Book Reviews

Hard D by Elinor Gray at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 19-June-2013

Book Blurb

Ben Meyers has played Ultimate Frisbee since his first week at college, and at every tournament he comes face to face with Darius O’Neill, his favorite rival. This time, though, their good-natured competition goes off the field to the after-party and beyond, when three years of tension finally breaks open on the sheets of Darius’s dorm-issue twin bed.

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

Book Review

“Ultimate Frisbee: the greatest sport you’ve never heard of”… That had the ring of ‘truth’ for me. If you didn’t skip reading the blurb, and even if you have, but never played Ultimate Frisbee and failed to brush up on it via the ‘net, might be a bit confused about the action in the beginning of the book. However, it is pretty clear early on who has eyes for whom and that story line heats up pretty quickly. Oh by the way, the special after game party seems to be tailored to “Ultimate” sports players, too, but I felt more at home there. In fact, it was a blast. Nevertheless, I did read up on the game because I wanted to enjoy it as much I did the rest of the story.    

Ben Meyers has played Ultimate Frisbee since he started college. He is a core player, team booster, and a gritty performer. He often finds himself opposing a team where his counterpart is something of a ‘beast’.  They end up playing opposite each other with high intensity and focused determination. Ben posits to himself that he has a wee bit of a crush on this guy. Oh yeah, I felt the fires burning and looked forward to them having a different kind of one-on-one. 

Darius O’Neill is his team’s “main handler” and he may play like a beast on the field, but he is a personable, affable, and really good-looking guy. The action between Ben and Darius during the game is high-level competitive stuff, which has not gone unnoticed by Darius. He and Ben team up for a game at the party, but Darius finds himself quite distracted by Ben’s good-looking attributes. 

I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this story more if I were an Ultimate Frisbee aficionado. I know I didn’t need my extracurricular Googling to thoroughly enjoy the hot action that topped off the game and the party. Hopefully, you will really get into the “Ultimate” action, but hang around till after the game ends and enjoy the post-game party and post-party festivities as much as I did. 





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 30 pages/7051 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $1.49 ebook
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