Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Down By Contact by Santino Hassell

Title: Down By Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
My Rating: A

Genre: Sports Romance (m/m) 
Series: The Barons #2
Main Characters: Simeon and Adrian
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Intermix
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact. 

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

My Review:
I truly don't think I could love this series any more. Seriously, this entire football team needs to turn gay so this series can go on and on and on. Needless to say, this book was FABULOUS!! I adored it!

So, I loved the first book and I don't think any book will ever replace it as my favorite, but this one was really, really close. 

For a few months, Simeon played on the Predators practice team. He hated that team filled with dirty, homophobic players. The only person that he got along with was Adrian, but when Simeon left the team, Adrian took it personally and since then has talked trash about him whenever he gets the chance. The conflict has continued onto the field every time they play. This all comes to a head on the first preseason game when the Predators and the Barons face one another. This is also the first game since it's been revealed that Simeon is gay. 

Adrian gets in his face and things get out of control. Their antics result with them both on a six game suspension and having to do community service together at a NY youth center and things develop from there in the most brilliant way. Gah, I loved these two together so much. At first it is all about the conflict. I loved how at different times they would both pull back and stop, realizing just how stupid and immature they were acting. I really loved those instances of reality. 

But as things start to develop, Adrian starts to question things about himself. With the upbringing he's had, anything on the queer scale wasn't even a possibility. It truly never even occurred to him that he could rank elsewhere on the sexuality scale, but hanging out with Simeon is making him question all of that. It was a slow realization and it felt so realistic reading about it. I loved how he slowly came to recognize things about himself. 

When the entire thing came to a head, I couldn't have been more excited. Those final scenes seriously played out PERFECTLY. My emotions were all over the place in the very best way while reading it. 

I adored this book...and seriously, cannot wait for more from this series. I love it all so much. Bring on the next book...as quickly as possible!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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