Playing for the Other Team by Sage C. Holloway ~ Book Review by Queue

PlayingTitle: Playing for the Other Team

Author: Sage C. Holloway

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Emma Ziege

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/12/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, New Adult

Blurb:

Bryson just wants to make it through the last few weeks of high school alive. Graduation is on the horizon, his grades are decent, and his biggest worries are, in order, his baseball performance, his graduation gown color, and his weird hair. Everything seems on track – until two heavy realizations hit him right in the middle of his senior prom: He’s gay, and he’s in love.

Reserved artist Jasper turns him down at first, despite his feelings for Bry, but he offers help to ensure Bryson can start the next chapter in his life as the person he was always meant to be. However, Jasper struggles with his own demons. He has commitment issues and a past which won’t let go of him, including a jealous ex-boyfriend who doesn’t take kindly to his former flame being pursued by someone else. Soon, every day spells trouble for the gifted outsider, forcing him to rely on Bryson for support.

Bryson must pull together all of his resolve to navigate the minefield with Jasper. Together, they stand against bullies, homophobes, and graduation gowns that threaten to make them look like bananas. With luck, they might just make it out in one piece.

My View:

This was a sweet, romantic tale of a young man realizing he’s gay and the complications that ensue. I loved Sage Holloway’s first book, Spectacularly Broken, and while I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much it was still a fabulous story.

The story begins in the middle of a senior prom with Bryson realizing he’s gay and crushing on Jasper, a social outcast. Years back, when Jasper transferred into Bryson’s school, Jasper gave Bryson a note that admitted Jasper was attracted to him. Bryson never responded but has never forgotten the note.

Jasper and Bryson’s connection and chemistry is immediate and strong. Right away I couldn’t wait to see their story play out. The flow of the story and the way the young men stood by each other no matter what was perfect.

There were some issues including the trope of a jealous, psycho ex and his machinations but with Holloway’s stellar writing it was easy to focus on the words.

I’m looking forward to more books by the author for sure.

Links

Playing for the Other Team on Goodreads
Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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

Farewell Giveaway
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