Straight From the Heart (Exception to the Rule Book 3) by Kimberly Gardner ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Straight From the Heart Title: Straight From the Heart (Exception to the Rule Book 3)

Author: Kimberly Gardner

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Dar Albert

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


College student Kyle diStefano is having trouble paying his tuition. So when he hears about a job as team mascot with the accompanying full scholarship it seems like the perfect solution. Except he knows nothing about football. But why should that stop him?

Known as the Big Cock on Campus, Dave Masterson never lets his antics with the ladies interfere with his true love, playing NCAA football. But when his coach suggests the team do some off-season conditioning at the ballet barre, most of the guys scoff. Only Dave takes him seriously.

With Dave’s knowledge of football and Kyle’s knowledge of ballet, it seems each has exactly what the other needs, except they play for different teams. Or do they?

Kyle knows one sure path to heartbreak is falling for the straight jock who’s teaching him the rules of the game. Dave falling for another man is going to mean nothing but trouble. But neither man can seem to help himself.

When a public display of affection casts doubt on Dave’s NFL dream, he is forced to make a choice. Stay with the game plan or call an audible straight from the heart.

Kimberly Gardner was recently a guest of Prism Book Alliance. Be Sure to check out their guest post here.

PizzyGirl’s View:

This was such a fun and mostly lighthearted romance. It is the story of Kyle the out and proud dance major, and Dave, the straight until Kyle football player. There were so many fun moments and the humor was well done. I loved the internal thoughts Kyle had and I loved the interaction between the two men when they were learning ballet and football. I just wish there were more of those moments. The blurb was heavily focused on the aspect of each man teaching the other either ballet or football, but this was actually a very small portion of the story itself. This was also my favorite of the men’s interactions so I was saddened to see that the blurb was rather misleading.

Dave and Kyle’s relationship was adorable. With butterflies in the stomach and secret kisses. It was cute. Of course, the blurb tells the truth and the whole “gay” title gets in the way of true love. I really hurt for Kyle when Dave just casually threw out the comments about not being gay and that he didn’t like sleeping with men or that the NFL was what mattered. I knew this was going to happen, but I was so caught up in the romance that I forgot and was so hopeful for Kyle to get his man. The author wove such a cute story that I forgot there was supposed to be angst.

I really liked the ending. I loved the way Dave came out and I loved that the outcome was realistic. Just because this was a romance, everything didn’t end perfectly. The ending talks of the haters and the backlash of coming out. That even though they are in love, they still have to deal with the homophobic assholes of the world. This was a great ending to a humorous yet serious story. I felt happy throughout most of the tale and can’t wait for more from this author. Will Mike get a story?


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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