- File Size: 520 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0194D7IF8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love on the Pitch (Love On... Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This is Warren's story, but it could very well have been Tom's if the focus came from his POV. You now what's happening pages and pages before Warren figures it out, and it sort of stresses credibility when Tom reveals the secret of the plot at the end. By then you have already figured it out, but at least Plakcy delivers it in a brilliant monologue by Tom to soothe your way to the end.
I look forward to rereading this book at some point as it was so enjoyable.
5 stars for all of the cast but Victor.
Love On the Pitch was a quick, enjoyable read narrated by a clueless, lovable jock. I read the book from page one until the end in one sitting in a few short hours. I was entertained, finding the pacing swift, the characters engaging, the between-the-sheets action hot for the most part, and the storyline more than slightly frustrating.
Warren is a bit down on himself after not meeting his lifetime goal. While he did make it into the NFL, he didn't succeed in being anything but a bench warmer for an entire season before he was removed from the team. Lost, he goes back to his center- his best friend with benefits, where he tries to find a slice of life to call his own.
Always being on a football team, Warren was missing that connection he'd only feel being a part of something greater. In walks Victor, a man offering the chance to play Rugby. He meets a teammate who is in need of a dedicated employee, which is another opportunity to be apart of another team.
Warren, Thom, and the entire side cast of characters were fun, quirky, and a joy to read. Even the oddball clients at the gym were developed. However, Victor was the blankest, most apathetic character. The ex had more passion and drive than Victor did (I'd read this man in a heartbeat). I'm not stating this because of a bias- Erica loves Thom more than Victor. Victor is a housing inspector, a rugby player, and an ex-luge runner. That's all I know of him, which means that's all Warren knows of him too. Yet I knew why Warren's female client was exercising, and about the time she spent with her son, but nothing of the love interest. At least I knew how many languages Warren's boss spoke- & he was a pretty cool character too. I knew too much about sports equipment by the end of the novel, but nothing of Victor's interests.
I enjoyed being inside Warren's head, but some things just didn't add up. The entire book is written to create an unlikely triangle. Warren, his BFF with benefits- Thom- and Victor. Through the narrator, the author tells us how much chemistry Warren has with Victor, but it's not written on the pages. Warren is stuck on how hot they are together, when Victor was nothing but apathetic the entire time. Just going through the motions, and I wasn't sure why Victor was doing it at all, to be honest.
Yes, they have sexy time. The 2nd time, Victor says how he doesn't want to rush and how he's going to take all night... 5 minutes later Warren is leaving. I felt nothing but apathy between the pair, so that ruined the triangle of the story for me. Warren would literally only get a single text from Victor a week, but would think about how he's falling in love with the man. Falling in love with what exactly? You have to know the person to find something to love in them. What conversations? "You still coming to practice on Saturday?" repeat weekly.
In the quest to build a triangle, forcing the readers to want one love interest over the other, it was to the point I didn't trust Warren's intelligence.
I know I sound nitpicky, and I wish I didn't, because most of Love on the Pitch was beyond entertaining. As I said, I loved Warren for the most part. But as a reader, I need to respect the narrator, and it was to the point I wasn't able to do so because of how the storyline was written. Basically, I felt like the true lovers were shortchanged- the evolution of their love was overshadowed by a third party who didn't want to be there himself. I was good with the Frat doggie pile, so it's not a monogamy issue with me. I wish there was some resolution too, maybe an epilogue showing the couple together and some aftermath of the breakup with the other. But the book just... ends.
Do I recommend this book and series: Yes, my problem with Victor aside, it was an engaging, entertaining read. MM romance readers will lap this book up like cream.
Would I read more by this author: Yes. I hope the third of the triangle gets the next book in the series.