Book: First Down
Series: The Guardian (book 2)
Publication date: June 21, 2016
Length: 190 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Sean Drake is a closeted college football player coming up on the most important year of his life. He’s been the star quarterback at the University of Florida for three years in a row and now he was facing bright NFL prospects. All he needed to do was stay focused on the game and come out a winner. Things get harder when Sean starts being stalked by a crazy fan and finds their advances only getting bolder and more threatening.
Connor Hawk works as a bodyguard for an exclusive agency in Los Angeles. He lives life day to day, protecting celebrities and politicians for a paycheck and then finding a random guy to ease the pressure over a night. He resigned himself to living a lonely life caring only about his work. That all changes when he gets flown to Gainesville for an assignment that alters his future in the blink of an eye.
When Connor and Sean meet, their chemistry is undeniable. Both of the men must come to terms with feelings they thought they were never destined to have. Meanwhile, the stalker becomes more persistent and ends up doing something unimaginable. Now, Sean is faced with a choice that could potentially push him out of the closest in the worst way possible or he could sacrifice the one person that ever made him feel complete.
FIRST DOWN is a hot and steamy, gay romance novel with no cliffhangers. It is the second book in The Guardian series but can be read as a standalone.
This is a sort of mystery, little bit thriller, a lot erotic story. Sean plays college football, he’s closeted, and he has a stalker vying for his affections. Conner is a bodyguard hired to keep him safe while they try and figure out who this loon is.
This is absolutely an insta lust, super quickly turned to insta love between Sean and Conner. At times, before they actually do get together, I thought one of them would actually walk into a wall. Why? Because sex was literally all Conner and Sean thought about. It was a wee worrisome. I questioned Connor’s ability to do his job, and wondered how these two functioned. Now, I get it in a lot of ways. When you feel it you feel it and it can be consuming. I don’t believe in love at first sight, or even really animal attraction lust at first sight. So I’m skeptical about it. Not to say it isn’t written perfectly for that type of book. Because it is.
Throughout the book we are met with a barrage of characters. You KNOW as you’re reading that one of these people is the stalker you just don’t know who. Thing is it was sort of hard to figure out because there weren’t many if any identifying characteristics in figuring it out. But when the person was revealed it seemed most obvious. Of course their backstory was never given until the very end so I had no way of knowing what their life had been like. Slight mystery there. Interesting.
I did enjoy this book for the sweet creative parts, the research that went into it geographically, and such. Either the author went to this University or he’s aware of it. I have never been but he did make me feel like I was a part of the life there. I loved that.
So, a lot of sex, some mooshy talk, stalker person, mystery. It was entertaining that’s for sure!
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