Author: Devon McCormack
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/09/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Out and proud NFL star tight end Tad Roarke has success, money, and fame. Just about everything. Except a good reputation. After being outed by the media as a promiscuous cheat, sponsors are dropping him left and right. To make matters worse, he’s been targeted as the next victim of an anti-gay celebrity serial killer. The FBI works with his team to protect him, assigning Agent Bryce Finnegan as his undercover bodyguard. But Tad doesn’t like Bryce from the get-go. The fed thinks he’s a spoiled brat. Maybe he’s right. Regardless, Tad doesn’t plan on proving him wrong, and he’ll do anything to make Bryce’s job even more difficult. Still, as much as he hates him, he can’t deny the guy’s hot as hell…and he wouldn’t mind passing a few balls around with him in the sheets.
“I don’t get paid enough for this.”
Agent Bryce Finnegan is no stranger to undercover work. With a background in busting drug cartels, he’s used to his life being on the line. He’s not used to putting up with spoiled rich kids who don’t realize how good they have it. When he meets Tad Roarke, he expects him to be a jerk. And he’s right. But the more time he spends with him, the more he realizes that all Tad’s attitude is little more than bravado. He’s not an asshole, and the media has twisted more than a few facts to tarnish Tad’s reputation. Now Bryce isn’t just worried about protecting this guy from a serial killer, but about falling in love in the process.
I’ve a couple good books by Devon McCormack but I’ve also read some ones I didn’t like so when I picked up Tight End I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Turns out I loved it. It’s not without it’s problems but the book hooked me from the first time I started reading and I stayed up late reading, not wanting to put it down.
First of all I loved how it began; with main character Tad having a random hook up. That sets the tone for the book. McCormack’s author voice certainly shines through here and while I can see why some people don’t like it, I personally loved it.
If you’re friends with McCormack on Facebook you can see that his online persona is definitely young, horny male. His posts make me smile and his voice in this book fit perfectly with the image he projects. There’s a lot of sex that may not be considered romantic by some, but was hot and passionate all the same.
The book features football player Tad Roarke and bodyguard Bryce Finnegan. Tad could be the next victim of someone killing famous gay people but is reluctant to have a bodyguard, so Tad and Bryce’s relationship doesn’t start on good terms.
Tad and Bryce can both be assholes and they make huge mistakes. They are anything but perfect but it fit with the style of the book. Bryce flirts with Tad’s assistant then ends up in bed with Tad himself. A definite no-no for bodyguards and the people they’re assigned to protect. Tad acts like his life isn’t in trouble at all but it fits with his carefree, I-don’t-give-a-shit attitude. If he gave into what other people wanted him to do he wouldn’t be true to himself.
There are some nice surprises along the line and some other things I saw coming a mile away. The book also runs on the longish side. There are things that could’ve been cut without affecting the overall plot. There are places it dragged and I wished something would happen.
Overall, a very enjoyable story, but one you should go into not expecting a sweet, flowery romance.
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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