Book Reviews

Diving In by Bru Baker at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Athletes/Coaches / Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 10-June-2013

Book Blurb

Being the pool boy makes it easy for Max Jansen to ogle his long-time crush, water polo player Everett Caldwell. Never mind the fact that Max owns the company and is overqualified for the task of monitoring chlorine and cleaning skimmers. He’s just happy to watch his unattainable dream play—until one day Everett invites him over and suddenly Max is his platonic plus-one for everything from movie nights to racy industry parties. Then Max learns the one-time Olympian isn’t as straight as everyone assumes, and he isn’t sure how long he can hold out before his crush grows much deeper.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".


Book Review

This little short provides a neat twist on the typical lusting-after-the-hot-pool-boy subject matter. In this case the hot pool boy is Olympic level water polo player Everett Caldwell.

Everett’s dad is an infamous owner of a soft porn magazine and as such has a bevy of female beauties lounging around his estate’s Olympic-sized pool at all times. The women visit hoping to be picked for a photo layout in the magazine, but also to get a glimpse of the gorgeous men of the water polo team, who use the pool for their practice all summer long. The frequent poolside parties that occur during this time period require that that the pool is maintained on a fairly regular schedule. For years the Caldwells have employed Jansen & Sons to provide this service; the pool cleaning business passing from father to son as time passed.

Max is running the business, and he’s expanded on his father's ideas greatly; pool-cleaning is only a fraction of what Jansen & Sons now offer. Max and his brother design and construct pools. The only reason Max personally maintains the Caldwells' pool, is to ogle his long-held crush, Everett, in his Speedos. Giving his pedigree, Max is certain that Everett is straight, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to dream.

I read this in one sitting while my car was undergoing an oil change and despite having some serious mechanic eye candy around, the story held my interest. While Max’s background is thoroughly explored, certain of Everett’s charismatic elements came late to the party. As a result, I grew far more attached to Max, the endearingly clumsy pool expert than Everett, the out-to-friends-and-family-only, love interest. Despite being a short, all the elements that comprise solid storytelling are present including the supporting gal-pal in the form of Nikki Adams. Due to the “niceness” of both male leads, in my opinion, the chemistry between them was more easygoing than electric. But I heartily endorse this story’s inclusion on anyone’s e-reader; it’s a fun sweetmeat to savor between longer stories. “Cute”





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 51 pages/13106 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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