Book Reviews

Fair Catch by Del Darcy at Prizm Books

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Young Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 22-January-2013

Book Blurb

When Blake Thompson meets Alex Ayers, his rival on the football field, the attraction is instant. For one tumultuous high school season, their teams clash as they fall in love.

Playing for the Mustangs, Blake works to carve out a place for himself in the always-frustrating role of backup quarterback. He tries to put out of his mind how unlikely it is that someone like him -- a little too short, from a backwater town -- could make it in college football.

Alex is now with the rival Patriots, poised to add to his string of records in placekicking. His family has bounced from town to town across the Midwest, spending barely a year in any one place because of his dad's construction jobs. The college scouts are starting to notice Alex, and a bright future in football beckons.

Blake is able to put aside his feeling that he's just trailing in Alex's wake, overshadowed by Alex's star quality, until Alex gets a scholarship to a prestigious Texas school.

Will jealousy destroy Blake's regard for his boyfriend? Can Alex learn to settle down and trust someone, despite his vagabond life? If he leaves, what becomes of their love affair?



Book Review

I’ve rarely come across two people more perfect for each other than the heroes in this powerful debut novel. Though Blake Thompson and Alex Ayers play football for opposing high school teams, their instant attraction and mutual passion for the sport transcends any rivalry. And yet, the bond that connects them runs far deeper than their love for the game. From the moment their gazes meet on the field, they share a chemistry that is impossible to ignore, and which kept me entranced from start to finish.

His final year of high school is set to be an exciting one for Alex. Not only is he at the peak of his game, with his placekicking record beginning to attract the attention of college scouts, he meets Blake and is at once swept up in a whirlwind affair. Blake is in his junior year, desperate to prove himself as backup quarterback. If he sometimes envies Alex’s talent and the bright future it offers, for the most part he keeps these feelings from getting in the way of their romance. However, when Alex wins a scholarship to play for a renowned college, Blake’s jealousy clashes with Alex’s ambition, driving a wedge between them.

And suddenly Alex is gone. He and Blake are miles apart and no longer speaking. Though it’s obvious to everyone around them how much they miss one another, both are too proud to admit they might be in the wrong. They do their best to move on, attempting to find solace in other relationships and to ignore the gaping hole losing the other has left in their life. Months pass with no sign of a reconciliation, until it feels increasingly unlikely they will ever recapture the love that meant so much to them.

This is a poignant story about two young men falling in love, growing up, and discovering what’s truly important. I adored the blatant sensuality of Blake and Alex’s relationship, but also the fact that their compatibility is every bit as emotional as it is physical. It was one of those occasions where I cared so much for the characters that it became almost painful to read at times, and when everything falls apart, I was forced to stay up half the night in order to find out whether they got the happy ending they so deserved.

For anyone seeking a mature young adult romance that will alternately tug at your heart and break it into tiny pieces, I can highly recommend this book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 403 pages/108600 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-June-2012
Price $6.99 ebook
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