Thursday, January 30, 2014

Offside Chance by Mercy Celeste


Title: Offside Chance
Author: Mercy Celeste
My Rating: A 

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Southern Scrimmage #3
Main Characters: Jude and Will
Release Date: January 2014
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase
Amazon  
Sexual Intensity: hot


Story Overview:
Judah Brody meets William Slater and it's loathe at first sight. 

Jude had spent his whole life in his famous brother’s shadow. Returning to New Orleans seemed like a good idea now that Levi was back home. But Jude couldn’t turn around without something of Levi’s getting in his way. In this case it’s Levi’s best friend, a three hundred pound knuckle-dragger named Slayer, who likes strippers, football, porn and making Jude’s life miserable—not necessarily in that order. 

William Slater’s season couldn’t get much worse. He lost his house to fire, his contract was set to expire, and his prospects of getting picked up by another team were slim to none. House sitting for his best friend was the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak New Orleans winter. Until Levi’s stuck up nerd of a brother came to stay. 

A freak winter snow storm, deep familial secrets, and a whole lot of male/male bonding wasn't exactly in the game plan. But bragging rights were on the line and there wasn’t an offside chance in hell of this game going into overtime

My Review:
Whew, where to even start this review? I stayed up half the night last night devouring this book. I have just loved this entire series and this book was right up there with the other two. 

I don't think I've ever read a more unlikely couple than Jude and Slayer. Jude is uptight, repressed, ice-man...on the surface. Slayer is homophobic, rough, outspoken (most times too much so)...on the surface. 

At first sight, they hate each other...and honestly that doesn't change much throughout the book. I know you're sitting there asking....Wait, isn't this a romance? Yes, it is. For these two, fighting is most definitely foreplay. They give each other a really difficult time and then somehow always end up making out. And that's saying something since both of them are most definitely straight...well, kind of. LOL

The one thing both these guys have in common is Levi, Jude's brother and Slayer's best friend. And they both are completely blown away by the revelations that have come out about him...gay, flamboyant, cross-dressing, dancing diva Levi or Livy, his other personality. Neither of these guys had ANY clue and they are both confused and feeling a little hurt and betrayed that he didn't trust them enough to share. And how can he be gay?!? No signs of that whatsoever...so they are both questioning a lot of things. Add to that they are living together and things just kind of happen, much to the shock of BOTH of them. And there is a whole lot more story to all that. Reasons why they can't be gay, regardless to all the evidence saying that they are.  

The book was a great read. Neither one of these guys are ones that I expected to connect to like I did. This is a great example of gay-for-you storyline and I loved how emotional both these guys became when faced with each other. For me, their romance worked because they became human together. They fight like nothing else, but even that...they are pushing each other and in the end, that becomes a good thing. 

Both the other couples from the other two books play heavily into this book and I loved seeing them again, although my heart hurt for Bo and Dylan all over again. That was a difficult story line, but in the end it made sense. It was good to see Levi getting a better handle on who he is too. I loved the scenes between him and Jude, which weren't always positive. They definitely have their issues and they didn't magically go away. Their relationship worked for me. I do love Levi's reactions to the Jude and Slayer combo.

Mercy Celeste has talked in the past about this being the final book in the series. I hope that's not still the case. It felt like she left the story open for more books....maybe Angel?? I'm crossing my fingers....

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