Double Full (A Nice Guy Novel #1) Book Review *Kindle Alexander*
Synopsis: Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.
Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?
Kindle Alexander is a new to me author I had the honor of meeting at this year’s Gay Rom Lit. I had noticed the cover to Double Full (A Nice Guy Novel #1) was floating around the internet, her self published sports romance because the cover is hot. Yes, I admit I’m a sucker for the man titty covers, and Double Full has full on luscious man titty. I haven’t read many Gay Sports Romances and decided to give Double Full a shot. I’m glad I did because this is one romance I really enjoyed because of the great writing and the explosive chemistry between the main couple.
Double Full begins in the spring of 2003 with some naughty locker room sex between Colton Michaels, star quarterback for Texas Longhorn University and Jace Montgomery, a cheerleader. Jace is fully out as a gay man, while Colton, who Jace thought was straight, keeps his sexuality a secret because of Colton’s larger than life status on campus and his shot at the NFL as a first round draft pick. Colton has wanted Jace for a long time, and Jace has always been attracted to Colton. Because of Colton’s feeling for Jace that’s been driving him crazy, he gives into the temptation, and he and Jace have a steamy encounter in the men’s locker room. Jace thinks this is a onetime thing, but Colton surprises him and asks Jace to spend a week with him in Hawaii before they graduate from college. Their week long fling is something deeper as both men not only soak up the sun and the sand, but each other. Colton wants to be with Jace but he can’t be “out”. Jace accepts this as long as they can be together somehow, even if it’s in secret. Unfortunately for Colton, his father finds out about Jace and beats Colton up because he refuses to have a son who’s a homosexual, and may ruin his chances at the NFL because of the homophobia that’s rampant in that sport. Colton decides to give up Jace, which destroys Jace emotionally.
Things pick up ten years later. Colton is the star of the New York Panthers, practically an alcoholic and engaged to a Russian model who’s blackmailing him. Colton hates his life even though he’s rich and a sports hero. He has missed Jace, his one true love, but has no idea how to get Jace back and for them to be together. He feels all hope is lost for him and drinks alcohol to escape the pain.
Jace is now a successful business man and owner of a popular cheerleading gym. His life is pretty great but he still has regrets, one being his love affair with Colton who he feels used him and lied to scratch an itch he had. He ended up buying a house in Hawaii where he and Colton had their week long love fest, and he goes there to reevaluate his life after he finds out Colton is getting married. He’s in for a surprise when Colton shows up, now sober because of going to rehab, as well as leaving his blackmailing fiancé at the altar. Colton is tired of the act he shows the world and wants to be with Jace even though it could ruin his career, reputation and disowned by his hateful father who would have no problems killing Colton because of his love for Jace.
Both men take a leap, and their reunion is better the second time around. But there’s a lot of pressure for Colton to leave Jace and stay in line. Colton won’t let anyone tell him what to do, including Jace who’s willing to walk away from Colton for his well being. But Colton won’t make the same mistake twice with Jace, even if it means he may lose everything, including his life.
Double Full is a must read for fans of Gay Romance, as well as those who enjoy Sport Romance. I was really impressed by how Kindle showed Colton and Jace’s love for one another. These two men click so well, not only with their psychical attraction for one another, but their personalities. Both jump off the pages and you will be fully invested in their romance from page one. The love scenes simmer with intensity and raw emotion and desire. Colton is a big giver when it comes to Jace, and both are very adorable together because they give into their attraction to one another easily by kissing and something as simple hand holding.
The word “baby” used during sex was a bit too much. Also a big twist toward the end comes out of the blue and doesn’t really flow well with the overall story. It’s along the lines of a cliffhanger that’s supposed to keep the reader interested in reading the next book. It concerns a type of mystery where Colton is a victim of the crime, and because of the outcome, there’s some last minute drama that I felt was jarring. Also Colton’s father and his horrid fiancé are very one-dimensional and cartoonish, which may annoy readers.
Even with my issue regarding this sudden twist and maniacal cartoonish villains, Double Full was a satisfying romance between two men, that when all is said and done, are perfect for one another. (Self-published, $3.99)
Final Grade: B
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