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- Print Length: 196 pages
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- Publication Date: January 25, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0794Y7BVS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Deion, a pro football player, is sidelined with a possible career ending injury when he visits his ex-teammate Josh, happily partnered up with massage therapist Benji (see HeartShip for their story) in Miami. Josh and Benji have opened up their own clinic offering personal training and massage and are up front that they'd like Deion to move to Miami if he doesn't get back into the NFL, but Deion is not ready to consider anything other than playing ball. In Miami he meets Carlos Kelly, a set designer from a big, traditional Puerto Rican family and a friend of Benji's. They'd met once before when Deion had visited and there had been a vibe between them, but one neither was ready to explore. Well, now they are ready.
Finding excuses to spend time together, Deion and Carlos explore more than just friendship. Their sexual affair is an exploratory one, neither having been with a man before and soon they have trouble keeping their hands off each other. The consequences of 'coming out' are unknown, with Carlos's family members a toss-up as to whether they'd accept him being with a man and Deion sure to have issues with the NFL. And besides, their arrangement is only supposed to last for 4 weeks. What will they do when they find themselves wanting more than just a fling?
I loved this story! (and hello, hella sexy cover!). It's a lighthearted, fun and very steamy romance, with lots of laughs as well as emotional heart tugging moments. Benji and Josh are the perfect welcoming committee for Deion who is worried about what the future holds and needs a place to let things go for a bit. His attraction to Carlos is returned equally from the start, and though they shyly admit to each other that they are bisexual (for Deion a big revelation to get out in the open for the first time), they are eager to figure out what that means for them in the bedroom. The sex scenes delve into realism not often seen in a romance book but make it that much more authentic for the characters. Carlos's Puerto Rican heritage and family are integral to the story as is the football culture that Deion is used to. It adds another layer of complexity to their vacation fling.
With time ticking, Deion and Carlos's relationship goes from fun to more serious but with no easy answer as to what to do when Deion has to return home. Difficult choices need to be made on both sides, but the end result is a happy ending and sweet epilogue. Chalk up another romance for my 'best of 2018' folder!
Overall this was a pretty fluffy read with low angst (though there is some regarding coming out, vacation aspect of relationship, and NFL career of one of the MCs).
Content warnings: on page sex (including oral, anal, rimming, and handjobs), instances of friends discussing MCs sexuality behind their back and trying to define it for/about them, one MC kinda ghosts other MC after an argument but they talk about it (decent communication in this story!).
Carlos and Deion are fantastic characters. It’s easy to connect with their struggles in finding new aspirations when career or health or talent doesn’t work out like you dreamed. It’s an ugly secret of adulthood that sometimes giving everything you have doesn’t guarantee everything you want, and when you get there you might not want it anymore. Growing up means growing - even when that’s outgrowing perceptions of yourself.
Plus excellent family and friends who are loving and supportive; lots of m/m romances insist on family and/or friends being obstacles and while that is true for too many people it’s fantastic to see a love story where that worry is unfounded.
I liked the cultural specificity, although I wished that could be a stronger aspect.
I loved that both guys had friends and family to lean on and they didn't disappear into a vortex of two people where no one else existed.
I liked that they talked about what they wanted from each other, and talked some more when what they wanted changed.
I liked both of the heroes a great deal as people, they seemed like guys I would want to get to know. Great read.
I found one (1) typo, in the last bit of the book, which is remarkably good.
Though I loved that Cousins included the devastation that Hurricane Maria caused - like, loved that a lot - I found the epilogue a little less tightly-written. But that last chapter, man. It pulled all my heartstrings.
Most recent customer reviews
While I did adore both Deion and Carlos, I just didn’t get what I did from HeartShip with Josh and Benji.Read more
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