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Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden, until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him.

In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages - without happy endings - to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.

Matt needs to keep his scholarship, win the National Championship, and survive his asshole father. Instead, he falls in love. Trevor needs to accept that the football god is meant to end up with him rather than a perky cheerleader. It’s time for a "happily ever after" for both of them.

©2017 Mackenzie Blair (P)2018 Riptide Publishing

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed listening to this book!! Greg Boudreaux did an amazing job narrating. There is a great balance between trouble, character and relationship growth, great supporting characters, and ALL the feels - lots of great humour too!! Highly recommend you listen to this if you enjoy the college, journeys of acceptance and identity, romance style stories.

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Oh, man. If Trevor and Matt aren't the absolute cutest. Absolutely loved the story but MAN the side characters just were the icing on the cake. I wish Drew had a story! He's so freaking funny. Definitely well worth it. One to remember for sure. <3

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Thoroughly enjoyed this sporting romance!

I’m always a sucker for a sports romance, even though they inevitably focus on one or both of the main characters bravely coming out to their ambivalent team and to huge media interest and controversy. Although the clichés are getting tired, I liked the two main characters. They attend a Baptist university in Alabama where Trevor, an out Asian-American accounting student falls for star quarterback and environmental science student, Matt. I liked their backstories. Trevor has been kicked out of home after coming out while Matt has an aggressive, pious and homophobic father. I liked the plot. The guys fall for each other early on, spend time hiding their relationship, and have to deal with scrutiny on Matt and the team’s sporting fortunes. 🎧 Greg Boudreaux gave an amazingly good performance, he effortlessly injected emotion and pathos into the story and the characters.

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Loved it!!!

This is one of my favourite m/m romances I have read. It was so touching, and incredibly hot! Fantastic narrator. Listened in one sitting. Well worth the credit!!!!

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  • 10-06-2018

Perfection! Just the right mix of everything

It's not often I want to give 5 stars. Usually, something slightly annoying prevents it, not this time. Some may argue the story is too perfect and I would counter and say "things can work out in this cynical world we live in". No new territory covered here, but the cast of characters have almost equal voices in Matt and Trevor's story. Friends behave like friends and people in love behave like people in love.

I think you would be hard-pressed to find something wrong with this story. Just enjoy it for what it is.

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 01-08-2019

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up on sale on Audible just because and I am pleasantly surprised. First time I've listened to this author's work but not the narrator, I really enjoy the narrator so it was an easy choice. Trevor and Matt were great, they had a god connection with lots of chemistry. I loved that they were on the DL throughout most of the book, not really hiding, but more just private. They told who needed to know like their close friends and family, for me that was sweet and still gave their love story a little excitement too. The ending was sweet with a great HEA!
I will be checking out more audiobook by this author for sure.

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  • David R Grandall
  • 17-06-2018

Romantic and Steamy

Most gay romance novels are either romantic or steamy. This was both! the gay sex was even believable.

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  • Blackwindstar
  • 21-04-2018

excellent story ,excellent narrator

I am chanted with this story, two boys fall in love, and then figures out how to make it work that's an awesome story. I highly recommend this story you will not regret it.

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  • Kiana
  • 05-05-2018

Please let there be a spin-off/sequel planned!

So much fun! Funny, angsty (goodness the angst!), and just plain adorable—I highly enjoyed this book. The narrator did a fantastic job as always, and I can’t wait to see what Mackenzie Lee comes up with next. Hopefully a sequel/ spin-off for some of the supporting characters?? *Cough*cough* Drew *cough* *cough* O’Donnell.

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  • Greb
  • 15-01-2019

Surprisingly good

Being my first book in this category I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It is well-written and the performance is superb.

The story is captivating and a happy ending (no pun intended).

A major highlight of the book are the peripheral characters that give the story more depth and character.

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  • HopelessRomantic
  • 03-12-2018

Great!

I've read MANY gay sports romances, some better than others. This one is the one I believe captures the struggle in the most convincing way. It's a sexy story but still full of emotion and tenderness. I was disappointed that this book was not available to add to my Amazon fire eBook collection and found that this is the only book written so far by the writer, but i will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more. It should also be mentioned that the narration is excellent, he acts out the scenes dynamically and effectively. Thumbs up all around!

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  • Rebecca
  • 20-04-2018

love love love

Amazing performance, great story. will look for more books from the narrator. love him the most. I was laughing ,heart aching and melting right along with the lead couple.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 08-04-2019

Mostly good

Matt is closeted college QB. Trevor is out but working too many jobs including a massage gig that provides happy endings. Freakouts ensue.

Mostly, it was a nice story with good pacing and great, supportive friends, including some football teammates. Family is a mixed bag. Matt’s father is problematic in multiple ways and Matt can’t afford to upset him or the dean at his Southern school. Trevor seesaws on whether or not he’s ok with keeping their relationship on the down low. And this is where I have a concern.

Trevor gets all antsy about Matt being closeted multiple times & sometimes right before big games. Causing scenes right before prominent life events is abusive behavior. Trevor mostly pulls through and gets less snippy with Matt in time to matter, but it happens more than once so that concerns me. OTOH, they’re both new to relationships & each have several stressors that seem to come to a head around big events so maybe that won’t be a future issue? It is not selfish to stay closeted when it’s too unsafe to come out. This book dealt a good bit with how their friends & family made being out more safe or less safe.

