Title: The Playmaker
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Currently a Standalone
Genre: M/M Contemporary/Sports Romance/LBGTQ
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Nov 2016
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
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 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 is very different for the other players, and he might have to choose between two loves: football and Monty.
Surprised? Shocked? Wondering if I’d a stroke or something? Well, as you know, I don’t read M/M. It is not that I don’t like it. In fact, I used to read M/M/F all the time. I still read F/F and F/F/M but straight M/M…no. Now I know why. Because I never read an Andrew Grey book. Yep, it is Mr. Grey that finally got this stubborn ass to read our of her comfort zone and I will say that I will not ever look back. Mr. Grey has a fan for life.
What I really enjoyed about the book is that the characters were very realistic. I love sports and I hate when its okay for a woman to be gay in sports but it’s NOT okay for a man. I know, it’s a double standard and we want out men to men but come on? It’s the 21st century, not the 19th century. Okay, I’ll stop with my rant and back to the review.
Hunter is so conflicted and heartbroken. Not to mention that his dad is an ass and a mother that never really stopped her husband, for that matter. He deserved what he got in the middle of the book but then he did something that I, personally, wouldn’t have forgiven him for. Honestly, I couldn’t stand him. You aren’t supposed to like him, so Mr. Grey did his job. I loved Hunter. He had some things besides being gay that will make your heart weep but with the help of Monte, he does overcome it.
Monte is hilarious. He never backs down when it comes to Hunter. I loved that about him. In the end, though, I thought that he gave up too easily. He needed to fight more for his relationship with Hunter. I also liked his relationships with his sister, her partner and his mother. Sure, he had to say something, finally, to his mother.
I also liked how Hunter’s teammates liked Monte, too. They accepted him without reservations and the relationship that the men had. It was sweet and endearing.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough. It has a sweet romance with a couple of smexy times. Relationship problems that anyone can relate to and let’s face it…it has football players.
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 works in information systems for a large corporation.
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.