Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Blueprint by S.E. Harmon

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don’t fall in love with your best friend.

NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.

When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.

It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really enjoyed this story. Kelly was a hoot. Kelly and Blue have been best friends forever and they are always together. When Kelly's boyfriend asks him to marry him on the jumbotron, Kelly realizes what he really wants – Blue. Blue was sweet but by the time we got to the good parts of the story I wanted to smack him. He wanted to have his cake and eat it too. These two have such great chemistry right from the start and they do act like an old married couple. I shed a few tears because I hated how hurt Kelly was. I am glad he finally stood his ground, I was so proud of him. There wasn't a lot of angst in this book, but there were several steamy love scenes and, like I said, the chemistry was off the charts with these two. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars was because of the ending. It ended kind of abruptly and I wanted to know what happened after Blue made up his mind and what people thought and how it all played out.

Geeky physics professor Kelly knows that at some point he’s going to have to get over the feelings he has for his straight best friend Blue, an NFL star. But Blue’s mixed messages and possessive behaviour make it hard for Kelly to cut his losses and move on.

I loved this story and I really fell hard for both these men. Their lifelong friendship is inspiring and despite Blue’s celebrity job, he feels real and grounded. His fame is a non-issue in the book with the focus more on the gruelling physical and emotional demands of his job. I love the way their disparate friendship groups mix – Blue with Kelly’s academic friends and Kelly with Blue’s teammates. I wanted to hate Blue for leading Kelly on unfairly, but I couldn’t. At times his internal conflict is tortuous, and it is Kelly’s clarity and personal freedom that is enviable. This is as much a story about Blue taking control of his life as it is a romance.

The angst in this story is heartbreaking at times, but I love that the conflict between these two stays low key – they are believable lifelong friends who continue to care for each other even when the relationship is impossibly difficult for them both emotionally. When these two finally add sex to their friendship, the chemistry between them is combustible and the intimacy of their relationship is pretty crazy special.

Beyond the romance, this is a beautifully written story. I love the subtlety and nuance in the character development. I love the multifaceted characters and their complex relationships. I love the dialogue that feels real and the tiny observational details that bring the story to life.

S.E. HARMON has had a lifelong love affair with writing. It’s been both wonderful and rocky (they’ve divorced several times), but they always manage to come back together. She’s a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, and used to spend her time writing educational grants. She now splits her days between voraciously reading romance novels and hiding away someplace to write them. Her current beta reader is a nosy American Eskimo who begrudgingly accepts payment in the form of dog biscuits.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Blueprint by S.E. Harmon to read and review.

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