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★★★★ Scrambling by Lex Valentine ★★★★

A life-long friendship, unrequited love, gorgeous and out NFL players, injury, illness, heartbreak, happy ending…what’s not to love!

Don’t forget to check out the Book Trailer at the end of the review!

ScramblingScrambling by Lex Valentine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Evan McAdams has two constants in his life–football and his friendship with Reed Matthews. From the age of six, Evan’s played football alongside Reed. In his teens, he realized he was gay and loved Reed, but fear kept him from confiding his deepest emotions to his best friend.

When he and Reed are drafted to the L.A. Stars, Evan decides to come out. His decision impacts Reed who’s been in the closet too. The two men struggle with secrets of unrequited love while facing the world as the first two openly gay NFL players.

When injury forces Evan to retire, the love he bears Reed can no longer be hidden. But will Reed be able to reciprocate, or will Evan lose both football and the man he’s always loved?

So what did I think?

A life-long friendship, unrequited love, gorgeous and out NFL players, injury, illness, heartbreak, happy ending…what’s not to love!

This was the type of book I was just in the mood for with lots of emotional ups and downs. One of those books where you just want to shake the characters and shout “Just tell him how you feel!”.

Evan has been in love with Reed ever since he was old enough to know what love is. As they move to college, before Evan can admit to his feelings, Reed let’s him know that he’s gay and has met someone. This is the start of a long term (albeit largely unhappy) relationship for Reed and prevents Evan from telling Reed how he feels.

Although both men have strong feelings for each other, fate conspires to make sure that the time is never right for them to come clean with each other. They are either in a relationship or think the other is, need to act a certain way because of the press or are just plain worried about ruining their friendship. Frustrating! But as the story evolves the decisions made by the men so seem to make some sort of sense.

Reed’s relationship is hugely complicated and guilt and media worried keep him with a man who has betrayed him. Evan makes career decisions that take him away from Reed. Thank goodness for the morphine that finally gets the tongue loose enough to talk about the real heart-felt emotional stuff!

4 Stars

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