Blindsided (International Men of Sports) by T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

blindsidedTitle: Blindsided (International Men of Sports)

Author: T.A. Chase and Devon Rhodes

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance


When Liam is transferred to Melbourne, he’s blindsided by his growing feelings for the hottest lifeguard on the beach. Luckily Matty knows mouth-to-mouth…

How did alone turn into lonely? Rugby player Liam Holmes is forced to ponder that when he’s transferred from Canberra to Melbourne, away from his cousin and all that’s familiar. It’s part of playing pro, adjusting to a new team and teammates, but Liam finds himself searching for something more than his career.

Matty loves the beach and being a lifeguard is all he’s ever wanted to do. He notices the new hottie at the beach right away and wonders what his story is. When he encounters him at the pub, he takes the reserved league player under his wing and into his group of mates, and they soon become fast friends.

Friends isn’t all they want to stay, however. And once they give in to their attraction, the two are blindsided by the emotions that come with their deepening relationship. Can two men without any experience at relationships both navigate their way to steady ground?

Publisher’s Note: This book is part of a series related by theme only. It is a fully stand-alone book.

My View:

I thought this was a fun and rather cute romance. I liked Liam and Matty. Their journey from strangers to friends to lovers was angst free and at times adorable. Their initial attraction and “covert” flirting were well done and I often found myself chuckling. Once they discovered they each wanted more than friendship, they were HOT together but mostly they were very loving. I really liked that even though this was sports related, at no time did Liam or Matty hide their affection from others, even when warned to be discrete. Their budding relationship was really sweet at times and I liked reading their story.

I also liked the way the authors seemed to have done research into the behaviors of the Aussies and therefore the characters felt realistic, not like some stories where the characters feel fake or like they are trying to imitate the real thing but don’t quite get there. Knowing nothing about rugby, I wish there would have been a bit more of the sport included in the story, but overall what was there was good for me.

The only thing I didn’t like about this story was that I felt some things were not resolved fully. I would have liked more about Leon and the Caro/Jack pairing. They were big players in the story, but their portions were just left hanging. Also, I want to know what happened after Korey’s big explosion. Did he apologize and move on? Did he decided they were no longer friends? Did he out Liam to the media and bad things happen? Maybe we will see these men again later and find out?


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This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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