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Down by Contact (The Barons) Kindle Edition
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I listened to this one. I liked Simeon’s voice all right (although the narrator needs to invest in higher quality recording equipment). He did Gavin’s voice in Barons #1. Simeon is from New Orleans, and Adrian repeatedly comments on his accent. I didn’t hear a lot of New Orleans in his voice. Adrian’s voice didn’t work for me either. He’s a boricua (parents from Puerto Rico), but he had little of that or NYC in his accent.
Voices aside, the sex in this was hot. The two men find themselves working together at a youth center after fighting on the field. Simeon is openly gay. Adrian makes constant homophobic jokes. They used to be friends, now they hate each other. Somehow or other, they start playing a game of gay/straight chicken. Each trying to make the other uncomfortable by sexual talk or whatnot. This part got confusing for me. Simeon wanted to teach Adrian a lesson about what it was like to be gay by making Adrian discover his hidden attraction to men. This felt mean because sometimes they were friends and sometimes not.
This was a Simeon different from the one in book one. This one felt harder and more calculating. Adrian did screw up and say horrible things about Simeon on social media, but he was being a bit of an idiot. Simeon knew what he was doing.
Anyhow, this book was up and down for me. I liked and disliked both characters throughout the book. They both continued to act like idiots. But, they were both drawn to each other.
Again, the pluses: gritty, dirty boy talk & hot sex. I guess reality won me over on this one, because how often do we have a clear story arc in real life?
These guys are very funny. I love how open and honest Adrian is, even if he has to humble himself. Simeon is very thoughtful and one of my favorite parts of this book is when he uses Adrian's own words against him in a conversation. I actually gasped when I realized what Simeon had just uttered. When these two connect physically it is SMOKING HOT.
Reading a book by Santino Hassell feels like a mini-vacation to another land. I don't know the (urban) landscape but I enjoy his thorough descriptions. I don't know the language very well, but it seems genuine and authentic, and I'm always up for learning. Urban Dictionary was a great source when I needed translations. :)
I'm very hopeful that there will be another book in this series.
After a fight during a preseason game, two players end up doing community service at a children's center as they wait out their game suspension. At first, the two players hate each other. But, after a long game of chicken, in which the "straight"one instigates, the two go from flirting to all the way. Simeon is very comfortable with his sexuality, but he sees in Adrian a very closeted ex-friend in need of an ally. They go from enemies, to friends, to lovers to soulmates in the span of this most wonderful book. The sex scenes are ridiculously hot, and the characters, all of them, are ridiculously genuine and well drawn out. I loved the cameos with Brawley and talk of his man, from the first book as well.