Book: Match Point
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: July 20, 2016
Length: 167 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Two stubborn men.
One is a rude jerk. The other, the life of the party.
It was hate at first sight.
Pro beach volleyball players Finn Callahan and Dexter Savage have been rivals since college. While Finn always comes out on top on the court, Dexter’s carefree and fun-loving personality earns him scores of adoring men and women. And as much as Finn fights to deny it, there’s another reason for the tension he feels when Dex is around. Hate wasn’t the only thing he felt when he first laid eyes on his opponent.
When they’re forced to team up, the two men must bury their differences—on and off the court—if either of them is going to succeed professionally.
Hot volleyball players? Check!
Little bit of angst? Check!
Unresolved sexual tension? Double check!
Enemies to Lovers? Oh yeah!
Dex Savage is the guy everyone likes on the court and off. He has charm and personality. He has good looks and smarts. What he doesn’t have is love. No family, no friends, and no one to call his own because he goes through girlfriends like I go through books! Dex has never felt connected to any of them and volleyball has ALWAYS been number one to him. For Dex there’s nothing more important than the sponsors because to him losing one means losing everything.
Finn Callahan had it all. He had the volleyball team to beat, the love of his partner on and off the field, and he was able to make Dex miserable with just a couple of words. Yeah he was a rude jerk but Tristan always was the one with the personality and all that mattered to Finn was Tristan. Until it all came crashing down and he had no one to lean on because no one knew the real him except Tristan.
Through of series of bad events Dex and Finn are now teammates but that comes with a whole host of new issues. They have an equal amount of hostility and sexual tension between them and in order to make this team work and win they need to work through these problems. Once they recognize the problem of course. Because isn’t that the first part of solving an issue is not denying it anymore?
These two fight a lot and are both so hot headed they walk away from the arguments so much, especially Dex who has serious case of fight or flight. But Dex has a hard time facing real issues about himself, he seems to never look inward often but this thing with Finn is forcing him to admit to something he has long since denied, even to himself. What he finds is attraction so hot it’s just waiting for the match to ignite it.
As the story progresses these two have some serious emotional situations to deal with ones that include trust and love, self-awareness and security, hope and family, and living life in the public eye while being an out gay athlete. It is told in a dual POV which worked well for me since Dex and Finn each had different things to work through internally. Their problems did not start just when the story starts and it was really great to get to know the past events in their lives that motivated them now.
This is the first book by this author and I will definitely be giving her other books a try!
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