Overtime by TS McKinney ~ Book Review by Caroline

28627599Title: Overtime

Author: TS McKinney

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/11/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance

Blurb:

Jagger Jameson could be the poster child for a nasty childhood campaign but he refused to allow it to dictate his future. At an early age, he learned to shut down all of his emotions and focus solely on survival. As it turned out, survival came in the form of a basketball scholarship with the University of Kentucky Wildcats. As the rest of the team around him focuses on having a good time and building friendships, Jagger worries only about using his talent to help him escape the life that was dealt to him. Everything is going smoothly until somebody from his past makes a reappearance, and with just the mention of a name, Jagger finds himself struggling to maintain his cool facade.

Colton Montgomery’s wealth allowed him the opportunity to have just about anything in the world he could desire…except the only thing he’d ever really wanted – Jagger Jameson. When the opportunity to try and tame a Wildcat comes his way, Colton welcomes the challenge.

My View:

Overtime came along just when I needed it. I was in a rut and needed something a bit different to shake things up and this one fit perfectly. I couldn’t help falling for Jagger, it was immediate and hard, this boy that had no friends, no life, bad memories and a life plan that closed him off from everyone – even himself. Everyone that Jagger had ever trusted or loved either left him or abused him. His one shot at escaping his life was to win a scholarship and work hard and this is what he did but he did it to the extreme and after years at college he may have gotten his degree, he may have excelled as part of the basketball team but he was such a lonely figure that it made me heart sore.

Colin Montgomery is at the other end of the spectrum when you compare his life to Jagger’s. Born to wealth as a child he had everything his heart desired. He had loving parents who provided him with a good life, he had no idea what it was like to live in fear or to go hungry. For all his cockiness that would make him very easy to dislike there was another layer to Colin that you had to look for. Even at a young age he was aware what Jagger’s life was like but was powerless to do anything about it. He tried to make friends with the boy but Jagger didn’t do friends – ever. He stalked him, he admitted to stalking him, he became infatuated and was determined that one day Jagger would be his.

A final game, an outrageous bet and Jagger and Colin are thrown together and everything that Jagger has done to close himself off slowly starts to unravel. Again you have to look past Colin’s behaviour to see the man that is scared of losing what he has in front of him. Jagger is constantly fighting his demons which loom large but there is a small voice in his mind that says what if…what if he could be happy, what if someone could love him…..

The other thing worthy of a mention is the great cast of secondary characters and I am really looking forward to further books in the series. The one complaint I had when I was finished was the editing – there were a lot of errors especially in the second half and for me they interfered with my enjoyment of the story, without them this would easily have been a 4.5 star read.

Links

Overtime on Goodreads
Dark Hollows Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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