The best $0.99 I spent this week!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Heartbroken, Dean Cartwright leaves Sydney and heads home, to the coastal town of Newcastle. In a bid to make new friends, he signs up for a local rugby league team where he meets a man known as Macca.
Dean and Macca are both front row forwards, meaning they’re the biggest guys on the team. Over six feet tall and over a hundred kilos each, they’re a force to be reckoned with on the field.
But when Dean gets knocked out, Macca gets even by punching the other guy, and both Dean and Macca end up on the sideline.
Dean soon realizes that being knocked unconscious is the best thing to ever happen to him.
Story is set in Australia, and uses Australian English
So what did I think?
Absolutely loved this short story!
Dean “Deano” has returned to the town where he grew up. He has a good job and nice home. He joins the rugby team at the urging of his mum, who thinks he ‘needs to get out there’. Macca “Darren” is a country boy and fellow team member who takes Dean home after a nasty knock to the head during a game.
It is sweet to watch the two men respond to each other and start to open up. This is not typical blokes bonding over pizza and beer while watching the game! “My heart was hammering in my chest and my mouth was suddenly dry. F**king hell. I think we just had ourselves a moment.”
For a short story there is an emotional depth to the characters and it is easy to imagine these two falling for each other. Macca is a wonderful person but undervalues himself and all Dean wants is honesty and love.
I particularly liked the name change as both men started calling each other my their christian name, rather than nickname. This corresponds with the change in relationship as they start to get more personal and find out more about each other.
It is the really well told tale of two rugby league players: big, strong, athletic men who find each other.
To find out more about N.R. Walker and her books, visit her website. Also make sure you check out the Blind Faith series – it’s fabulous. Plus she has some fabulous freebie stories!
- Ten in the Bin (nrwalker.wordpress.com)