Mercy Celeste – Offside Chance (Southern Scrimmage #3)

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Author: Mercy Celeste
Reviewed by: JustJen
Publisher: MJC Press
Genre: M/M Sports
ISBN: n/a

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:   Judah Brody meets William Slater and it’s loathe at first sight.

Jude had spent his whole life in his famous brother’s shadow. Returning to New Orleans seemed like a good idea now that Levi was back home. But Jude couldn’t turn around without something of Levi’s getting in his way. In this case it’s Levi’s best friend, a three hundred pound knuckle-dragger named Slayer, who likes strippers, football, porn and making Jude’s life miserable—not necessarily in that order.

William Slater’s season couldn’t get much worse. He lost his house to fire, his contract was set to expire, and his prospects of getting picked up by another team were slim to none. House sitting for his best friend was the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak New Orleans winter. Until Levi’s stuck up nerd of a brother came to stay.

A freak winter snow storm, deep familial secrets, and a whole lot of male/male bonding wasn’t exactly in the game plan. But bragging rights were on the line and there wasn’t an offside chance in hell of this game going into overtime

Review:  Wow, where to start?  Judah and Slater are one hot mess of a couple, or are they not a couple?  They are both so completely against being gay that they spend almost the entire story fighting it.  And that’s just one of their issues!  Jude is one messed up dude, and Slater isn’t much better.  He has issues that go back to his childhood and branch out from there, making him a distant and very difficult to get to know person.  Slater sees through most of that though, and the two form a friendship while sharing Levi’s townhouse.  Of course, most of it is hot sex, but an underlying friendship blossoms as well.

I had a very dificult time suspending my belief that two “straight” guys would ever act the way these two did.  But putting that aside, they were unbelievably hot together.  It definitely makes for a different kind of relationship and one that I don’t think I’ve ever read about before.

But, these guys aren’t the only ones here with issues.  I think every couple in this story is going through one type of problem or another, both individually and as couples.  Levi and Tracy, Bo and Dylan, etc., all had things going on.  I kept thinking they could all benefit from some extensive group therapy, but they did eventually manage to work through some of their problems.

I’ve been a huge fan of this series, starting with Bo and Dylan in Six Ways from Sunday.  Unfortunately, I think they set the bar pretty high in their story, as I seem to not be enjoying the others quite as much.  But quite a bit happens in Offside Chance, and it was great to see the others again.  There are a few twists revealed, especially at the end, which I found surprising.  So, this was a nice addition to the series, and I definitely look forward to seeing more from these guys now that they seem to have things on track.

 

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