Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work - and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.
One brisk night in late October, a post-practice convo in Richie's car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected - nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games - and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper's life.
Skipper can't dream of a better family than Richie - but Richie's got real family entanglements he can't shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!
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Nick Russo's narration, of course. Having not read the book, I can't compare the two, but I was completely engaged with this story from the first minute to the last.
It was a different approach for these two supposedly straight guys to become intimate and not question that intimacy. Rather, one questions the validity, if it's just because or if it's something more permanent. And one worries about backlash from his family.
Yes, I have, love his work. This book is as good as any other performances of his I've listened to.
No, there weren't really any laugh out loud or tear jerker moments. It was a fantastic story though and I quite liked it.
I do love friends to lovers and gay for you type stories, and this book qualifies under both of those sub-genres. But then it has the equal balance of angst and emotion I've come to expect from Amy Lane. I will say, this story is somewhat tame compared to the usual intense stories Lane likes to churn out.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)
Friends to Lovers
Cute, not a lot of angst, friends to lovers romance told completely from Skipper's POV.
I actually read/listened to this after I listened to Summer Lessons, and I was surprised this didn't have the same amount of humor. It's more of a gentle romance, which was still nice, don't get me wrong, but I suppose I probably should have listened to this first, then book two.
Regardless, I enjoyed both Nick J. Russo's narration and the story a lot.
I am loving the series and look forward to reading more.
Recommended. (But definitely listen to this one first!)