Offside Chance by Mercy Celeste ~ Review by Caroline

So I was asked did I want to review this one. That would be a big hell YES! We seem to have been waiting for this for such a long time but let me tell you…it was well worth the wait!!

18240522Title: Offside Chance

Author: Mercy Celeste

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Judah Brody meets William Slater and it’s loathe at first sight.

Jude had spent his whole life in his famous brother’s shadow. Returning to New Orleans seemed like a good idea now that Levi was back home. But Jude couldn’t turn around without something of Levi’s getting in his way. In this case it’s Levi’s best friend, a three hundred pound knuckle-dragger named Slayer, who likes strippers, football, porn and making Jude’s life miserable—not necessarily in that order.

William Slater’s season couldn’t get much worse. He lost his house to fire, his contract was set to expire, and his prospects of getting picked up by another team were slim to none. House sitting for his best friend was the only bright spot in an otherwise bleak New Orleans winter. Until Levi’s stuck up nerd of a brother came to stay.

A freak winter snow storm, deep familial secrets, and a whole lot of male/male bonding wasn’t exactly in the game plan. But bragging rights were on the line and there wasn’t an offside chance in hell of this game going into overtime.

My View

The first chapter picks up where Sidelined ended. Jude walks into his brothers house (You all remember Levi? Big sexy Jock who cross dressed as Liv) to find a very naked Slayer in the kitchen pointing a gun at him. Not the best start for two men who don’t know each other and have just become instant housemates.

Slayer has lost almost everything in a house fire. He is a 300lb Jock and has never been in love and is an unashamed womaniser.  He pays a housekeeper to clean up a couple of times a week and gives her a little extra for the little extra he gets on the side. He overuses Viagra but puts it down to an old groin injury. It has been a long time since any woman got his motor running.

Jude is totally disillusioned with his life. He is shaken from the recent trial involving Levi and has moved to New Orleans to take a break from his life. He is cold, driven and does not want a housemate. He hasn’t had a relationship since his fiancé left him for a football player. He is all about work, work and more work.

After getting over the initial shock of their introduction the pair settle into a tentative truce. Slayer is either training or partying and  Jude either works or studies.  On a rare night in together and with the cable not working Slayer thinks he has hit gold when he finds Levis porn collection. It doesn’t occur to him that Levis porn collection is gay and once he has it playing on the TV it’s almost a matter of pride for him to be able to sit and watch it in front of Jude but before the film even comes to its conclusion both men are turned on and the outcome is one neither of them expects.

I like gay for you and this book is great as both MC’s are straight.  It’s a double whammy! Neither man is comfortable with what has happened between them but nor do they seem able to stop it once it starts. They struggle with the lead up and the aftermath, but the middle bit i.e. the sex is HOT!

Slayer is adamant that he is not gay and the ‘thing’ between them is just sex whilst its convenient. Jude hides behind a mask of coolness and lives with the fear that everyone leaves him sooner or later. Each time they get together they give a little more of themselves to the other but of course neither man can see what is happening.  Levis teasing is just brilliant and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

When Jude is injured in a house robbery Slayer realises what the man has come to mean to him. When they return to Judes home in Alabama Jude very quickly puts his aloof mask back on and pulls away. Slayer risks everything  and tells Jude how he feels in the hope of breaking down the walls around his heart. If he can’t do that he will just walk away for good.

This book was a real surprise in some ways.  I was expecting this to be Slayer and Judes story but it was so much more. Levi and Tracy are a huge part of the story again and we learn even more about Levis demons.  Levi as always is brilliant whether he was being himself or Liv. It is also nice to delve into Jude and Levis relationship and learn even more secrets there.  Nice to see Bo and Sunday again too  and seeing Sundays progress with his PTSD.

The last chapter is great! Jude finally makes a stand against something from their past and you can almost feel how proud Levi is.  Great ending and plenty of scope for another book 🙂  Fingers crossed!!

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