Author: Jay Hogan
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Publication date: April 23, 2019
Length: 302 pages
Reviewed by Erin
What if you’ve worked your whole life for a dream, to play rugby for the most successful sports team on the planet, the New Zealand All Blacks?
What if that dream is so close you can smell it?
What if you meet someone?
What if you fall in love?
What if your dream will cost the man who’s stolen your heart?
And what if the dream changes?
Reuben Taylor has a choice to make.
Cameron Wano is that choice.
I love sports of all kinds, but I have to admit rugby is not a sport I’m very familiar with but after reading Jay Hogan’s Crossing the Touchline I sure know a lot more … and admire those that play the sport, too! And I can definitely say I’ll be checking out a rugby game the next time I get a chance. Crossing the Touchline is not a light read, there’s a lot of angst and drama, but I enjoyed the characters a lot and was rooting for Ruben and Cameron right from the start.
Reuben Taylor is young and talented, and his dream is to make the mighty and respected New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. He’s worked hard, practiced for hours upon hours and sacrificed much to achieve his dream and he’s so close he can taste it. His dad is a bit of a hard-ass, or rather a big one, and his nephew, Cory, —who is on the autism spectrum—needs his help. Enter Cameron Weno, a flamboyantly gay man who is out and proud, and who is Cory’s new nurse. And who Reuben is immediately drawn to. Not just the fact that Cameron is out and makes no apologies for who he is, but he’s gorgeous and sexy and fierce and Reuben can’t help but be attracted.
I really liked how the relationship between Reuben and Cameron developed. It’s a little slow at times, and there were MANY times I wanted to shake Reuben but really, the intensity of sports coupled with the fear of coming out made many of his decisions right, even if they hurt Cameron in the process. I won’t lie, Crossing the Touchline is long, perhaps too long, and it wandered more than a few times. Some information was repeated unnecessarily making the story drag in places but overall, I was thoroughly invested in Reuben and Cameron and their story. I’m not a fan of melodrama or over the top dramatics and there was a bit of that in the book, but that is a personal preference of mine, so others might not mind it.
Overall, Crossing the Touchline was an engrossing tale of finding that special someone that loves and accepts you for who you are. The slow burn romance really worked for these characters and I know you’ll root for Reuben and Cameron to get their happily ever after as much as I did. Be sure to check out Crossing the Touchline if you’re looking for a book with depth, lots of emotions, some great sports scenes, and a wonderful romance.
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