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Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden, until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him.

In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages - without happy endings - to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.

Matt needs to keep his scholarship, win the National Championship, and survive his asshole father. Instead, he falls in love. Trevor needs to accept that the football god is meant to end up with him rather than a perky cheerleader. It’s time for a "happily ever after" for both of them.

©2017 Mackenzie Blair (P)2018 Riptide Publishing

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There's nothing like Southern Football Culture...

This has definitely been one I've listened to more than once; I absolutely love it! It certainly captures the almost cultlike obsession with football (college football especially) that one finds in many areas of the South, while entwining that with a sweet, sometimes slightly angsty (because of the ol' closet) m/m romance, and some *very* nice steamy parts (especially the little roleplaying bit). Matt and Trevor each have their strengths and flaws, as does their romance, and it comes across as believable and understandable to me (even when I want to just shake them both into some sense then smoosh them together like a kid playing out a romance between two Ken dolls, lol).

I also love Greg Boudreaux's narration (as always), and marvel at the way he manages to do not just southern accents but *different* southern accents-- the ones he uses in this book are different from ones he uses in other books set in a different area of the South, which is honestly rather rare to see (well, hear). As a NC native (and a fan of how he captured one of the dialects I grew up, in other books), I quite appreciate that distinction.

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Good choice for my first audible….

Love this … It’s a Cinderella love story with a happy ending. I’d recommend it to anyone.

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love love love it!

4th time listening to it! wasnt hard to understand and it was just an amazing story every single time hahaha!

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Loved it !

So hot and heart warming too... Boudreau's narration was very well done and the story line was engaging to say the least!

I will definitely check out their other work. This is my first audible performance and am impressed by the quality.

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  • chris
  • 2018-06-10

Perfection! Just the right mix of everything

It's not often I want to give 5 stars. Usually, something slightly annoying prevents it, not this time. Some may argue the story is too perfect and I would counter and say "things can work out in this cynical world we live in". No new territory covered here, but the cast of characters have almost equal voices in Matt and Trevor's story. Friends behave like friends and people in love behave like people in love.

I think you would be hard-pressed to find something wrong with this story. Just enjoy it for what it is.

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 2019-08-01

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I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up on sale on Audible just because and I am pleasantly surprised. First time I've listened to this author's work but not the narrator, I really enjoy the narrator so it was an easy choice. Trevor and Matt were great, they had a god connection with lots of chemistry. I loved that they were on the DL throughout most of the book, not really hiding, but more just private. They told who needed to know like their close friends and family, for me that was sweet and still gave their love story a little excitement too. The ending was sweet with a great HEA!
I will be checking out more audiobook by this author for sure.

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  • David R Grandall
  • 2018-06-17

Romantic and Steamy

Most gay romance novels are either romantic or steamy. This was both! the gay sex was even believable.

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  • Blackwindstar
  • 2018-04-21

excellent story ,excellent narrator

I am chanted with this story, two boys fall in love, and then figures out how to make it work that's an awesome story. I highly recommend this story you will not regret it.

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  • Greb
  • 2019-01-15

Surprisingly good

Being my first book in this category I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It is well-written and the performance is superb.

The story is captivating and a happy ending (no pun intended).

A major highlight of the book are the peripheral characters that give the story more depth and character.

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  • Kiana
  • 2018-05-05

Please let there be a spin-off/sequel planned!

So much fun! Funny, angsty (goodness the angst!), and just plain adorable—I highly enjoyed this book. The narrator did a fantastic job as always, and I can’t wait to see what Mackenzie Lee comes up with next. Hopefully a sequel/ spin-off for some of the supporting characters?? *Cough*cough* Drew *cough* *cough* O’Donnell.

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  • HopelessRomantic
  • 2018-12-03

Great!

I've read MANY gay sports romances, some better than others. This one is the one I believe captures the struggle in the most convincing way. It's a sexy story but still full of emotion and tenderness. I was disappointed that this book was not available to add to my Amazon fire eBook collection and found that this is the only book written so far by the writer, but i will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more. It should also be mentioned that the narration is excellent, he acts out the scenes dynamically and effectively. Thumbs up all around!

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  • Rebecca
  • 2018-04-20

love love love

Amazing performance, great story. will look for more books from the narrator. love him the most. I was laughing ,heart aching and melting right along with the lead couple.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 2019-04-08

Mostly good

Matt is closeted college QB. Trevor is out but working too many jobs including a massage gig that provides happy endings. Freakouts ensue.

Mostly, it was a nice story with good pacing and great, supportive friends, including some football teammates. Family is a mixed bag. Matt’s father is problematic in multiple ways and Matt can’t afford to upset him or the dean at his Southern school. Trevor seesaws on whether or not he’s ok with keeping their relationship on the down low. And this is where I have a concern.

Trevor gets all antsy about Matt being closeted multiple times & sometimes right before big games. Causing scenes right before prominent life events is abusive behavior. Trevor mostly pulls through and gets less snippy with Matt in time to matter, but it happens more than once so that concerns me. OTOH, they’re both new to relationships & each have several stressors that seem to come to a head around big events so maybe that won’t be a future issue? It is not selfish to stay closeted when it’s too unsafe to come out. This book dealt a good bit with how their friends & family made being out more safe or less safe.

Trigger Warning & spoiler for:
violent confrontation with a father &
silent treatment from a mother. /spoiler

My other quibble, combined with the problematic timing of Trevors mostly unfair, if understandable, “come out already” snits is about the massage gig. Trevor was a sex worker and the author skirted around that in a weaselly way. Like Trevor only did service X with Matt, but not for other clients. Maybe? But then he quit after acknowledging that he was a sex worker and it seemed to me that he quit from the shame of it. He didn’t stay on as legit masseuse only or go back to his previous “up to but not including X” limits. The shame threw me out of the story. There was no need for it. Sex work is work. It’s a job that often pays better than the alternatives which is partly why he took the job. I would have been ok with Trevor quitting because: he wanted exclusivity with his boyfriend; his schedule didn’t make sense that semester; the transit time got in the way; his car got totaled; he didn’t like massaging any more; it didn’t pay enough with changed personal limits; he risked exposure for Matt; or several other reasons. But shame for being paid for doing a job? Stop it.

But generally, there was a surprising amount of support for our heroes thus things often went more smoothly than they (or I) had feared. There was attention paid to secondary characters, setting, & football games from the perspective of players, fans, & non-fans. I’m not a football enthusiast (I side with the tight pants on athletes enthusiasts) and there was not too much football for me. But there was probably still enough of it for a football fan.

The sexytimes are often about virgin Matt figuring out how things work & both of them exploring potential roles and low key kinks. It’s mostly well done.

I came close to rating this 5 stars. The narrator (GB) did a good job with expressing the given vocal cues and not making either guy sound effeminate, which they were not. Worth a listen in you like stories of hot college athletes and math geeks navigating being gay in private then in public as they figure their lives & loves out.

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  • Katie Phillips
  • 2020-01-17

Massage fun?!

I put this one off for awhile because happy ending massage parlors are not something I find particularly sexy.

That being said I think I forgot that was the start of this book 3 hours in and it became a NA adorable sports romance that was really rather good. (Also it doesn’t hurt that the massage parlor scene was rather sweet and not creepy at all). I really rather enjoyed this book a lot. Top 10 mm sports romance books for sure.

The narration was fantastic I’m going to look into more of Greg Boudreaux and Mackenzie Blair’s work I the future

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