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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Quarterback by Anitra Lynn McLeod

Quarterback by Anitra Lynn McLeod
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Derek has come to Twin Pines because the great distance means his family isn’t around to get nosy about his dates, which allows him to stay firmly in the closet. Playing football is just a bonus. And then he meets the almost impossibly handsome quarterback, Brandon Sanders, a man worth coming out for.

Brandon’s refined looks hide a dark and compelling desire that is conflicted by his father’s demands for perfection. To placate his controlling father, Brandon has always lived a closeted and unfulfilling existence.

Determined to have Brandon by any means necessary, Derek engages him in a contest wherein the victor will have total control over the loser. The erotic struggle ends with Derek triumphant and ready to have Brandon’s willing submission to his lusts. But when he finds out Brandon has never gone all the way, Derek has to decide if he’ll claim his prize or not.

Heart pounding and extremely arousing... and that is in just the first few pages. This is a story of two young men from totally different backgrounds who are destined for the same future, a future together.

Brandon is the quarterback of the football team and by all rights living the perfect life. He comes from a wealthy family and has his head on straight where school is concerned. Brandon hides who he is in fear of upsetting his family. Being gay isn’t something his abusive father will accept. So when a game of gay chicken gets down and dirty, Brandon realizes he is sick of not being who he is and decides to take things further with a sexy Derek.

Derek is the fun loving easy going kind of friend everyone should have. He came to college because he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life and has been living it up since. He, like Brandon, has had to hide his sexuality from his family but unlike Brandon it doesn’t consume Derek. His laid back acceptance of life helps Brandon realizes he can have what he wants, he just has to let go and grab it.

Both men come to terms with their feelings for one another and hope starts to bloom. Brandon confesses his desires to Derek and Derek is on board for making those desires come to life. But in every good love story conflict upsets the balance. Same is true in Quarterback. When Brandon’s homophobic father comes to take him back home to Boston it’s Brandon’s choice to tuck tail and go home or fight for what he wants.

This is the second in the Gridiron God’s series and the first I’ve read. I felt a little lost in this story. There were a few things that weren’t explained and I was left wondering what they meant. This is a shifter story, bears to be exact, but it wasn’t talked about much. This was more of a love story between Brandon and Derek and how they overcome their struggles. The paranormal aspects were just a small part of this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It has strong male characters, both struggling for what they want, plus the extremely graphic love scenes had me glued to the very end. In the first few pages the author whets the reader's appetite with an erotic little game of gay chicken and from there keeps the heat turned up on every encounter between Brandon and Derek. Dirty talk, toys, and wildly unadulterated sex between two consenting adults was highly entertaining. I would recommend reading the first in the series so you have that extra bit of background story. This was an enjoyable read and I look forward to more from the Gridiron Gods.

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