Mike knew he was making a mistake when he let the rookie climb into bed with him. He just didn't know it'd be a mistake that would follow him for the rest of his life.
A gamut of feels pouring out of each chapter. That...that is why I love reading. There is so much mixed and packed in this book : unforgettable characters, a whirlwind of light and angst, it’s scorching hot, it’s deep, it’s fun, it’s painful, it’s raw, it’s emotional,….It figuratively put me down on my knees.
To be honest, I didn’t really knew what this would be about : for once, I barely looked at the blurb, didn’t read any reviews. I thought it would be another sport romance, with an age-gap, some of my preferred tropes. How wrong I was. Yes, there is that, but it’s **SO MUCH MORE**: it’s also a beautiful and powerful life-tale and a true love story.
Yes, the title of the book and its cover make so much sense, now...it's poignant !!!
Through present tense and Mike’s POV, the author made sure I was breathing Mike and Liam. I loved Mike, grumpy, practical, hardy and protective, and I loved Liam, fiery, relentless and confident, and I couldn’t not be unaffected by their life, their battles and their love story:
“I’m not tiny,” Fitzgerald says, sounding offended. “I’m concentrated.”Going straight to my “absolute favorite” shelf. I know I will revisit Liam and Mike.
"…being the kind of annoying that circles right back into endearing"
“Aww, it’s like watching a chihuahua pester a rottweiler”…Liam sputters with indignation…”At least make me a fucking terrier or something.”. Terrier honestly works. Fucking tenacious little shit that never runs out of energy ? Sounds like Liam.
“Liam grins at him, unrepentant…He forgot how hard that grin hit him. Liam heads out…then, and Mike follows, because he can’t do anything else.”
“He has Liam, though, and maybe that’s not much, maybe that’s not enough, but in this moment, it suits him just fine.
“When I was eighteen years old, I fell in love for the first and only time. When I was eighteen, I fell in love with a man, a fellow player, an enforcer.”
“You’d think, after preparing for years, knowing the way things would end for over a decade, the big picture if not the details, that it would hurt a little less when it happened, that it might even be a relief. It doesn’t, and it wasn’t. Sometimes it feels like it hurts more every single day.”
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