**ARC Review** Roughing the Passer by Alison Hendricks




They couldn’t be more different, and yet they might just be exactly what each other needs.

Garrett Barnes is no stranger to overcoming the odds. Forced to walk away from a Division I scholarship to take care of his family, Garrett was sure he’d never play football again. When an offer comes in from the ESC Mavericks–a school near his hometown–it seems like a dream come true. There’s only one catch: he’s expected to single-handedly save the worst team in the state.

Diego Ruiz has known his whole life that the deck is stacked against him. The harder he tries to fight it, the more it hurts when it knocks him back down. With a lifetime of disappointment to back him up, he’s stopped trying for anything more than mediocrity, both on and off the football field. If not for a promise he’d made years ago, he’d probably just be some nobody in a nowhere job.

So when Coach Ladner brings in some D1 “hero” to save the team, Diego is determined to show him exactly where hard work and perseverance get you–absolutely nowhere. Despite his best efforts, Garrett’s unwavering optimism starts to get under Diego’s skin. Caught on the verge of giving in, he relies on the one thing that’s never failed him: his ability to get curious straight boys into bed.

As the friction between them gives way to passion, the stakes of their former rivalry increase tenfold. With both men’s hearts–and a state title–on the line, there’s no time for playing games. But when Diego’s past comes back to remind him that everything eventually goes to hell, Garrett will have to convince him that some things are worth fighting for.

Roughing the Passer is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.


Diego and Garrett!!! Ahhh these two boys!

Diego-out and proud, finding random hook-ups on Grindr, half ass ball player. He’s a smart ass who likes to play the field. The life of the party.

Garrett-the total opposite of Diego. First and foremost, Garrett is straight. Except, he’s not. Only, he never really entertained the idea of men-until Diego.

Garrett is also the man brought in to try to turn the team around. He’s a good ball player, much better that the JUCO team he lands on, but he’s there because he feels he needs to be closer to home, and more available to his family. He wants the team to be better and he knows they can, if they would put as much effort into actually playing as they do in not playing.

At first, Diego is just trying to break Garrett, tease him, but then, when he realizes that Garrett is not put off by his advances, and they get to know each other, something changes. These two were pretty much perfect together, even though both have a hot headed moment where they jump head first into conclusions they should have taken a moment to think about before reacting-but all ends well 🙂


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