Author: Reece Pine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/18/2017
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction
With a shot at happiness in sight, it’s no time to drop the ball. A back condition ruined Ray’s basketball ambitions, but he wants one last opportunity to play before hanging up his sneakers. While volunteering as a coach at a special needs school in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, he meets Singaporean Xin, who works matching wealthy corporations with compatible charities. Xin helps the American navigate the local customs in order to see the smile Xin fell for at first sight, but Ray makes sure no one sees how hard it is for him to keep upright, let alone keep enjoying Vietnam and playing the sport he loves. When Ray’s back pain becomes too great to hide, Xin accommodates him in Ho Chi Minh and in Singapore—and in bed. Ray wants to imagine a future for them but fears he’s damaged goods, and Xin’s obligations in Asia aren’t easily forgotten. Ray won’t be another charity of Xin’s, especially when Xin also needs someone by his side. Their romance will be cut as short as Ray’s basketball dreams unless he can close the Pacific-sized distance between them.
May I begin with a disclaimer? I am a white American woman who has never been to Asia or Europe. I don’t play basketball and I’m (clearly, LOL) not a gay man – so on the topic of this story’s authenticity of setting or culture, I’m afraid I’m no help at all.
That said, I found In Your Court to be generally enjoyable. There’s a steady stream of action, and the main characters – though different from one another – are both likeable. Ray comes off as a good advocate for the kids he’s coaching; Xin has great manners and an innate need to take care of people. Their relationship moves FAST, but it didn’t bother me quite as much as insta-love usually does because the chemistry was (by my standards) hot. Aside from the half a star I took away for the confusing-yet-predictable “twist” in the back 25%, this is a decent little novella and a nice introduction to a new author’s work.
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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