisible.
In the Series
Touchdown (Game Series #1)
T.S. McKinney lives in East Tennessee with her high school sweetheart/husband and all the countless dogs she picks up from deserted country roads. Her professional career has been in business but her heart has always belonged to the fantasy world found in books.
Creating wicked worlds where one can meet the perfect hero – and then do anything to him that you want – has been a hobby that has brought her plenty of hours of fun and naughty entertainment.
When not working, reading, or writing, she loves to spend time with my family and forcing them (because they don’t really have another choice) to allow me to redecorate their houses…and listen to my naughty…sometimes sadistic stories.
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I've been waiting for Dakota's story from the minute we got a glimpse of him in Touchdown, book one, in the Gameday series by T.S. Mckinney. However, I had no idea his story would be so gut-wrenching and heartbreaking endearing me to him even more.
Trystan Matherly, aka Tank, has had his eye on Dakota and is completely smitten with the shy and reserved swimmer he affectionately calls Guppy. Every attempt he makes to get close to him is rebuffed or ignored and Trystan can't accept that.
He won't accept that.
He enlists the help of Alex, his best friend, for pointers to win him over and he works diligently to gain his attention, something he has never done before for any other man or woman.
Dakota has secrets that haunt him every day—nightmares that keep him awake—and he trusts no one and keeps to himself. He transferred schools in order to lay low and finish out his senior year, accept his diploma and get on with his life but he now has a problem with that plan.
A-big-arrogant-cocky-football-jerk who won't leave him alone... or take no for an answer.
Everywhere he turns Trystan is there trying to talk to him, flirting with him, and he's positive it's all a set-up from his past. He wants to trust him, Trystan makes it hard to NOT like him, but he's terrified of putting himself in the same situation he barely got out of alive.
Trystan knows Dakota is lying to him about things from his past, but he's afraid to push him too hard for fear of losing what little ground he's gained in friendship. When he finds Dakota in a bad situation he can't help but wonder if Dakota was trying to end his life so he puts his foot down and takes Dakota home with him to stay.
As more days go by, Dakota becomes more relaxed with Trystan but he's still afraid to lower his guard. Trystan picks up small clues from Dakota, he sees fear in his eyes, but he's never able to put together what has him so scared and running from his life.
He vows to be there for him and protect him no matter the cost, but unbeknownst to either of them, Dakota's past has caught up with him... and this time Dakota may not be so lucky.
T.S. Mckinney is one of my favorite authors who always has the ability to instill so much humor in her characters making them feel real and easy to relate to. She does that easily with Trystan and even with Dakota, to an extent.
In Touchdown, Tank was taking classes to become a Dom but he didn't like the restrictions, however, he's still the alpha loving male who likes his kinks and he loves that Dakota is on board with everything he wants to try in the bedroom. There are hot and sexy mature themes between these two as they heat up the sheets—even adding a toy or three.
Trystan is a big football goof who knows he's arrogant, good-looking—rich and cocky—he even knows why he is the way he is, but he wants to be a better man than he is now.
He wants to use his name and money to make things better for those less fortunate than himself and that's thanks to Dakota showing him things that he never noticed before.
Going to the dog kennel and adopting, not one but two animals—because he saw how happy that made Dakota—and then donating money was a big step in him proving how much he wanted to be a better person, plus showing Dakota how much he was willing to do for him to make him happy.
However, Gasping For Air is not all about laughter and humor because Dakota has lived through hell and it's back with a vengeance. The author cuts no corners describing the horror he endured that fateful night, and unfortunately, it looks like it wants a repeat. It's graphic and horrific but it also shows how courageous and brave Dakota was and is to live through such events and how strong he continues to be.
While Gasping For Air is heartbreaking and gut-wrenching, in certain areas, it is also funny and inspiring and a message of hope and love. Believe in your dreams, believe in yourself, believe in love, and the rest will fall into place.
The details of those tragic and horrific events are explicit so I recommend this book with caution. I don't think it would take away from the story to skip the graphic details if it's a trigger because seeing the changes Trystan made and seeing Dakota find his life again is worth reading. The epilog is a great window into healing, hope, and love.