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.
Holy crap, that was a RIIIIIDE, and what a ride it was, folks!
Freshman Shane Miller met sophomore Marcus Talon in college and immediately fell into bed, which continued for the next three years, until Marcus graduated and was drafted into the NFL.
Except, they were never alone. Nope. Every single time that they were together that way, there was always one (or more) women in bed between them. With an unspoken hard and fast (slight pun intended) rule was firmly in place. No touching one another.
Fast forward six years and Marcus had just signed with Shane's Chicago team, where they fell back into bed once again with a couple of jersey chasing female fans.
Shane thought this was a major setback, because he'd spent half a decade trying to get over hit feelings for Marcus, and found himself pining for his best friend more strongly than ever, with Marcus still thinking it was all fun and sexy games.
But when Marcus accidentally walked in on his roommate Matt and his boyfriend Noah (from book 2) naked, hard, and grinding on one another, unable to stop watching, something finally awoke in him regarding his attractions.
And it was pretty hilarious, TBH.
“I feel like a creep. For, like, watching and stuff.”I adored how Marcus' brother, Trey, was there to ease his concerns and would've loved for more on-page time for Trey, who was everything that an amazing big brother should be.
Jackson looks even more freaked out now. Great.
“Not for ages or anything. I was taken off guard, and I couldn’t move, and then it was all over, and I had to say something, or you would’ve thought I’d been there the whole time, but I wasn’t, and …”
Fuck, kill me now.
Then, just when the unknown mutual attractions might've been explored, Shane had a season-ending injury and ran 800 miles away, back to his family's home in New York, in hopes of saving his aching heart.
Gah! I *hate* separations in romance, but their time apart actually gave them a distance buffer to help sort out their emotions, discussing their feelings for one another over text and FaceTime.
When the season ended and Marcus went to New York to help Shane get back into shape for the upcoming season, that's when the sexy times, with no women in the room, finally began.
*Decade of Sexual Tension* Achievement, unlocked!
I can do this. It’s just sucking a dick. I’ve received countless blowjobs before, and no one ever choked to death, so it can’t be that hard.I loved how both guys were never concerned over who did what to whom, as long as they were both in it together. That doesn't always happen in romance, but I'm thrilled when it does.
Flip-flopping for the win.
“Oh, holy fucking cheese on a cracker.” Talon laughs again.However, out of the bedroom, for both MC's to have been big, confident, Alpha male types , this story was one big ole' game of emotional push and pull, guys. Big time.
“Guess I found your prostate.”
“Don’t stop finding it.”
I can't tell you how many times I yelled, "OMMFG, I fucking *hate* that shit!", only for Eden to almost immediately let me off the hook with a quick resolution to what I typically think of as clichéd behavior in romance.
And thank fuck for that, since I have the woman on Facebook speed dial for "feedback". heh
What can I say? I'm shy like that. ;- )
One of my favorite aspects of this story was how 5 of the 6 of the previous MC's were pulled back into this story, mostly to provide much-needed support and helpful advice when either Shane or Marcus were feeling lost and not knowing how to process their romantic feelings.
“I had no trouble wanting Damon, it’s not something everyone would be okay with. Not many guys wake up one day and go hmm, maybe I’ll try dick today.”In regards to snark and banter, we did get a lot of that, here, because let's face it, Marcus and Shane were filter-less smartasses to their very cores.
I laugh. “That’s how it was for you?”
“Sort of. I was more attracted to Damon as a person rather than to his cock. Although it turns out I’m fond of that too.”
““You were so heartbroken when he graduated and left. [...]. I chalked it up to hero worship. I’m glad you two got your act together after all this time.”The story did end with an HEA, including a final chapter from 3 years on, where every one of the plot threads was neatly wrapped up in a big, believable, happy red bow.
Talon grins. “Hero worshiping, huh? I can totally see that.”
I elbow him. Hard. He lets out an “Oomph.”
When I told my family my plan, my mom said I was romantic, Dad said I had balls of steel, and my brother said it was douchey.If I had to come up with one niggle, it would be that I occasionally had difficulty remembering which MC was narrating, as they were both sarcastic and snarky, so their on-page thoughts could be pretty similar in tone, unlike previous MC's, who were much more distinct.
I'd rate this story at around 4.25 stars and pray that either Eden pops out one more story in this series, or gives us a few follow-up shorts, as she's done with her previous books.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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