Series: Nice Guys #1
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Page Count: 275
Published: Kindle Alexander, October 8, 2013
Source: Hodgepodge Shelf
Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.
Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?
This was a surprisingly more emotional book than I expected. Reading the blurb, I thought a somewhat traditional, albeit very much appreciated, romance, but what I got went a little deeper.
We meet the two heroes when they’re in their college years. Despite this book being labeled as New Adult, a genre that’s generally referring to protagonists in their college years, early twenties, and the fact that we spend some considerable time with Jace and Colt during these times, this book was not a New Adult book. I’m specifying this for those who’re meticulous with their genre reading. Even though we see how their deep bond and their relationship started when they’re both in college, the majority of the story takes place ten years later, when both the heroes are in their thirties. I’m hoping this does not count as spoilers. Like I said, for those who’re particular with their reading, this book might be a miss, but I wouldn’t want it to be.
As for the story itself, it gave us enough time to really get to know these characters. We meet them when they’re, well, younger than they’ll be later in the book, so it was nice to get to know them so early on. I’m not going to go into much detail, this time for sure intending not to spoil the story, but let me say the transition from youngsters to adults was well done. I liked knowing their relationship background. It felt more real when they decided to fight for their love in the future. There was a solid basis for their romance, and I really enjoyed that part of the story.
Colt and Jace made for relatable, real life like characters. They weren’t perfect at all, which is not something readers expect from heroes anyway, and whatever mistake they made throughout the story made sense to me. I was kept wandering what would come out of their romance, how they were to resolve their issues and finally be together. It was constructed quite nicely. Towards the end of the book presented a nice mystery, and the pace picked up considerably which was a pleasure to read for this reader. I liked those last few chapters a bit more, when things took an unexpected turn for the more exciting.
I believe this was a nice, solid start to a new series. I’ll definitely be following up this series, especially now that we’ve already been introduced to one of the heroes of the next book. Intrigued me enough.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge, and go on a hunt for the next book, and a nice cup of tea.
Nice Guys series:
- Double Full
- Full Disclosure
- Full Domain