Book: Tight End
Publication date: October 9, 2016
Length: 301 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
“I don’t need a fucking babysitter.”
Out and proud NFL star tight end Tad Roarke has success, money, and fame. Just about everything. Except a good reputation. After being outed by the media as a promiscuous cheat, sponsors are dropping him left and right. To make matters worse, he’s been targeted as the next victim of an anti-gay celebrity serial killer. The FBI works with his team to protect him, assigning Agent Bryce Finnegan as his undercover bodyguard. But Tad doesn’t like Bryce from the get-go. The fed thinks he’s a spoiled brat. Maybe he’s right. Regardless, Tad doesn’t plan on proving him wrong, and he’ll do anything to make Bryce’s job even more difficult. Still, as much as he hates him, he can’t deny the guy’s hot as hell…and he wouldn’t mind passing a few balls around with him in the sheets.
“I don’t get paid enough for this.”
Agent Bryce Finnegan is no stranger to undercover work. With a background in busting drug cartels, he’s used to his life being on the line. He’s not used to putting up with spoiled rich kids who don’t realize how good they have it. When he meets Tad Roarke, he expects him to be a jerk. And he’s right. But the more time he spends with him, the more he realizes that all Tad’s attitude is little more than bravado. He’s not an asshole, and the media has twisted more than a few facts to tarnish Tad’s reputation. Now Bryce isn’t just worried about protecting this guy from a serial killer, but about falling in love in the process.
Tight End is a stand-alone gay romance with a HEA and no cliffhanger.
The first line of the blurb for Tight End is, “I don’t need a fucking babysitter.” And in the end this actually became like a slogan for the entire book. Not only does Tad (one of the MC’s and NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys) need a sitter but so does the FBI Agent, Bryce. These two… oh dear.
I realized at about 20% in that I was going to have to suspend reality for this book. Bryce, the FBI guy who is assigned to protect Tad from bigoted serial killers, is absolutely unethical lol. He drinks while on duty, has sex with Tad, he isn’t on point most of the time. All in all I will say I wouldn’t want him protecting me. I think Tad got hurt more because of Bryce actually.
Tad, he’s, well he’s not terrible. I get why he’s so messed up in the head. What I don’t get was why he did half the things he did. They maybe made sense but the depth of his psychological thinking wasn’t really answered in this book.
So I suspended reality because this whole Bryce/ Tad thing… It doesn’t happen... it wouldn’t stand.
Tad’s a football player but there’s not a whole lot of sports talk going on. I was sort of concerned it would read like a football game but it didn’t. This was about the characters and the terrifying situation.
I would have loved more suspense on the killer’s front and maybe that’s just the fact that I’ve read too many dark books in my life. I expect the most horrifying from the bad guys.
Bryce and Tad are very hot in this book when they’re together and there’s no doubt that physically they have the chemistry.
I had character issues from Tad’s dad to Tad’s assistant. The closure on all fronts was swift. It was go, go, go and then it just stopped. So in that respect the pacing was a little off. Everything does get tied up and I’m not left wondering anything which made me very happy.
This is an action love story. Hot characters, no mystery. But I don’t think it’s supposed to be a whodunit. I found it very entertaining and wasn’t bored at any part of this story, which is another plus.
I do recommend this book to anyone able to suspend reality and focus on the characters and unbelievable plot. You’ll enjoy it.
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