Last Man Standing by Mercy Celeste ~ Book Review by Caroline

31287230Title: Last Man Standing
Series: Southern Scrimmage Book 5

Author: Mercy Celeste

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/22/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance

Blurb:

There’s no dating in football.

After living his entire football career in Levi Brody’s shadow, Damien Sullivan is set to take the NFL by storm. Angry at the world he lands in New Orleans with a chip on his shoulder and a need for some action. He wants nothing more than to experience life to the hilt, but a controlling parent and a set of rigid fraternization rules work seek to slow his roll. A chance hook-up before camp leads to a showdown with the very young, very attractive starting quarterback.

Starting quarterback for the disgraced New Orleans team, Raphael Acosta has his work cut out for him. His team doesn’t respect him, his coaches barely know his name and now there’s this hot-shot kid lauded as the second coming of the great Levi Brody. The last thing Raf needs is an insufferable rival for his position. The problem is he can’t seem to keep his hands off the man in private.

When new rules and old prejudices converge, only one could be the Last Man Standing.

My View:

There is always a worry when a favourite series drops in two new characters but in this case the worry was for nothing as Mercy slammed out another brilliant story in the Southern Scrimmage series.

This story starts with a hot little twist. Two men randomly hooking up in a bathroom for a quick orgasm or two who find out a day or so later that they are both fighting for the same spot on a football team. Raphael and Damien both want to replace Levi Brody and from the minute they both step on the field and face each other sparks fly.

Mercy writes a hot sex scene and there are a lot of them in Last Man Standing. There is also a ton of baggage dragged along by both these men that brings them down but every time they return fighting and a little bit stronger. This is the book that has a few ‘aha’ moments and in a way brings everything back around full circle. It is NOT a book that you should read as a standalone – this author has really put us through it a time or two with this series and you need to start at the beginning to both understand and appreciate it.

This pair are good together – eventually – but my heart will always belong to Levi where this series is concerned. The book that precedes this one, Bootleg Diva, was just brilliant and was often in my mind as I read Last Man Standing. I cannot recommend this series enough and I can’t wait for Blindsided to be released, the last book in the series, even though it will mean the end I need some resolution for one of my favourite ever book boyfriends.

Links

Last Man Standing on Goodreads

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.

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