- File Size: 2210 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1988260426
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: KA Books (September 19, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07XX9V86D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Otherwise, this is a pretty good book, well written as are all of Ms. Andrews' works, and with a steady build up of passion and regret, enthusiasm and anxiety, and dirty little things that come as big surprises. The biggest surprise of all is how dominant Cody is as a sexual partner when the two of them eventually hook up, and how supple and deeply submissive Liam turns out to be. Don't get me wrong--this is not a deep BDSM trip, it's really a personality clash that melds when the board shorts come off and it's totally unique in many ways.
There is a lot of Australian lingo here and a superb supporting cast of lifeguards, friends and family, as well as the usual angst that a deeply closeted late 30s Australian football legend would likely go through if he were trying to sort his sexuality out without destroying himself, his lover, his legend or his not-a-clue family.
In the end Ms. Andrews comes through splendidly, but there could have been a few less days at the beach.
This is the story of 34 year old Liam, veteran lifeguard and formed Aussie rules football star, who is DEEPLY closeted, and 20 year old Cody, trainee lifeguard originally from Canada who is out and not bothered by people knowing it.
Liam has an excessive amount of internalized homophobia and while that can be annoying in a character, I was okay with it here. He’s a deeply sensitive man who unfortunately demonstrated athletic ability as a boy and was shoved into the very macho world of Aussie football, which combined with his virulently homophobic father just broke him. There’s a significant age difference that didn’t matter at all because Liam’s development had been so thwarted that he was a mess, while Cody was calm, patient, caring, a strong communicator and caretaker- Cody was definitely the dominant/strong one in their relationship (and I’m not talking sexually, although that dynamic was also handled really well- I don’t like BDSM, but this was more emotional healing/release than a D/s relationship).
While this all sounds heavy, it isn’t. The book reads “light” and there’s plenty of sexy times.
The heartache of rejection and the challenge of helping someone to take a healing first step is balanced with seriously gay hot sex!
I'm going to bed now but I'll be back for more!
Top international reviews
Humour, slow build hot romance, diverse, interesting, believable characters and what I would imagine was a good insight into the role of a lifeguard in Australia. All with a thread of homophobia running through it.
Really liked the MC's and think the front cover depicts them perfectly. Not too heavy a read despite the angst Liam feels throughout most of the book, the drama from the rescues and the emotional drama too.
Another goodie by this author.
I'd really recommend this book if your looking for a hot romance with a big emotional pull.
The other characters were all really likeable and the bond between all the friends was written really well. I'd have liked Mia to be a bit more of the story with Cody.
It's nice how it wasn't a perfect happy ending and that his Liam's parents still were not on his side, made it more realistic. Deffo worth a read!
Cute cameo from Ethan and Clay (Honeymoon for one) was a sweet touch.