Title: Match Point
Series: Sports of the Seasons #1
Author: Leigh Carman
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Sports
Length: Novel (200 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 20, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Two stubborn men.
One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.
It was hate at first sight.
Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.
When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.
Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/match-point-by-leigh-carman-7293-b
Review: There was this saying that hate actually means love, but didn’t really think too much about it until I read this story. Here you have two grown men who are total asses to each other but it hides the passion between them. This story is a very emotional read and at first I did not think it would be. I thought it would definitely focus on the actual sport but it is not what this story is about, not completely anyway.
Finn and Dexter have been rivals since they were in college, and it has increased. Both of them are hiding one hell of a secret though. Finn is madly in love with Tristan, until Tristan is killed by a drunk driver. He is completely lost and alone throughout this, as one would expect. He has never told his family that he was gay, and that he had been in love with his teammate.
Here is a champion volley ball player who is losing his mind to grief. Finn is always snapping at everyone, but to his surprise it is the enemy that helps him the most. He has to admit that he was snappy with Dex because he was attracted to him, and that might just lead to more problems.
Dex has had a very harsh life. His mother was a prostitute who was going to sell her own son to other men on the say so of her pimp. He had left that life at fifteen, running away and afraid. He is known as straight but feared that people would realize that he was not. However that was not his only fear. He was afraid of having to go back to the streets. When the one man who angers him the most loses someone who meant something to him, he steps up. He had not known though, just how lost the man is. He fears that if someone finds out that he is gay, that he will lose it all. However he realizes that if he loses Finn, then he will have lost it all.
You can tell right from the start that there is some major sexual tension between these two. Even when Finn was with Tristan, you can just feel the heat. The pace for this story just rocked, you go from hate to love in such a way that it will leave you breathless. All though I have to admit the amount of fighting that these two did made the story slow down a bit too much for me. It was just continuous and that was not a good thing. It doesn’t take away from the story to much though.
I find out that I was quite fascinated with this story and was very glad that it did not focus too much on the sports part of it. I loved how you can feel the heat, see the tension, and the feelings you can tell are there. I am not sure what the next book will be like however I am looking forward to finding out.
This is a book I would recommend, especially if you love sexy athletes and some hot sex.