Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: John Solo
Summary: 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.
This is the best Andrew Grey story I’ve read/listened to in a long time. Don’t get me wrong—I generally like his work, and I don’t think anything can surpass my love for the Farm series featuring Eli and Geoff, but this comes close. It had everything I love—a disorganized, beefy, good-looking football player (Hunter) in need of an organized, sweet, cute, geeky nerd (Monty) to get his life back on track. The football player quickly starts to appreciate the nerd, but the course of building their relationship does not run smoothly.
When Hunter finally accepts that he needs someone to help keep him organized, he asks for a female Personal Assistant so he won’t get sidetracked by a woman who insists on flirting with him. But what he gets is Monty, who happens to be in the right place at the right time to get the job, and turns out to be everything Hunter needed in one geeky package.
And although he doesn’t know football, he knows how to handle other people and gets Hunter out of trouble in both work and in his home life. Of course, he also gets Hunter into more of a problem with his “freeloader” father, but that’s something Hunter has been putting off facing for a long time and eventually turns out to be for the better when Hunter and his dad finally air some long-held grievances.
And as for the romance? It’s not a quick roll in the hay, and it actually takes a while to develop. Both men are great together, and by the time everything works out for them, I was ready to cheer for their HEA.
I enjoyed John Solo’s narration as well. I don’t know if he’s getting so much better, or if I’m getting used to him, but I suspect the former, and I really liked the variety of voices he provided for this story.
The characters were both totally different, and yet both had an inner sweetness wrapped around a core of steel. The situations were realistic and enjoyable, and I found it difficult to put this one down—something that’s always a problem when I’m reading a good story.
To succinctly summarize what I’m saying: This is a fast-paced, highly enjoyable, light-hearted MM romance set in the sports world. The audiobook is terrific and will provide hours of enjoyment whether walking, driving in a car, or simply taking a break from the real world. Highly recommended.