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"A beautiful story of love and acceptance, of friendship and hardship. This is a fast read that will break your heart and piece it back together." -Laurianne D., Goodreads
"A beautiful love story." -Suzette P., Goodreads
"The journey our main characters went through, the pain, the struggles but mostly the friendship that was shown in this was absolutely beautiful. It was wonderful. I fully recommend this book." -Mag D., NetGalley
"A slow burn delight." -Erika C., NetGalley
"This was a very sweet NA M/M story. Secrets and hurt feelings cause plenty of angst for the two main characters Grant and Darryn. It's a very PG read in terms of heat but it touches on some very serious subjects in a heartfelt way." -Michelle C., Goodreads
"A sweet read." -Shirley Q., Goodreads
"Rough and Tumble is an extremely sweet romance." -Kessa P., NetGalley
"There was humor, danger, tough issues handled with care and a sweet romance to offset the not so sweet moments. I've also got to say that the parents were refreshingly adorably supportive. This is my first read by Shae Connor and I'm pretty sure it won't be my last." -Creative Deeds Reads
- Publication date : November 9, 2020
- File size : 1374 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 168 pages
- Publisher : Entangled: Embrace (November 9, 2020)
- ASIN : B08KP1HQT3
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #537,434 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately the book just really didn’t live up to the possibilities of the blurb. After Grant discovers Darryn sexing up a new boyfriend in their room in the opening scene, Grant and Darryn spend the majority of the book apart and, given that the whole book is Grant’s first person narration, we never really get to see them interact or click or even clash - these two tend to handle uncomfortable feelings by hiding from each other or not taking - super realistic for a pair of 19 year olds, but not super interesting as a reader.
In fact, for a book that centers around some pretty dramatic content (see CWs at the end of this review, which have spoilers) this read felt weirdly tame and unemotional. There was nothing wrong with the writing, technically, but I think a good editor needed to pull this book apart and re-structure the plot or the narration to make it feel more like a romance novel.
CW: Domestic violence, both physical and emotional, on page as a major plot point, emotional manipulation by a secondary character, injuries, hospital stays, sexual content
Romance, Contemporary, LGBT (M/M)
Audience: New Adult
Trigger warning: physical and mental abuse
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This novel is about Grant who walks on his college roommate, best friend, and secret crush, with another man. Grant has always assumed that Darryn was straight, but the realization comes with a shock and a loss. I won’t go into too many details because I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone. I’ll say that this story follows the aftermath of this discovery and what love can do to make things right when they can be very wrong.
Grant, the main character, is like any athlete, focused, and he still pushes forward despite what goes havoc in his life. He tries to find himself and fights for the future he wants. Grant has a wonderful support system with his family. He also meets new great friends along the way. What I like about him is that he fights for what he believes in even if his temper gets the best of him at times or the situation is against him.
The romance is one hell of a ride. Between a toxic relationship and the path to healing, the two of them learn a lot about each other but also about themselves. This is more of a slow burn and a beautiful story.
Now, there are a few things that bugged me in this story. I didn’t quite understand the beginning of the story. Their reaction was very confusing because the action and words said weren’t in tune. It made little sense to me. Also, the main character tends to be on the whiny side, which doesn’t do well with me.
With that said, I thought that the toxic relationship was well done in a way that the author educates the reader on the topic. The characters discuss how to recognize early signs of mental (and physical) abuse. The discussion helps us understand the situation. A support system and love are two important factors in this situation and it’s shown perfectly. The author did a good job of showing how difficult the situation can difficult to navigate and how it can quickly escalate to dangerous. Also, the healing and romance were beautiful and tender. Finally, the story follows two gymnasts and this was very new to me. I very much enjoy that part.
Overall, despite a few elements that didn’t bode well with me, this story is a beautiful story of love and acceptance, of friendship and hardship. This is a fast read that will break your heart and piece it back together.
This begins a toxic relationship between Darryn and Rich, and leaves Grant wallowing in remorse for not saying something sooner. I will admit the story does drag a bit while Grant kicks himself around watching Darryn in his new relationship, but there is also purpose behind it which does all make sense by the end. Although I'm also going to admit, as a reader I'm there wanting that HEA for Darryn and Grant sooner.
Grant is really a sweet guy and you want the best for him, no matter how much you want to scream and shout to stop wallowing, but that is also what makes him a really great guy, he's always got your back.
College is certainly a time where you are trying to find yourself and might get lost along the way. Rough and Tumble is story that highlights those mistakes and pitfalls that young adults fall into, but hopefully don't mess up too much that they can't get out of, especially with the help of a good friend and a little love.
Shae Connor is a new author for me, along with the sport of men's gymnastics. The writing is excellent and I did enjoy the gymnastics portions, if anything the pacing was a bit sluggish, but the topic of toxic relationships, especially in males, is overlooked and I respected Shae for tackling it.