Wednesday, March 27, 2019

ARC Review: Blindsided by Eden Finley

Blindsided (Fake Boyfriend #4)
From the Blurb:

When Talon left to play pro ball six years ago, the hole in my chest confused me. I focused my heartache into making my own NFL dreams come true, and by the time I was drafted, the longing I had for my best friend was buried deep.Now he wants everything to be like it was in college, but we can't have threesomes and be reckless like we once were. The media storm would be enough to break both our careers.That's not my biggest concern though. The torch I had for him burns brighter after so long apart, and there's nothing I can do about it. Marcus Talon is straight.I need to stay away from him.
Years ago, Miller and I made a pact that we'd win a Super Bowl together. When I'm offered a position on his team in Chicago, I don't hesitate. I move across the country to chase a dream that's a decade old.Only, now that I'm here, he's avoiding me every chance he gets. If he was anyone else, I'd cut my losses.But this is Shane Miller--the guy who makes everything better just by existing in my universe. The guy I'd do anything for. The guy who's more to me than a brother, a friend, or even a teammate.I'm not going to let him get away.

Ky's rating:

Blindsided is both a sports romance and a friends to lovers story, two of my most favorite tropes!

Talon and Miller met at college and immediately became best friends. They shared some wild times but all that ended when their pro careers began.

Even though they were inseparable at college, after that they lost touch and became just acquaintances for a few years since they played for different teams and weren't in the same side of the continent very often.

Then Talon gets offered a position in the same team as Miller and he sees an opportunity to rebuild their friendship.

What follows is Talon's effort to get close to Miller again and Miller's insistence to keep distance between them. What Talon doesn't know, though, is that Miller harbors feelings for him. But Talon is straight so nothing can come of that...

An injury forces Miller to miss their first season as teammates after six years and move back home to recover. The physical distance may be growing between them once more but at the same time the two of them are closer than ever.

Talon starts realizing his feelings for Miller and once that happens he's all in and doesn't hold anything back.

The fist few months of their relationship were long distance but maybe that was for the best as it allowed them to build the emotional part of their connection.

The story takes place over about a year's time and both characters are very different at the end than they were when this story started.

They had to hide their relationship at first in order to protect their careers but I think that also served as a way to solidify them as a couple after spending so many years as friends.

The secondary characters are a mix of old and new faces. We see the couples from the previous books but we also meet many new players.

I really enjoyed getting to know Talon and Miller and seeing them become a couple. Blindsided is a low angst story full of good feels and cute moments. Perfect for a relaxing afternoon!

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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