Offside by Ryan Loveless
Adam Dumas is Major League Soccer’s only openly gay player. When he is transferred to St. Louis, his new teammates don’t exactly roll out the welcome mat. It doesn’t help that Adam sees “the Gateway to the West” as a step down from his high-profile position in LA—an attitude Adam has no problem sharing with his new housemate and fellow center forward, Colin Evets.
Colin is Adam’s only friend on the team, but when Adam misinterprets Colin’s Midwestern charm for something more, he could end up ruining both their friendship and their careers. As Adam struggles to make a better impression, Colin tries to decide if the person he’s been showing the world is who he wants to be with Adam. The pressure to win influences decisions both on the field and off as Adam and Colin discover how making the wrong move can be very right.
Adam is a highly skilled soccer player. He is also the only MLS player that is openly gay. It has caused problems and he has landed numerous times in the headlines and tabloids. His team nabs an opening to get rid of him and get a world class player in return. Adam heads for St. Louis and his new team. At the airport he meets one of his new teammates Colin and is immediately attracted to him. Unfortunately Adam is spoiled and cranky, he tells Colin outright that this is only a short term deal and that he plans to go to a bigger and better team and city. This puts him on the outs with Colin. Adam wants Colin though and begins the task to find out if it is possible for him to have Colin. What Adam doesn’t expect is for Colin and his new team to change him and his outlook on his life.
I didn’t like Adam. Adam starts off as such a spoiled brat about everything. He seems to think the world revolves around him. I thought it was funny when he talked about not becoming conceited about his looks because of how he wasn’t a looker when he was younger, then proceeds to jabber on about getting sex whenever he wants it and etc like the brat he is again. Colin is way too sweet. For a guy that has been to college and is playing where he is, he really seems naïve and too innocent. The characters were really my main drawback on this read. Adam starts like this jerk and never seems to care and then BAM! He is in love and changing everything about him because he suddenly met Colin. It was too abrupt. Colin doesn’t feel real to me. I can’t believe that he would be like he is with the world he has lived in.
The writing was well done. The author doesn’t overwhelm you with meaningless info on a sport that some may not be familiar with but does give you enough to make the story and all that goes with it understandable. I did enjoy the fact that the author does tell the readers at the end that the story, meant to be contemporary, became a historical because of changes that occurred within the sport at the time of writing. It adds a special detail for the readers that were interested or confused about some of the details of the writing.
I enjoyed the story and the plot and found it a different and refreshing read for me. I didn’t connect with the story like I would have normally because of my issues with the characters but the plot and the writing are worth the read.
Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013, in Book Review, Historical, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged Dreamspinner Press, M/M Romance, Novel, Ryan Loveless. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.