Trigger Warning & spoiler for:
violent confrontation with a father &
silent treatment from a mother. /spoiler

My other quibble, combined with the problematic timing of Trevors mostly unfair, if understandable, “come out already” snits is about the massage gig. Trevor was a sex worker and the author skirted around that in a weaselly way. Like Trevor only did service X with Matt, but not for other clients. Maybe? But then he quit after acknowledging that he was a sex worker and it seemed to me that he quit from the shame of it. He didn’t stay on as legit masseuse only or go back to his previous “up to but not including X” limits. The shame threw me out of the story. There was no need for it. Sex work is work. It’s a job that often pays better than the alternatives which is partly why he took the job. I would have been ok with Trevor quitting because: he wanted exclusivity with his boyfriend; his schedule didn’t make sense that semester; the transit time got in the way; his car got totaled; he didn’t like massaging any more; it didn’t pay enough with changed personal limits; he risked exposure for Matt; or several other reasons. But shame for being paid for doing a job? Stop it.

But generally, there was a surprising amount of support for our heroes thus things often went more smoothly than they (or I) had feared. There was attention paid to secondary characters, setting, & football games from the perspective of players, fans, & non-fans. I’m not a football enthusiast (I side with the tight pants on athletes enthusiasts) and there was not too much football for me. But there was probably still enough of it for a football fan.

The sexytimes are often about virgin Matt figuring out how things work & both of them exploring potential roles and low key kinks. It’s mostly well done.

I came close to rating this 5 stars. The narrator (GB) did a good job with expressing the given vocal cues and not making either guy sound effeminate, which they were not. Worth a listen in you like stories of hot college athletes and math geeks navigating being gay in private then in public as they figure their lives & loves out.

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  • Katie Phillips
  • 17-01-2020

Massage fun?!

I put this one off for awhile because happy ending massage parlors are not something I find particularly sexy.

That being said I think I forgot that was the start of this book 3 hours in and it became a NA adorable sports romance that was really rather good. (Also it doesn’t hurt that the massage parlor scene was rather sweet and not creepy at all). I really rather enjoyed this book a lot. Top 10 mm sports romance books for sure.

The narration was fantastic I’m going to look into more of Greg Boudreaux and Mackenzie Blair’s work I the future

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  • Alice Y
  • 27-06-2018

Great voice, good story if slightly overdone 👍

the voice acting makes it, even if the storyline is very obvious I enjoyed that it was from a sports perspective and the characters are reasonably likable despite their lack of development over the course the book. it's a nice feel good book 😁

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  • Harry Taylor
  • 02-05-2018

Loved the story all the way

It’s great to have an affirming story written with humour emotions and sufficient potential trauma as well as read in a way that so well fit in with the book. I laughed loads much to the amusement of people around as I listened on my head phones. Also shed a few tears of emotions too

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  • Kelciilou
  • 07-02-2021

Worth a listen

Is the story groundbreaking? Definitely not but good narration and a perfectly enjoyable listen, it kept me company on a lazy Sunday of painting.

The book reminds me of watching a chick flick you know it won't win any awards but its tried and tested storylines are comforting since you know you're going to get your happy ending. Its also low in angst despite some of the storylines having room for it they aren't overly developed as in some other stories of the genre I have read or listened to.

i know this doesn't sound like the most enthusiastic review but I really did enjoy it as an easy listen, which is the exact kind of escapism I'm after at the moment. So if thats the kind of thing you're in the mood for within this genre I would recommend.

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  • HMM
  • 15-08-2020

I could not care less

In my opinion the characters were shallow and the plot was boring. I like more showing and less telling. Describe some feelings, maybe. It would make better sex scenes, for one.
The narrator could not make it thrilling either, so he stuck with bland, making the experience dull.
One more note: with 'overall' I rated the sound quality. This was recorded with very low quality equipment.

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  • Kevin
  • 16-04-2020

damn!! so hot

I could not stop not listening great... found myself rewinding when distracted with IR issues!

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  • Debbie Attenborough
  • 20-01-2020

thoroughly enjoyable listen.

Verified purchase July 2018

Usually I don't go for college aged characters, but Matt and Trevor both have old heads on their young shoulders, for very different reasons. Yes Matt comes from money, but there are strings attached. Yes Trevor has suffered after being rejected by his family, but he is pulling himself upwards now.

I loved how things develop between these two! Not just how they initally get together, but how things move along between them, physically as well as emotionally.

This is the first of Blair's work I've listened to, indeed, read so I would like to read or listen to more now!

Greg Boudreaux narrates and the man is a MASTER at his craft! His voices for everyone are easily indentifiable when listening to multi person conversations. The reading voice Boudreaux uses is deep and even and there were no dips or bits I missed when Matt or Trevor got emotional or were thinking (a common theme, trust me!)

4 stars for the book
5 for the narration (cos, you know, Greg!)

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-2019

A Good True to Life Story based on facts

A well witten story by the author who brings to light the reality of prejudice and injustices faced by gay men. The struggles gay men face personally, in the home, work place and friend and social gatherings. Eveny in this modern day of sexual liberation old morals and prejudices remain.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-2019

Nice read

Exactly what it says on the tin. A gay romance novel as steamy as it is touching. Well performed by the narrator.

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  • Tom Coxon
  • 13-02-2019

A MUST.

One of my first books of this fun descriptive content. But the book become more than just a bit of fun, some brilliant issues covered and so brilliantly captured in the two main characters. I would recommend to all.

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  • Peter Saunders
  • 29-01-2019

happy ending

great to read a gay romance story with a happy ending - no pun intended

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