Monday, June 13, 2016

Book Review: The Locker Room by Amy Lane

Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA.

But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could.

Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?

Jewel's rating:

No one makes me feel all the feelings quite like Amy Lane and The Locker Room is no exception. I read this book in a single sitting, and wow. Just wow.

The Locker Room takes us from the moment Xander and Chris meet when they're 14, until they are 28 with professional basketball careers. Their journey is full of hope and heartbreak as they try to navigate a course with too many obstacles and too much to lose. Xander only wants two things in his life -- Chris and basketball. And as long as he and Chris are together, they're unstoppable.

The first 14 years of Xander's life were exceptionally shitty and, while he could have followed his mom into the hole of drugs, he didn't want that. At all. He was very tall for his age and he liked basketball, which is how he met Chris. They met and bonded over a friendly game and Chris pretty much adopted him. And so did Chris's family. Thank goodness Xander managed to find a good example of a family. Being absorbed into Chris's family was the best thing that ever happened to Xander -- but it was also the best thing that ever happened to Chris. Through Xander, Chris was really able to shine and together they fly.

But this is an angsty Amy Lane book, so you know that nothing is going to be easy. Our boys will go through hell on the way to their happy. And you will cry, so bring tissues (extra large Costco size) and something to cuddle. You will need them. And tell everyone else to go away. Then just read.

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