Recommended By Malia

Recommended By Malia

Tal Bauer is the master of the sexy, political thriller. Normally his books feature spies, intrigue, and threats of global destruction. The Jock abandons all that for the high pressure world of Texas college football. Wes is the captain of the football team and a leading Heisman contender. He has spent his life counting on football to free him from the hard ranching life his father lives. But now he is in love. With Justin, a man. And he doesn't know what to do about it. The story has a warm glow over it with very sweet and very hot sex. But you can feel the tension building. Will he be found out? Will he lose everything? This book made me nostalgic for my college days and I didn't want it to end.


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“I’m the team captain, and I have to make sure we’re all focused on the exact same goal: winning. There’s no room in that for me coming out. It’s… unnecessary.” The word tasted like poison. He wanted to spit it out. “I’d be a distraction. I’d hurt us all if I came out.”

“This feels right. Like when I picked up my first football and ran across the yard, all the way down the drive, kept running into the pasture until my dad had to chase me. I knew what felt right. Grabbing that ball and running. Riding my horse as far as I could, to the end of my world. Now you. You feel like the rightest thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on.”

Could Wes be any more of a cowboy? He’d fit right in at Universal Studios, or Hollywood, or, hell, if he wore nothing but chaps, he could make ten grand a night at the gay clubs in Dallas.

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Wes Van de Hoek clawed his way off his family’s West Texas ranch under the Friday night lights, earning a football scholarship to the state’s best university. Three years in, he has it all: he’s the starting tight end, team captain, and, according to ESPN, maybe the best college football player in the nation. But he’s been keeping a secret from everyone.

Justin Swanscott has three certainties in his life: he’s gay, football is overrated, and he really, really doesn’t like cowboys. He should never have fallen into Wes’s open-range eyes or let his heart run wild when Wes gave him that shy little smile over summer. But he couldn’t stop himself.

Everyone’s asking questions about Wes this season: How is he playing so well? Will Texas be undefeated this year? Will he take the team all the way to the national championship? What’s next for him?

The truth? Wes isn’t dreaming about an NFL contract. His heart belongs to Justin, even though the world wants it to belong to football.

Wes has stadiums packed with screaming fans, ESPN is all over him, and the NFL wants him badly. He’s living under a microscope, and the pressure keeps building as the team keeps winning. Everyone wants something from him, but all Wes wants is to love Justin.

Something’s gotta give.


I am a Puppet for The Man and a serious smut reader! I cut my teeth on mass market romance lines when I was a teen and now I have graduated to the good stuff. I am happiest spending time with my husband and my two dogs. Normally you will find me combing the virtual bookshelves for the best of Gay Romance, but I'll never say no to a good story no matter who it features. I can't wait to share my favorites with all of you!

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