Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Playmaker by Andrew Grey

Professional football player Hunter Davis is learning that saying he’s gay is very different from actively being in a relationship with another man—especially in the eyes of his teammates and fans. So when Hunter needs a personal assistant to keep him organized, he asks for a woman in order to prevent tongues from wagging.

Montgomery Willis badly needs to find work before he loses everything. There’s just one position at the agency where he applies, but the problem is, he’s not a woman. And he knows nothing about football. Still, Hunter gives him a chance, but only because Monty’s desperate.

Monty soon proves his worth by saving Hunter’s bacon on an important promotional shoot, and Hunter realizes he might have someone special working for him—in more ways than one. Monty’s feelings come to the surface during an outing in the park when Hunter decides to teach Monty a bit about the game, and pictures surface of them in some questionable positions. Hunter is reminded that knowing he’s gay and seeing evidence in the papers are two very different things for the other players, and he might have to choose between two loves: football and Monty.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a sweet sports romance. It is a simple story: Hunter, a professional football player, falls for Monty, his personal assistant.

Monty is endearing from the start. He sweeps into Hunter’s life and cares for the athlete like no one has before. Though there were times when his brand of bossy efficiency started to grate, I loved the way Monty was determined to protect Hunter, even from his own family.

Though Hunter is a football player, there is very little actual football in this story. With much of the story taking place in the off-season, we see more of Hunter working as a model or negotiating with sponsors than actually playing football. But Hunter really isn’t a dumb jock – he reads as a calculated businessman, fully aware of his worth and the limited window he has to make serious money from sponsors.

Together, Monty and Hunter are very sweet. I’m not sure about the conflict in the story. I struggled to believe that an openly gay athlete dating a man publicly would cause so much damage to the athlete’s career. I also hated the awkward miscommunication and Hunter’s fear. I did appreciate Hunter’s struggle to read and the interesting ideas the author presented about the lack of expectations for student athletes.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I grew very fond of both Monty and Hunter. This is my first sports romance from Andrew Grey and I’d like to read more.

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Playmaker by Andrew Grey to read and review.

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